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Youth Hockey

The mission of the Youth Committee is to provide an innovative grassroots foundation for the growth and development of USA Hockey, designing programs aimed at increased participation, improved skills and a responsible environment for the conduct of youth hockey.

For more information on the youth league visit: www.carolinashockeyleague.com.

Brad Hoffman

Youth Committee Chair
(704) 497-5641
bdhathpg@aol.com

Brian Haaland

CAHA Goaltending Coordinator
cahagdc@gmail.com

Parent Handbook

An American Hockey Parent Handbook

Helpful hints and important information for creating a great youth hockey experience.

Click here to view the Handbook



Guidelines for Youth Hockey

Enjoyment and recreational benefits were chief among USA Hockey's Board of Directors' motivations for recently issuing new youth hockey guidelines. Registered teams play in the classifications of 8-and-Under (Mite), 9-10 (Squirt), 11-12 (Pee Wee), 13-14 (Bantam), 15-16 (Midget) and 17-18 (Midget), and USA Hockey's Youth Council wants to emphasize these benefits.

The USA Hockey-recommended guidelines for youth hockey encourage a noncompetitive environment in which children can learn the basic skills without the distractions that are often associated with an overemphasis on winning.

8 & Under Guidelines
10 & Under Guidelines
12 & Under Guidelines
14 & Under Guidelines
16 & Under Guidelines
18 & Under Guidelines

Youth Hockey Guidebook for Parents

The youth hockey season is fast approaching. After your child’s experience at a Try Hockey event last year, we hope that you are interested in joining a local youth hockey program.

To help you and your child get started, USA Hockey has created the Come Play Youth Hockey digital guidebook. This guide will provide you with valuable information - from finding a local program to learning how to dress your child in hockey equipment!

Click here to view the Come Play Youth Hockey digital guidebook.


Train Your Brain. Dominate the Ice. The Hockey IntelliGym™ is a revolutionary, software-based training tool that develops players' hockey sense – the perception and decision-making skills necessary to stay one step ahead of the puck and the game.

Visit the Hockey IntelliGym Website

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.