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AAU taking over

Two years from now none of our kids will be playing under USA hockey rules.

AAU
The Amateur Athletic Union has returned to licensing the sport of Ice Hockey.

During recent years, the AAU has sanctioned several High School Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School leagues within the state of New York.

During the 2011-2012 season the AAU began licensing Junior and youth leagues as well. The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) moved their operations from USA Hockey into AAU and Hockey Michigan was formed, providing Mite (8&under) conventional full-ice playing opportunities in the face of cross-ice mandates adopted by the USA Hockey district affiliate. During the 2012-2013 season, AAU Junior and Youth operations have been expanding rapidly and currently span coast to coast.

Although some AAU clubs still use classification terms such as Mites-Midgets, the more correct AAU youth designations are:

6U (ages 6 and younger)
7U (ages 7 and younger)
8U (ages 8 and younger)
9U (ages 9 and younger)
10U (ages 10 and younger)
11U (ages 11 and younger)
12U (ages 12 and younger)
13U (ages 13 and younger)
14U (ages 14 and younger)
15U (ages 15 and younger)
16U (ages 16 and younger)
17U (ages 17 and younger)
18U (ages 18 and younger)

Re: AAU taking over

Interesting. . . so if they take over high school hockey does that end MIAA? If so, not likely to happen as change here is almost impossible. Great story in the Boston Globe yesterday on how the locals are confused by Open Road Tolling. Seeing as how the rest of the country has had it since 1986 it's hilarious the locals are confused by it.

Re: AAU taking over

anon
Interesting. . . so if they take over high school hockey does that end MIAA?

you really do not understand how HS runs, stick to this board, leave the HS talk to the big boys.

Re: AAU taking over

Fed and USPHL housing AAU next year. You heard it here first.

Re: AAU taking over

Not happening here, and USA hockey already changed the designations for next year to match

8U (ages 8 and younger)
9U (ages 9 and younger)
10U (ages 10 and younger)
11U (ages 11 and younger)
12U (ages 12 and younger)
13U (ages 13 and younger)
14U (ages 14 and younger)
15U (ages 15 and younger)
16U (ages 16 and younger)
17U (ages 17 and younger)
18U (ages 18 and younger)

Re: AAU taking over

Anon
Not happening here, and USA hockey already changed the designations for next year to match

8U (ages 8 and younger)
9U (ages 9 and younger)
10U (ages 10 and younger)
11U (ages 11 and younger)
12U (ages 12 and younger)
13U (ages 13 and younger)
14U (ages 14 and younger)
15U (ages 15 and younger)
16U (ages 16 and younger)
17U (ages 17 and younger)
18U (ages 18 and younger)


AAU is trying to compete with USAH and be an alternative. So leagues and organizations would have to switch. Kind of like Pop Warner and AYF in football. I'm sure it there will be some differences in them but I doubt it will be anything big.

Re: AAU taking over

The reason it wont happen is because of ice time. These leagues have ice time wrapped up.

What I think you might see is a coach or two take there team to AAU that is sick of the program owners and their rules. Under the AAU umbrella the coach can put together a team, play a limited AAU schedule, but go really heavy on Super Series or other better tournaments. More travel but better competition.



Re: AAU taking over

The old independent true AAA route teams have taken in the past. Not a bad call and I'm sure other local teams will scrimmage them at the older ages at least.