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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:

Brendan Logan

Youth Committee Chair
(704) 882-1830

Brian Haaland

CAHA Goaltending Coordinator

News & Information

3 Critical Misconceptions of Fun
By Minnesota Hockey

Have you ever noticed how in many youth sport settings, especially for more competitive levels of play, the word fun seems to be viewed negatively? Prevailing wisdom dictates that in order for young athletes to truly reach their potential they must be focused, committed and intense at earlier and earlier ages. Click here to read the full article.

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.

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

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

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

8U Goalie Nets

8U ADM regulation 36" x 48" nets at a huge discount via CAHA and the Arizona Sports Equipment Company

CAHA is partnering with Arizona Sports Equipment to provide our Associations the 8U regulation 36 x 48 nets. These 36 x 48 inch 8U goals/nets are for 8U development and 8U Jamborees and are essential for skill development at this age group. They are also required if you are hosting a CAHA partnership 8U Jamboree. Arizona Sports Equipment has discounted the website cost of $249.99 list/$325 delivered to $219.99/$290 delivered. CAHA is adding a subsidy to of 50% to bring your cost down to approximately $140-150 each delivered. We would like all of the rinks to have 6 of these for 8U development and 8U Jamborees. If you already have these size nets but don't have 6, we will provide the number you need to get up to 6. We can purchase them, have them shipped to your rink, and then you can reimburse us for the 50% or you can purchase them and we will send you the 50%. Our subsidy funds are limited so please order quickly before the subsidy runs out.

Questions? Please contact:
Brad Hoffman
(704) 497-5641

Click the Arizona Sports Equipment Company button below to order your 8U regulation nets.

CAHA Member Association Opportunity

Team Sales Equipment Partnership Program

CAHA partners with Pure Hockey for team sales for your association.

Click the link below for details or contact Brad Hoffman, CAHA Youth Director, at for more information.

2021 USA Hockey National Championships

The USA Hockey Tier II National Championship Tournament was held April 29 - May 3, 2021. Four teams from CAHA advanced to championship games on Monday, April 3. Congratulations to the following teams for their success at Nationals!

Charleston Jr. Stingrays (SC) - Tier II 14U 1A National Champion
Watch the Game Recap on USA Hockey's You Tube Channel

Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (NC) - Tier II 14U 2A Silver Medalist
Rogue Warriors (NC) - Tier II 16U 2A Silver Medalist
Rogue Warriors (NC) - Tier II 18U 1A Silver Medalist

Charleston Jr. Stingrays Tier II 14U 1A National Champions