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USA Hockey Rule Changes

USA Hockey recently passed rule changes that will be effective 2021-2025. The full list of rule changes/interpretations can be found at the following link:


Some of the rule changes include:

  • Shorter length of minor penalties
    • For games played with 12 minute periods - 1:00 penalties
    • For games played with period lengths between 12 and 17 minutes - 1:30 penalties
    • For game splayed with period lengths longer than 17 minutes - 2:00 penalties
  • After a penalty is called, the ensuing faceoff will be in the zone of the offending team
  • Tag-up offsides has been eliminated at all levels below U16 (really only affects U14 & U16)



by posted 07/05/2021
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