January 20, 2016

To: Tier 1 Assocaitions of NYSAHA

At this past weeks USA Hockey Mid Winter Meeting the Youth Council passed a Pilot Program which was then ratified by the USA Hockey Board of Directors. Below is the description of the program.

Tier 1 Youth 15 Year old age classification Pilot Program for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Seasons.

The Youth Council of USA Hockey has put into effect for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Seasons a 15 year old age classification at the Youth Tier 1 level. Under this program Tier 1 Associations can have a 15 year old team. The team can be comprised of only players that are from the 15 year old birth year for the 2016-17 an then the 2017-18 seasons respectively. This will be a PURE age classification. No players 14 and under or 16 and over will be allowed to participate in this age classification. There will be no Exceptions.

USA Hockey will conduct a National Championship Tournament at his Age classification for the 2016-17 (2017) season and the 2017-18 (2018) season. The location has not been determined. In addition NYSAHA will also be conducting a State Championship in 2017 and 2018 to select a team to represent NYSAHA. The number of teams in NYSAHA will determine the Format.

As a Pilot Program the Youth Council will then review it after the first year and report back to the Board of Directors.

I wanted NYSAHA Tier 1 Associations to be aware of this program ASAP so you can plan for next season.

If you have any question I can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joe Baudo
President NYSAHA
USA Hockey District Director
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