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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.

2018 CAHA Player Development Camp Tryouts

The 2018 CAHA Player Development Tryout dates have been announced, they will be held at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC. Registration will be available in February 2018.

2018 CAHA Boys Player Development Camp Tryout - April 20-22, 2018

8U Travel Permits

Beginning December 18, 2017, all 8U teams traveling to play games outside of the CAHA Affiliate (North Carolina or South Carolina) must obtain a CAHA Travel Permit in order for games to be sanctioned. Travel permits should be requested no later than 14 days prior to departure and must be approved by the CAHA Secretary. Approval will be given as long as the permit form is fully completed and the approved Official Team Roster (1-T) is included.

Failure to obtain a CAHA travel permit will result in the designated Association and Head Coach's referral to the CAHA Disciplinary Committee for appropriate action.

All travel permits should be sent to Brian Mehm, CAHA Secretary, for approval.

March 2018 Try Hockey for Free

The weekend following the Winter Olympics will be highlighted by Try Hockey For Free Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This is a national effort with over 400 local rinks and association introducing kids between the ages of 4 and 9 to youth hockey. Participating host locations will receive jerseys, promotional items, marketing tools, USA Hockey sanctioning and online registration to maximize participation. The first 350 associations that sign up and take the training will receive 40 jerseys - 20 youth medium and 20 youth large for their event. Please register now - the jerseys are limited on a first come basis.

March is a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking hockey at the conclusion of the Winter Olympics. This will give you an advantage with your spring programs and identifying new families for next fall.

Host site registration is now open. Please CLICK HERE to register as a March 3, 2018 Try Hockey For Free host site.

For questions, please email

Participant registration for Try Hockey For Free Day on March 3, 2018 will open in January 2018.

Play Up Policy Amended for the 2017-2018 Season

The CAHA Board of Directors recently adopted a proposal for amendments to the Play Up Policy which are effective for the 2017-2018 season.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 season: Players aged 13 and under shall not be allowed to move up an age classification except as provided in 19.6
and 19.8.

Please visit the Play Up Policy webpage for full information on recent changes, articles and educational material on long term athlete development.

Play Up Policy - Adopted February 2017

Important Dates 2017-2018

October 30, 2017: Grant Applications Due

November 13, 2017: Grants Reviewed by CAHA Board of Directors

November 15, 2017: ALL (girls, women, ) declaration CAHA

March 2 - 4,2018: Tier II Tournament

March 3, 2018: Try Hockey Free

March 16 - 17, 2018: CAHA Jamboree (proposed)

April 5 - 9, 2018: NATIONALS

April 20 - 22, 2018: Player Development Tryout

July 21 - 22, 2018: Annual CAHA Meeting

Consussions and Hockey

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull.

What to watch for early is key to treatment and recovery. Be aware of the symptoms below to keep skating and having fun.

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not "feel right"

Signs Observed by Coaching Staff

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets sports plays
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can't recall events after hit or fall

USA Hockey Club Excellence

Club Excellence is a new online portal system designed to give USA Hockey associations a unique home to drive organizational success. The portal walks youth hockey leadership through the day-to-day needs of running a successful youth hockey association.

To access, the local association President or Vice President would need to submit through the link below. Once confirmed, they can invite the rest of the board to join them in the portal. Each leader has a job description, monthly tasks and a resource center with quick reference templates / best practice guides that relates to their association role.

If you have any questions about Club Excellence, please contact Brittany Bobak at (719) 538-1102 or

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

The NHL analytics team uses tracking technology to compare cross-ice to full-ice for 8U players

A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.

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.

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.

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

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