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Designated USA Hockey Affiliate Association 
for North and South Carolina

“Ensuring every day will be a great day for hockey!”

Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is the USA Hockey governing body for ice hockey in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.  Formed in 2000, CAHA's mission is to encourage, foster and promote the development and growth of the sport of amateur hockey in North Carolina and South Carolina.


Play Up Policy

The CAHA Board of Directors recently adopted a Play Up Policy to regulate requests for players to move up into the next age classification. Players may only play up under specific criteria as defined in CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E, 19.0 Play Up Policy.

Players who played in an older age classification in a previous season are not grandfathered in. Each player must meet the criteria each year of play up eligibiliy.

The CAHA Board of Directors supports USA Hockey's position of a player being developed and playing within their appropriate age classification and also recognizes the fact that allowing a player to participate as a play up in most instances may be detrimental to the players development.

Specific questions on the play up policy should be directed to:

Steve McKirdy, CAHA Youth Chair, cahastevem@yahoo.com

CAHA Play Up Policy (PDF)
CAHA Play Up Request & Acknowledgement of Risk and Liability Form (PDF)

CAHA Member Association Registration

Per CAHA Bylaws [Addendum E, 2.1.3 Renewal of Membership] all Member Associations are required to renew their membership in CAHA on an annual basis. Please click on the link below to complete the online renewal form. 

All Associations must complete the renewal process prior to being awarded grant funds for the 2014-2015 season.  All other Associations must complete the renewal process by August 31, 2014.


2014 Coaching Education Program Clinics

Date Level Location
September 6-7, 2014 1-2-3 Charlotte, NC
September 20-21, 2014 1-2-3 Raleigh, NC
October 4-5, 2014 1-2 Charleston, SC
October 4, 2014 1 Hillsborough, NC
October 5, 2014 2 Greensboro, NC
November 1-2, 2014 1-2-3 Raleigh, NC
December 6, 2014 1 Wilmington, NC
December 13-14, 2014 4 Charleston, SC



CAHA Championship Tournaments
General Information, Rules and Schedule

Screening Compliance List A-D
Screening Compliance List E-H
Screening Compliance List I-L
Screening Compliance List M-P
Screening Compliance List Q-T
Screening Compliance List U-Z

Athlete Development - Nutrition
The ADM website offers nutrition videos and a downloadable chart for athletes. 

Hockey and Science
Ph.D. Stephen R. Norris, a British sports and physiology scientist talks abut long term athlete development.

2+2 Challenge Results

A record 315 associations in 45 states participated in USA Hockey's 2 and 2 Challenge, a program that played a significant role in the record number of American players overall during the 2013-14 season.

Associations that commit to the 2 and 2 Challenge follow a systematic year-long plan of utilizing grassroots marketing tools and national events in an effort to add two additional new players and retain two more players than their previous season's 8-and-under player totals.

Congratulations to CAHA associations that completed the 2013-14 season’s 2 and 2 Challenge!

Cape Fear Youth Hockey Association - GOLD
Charlotte Metro Hockey Association - GOLD
Greater Greenville Hockey Association (SC) - GOLD
Wilmington Ice House/Coastal Carolina Hockey Association - GOLD
Winston Salem Youth Hockey Association - GOLD

Charlotte Metro Hockey Recipient of Grow the Game Award

by USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association (Indian Trail, N.C.), Homer Hockey Association (Homer, Alaska) and Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association (Kirkland, Wash.) have been selected as the recipients of the USA Hockey Grow the Game Award, presented by Total Hockey. For the sixth consecutive year, the award recognizes youth hockey associations for their efforts to create new and innovative ways to grow the game of hockey.

The three winning associations were voted as this year’s top submissions. Total Hockey awards the first-place finisher (Charlotte Metro Hockey Association) with 30 sets of starter equipment, second place (Homer Hockey Association) with 20 sets, and third place (Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association) with 10 sets.

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National Champions

Two CAHA teams brought home national titles with wins in the final game of the 2014 Toyota USA Hockey National Championship Tournament. Our 2014 National Champions are: 

Tri-City Selects - Women's C Champion
East Coast Eagles - Tier II 2A 16 & Under Champion

Congratulations to the Eagles and TC Selects!

USA Hockey Annual Guide

Each year, USA Hockey publishes its Annual Guide, which details the organization's administrative structure, programs and philosophy, bylaws, rules and regulations and much more.

2014-2015 USA Hockey Annual Guide (PDF)

Official Rules of Ice Hockey

The Official Playing Rules provides consistency for all participants, to ensure a safe and positive playing environment while continuing to focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport.

2013-2017 Official Rules of Ice Hockey (PDF)

Mobile Rulebook

The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook is the digital version of the current USA Hockey Rulebook. Use the search bar or click on 'Sections' to navigate the vast hockey resources including rules, descriptions, casebook examples and videos. All content can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to access the Mobile Rulebook