Adult State Playoff Rules & Information


HOW DO I ENTER MY TEAM IN THE DISTRICT / STATE PLAYOFF?
Contact the Adult Men’s Division committee member of the District in which you registered your team. (Click Here for the listing of committee members.)

WHAT DIVISION WOULD BE BEST FOR MY TEAM?
See the Adult Men’s Division Classifications page for a description of each men’s division and a listing of some of the basic requirements.

WHEN ARE THE MEN’S DISTRICT, STATE AND NATIONAL PLAYOFFS?
State Playoff are usually held in early March. Watch this website for more details.

 RULES FROM THE MAHA ANNUAL GUIDE BOOK THAT PERTAIN SPECIFICALLY TO THE ADULT MEN’S DIVISIONS IN MICHIGAN

III. AGE CLASSIFICATIONS: DEFINITIONS AND RULES
A.    Teams in the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association shall be classified as follows:
1.    Adult Non-Checking 40 & Over (Elite & Drafted House)
Restricted to U.S. residents only. Unrestricted as to citizenship, and unlimited so as to include amateurs and/or reinstated professionals. Limited as to: Exclude any player who plays that current season as a professional player. All players shall be 40 years of age or older by December 31 of the playing season; Exception: Goalkeepers (2) may be 35 years of age or older by December 31 of the playing season.
2.    Adult Non-Checking 30 & Over (Elite & Drafted House)
Restricted to U.S. residents only. Unrestricted as to citizenship, and unlimited so as to include amateurs and/or reinstated professionals. Limited as to exclude any player who plays that current season as a professional player. All players shall be 30 years of age or older by December 31 of the playing season; Exception: Goalkeepers (2) may be 25 years of age or older by December 31 of the playing season.
3.    Adult Non-Checking
Restricted to U.S. residents only. Unrestricted as to citizenship, and unlimited so as to include amateurs and/or reinstated professionals. Limited as to exclude any player who plays that current season as a professional or on a NCAA (Division I, II or III), or Junior College, or College Club team. Players shall be (18) years of age or older.
4.     Adult Elite
Restricted to U.S. residents only. Unrestricted as to citizenship, but limited to no more than nine (9) non-U.S. citizens. Limited to amateurs and/or reinstated professionals who have not played a professional game after December 31 of that current season. Players shall be 18 years of age or older.
5.    Adult U.S.
Restricted to U.S. citizens only, either U.S. born or naturalized with final papers. Limited as to exclude any player who plays that current season as a professional or on a NCAA (Division I, II or III), Junior College, or College Club team. Players shall be (18) years of age or older.

IV. DIVISION CLASSIFICATIONS: DEFINITIONS AND RULES
A.      Adult Non-Checking Tier I Classification
Any independent team, or any team which plays in a Tier I league.
B.      Adult Non-Checking Tier II Classification
Any independent team, or any team which plays in a Tier II league. Teams which play more than 30% of their games by February 1 against Tier I teams will be reclas¬sified to Tier I.
C.      Adult Non-Checking Tier III Classification
Any independent team, or any team which plays in a Tier III league. Teams which play more than 30% of their games by February 1 against Tier II teams will be reclas¬sified to Tier II.

XI. ELIGIBILITY FOR DISTRICT AND STATE PLAYOFFS
A.    To be eligible to enter MAHA District and/or State playoffs, only teams registered legally in Michigan and conforming to all USA HOCKEY and MAHA Age Classification, Division Classification and Registration Rules and Regulations are eligible to enter District Play¬offs.
B.    All teams are eligible for District Playoffs in the District in which they are legally registered, as defined in paragraph A above. The District Council, being the governing body for the District, shall have and exercise general control and authority over the affairs of the District as defined in M.A.H.A. By-Law #5. The method of selection of eligible teams as candidates for District playoffs shall be determined by the District’s Council. All teams will be notified by their District Council, in writing, before September 1, of any changes to the selection process. No notification is required if the selection process remains the same as the previous season, and, shall be considered as an established practice for the current season. A written copy of the selection process shall be kept on file with the District Chairperson.
C.    Any team may apply to the respective State Playoff Committee for the granting or waiver of an exception to the eligibility rules set forth herein. The request for exception must be in writing and it must first be submitted to the District Council (by November 15) for the District in which the team is registered. The request for exception must be acted upon by the District Council and its actions evidenced by written endorsement upon the team request. The request must be submitted to the respective State Playoff Committee at its December meeting. No exceptions will be considered by the State Playoff Committee after this date. The decision of the State Playoff Committee is final and cannot be appealed.
D.    Each District Champion or alternate team is eligible to enter the State Playoffs along with a team repre¬sent¬ing the host city. Should this format fail to establish eight (8) entries the State Playoff Committee shall select from District runners-up a sufficient number of teams to establish eight entries.
E.    No more than two teams from any District may partici¬pate in the State Playoffs in any one classification. No more than one team from the same association may participate in the State Playoffs in the same classification. The respective State Playoff Committee reserves the right to make exceptions in extraordinary circumstances.
F.    Adult Division players are allowed to play for more than one team in different leagues, but those players playing on more than one team that is eligible to enter District and/or State Playoffs are eligible to participate in these Playoffs only as follows.

1.    In the Adult Elite, Adult US, Adult Non-Checking Tier I, Over 30, Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60 divisions:


a.    Up to (5) players on the roster of a team participating in any of the above playoff classifications may also play on one other team in a different classification in the District and State playoffs. Exception: a player may not participate on both an Adult US and an Adult Elite team in these playoffs.
b.    The players must be on the roster of both teams that they are playing for in these playoffs and must meet all other eligibility requirements.

2.    In the Adult Non-Checking Tier II division, a player can play for only one team in the District and/or State playoffs. Once a player participates in a District or State Playoff game in Adult Non-Checking Tier II he is ineligible to play for any other team in any classification in these playoffs. Once a player participates in a District or State Playoff game in any other Adult Men’s division, he is ineligible to play for any Adult Non-Checking Tier II team in these playoffs.
3.    Penalty for failure to comply with the above rules is forfeiture of all games in which the ineligible player participated.
4.    Number of Games for Eligibility: Adult Divisions (Men’s)
a.    Individual players must participate in six (6) USA HOCKEY sanctioned games on or before February 1st with the team for which they will be participating in District and State Playoffs.
b.    In order to qualify for State Playoffs, a team must play at least eight (8) games in its classification on or before February 1st.
c.    Exceptions to a. or b. may be granted by the respective State Playoff Committee.
5.    Adult Men’s Division teams that are registered in more than one District are eligible to enter District and/or State Playoffs only from the District in which they play the majority of their regular season games.

XIII.    RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STATE PLAYOFFS
These rules and regulations are in addition to the USA HOCKEY “Rules and Regulations for Regional Playoffs”. The State Playoffs shall be under the supervision and control of the respective State Playoff Committee.
K.    Time of Periods
1.    Length of periods and time of penalties.   

     Ad. Elite & Ad. US                           3-20 min. stopped;  2-5-10

    Ad. Non-Chk Over 60, 50, 40, 30     3-10 min. stopped;  2-5-10

    Ad. Non-Chk Tier I & Ov. 30 (El.)     3-13 min. stopped;  2-5-10

    Ad. Non-Chk Tier II & III                    3-10 min. stopped;  2-5-10

5.    Overtime Periods
    Classifications                                            Length of Periods
                Ad. Elite  & Ad. US                        10 min. stopped

               Ad. Non-Chk Ov. 60, 50, 40, 30     10 min. stopped

               Ad. Non-Chk Tier I & Ov. 30 (El.)   13 min. stopped

               Ad. Non-Chk Tier II & III                  10 min. stopped