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MAHA Adopts Video Review Policy for 2019-20 Season

By MAHA , 08/08/19, 7:00AM EDT


At the 2019 Summer Meeting, MAHA adopted a new policy for video review for supplementary discipline.

The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) is committed to ensuring the safety of participants at all ages and skill levels. With the increasing availability of video provided by rink-based programs and partners and parent or club-affiliated resources, for the 2019-20 season, we are entering a trial period of utilizing video review specifically as a means of determining whether an on-ice action caught on video, but not penalized by officials, is deserving of a formal review process for potential supplemental discipline.  MAHA will NOT use video review for the purpose of changing any on-ice call.

Video submitted for potential review by MAHA will only be accepted/considered if presented by a member Association or Club (no individual or parent submissions will be accepted). This process shall be followed:

  • Upon review by the Association or Club leadership, and determination that a request for further action is requested, the Association’s President or Club’s Manager must complete the “Video Review Request” form.  
  • Completed form must be sent within 48 hours to Form must be submitted with a $100 check. If the video is accepted and supplemental discipline is assessed, the check will be returned. If the video does NOT result in a hearing to determine additional discipline, the $100 check will be considered a fine to the organization that submitted the video.
  • Upon receipt, the Vice President of Officials will review and determine if the actions shown on video warrants further review. 
  • If further review is deemed warranted, a review process will be undertaken by a Video Review Committee (the VR Committee).
  • The VR Committee will make a recommendation to the MAHA Executive Vice President, who will make the final determination on conducting a supplemental discipline hearing.
  • Supplemental Discipline will not be imposed unless and until a hearing has been conducted with the player, coach or parent that is the subject of the request. 
  • Discipline administered by MAHA will be imposed immediately and the subject of supplemental discipline will retain all appeal rights as provided for in the MAHA Guidebook and USA Hockey Bylaw 10. Any discipline assessed will not be delayed while an appeal is in process.

The procedures outlined here represent the complete MAHA Video Review Policy for the 2019-20 season. The policy MAY or MAY NOT be adopted permanently after the coming season. 

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