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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.

Upcoming CAHA Sponsored Jamborees and Clinics

Greensboro Youth Hockey Association & Triad Hockey Alliance
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Greensboro Ice House
Greensboro, NC

Click here for more information and to register for the Greensboro 8U Cross Ice Jamboree or 10U Half Ice Jamboree.

CAHA Girls Skill Clinic
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Raleigh Ice Plex
Raleigh, NC

Click here for more information and to register for the CAHA Girls Skill Clinic.

CAHA Board of Directors Election

The 2019 CAHA Board of Directors election concluded on June 5, 2019. All ballots received were counted and CAHA has received the results from USA Hockey. The following individuals were elected by the member associations and will begin their terms at the CAHA Annual Board of Directors meeting to be held In August:

North Carolina 5: Jeff Holdenrid
South Carolina 1: Chad Boerst

Paul Fidishun (North Carolina 1) was elected by acclamation.

Many thanks to outgoing Directors Kevin Universal and Joe Spitz for their time and effort on behalf of Carolina Amateur Hockey Association.

Congratulations to Paul, Jeff and Chad and thank you to all the candidates for expressing their interest and desire to improve and grow ice hockey in the Carolinas.

CAHA Spring Calendar and Tryout Start Dates

Spring Calendar:

Youth Tier I Nationals – April 3-8, 2019
Youth & Girls Tier II Nationals – April 4-8, 2019
CAHA Player Development Tryout – April 12-14, 2019
SE District Girls Player Development Tryout – April 26-28,2019
SE District National Camp Tryout – May 10-12, 2019

Tryout Schedule for 2019-2020 Team Selection:

Tier I tryouts can begin the evening of April 10. No tryouts can be held the weekend of April 12-14 (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.

Youth Tier II tryouts can begin on May 17.  The fifth Friday falls on May 10 (SE District National Camp Tryout blackout) which will move Youth 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.

Girls Tier II tryouts may begin on May 10.

Tryouts for associations that form non-national tournament bound Travel Teams or Rec Teams only may begin on July 1.

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.

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.

2019 CAHA Tournaments

Click here for information, locations, all schedules and game results.

The Tier II schedule is complete and posted on the tournament webpage.

Make-A-Wish recepient signs contract with LA Kings

Meet the Newest Member of the LA Kings: Aiden Rose of Charleston, SC.

Click here to read the full story and watch the video on the LA Kings website.

Congratulations to CAHA Teams at USA Hockey Nationals

Carolina Jr. Hurricanes - Tier II 14U 2A National Champions

Charlotte Rush - Tier II 2A Quarterfinalist
Charleston Jr. Stingrays - Tier II 16U 1A Bronze Medalist
Carolina Eagles - Tier II 16U 2A Quarterfinalist
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes - Girls Tier II Quarterfinalist
Greenville, SC - High School Division II Quarterfinalist
Carolina Lady Hurricanes - Women's B Bronze Medalist

Carolina Jr. Hurricanes Tier II 14U 2A National Champions

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