Congratulations to the 2017 winners. MAHA thanks everyone for your continued support of youth hockey.
The Tournament Committee is looking for people to join the committee to help with tournaments.
Contact Bobbie Bastian for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the important information from District 9 regarding off-ice officials. The link provides a more detailed outline of the do's and don't's
Here are a couple items that seem to occur frequently, but can be avoided with spreading the correct operational information.
1. Team Coaches/Mangers signing the scoresheet.
This activity is to happen prior to the start of the game (not after the game). I know we haven't been doing this properly for some time. However, the main reason is to ensure all properly eligible players & coaches are listed or scratched from the roster. The coach/manger signs the scoresheet to signify that the roster is correct and all players & coaches listed are eligible. Lastly, this avoids further confrontation with coaches and officials at the conclusion of the game as officials are waiting to sign the scoresheet.
2. Non-biased Off-Ice Staff
I know everyone is a volunteer, but it is important to give the proper perception that the off-ice staff is impartial as possible. Behavior to avoid while functioning as a off-ice official:
- Loud cheering or visual celebration
- Arguing with the on-ice officials
- Arguing with each other
I know this seems fairly obvious, but I can tell you we get complaints every year on this topic.
3. Knowing how to operate the clock
This is another one that seems obvious, but major delays can occur if the off-ice staff struggle with the clock equipment For example, putting up penalties or clearing penalties. It behooves all associations to try and give some training before assigning someone to off-ice staff duty to ensure smooth game flow operations.
4. Tournament Rules Modification
D9 has been hearing of several rule modifications in tournaments that are less stringent than the USAH rule book. Specifically, the "ejection" rule. Several associations want to ensure players can play each game of the tournament (which is fine), but the language in the rule can't be less stringent than the USAH rule book. For example, "5 penalties in same game is an ejection" would not be acceptable, since the USAH rule is a Game misconduct for any player who receives 5 penalties in the same game. Please ensure all of your rule modifications are cleared with Ryan Swafford email@example.com (D9 Supervisor of Officials) before printing them.
Lastly, I think passing out the link or providing a copy in the scorers table of the off-ice manual can help answer 90% of questions around how to operate as an off-ice official.
**We are looking for officials for Mankato youth hockey!**
*Build your confidence- USAH has one of the best training programs for officiating. Becoming an official can be one of the most rewarding experiences. It can provide confidence you can use in all aspects of life.
*Enhance your hockey knowledge- you will learn the rules to enhance your understanding and gain a new perspective of the game.
*Increase your ice time.
*Do something for the community- As a referee, you are helping the future of youth hockey in Mankato.
*Anyone can be a referee- players at the PW/U12 level and on up, parents, coaches, and hockey enthusiasts!
*Earn extra money- Officials are paid per game on a monthly basis.
Register as an Ice Official here!
For more information, contact Amy Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again TGC is offering Sunday night goalie opportunities to all MAHA level goalies. Schedule can be found below.
MAHA Calendar Insert
Due to an oversight during printing, the girls 12U team was inadvertently left out of the 2017 MAHA calendar. We sincerely apologize and regret this oversight.
Mankato Hockey apparel is now available to view and purchase through United Team Elite. Click on the Apparel tab on the MAHA website homepage and you'll be directed to information and directions to the United Team Elite store.
Attention MAHA Men! Are you interested in getting involved and helping with the annual Men's fundraiser STAG Night?
Contact Brandon Graves at email@example.com or (507) 514-1167
We would love to have your help!