Looks like Michigan solved the problem for us already. When will PAHL take note of this?
IV. Youth Age & Division Classifications
A. Tier I Category and AAA Division Teams.
1. The Tier I catgeoryand AAA Division teams are the highest level of competitive hockey in Michigan. Teams in this category are
restricted to only those in approved Tier I organizations. The recognized Youth age classifications shall be the Youth 10, 11 &
12, and 13 which are designated as Travel Category AAA Division teams. The 14, 15 Only, 16 Only and 17 & 18 age
classifications teams shall be desginated asTier I Category and the Division will be AAA. The 14, 15 Only,16 Only and 17 & 18
age classifications are national bound classifications and the teams must meet all national bound eligiblity requirements.
Teams in the Youth 10, 11 & 12, & 13 age classifications are eligible for MAHA State playoffs and must meet all requirments to
be eligible for MAHA State playoffs.
2. Tier 1 teams are teams that may participate within a Tier 1 MAHA/USA Hockey sanctioned league that may involve
participation with similar teams from Michigan and from across the country. Teams in organizations not approved by the State
Playoff Committee that play more than 30% of their games against Tier I opponents shall be ineligible for District and States
Playoffs in any classification. Teams in organizations not approved by the State Playoff Committee may not advertise as Tier I,
AAA, elite, or similar designation for tryouts, to recruit, entice or in any way give the appearance of being a Tier I team.
3. Only teams from those organizations approved by the State Playoff Committee will be allowed to roster as Tier 1 or AAA teams
4. All teams and players playing in this classification are restricted to a maximum number of games per season. (Rule III,A,e)
5. To qualify as a Tier I Organization the following criteria must be followed:
a. Not more than (10) Tier 1 organizations will be awarded on an annual basis for a period from September 1st to August
31st. An application must be sent to the State Playoff Committee Chairperson for consideration not later than November
1st of the year prior to the season’s start. The State Playoff Committee will determine the number of Tier I Organizations
for the next season: up to six in Districts 2, 3, 4 combined; up to one in District 5; up to two in District 6; and one in
Districts 7 and 8 combined. In addition to the above, the Tier I 18U team existing as of June 2019in District 7 is
grandfathered. Upon dissolution of this team, it shall not be replaced other than via the provisions of this rule. The State
Playoff Committee will make their decisions no later than the Annual Winter meeting of the preceding season. Each
organization is limited to one team at each age classification.
b. Each Tier I Organizations must have teams at the following recognized AAA levels: 12U (Pee Wee Minor and Major), 14U
(Bantam Minor and Major), 15 & 16 Only, (Midget Minor) and (Midget Major) 17 and 18. The 15 Only and 16 Only
categories are to include only those players who are in that birth year. Organizations wishing to apply without a full
complement of teams may do so, but must provide a 5-year plan that demonstrates a sustainable program working
towards having teams at all the recognized levels.
c. Tier I organizations are limited to ten (10) non-Michigan players per organization at the 12U (Pee Wee) age level through
16U Midget Minor age level (age 11–16) with no more than six (6) non-Michigan players on any one team. 18U (Midget
Major) (age 17-18) teams shall be allowed no more than 6 (six) non-Michigan players on any one team.
d. At the 10U (Squirt) age classification, teams may only form at the 10U (Squirt Major age 10) level only. Teams may have
a maximum of four (4) players playing up from below the age 10 age group. At the 10U Level, there are no out of state or
import players allowed.
e. At the 14U classification, no team may roster any player 12 years of age or under.
f. Tier I Organizations will have to reapply each year to maintain their Tier I status. Returning Organizations will have
preference, but will not be guaranteed a Tier I status each year.
6. Each MAHA Tier I Organization must play the other MAHA Tier I Organizations two (2) games per season. One (1) home, one
(1) away; excluding tournaments.
7. In the Tier 1 classifications, player movement will be allowed as follows:
a. Players can only move within their own organization.
b. 14U (Bantam) may not move up to the 15 Only classification. 15 Only may move up to 16 Only (Midget) classification and
16U may move up to the 18U (Midget) classification. Players using the player movement will be allowed to move up and
down for a maximum of eight (8) games per Regular season.
c. Players exercising this option must include these games in their total number of games count. Teams and players in this
classification are restricted to a maximum number of games per season. (Rule III,D). Players exceeding this limit will be
ineligible to participate in the MAHA State Playoffs.
d. Players moving up and down will not have a 72-hour waiting period, will not need to be released from one team and
added to the other team they are moving to.
e. Player movement will be allowed up to December 31 of the current playing season except player movement will be
allowed to fill spots of players that move up to a Junior team until the date established by USA Hockey each year.
f. For player movement tracking, an individual appointed by the State Playoff Committee will be assigned to the Tier 1
category. Teams will submit players moving up and down to this individual. This individual will track how many games an
individual player has moved up. Coaches who do not report player movement or exceed the maximum number of moves
will be subject to disciplinary actions and suspension of up to one year.
8. Each team in the Tier I category must signify their intention of entering the State Playoffs no later than November 1st to the
Chairman of the State Playoff Committee by completing the online registration at MAHA.org by November 1st. By registering
online, the team commits to participating in States and Nationals if the team is a National bound classification team.
9. Tryouts for Tier I and AAA Youth Teams
a. No Tier I team may recruit or solicit players, offer contracts, hold tryouts, conditioning skate, or any activity that could be
construed as a tryout/solicitation or recruitment or player evaluation until the specific date outlined below:
i. All teams in National bound categories for the current season (not post season), shall not begin tryouts until 48 hours
after the completion of the National Tournament for their respective age classification.
ii. All Teams in Tier I (Non-National Bound) categories and all Tier II (A/AA) categories for the current season (not post
season) shall not begin POST SEASON (Spring) tryouts until after 4 pm on the Monday following the conclusion of
the final State Tournament games of All age brackets and categories.
iii. All teams in Tier II (A/AA) Non-National bound categories may begin tryouts on the 3rdMonday in May for all
REGULAR SEASON (Fall/Winter) teams.
iv. All Teams in the Tier I (Non-National Bound), may begin tryouts the first Monday in May for all regular season