By @MichaelCaples -
There is a big change coming to youth hockey, and it’s all about names.
Based on a rule change by USA Hockey, age classifications will no longer have name labels like ‘midget’ or ‘bantam’ in the USAH rulebook.
Instead, all age categories for youth hockey are to be referred to only by age number – 12U, 14U, 16U, etc.
Within the legislative proposals addressed at USA Hockey’s Annual Congress, ‘Legal Council #3 Amended’ is the document in which the name changes take place; the proposal was approved by the board of directors.
The ‘intention of proposal’ states: “To remove references to age classifications using Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget, and instead refer to them using age categories.”
USA Hockey’s Legal Council and Disabled Section submitted the original proposal.
The proposal states that the ‘housekeeping changes’ of removing the names would take place in these areas:
References to age classifications would list ages only
ADM chart would list classifications by age only
Split Season Dormant Program would remove references to “midget”
Under age coach examples would refer to age categories only
Junior relocation section seeking information on “midget” teams would refer to 18U
References to “Midget Hockey” would refer to “Youth Hockey”
You can see the approved proposal here.
How age categories will now be referred to:
Seventeen (17) and Eighteen (18) – 18U (Midget)
Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16) – 16U (Midget)
Fifteen (15) Tier I only – 15 (Midget)
Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14) – 14U (Bantam)
Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) – 12U (Pee Wee)
Nine (9) and Ten (10) – 10U (Squirt)
Eight (8) and Seven (7) – 8U (Mite)
Six (6) and Under – 6U (Mini Mite)
Seventeen (17) through Nineteen (19) – 19U
Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16) – 16U
Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14) – 14U
Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) – 12U
Nine (9) and Ten (10) – 10U
Eight (8) and Seven (7) – 8U (Mite)
Six (6) and Under – 6U (Mini Mite)
Club hockey is not governed by USA Hockey, They require the USA Hockey registration in order to participate in USA Hockey sanctioned tourneys.
Agree. Maybe the town hockey programs will use this method but Select teams will look at it and laugh. But eventually they will kill the old terms Mite, Squirt, Peewee....
Yeah, this is more of note for town programs. Club programs might switch to, for example, U10 Major Elite and U10 Minor Elite for their second- and first-year squirt teams, respectively, but that's it.
The Little People lobby got to them and USA Hockey caved.
Little people lobby to eliminate Midget and Peewee, the concussion lobby to delay checking until the size differential in children is at it's greatest, the ADM people to get the kids off of the ice....what we need now is bobble-head Elizabeth Warren in her full headdress to put an end to her beloved Native American team nicknames in the sport.
I always thought he names were silly anyway. Why would an 18 year old be referred to as a "Midget" unless they are one?
The terms "midget", "pee wee" and "squirt" are insensitive.and make me uncomfortable. I think I speak for all vertically challenged persons in demanding the hockey world stop using these terms. You have no right to bully us.
Club hockey is absolutely governed by USA hockey idiot
Bummer. I always thought the best and one of the last parts of the fun of the youth hockey experience was all the names of the levels like mite, squirt and pee wee. Now even that kind of fun and tradition has to be squeezed out of the game for some more catalogue-type, robotic classifications? Whatever. It just gets more corporate and cold as the years go by
Wow. I always thought many of the people on this dboard are not the brightest. But this really proves it. All youth hockey teams registered with USA Hockey must absolutely follow all USA Hockey rules and regulations. This includes all ADM rules, coaches wearing helmets, having properly certified coaches, etc. The difference is Town Hockey programs feel obligated to follow these rules while club teams, like many of their parents, think they are better than everyone else so they don’t need to follow the rules. Most honest programs that play full ice games at the Mite level properly inform parents their Mite teams are not approved USA Hockey teams and their teams will not be registered with USA Hockey. This is why their Mite teams now have different names than their other teams. For example Boston Jr. Dogs (Jr. Terriers), Minuteman Sparks (Flames), etc.
These club programs that don’t follow USA Hockey regulations do it at their own peril. One of the main reasons programs register with USA Hockey is for the insurance. However, a program’s USA Hockey insurance becomes null and void if the program does not follow USA Hockey Rules and Regulations like requiring their coaches to wear helmets or following playing rules for their Mite teams, etc. You can’t pick and choose the rules you want to follow and ignore the rest. Nothing will change until a program suffers a major financial loss because USA Hockey Insurance denies coverage for the program’s failure to follow USA Hockey Rules and Regulations.
Sorry. But you really have no idea what you are talking about. USA Hockey registered Club teams are allowed to participate in the National Bound State Tournament. But not the Tier II, III or IV State Tournaments which are limited to town programs and determined by District Championship Tournaments similar to the Little League State Tournament. All properly run club teams are actually registered with USA hockey. Not just their players. A club team cannot even register with USA Hockey without properly certified coaches on its roster. Use of non-certified coaches is strictly prohibited but ignored by some teams. Town programs must be nonprofit. So the whole idea behind Club Hockey is profit for their owners. Pure and simple.
Pursuant To Mass Hockey Rules, all leagues must “agree to abide by Massachusetts Hockey’s Bylaws, Rules and Regulation, and Policies and Procedures; and USA Hockey Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and Playing Rules” plus all club teams “must comply with all registration procedures of USA and Massachusetts Hockey” and must be “registered in agreement with the provisions of [Mass Hockey] Rules and Regulations, or pursuant to the rules of any other affiliate District of USA Hockey. Plus “any adult who is on the ice or bench with youth players must be registered as a Coach.”
and continuing what good is a PLAYER registering with USA hockey when the team is not RECOGNIZED by USA hockey?
how does the insurance still cover a non-complaint team? thinking of a town player that skates on a pond.
BTW i see plenty of club teams go to nationals.
Not exactly true. Maybe you don’t understand the definition of a “Club” team. Basically a club team is any team that is not a town team. Any team that is not registered with USA Hockey can not participate in any USA Hockey Tournament (Which is almost every tournament.), play in any recognized league, play against any USA Hockey/Canadian Hockey registered team. USA Hockey Insurance is null and void for any USA Hockey registered team that plays a non-registered team. USA Hockey registered teams may only play in games with USA Hockey certified referees and USA Hockey certified referees may only referee games between two USA Hockey registered teams. Basically an unregistered team is an island unto itself. I’m not aware of any youth program or league that is not registered with USA Hockey. Please feel free to enlighten us.
Where did anyone say town hockey programs were owned by their respective towns? A program is either a town program or a club program. There are very specific rules governing each one. Basically a USA Hockey registered team (Club or Town) is not permitted to play a non USA Hockey registered team under any circumstances. It's not that difficult of a concept to understand. Sorry you can’t grasp it.
So I suppose all the games against Canadian teams are illegal? You people are clueless.
Can any of you people actually read. Prior post clearly stated "Any team that is not registered with USA Hockey can not participate in any USA Hockey Tournament (Which is almost every tournament.), play in any recognized league, play against any USA Hockey/Canadian Hockey registered team." By implication that means that any USA Hockey registered team can play a properly registered Canadian team. You are the clueless one. You still haven't told us which youth program or league is not registered with USA Hockey. We're waiting.
Oh I can read. No where in this thread does it include playing against Canadian teams. Ummm, go back to drinking your vodka. You my friend are the biggest idiot on this thread.