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Re: Ear Guards

anon
Are ear guards really mandatory by USA Hockey? Son got kicked out of a game yesterday for no ear guards! Really, DQ'ed for no Ear guards in a U18 game? Hockey 2021, no tag up offsides and ear guards!
Rule 304. Quick google search found the answer.

Additionally it's not a DQ, just a misconduct penalty. Your kid must have mouthed off at the ref.

Re: Ear Guards

Im in the minority but I think its all kids watching older guys and wanting to be pro's before their time. Visors are the same. I saw a kid have the top of his ear taken off in a scrimage so there is a reason for them. Things are always going to happen but if my kid damaged his face or his ears just because he wanted to pretend to be a man, I would rather he kept wearing the cage and guards. Not sure what happened to the world where dressing like guy who plays jr hockey before you are good enough to play it was a thing. We called those guys posers where I am from.

Re: Ear Guards

I've seen kids get hit in the ear with the puck and thankfully they had an ear guard in. Wasn't pretty, could have been worse.

Re: Ear Guards

U18 is the key. It is still considered Youth Hockey until Jrs, College or Men’s League. As a parent is worth the risk?

Re: Ear Guards

Guys I get it, but it was a school assigned helmet. I just thought if he wore it all last year it should be fine this year also. He already bought some guards and put them in for todays game, just had not heard of it before.

Re: Ear Guards

anon
Guys I get it, but it was a school assigned helmet. I just thought if he wore it all last year it should be fine this year also. He already bought some guards and put them in for todays game, just had not heard of it before.
Wait, school assigned and not in compliance with USA hockey rules.
Wait, he was the only one penalized?

Re: Ear Guards

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anon
Guys I get it, but it was a school assigned helmet. I just thought if he wore it all last year it should be fine this year also. He already bought some guards and put them in for todays game, just had not heard of it before.
Wait, school assigned and not in compliance with USA hockey rules.
Wait, he was the only one penalized?
Yes, his current prep school gave him the helmet last year, he wore it in games during the little season they had.
He then wore that same helmet in a split season game the other day and received an penalty and was kicked off the ice and could not return until he had ear guards added. Sounds wrong doesn't it? Do USA hockey rules apply to Prep hockey also? No idea.

Re: Ear Guards

High schools fall under NFHS rules (instead of USA Hockey), I am almost certain (not 100%) that preps do as well.

This link compares USA to NFHS to NCAA:

https://www.nfhs.org/media/1020479/ncaa-nfhs-usah-rules-comparison2020.pdf

Section 3 is equipment: but ear guards are not mentioned (might be too minor to highlight).