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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 - COMPLETED

The 2018 CAHA Player Development Tryout dates have concluded the selections have been posted on the Player Development page.

2018 CAHA Clinics and Events

CAHA will be hosting several events and skill development clinics on the weekend of April 14 - 15, 2018.

Click on the tabs below for information on each event and links to online registration.

All events require USA Hockey registration.

2018 CAHA Championship Tournaments

The 2018 CAHA Tournament is completed, all results are posted below.

Tier I/SE District Qualification - February 10-11, 2018 - COMPLETED
Location -  Extreme Ice Center

14U Tier I - No tournament, Jr. Hurricanes advance
15U Tier I - No tournament, Jr. Hurricanes advance
16U Tier I - No tournament, Jr. Hurricanes advance

14U Girls - No tournament, both TC and Jr. Hurricanes advance
16U Girls - Best of 3 tournament, Lady Eagles vs. Jr. Hurricanes
Jr. Hurricanes win best of 3 series and Advance to SE Districts
19U Girls - No tournament, Lady Eagles advance

Tier II/USA Hockey Nationals Qualification - March 2-4, 2018 COMPLETED
NC 14U Tier II - Carolina Stars 03 - Champions
NC 16U Tier II - Eagles 16AA - Champions
NC 18U Tier II - Jr Hurricanes 18UAA - Champions
SC 14U Tier II - No Tournament, Jr. Stingrays advance
SC 16U Tier II - Charleston Jr. Stingrays - Champions
SC 18U Tier II - No Tournament, Columbia Cyclones advance

CAHA Spring Calendar and Tryout Start Dates

Spring Calendar:

Youth Tier I Nationals – April 5-10, 2018
Youth & Girls Tier II Nationals – April 5-9, 2018
CAHA Player Development Tryout – April 20-22, 2018
SE District Girls Player Development Tryout – April 20-22, 2018
SE District National Camp Tryout – May 11-13, 2018

Tryout Schedule for 2018-2019 Team Selection:

Tier I tryouts can begin the evening of April 12. No tryouts can be held the weekend of April 20-22 (CAHA PD Tryout blackout).

CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E, 13. 0 (b) Tier I tryouts may be held 48 hours following the completion of the USA Hockey National Championship Tournaments.

Tier II tryouts can begin on May 18.  The fifth Friday falls on May 11 (SE District NC Tryout blackout) which will move Tier II forward 1 week.

CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E, 13.0 (c) Tier II Youth and Girls tryouts may not be held nor may positions be offered to players until the fifth Friday following the completion of the USA Hockey National Championship Tournaments. Should the fifth Friday fall on the start date of the Southeastern District National Camp Tryout, Tier II Youth tryouts may begin the Friday following the Southeastern District National Camp Tryout. Tier II associations that field Tier II and lower competitive level travel teams may hold one tryout within the Tier II schedule timeframe to select all Tier II and lower competitive level travel teams for their association. Associations that include tryouts for lower competitive level travel teams during the Tier II schedule timeframe, must at a minimum, select and register at least one Tier II team in the upcoming season.

CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E, 13.0 (g) Youth tryouts may not be held the same weekend as the CAHA Festival or the Southeastern District National Camp Tryout.

CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E, 13.0 (h) Girls tryouts may not be held the same weekend as the Southeastern District Girls National Camp tryout.

As an additional reminder player agreements or contracts cannot be executed in advance of the appropriate tryout start date as noted above and all offers made to players following a tryout must remain open a minimum of 48 hours.

CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E. 13.0 (j) Player Agreements/Contracts: A Member Association shall not have any player or parent execute an association/team player agreement or contract for the next hockey season prior to the appropriate tryout dates listed above. Offers for a position on a team must be held open a minimum of 48 hours following the extension of the offer. Players shall not be required to execute a player agreement or contract until 48 hours have elapsed from the conclusion of the Association’s tryouts or date of the Association’s offer for a position on a team, whichever occurs later.

Be aware USA Hockey has adopted the following rule:

USA Hockey Annual Guide, Rules and Regulations, III. Team Membership and Registration, B. Tryouts/Player Selection

Tryouts for all Tier I & II 14U-18U Youth and 14U-19U Girls Teams
Effective as of the 2017-18 season, no youth or girls Tier I or Tier II team may recruit or solicit players or offer hockey contracts to players for the following season, or hold development camps, tryouts, player selections or any activity that could be construed as a tryout/solicitation or recruitment for the following season, until 48 hours after the last game of Youth National Championships (both Tier I and Tier II Nationals must be completed). For example, if the National Tournament ends at 4 pm on Monday, tryouts can begin after 4 pm on Wednesday. Any violation of this prohibition may subject the coach, team, program and/or responsible administrators to appropriate discipline, or ineligibility of the team or coach, as determined by the Affiliate.

If you have any questions, please contact any member of the
CAHA Board of Directors.

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.

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 August 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