Massachusetts Hockey Mite Playing Rules Update:
Recently the Massachusetts Hockey Board of Directors voted to update a portion of the rules and regulations as they pertain to Mite (6 and under; 7-8 year olds) teams for the upcoming (2014-15) season. In general terms, the number of full-ice games allowed for the 2014-15 season will be eight (8) after January 1, 2015. In addition, teams may elect to play in one (1) full-ice tournament, provided that the tournament starts after December 25, 2014. This exemption applies to any USA Hockey registered teams. All other games are to be played on an age-appropriate playing surface.
In addition, the Board of Directors voted to maintain the current player movement policy that requires players 8 and under to play at their appropriate age level.
NEW LANGUAGE TO READ:
Section 3. Mite Games
A. All 6 & Under and 7-8 teams within all classifications are required to play age appropriate hockey in accordance to USA Hockey’s Annual Guide Article VIII. (Games, Exhibition Games, Invitational Tournaments and Sanctioned Events), Section A (Definition of a Game).
B. The following are the only exemptions allowed related to age-appropriate playing surfaces and only applies to 7 and 8 year old players and teams:
No more than 8 “full-ice” games after January 1, 2015 and one (1) tournament (traditional weekend tournament of no more than five (5) games will be allowed) after December 25, 2014. (This and any future exemptions are granted by USA Hockey on a annual basis, and therefore subject to change or elimination annually).