At the recent New York State Amateur Hockey Association (NYSAHA) meetings, it was determined by NYSAHA that they would not seek a waiver from USA Hockey for the upcoming season. This waiver would have allowed 2nd year Mite players to engage in full-ice games in January 2015. NYSAHA determined that it is going to follow the strictly enforced rules of USA Hockey which mandate that all 8U players are required to only play cross-ice or half-ice games. USA/NYSAHA Hockey affiliated associations are not given the flexibility to vary from this rule.
Last years’ waiver was the reason that the Hamburg Hawks created the Red/White/Blue and Patriot divisions. We will return to our previous structure of an Initiation Program, (IP Timbits) for 4 and 5 year olds; Mini-Mites for 6 year olds and Mite’s for 7 and 8 year olds. The registration birth date format will look like this:
· Initiation Program: 2010 & 2009
· Mini-Mites: 2008
· Mites: 2007 & 2006
The registration portal is now open for all ages at this link: Register Online