Safety for everyone participating in our great sport is of the utmost importance.  It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that players have the required equipment prior to all practices and games. It is the responsibility of the coaches and managers of the team to ensure that the required equipment is worn correctly during all ice times.

We trust that players, parents and coaches will help with enforcement of both rules to keep all of our players safe on the ice!    We are not looking to suspend anyone, however, the penalty for not following these rules will begin with a warning up to possible suspension in the case where multiple warnings were given.

For more about player safety, from USA Hockey visit https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety

 

NECK GUARDS & HELMETS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL PLAYERS

While KVHA has always required neck guards to keep our players safe, USA Hockey is now requiring them as of August 2024. https://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/1298379

Every player and goalie, in every age classification/division, is required to wear a neck guard (or a throat/neck shield for goalies) during all practices, all training sessions, and all games, whether using home facilities, or travelling to any other arena/rink.  The neck guard must be commercially manufactured and unaltered.  The neck guard may be either separate or part of an undergarment with a neck guard extension.

 

MOUTHGUARDS ARE REQUIRED FOR 12U & OLDER PLAYERS

All players, including goalkeepers, in the 12 & under through 19 & under age classifications are required to wear a colored (non-clear) internal mouthpiece that covers all the teeth of one jaw, customarily the upper. It is strongly recommended, in all classifications, that all players wear a mouthpiece form fitted by a dentist.

 

During games, the on-ice officials can require the player to leave the ice until proper equipment is worn.  For the first violation of this rule, the team shall be issued a warning. A misconduct penalty for an equipment violation shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper of that team for a subsequent violation during a game.

 

USA Hockey Rules regarding equipment can be found at the following link:  https://www.usahockeyrulebook.com/page/show/1084402-rule-304-protective-equipment

Rule 304 | Protective Equipment

(Note) Not all  is mandatory in all age classifications. However, if not mandated by rule, USA Hockey strongly recommends that all skaters and s in all age classifications properly wear an internal mouthpiece, a  approved helmet and a  approved full facemask for all games and practices.

(a) Each  is personally responsible to wear  for all games, warm-ups and practices. Such equipment should include gloves, shin pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hip pads or padded hockey pants, protective cup, tendon pads plus all head  as required by USA Hockey rules. It is recommended that all  be designed specifically for ice hockey.

(b) All , except gloves, padded hockey pants, helmet/facemask and ’s leg guards, must be worn under the uniform.

(Note) s, including s, violating this rule shall not be permitted to participate in the game until such equipment has been corrected or removed.

(c) All s, including s, in all age classifications except Adults, are required to properly wear a  approved helmet as designed by the manufacturer and with no alterations and chin strap properly fastened.

(Note)  certification includes an expiration date on the sticker and a helmet that has an expiration date that has expired is no longer considered certified. The  may not wear a helmet that does not have a valid and current certification sticker.

     s in the Adult classification must wear a hockey helmet (including non- approved) with chin strap properly fastened.
All s on the s’ and the  bench must wear the protective helmet/facemask while in the bench area. For a violation of this rule, after a warning by the Referee, a misconduct  for an equipment violation shall be assessed to the offending .

(d) All s, including s, in all age classifications below Adults, are required to wear a facemask certified by , plus any chin protection that accompanies the facemask.

(Note) Any helmet or facemask that is altered except as permitted in Rule 304(c) shall be deemed to be illegal equipment and shall not be allowed to be used in a game. The , or such equipment, shall be removed from the game until corrected. (This shall include helmets from which a part has been cut or removed, facemasks from which the chin-cup has been removed or any other such alterations from the original manufacturing specifications.)

(e) In all classifications, including Adults, if a skater’s helmet/facemask comes off during play, the officials shall stop play immediately. The skater shall be ruled off the ice and may not participate in the game until completion of the ensuing .
In all classifications, if the ’s helmet/facemask comes off during play, the officials shall stop play immediately. However, the  shall not be ruled off the ice prior to the .
A minor  for delay of game shall be assessed to a  or skater who causes a stoppage of play by deliberately removing their helmet/facemask during play.

(f) All s, including s, in the 12 & under (Youth and Girls’) through Youth 18 & under (including High School) and Girls’ 19 & under age classifications are required to wear a colored (non-clear) internal mouthpiece that covers all the remaining teeth of one jaw, customarily the upper. It is strongly recommended, in all classifications, that all s wear a mouthpiece form fitted by a dentist.
For the first violation of this rule, the team shall be issued a warning. A misconduct  for an equipment violation shall be assessed to any  or  of that team for a subsequent violation during that game.

(g) USA Hockey recommends that s wear a neck laceration protector, choosing a design that covers as much of the neck area as possible.

(h) All s who wear the required, or recommended,  must wear it in the manner for which it is designed.
For violation of this rule, following a team warning, a misconduct  for an equipment violation shall be imposed.

HELMETS ARE MANDATORY FOR COACHES AND TRAINERS

The rule requiring coaches and trainers to wear a helmet is not in the protective equipment clause of the USA Hockey rules, it is located in the USA Hockey annual guide, page 147; https://www.usahockey.com/rules

All ice hockey coaches and instructors of registered USA Hockey Youth 18 & under and below, high school, girls 19 & under and below, and disabled programs must properly wear an approved ice hockey helmet during all on-ice sessions, including practices, controlled scrimmages and all Coaching Education Program clinics and/or workshops. Failure to comply will result in a 30-day suspension from all activities involving USA Hockey registered programs.  

It is the head coach’s responsibility to make sure this rule is followed for all trainers that they have out to skate on their ice.   Allowing a trainer on your ice without a helmet leaves the head coach and the association open to liability if that trainer is injured during your USA Hockey practice.

USA Hockey Rule Regaring Coaches wearing a helmet