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Mass Hockey Key Rule Changes for 2018-19 Season

By Mass Hockey, 07/31/18, 6:00AM EDT

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Plus, election results for open board positions

Each Father's Day weekend members from Massachusetts Hockey's Board of Directors convene for their Annual Meeting in Plymouth, Mass.

A few key rule changes were presented, voted on and approved during the Sunday morning Annual Meeting. See below:

    When a roster change is made in regard to coaches during the season, it must be approved by the USAH Registrar.
  • Teams shall not be considered registered until a roster is submitted via USAH Registry to the District/Division Registrar by September 15th for all 19u, 18u, 16u and 15u teams, October 1 for all 10u, 12u and 14u teams. All others rosters must be submitted by December 1.
  • No player 12 years of age or younger, as defined in the age classification chart for the current season, is eligible to play on a team intending to declare to compete towards a USA Hockey National Championship. At the girls 14U Tier II level only, programs may request approval from the Tier I/Tier II Girls State Tournament Committee to roster one (1) player who is age 12 as defined in the age classification chart for the current season. Programs with more than one team at the 14U girls’ level may not apply for this waiver. 
  • The USAH Referee in Chief and Risk Manager added to the Executive Board meeting but no Executive Board voting position.
    • Both positions will have a voting position on the Board of Directors.

During the Sunday morning meeting elections for open Massachusetts Hockey Board positions were held. Below are the results of those elected:

Elected Director Members:

  • Tim McMahon
  • David Young

USA Hockey Directors:

  • Christine Mayer (2021)
  • Steve Rizzo (2021)

To review the listed members for the 2018-2019 Massachusetts Hockey Board of Directors, click here.

There will be a special election for the remaining open Massachusetts Hockey Board of Directors positions in September. The remaining open positions include: 1st Vice President, 3rd Vice President and USA Hockey Director.

The upcoming 2018-2019 Massachusetts Hockey Board of Directors meetings will be held ALL at 7:30 p.m. at Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St, Needham, MA 02494 at the below dates:

  • Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Monday, March 4, 2019

To review 2017-2018 Board of Director Meeting Minutes and Committee Reports, click here.


2018 Massachusetts Hockey Legislative Proposals:

The document  linked below will connect you to the full language and submission for the 2018 Massachusetts Hockey Legislative Proposals that were voted on at the 2018 Massachusetts Hockey Annual Congress.


2018 Massachusetts HOCKEY LEGISLATIVE SYNOPSIS SUMMARY (Document):

The below document is the 2018 Massachusetts Hockey Legislative Summary in Excel document format.


2018 Massachusetts HOCKEY LEGISLATIVE SYNOPSIS SUMMARY:

The language below is a short summary of the Legislative Proposals that were voted on at the 2018 Massachusetts Hockey Annual Congress. If you would like to see the complete language for any of the proposals, please click on the provided links above.

PROPOSAL TITLE ANNUAL GUIDE DESCRIPTION STATUS SUBMITTED BY
1 MA Hockey Bylaws Article IV, page 7 Bylaws; Board of Directors Remove Alternate Directors ability to vote Defeated Steve Palmacci
2 MA Hockey Bylaws Article V, page 8 Bylaws; Executive Board Add "USAH Referee in Chief and Risk Manager to Executive Board" meeting Approved Steve Palmacci
3 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VI, page 9 Bylaws; Duties of the Members of the Executive Board Add "vice-president shall chair one of these committees as assigned by the president . . ." Defeated Steve Palmacci
4 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VI, page 8-9 Bylaws; Duties of the Members of the Executive Board Add additional written duties for Treasurer including report at annual meeting and profit/loss statements Approved as part of Voting Block # 2 Paul Donohoe
5 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VI, page 9 Bylaws; Duties of the Members of the Executive Board Add that duty of the Secretary must "Publish the attendance records of each meeting" Approved as part of Voting Block # 2 Steve Palmacci
6 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VII, page 11 Bylaws; Nomination and Elections Change the wording from "two (2) year term" to "one four-year term" Defeated Rules Committee
7 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VII, page 11 Bylaws; Nomination and Elections Change/clarification of the wording of the term of the Vice Presidents Approved Rules Committee
8 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VII, page 11 Bylaws; Nomination and Elections Changes in staggered term of the officers for Massachusetts Hockey Approved Jeff Brown
9 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VII, page 11 Bylaws; Nomination and Elections Changes in the elections of officers and USA Hockey Directors Referred to Rules Committee Steve Palmacci
10 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VII, page 11 Bylaws; Nomination and Elections Changes to requirements for election of District/Division Directors Postponed Indefinitely Steve Palmacci
11 MA Hockey Bylaws Article VII, page 12 Bylaws; Duties of District/Division Registrars & Directors Add duty to confirm Tournament applications with the State Tournament coordinator Approved Steve Palmacci
12 MA Hockey Bylaws Article IX, page 12 Bylaws; Committees New to read permanent commitees The permanent committees Approved as part of Voting Block # 2 Steve Palmacci
13 MA Hockey Bylaws Article X, page 14 Annual Meeting Replace first sentence to move Annual Meeings to months of April or May Defeated Steve Palmacci
14 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article I, page 27 Section 1; D; 7 Add to rules and regulations for the 12 years of age or younger classification for eligible national championship bound team Approved Mark Lissner
15 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article I, page 23 Section 1; A; 1 Changes in registration requirements Referred to Rules Committee Steve Palmacci
16 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article I, page 26 Section 1; D; 3 Change "up to three (3) members" to "up to six (6) members" Defeated Steve Palmacci
17 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article I, page 27 Section 1; D; 7 Remove 8 and under from player movement Defeated Steve Palmacci
18 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article II, page 28 Coaches and Mangers; Section 1; C Changing dates to 09/15 & adding 16u and 15u teams Passed as amended Steve Palmacci
19 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article II, page 28 Coaches and Mangers; Section 1; C Add to read "USAH Participant Code of Conduct" Approved as part of Voting Block 1 Steve Palmacci
20 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article II, page 28 Coaches and Mangers; Section 1; D Add to require roster change when change in coaches during the season Removed from Voting Block 1, Amended and Approved Steve Palmacci
21 MA Hockey Rules and Regulations Article II, page 28 Coaches and Mangers; Section 1; E Add the "and SafeSport" Approved as part of Voting Block 1 Steve Palmacci
22 Policies of Massachusetts Hockey; page 35 Coaching Code of Ethics Change the word local to participating program Approved as part of Voting Block 1 Steve Palmacci

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