Starting in fall 2013, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) leagues in Michigan will be providing programs that takes advantage of the skill building the American Development Model (ADM) offers within a very competitive environment that Michigan Hockey is known for. This year, all our leagues will provide both competitive half-ice and full-ice games. These will all be part of the same league season and will begin with the half-ice season in the fall where players can develop and hone their skills and conclude with a full-ice season after January 1, 2014. This program was developed with input from our associations and leagues in order to provide a program that provides better age appropriate development for your player.
We recognize there are still some that fear not playing full-ice at 8U hockey is hindering their child's development. That fact is, that is the furthest thing from the truth. Research has shown that that half-ice games more than double the amount of time players have the opportunity to test their skills under game conditions. Not only does this and other research support cross or half-ice play for kids at this age level, but so does the NHL, the top hockey league in the world. About 35% of the associations in the state have been fully using the new ADM model for two years and are seeing great results. Parents and coaches in these associations now recognize the advantages and would no longer accept anything less. They understand that hockey is a marathon not a sprint, and it is important that young players develop a love of the game while developing their skills.
We are proud to be a part of USA Hockey and offer world-class programs that will make your youngster not only a better athlete and hockey player, but allow them to have more fun in the process. We look forward to having you as part of MAHA and USA Hockey this coming season.
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Mite Program for 2013 - 2014 as Approved by USA Hockey
In June 2012, USA Hockey set the standard of the playing surface for Mites at no more than half-ice for all games beginning September 1, 2013. Part of the change allowed for Affiliates such as Michigan to request additional time to transition toward full compliance with this change. In July of 2012, I appointed a committee to put together a plan to present to USA Hockey. That plan was submitted in December of 2012, but was rejected and returned in early January for further modifications. At our winter meeting in late January, an Association President’s meeting was held, and out of that meeting came a second proposal that was submitted to USA Hockey and subsequently approved. It includes the following language:
For the period commencing September 1st all registered participants, 8-years old and Under, shall participate in an approved cross-ice / half-ice program per MAHA Rule VI. L. 7. (The referenced rule limits participation to 7-year olds and 8-year olds; 6U play is all cross-ice / half-ice)
Effective January 1st, 8U players can, while remaining in their cross-ice program, be placed on teams and play not more than fifteen (15) full-ice games in an extension of the cross-ice program. These teams can be formed as either draft or select teams and will be rostered in accordance with the selection criteria used. They may play in regional leagues, with or without playoffs, to a maximum game count of 15 full-ice games; exhibition and invitational tournament games included. Any number of cross-ice games can be played.
Hockey is great for boys and girls!
The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) is the governing body for amateur hockey in the state of Michigan.
The purposes of this Association are:
- To develop and encourage sportsmanship between all players for the betterment of their physical and social well-being.
- To encourage and improve the standard of ice hockey in the State of Michigan
- To affiliate with the USA HOCKEY and other hockey associations.
- To conduct ice hockey tournaments and to select representative teams for other tournaments.
- To do any and all acts desirable in the furtherance of the foregoing purposes.
Youth Hockey helps develop smart, active, great kids. Hockey is a very skilled sport and the development of these skill instills a sense of accomplishment and confidence in players of all ages. Hockey is great fun too! To find Hockey in your area simply use our Find Hockey in Michigan program locator at the left.