Please read this important information below which pertains to ALL Massachusetts Hockey registered programs. This includes towns and clubs that are registered and participate with USA Hockey. It is effective immediately.
As you may already know, USA Hockey has had a helmet rule on the books for several years which has required all USA Hockey certified coaches and volunteers to wear helmets when they are on the ice.
At USA Hockey's Annual Congress in June 2018, USA Hockey amended this rule to add a mandatory 30-day suspension from all activities involving USA Hockey registered programs for failure to comply with the rule.
See USAH Rules and Regulation IV (A) on page 142 of USA Hockey’s Annual Guide.
Massachusetts Hockey is required to enforce that rule and it can be found on page 37 of Massachusetts Hockey’s Annual Guide.
Pursuant to these rules Massachusetts Hockey will enforce them as follows:
The penalty is mandatory. There is no discretion involved in the matter, however, as this is a disciplinary matter, the offending party has a right to a hearing. The hearing must be held by the program before it invokes the penalty. The offending party has a right to appeal.
All complaints to be considered must have the following:
If the identity of the individual violating the rule is clear, the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee may, in her sole discretion, issue a summary suspension pursuant to the provisions of USA Hockey By-law 10 and Massachusetts Hockey By-law Article XIV.
Any questions concerning this procedure should be directed to: Christine Mayer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This rule is for the safety of all and Massachusetts Hockey requires it be complied with by all.
2nd Vice President, USAH Director (2021) & Discipline & SafeSport Committee Chair
Phone: (617) 429-2103