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MAHA TEAM & PLAYER GAME COUNTS

The following game counts shall be adhered to by players and teams in the classification in which they participate or roster.
The game count is in place to provide a proper balance between competition and also factor into a teams eligibility to participate in their league or in the MAHA Districts, States and Nationals . 

More information on those Tournaments and the qualification process can be found HERE 

MAHA GAME COUNTS BY DIVISION

 ALL games played in LCAHL, including playoffs, are included in the game count  

ALL scrimmages with a referee are included in the game count

All Tournament games shall count four (4) games maximum (10u and older), regardless of the actual number of games played

District, State, and National games do not apply to the maximum game count.    

The following game counts shall be adhered to by players and teams in the classification in which they participate or roster. 

Ages AAA | Tier I AA/A | Tier II House | Tier III
10U 50 45 40
12U 55 55 40
14U 60 60 45
15U 65 N/A N/A
16U 65 65 50
18U Boys | 19U Girls 65 65 55

MAHA Individual Player and Game counts

In order to qualify for Districts/State/National Tournaments please adhere to the following game counts for Individual players and teams:

Individual Player Game Count
National Bound Teams:  Player must participate in 10 USA Sanctioned games before Feb. 1st or before the first game of District Playoffs with their team. 
 
Non-National bound teams:  Individual players need to play in 7 games before Feb. 1st or before the first game of District Playoffs with their team. 
 
Team Game Counts
National Bound teams: must play at least 17 games in its classification, category and division before the earliest of Feb. 1st or before the regularly scheduled first game of District Playoffs
 
Girls Classification and Non-National bound teams:  must play at least 14 games in the classification, category and division before the earliest of Feb. 1st or before the regularly scheduled first game of District Playoffs.
 
National Bound Classifications - Boys 14U Bantam AA and older; Girls Tier 2 14U and older

ESTIMATING YOUR # OF GAMES

When you are planning your season, much of what you play from September 1st until the State Tournament will count toward your game count.

The # of league games is hard to determine, it depends on how many teams.  You should estimate 16 -20 games for LCAHL league play from beginning to end of playoffs.  You will know  early in the season how many games you will be on pace to play 

 For District games, you can expect to play 3 first round games, 4 second round games, if you advance to hockey day it is one game and then the state tournament is another 4 games and these do not count toward your total game count. 

 

Definition of a game:

The following conditions shall constitute a valid game: 

a. When two registered teams occupy the same ice surface for the purpose of competitive play. 

b. A game shall consist of at least three (3) periods of 10 minutes stopped time or 15 minutes running time, except where the game is interrupted, (by some unforeseen event) after two (2) periods have been completed. The game must be officiated by registered referees and with a completed and signed score sheet. 

c. Once the teams commence play, this session counts toward the maximum game count for both teams regardless of the minutes played. (Completion of a game stopped due to a curfew only counts as one game in total.) 

 

3. The following conditions shall constitute an invalid game: 

a. When two registered teams occupy the same ice surface and compete without registered referees, with or without the clock and scoreboard, with or without coaches on the ice and without a completed/signed score sheet. Coaches and players for both teams are subject to suspension under rules II., B., 1 and 2. This session does count toward the maximum game count for each team. 

 

4. This rule is not intended to prohibit controlled practice sessions between teams in a single Association/Club only under the following circumstances: 1) an Association assigned split ice practice; 2) coaches are on the ice and using this as a teaching situation; 3) this takes place during the final portion of the practice session, not to exceed 15 minutes. This session does not count toward the maximum game count for the teams involved

Tier 2 Teams Playing Tier 1 Teams - 30% RATIO

Tier two teams may not play more than 30% of their games against Tier 1 teams.  The 30% is computed as a straight percentage. For example, if a team has played 20 total games before credentialing on January 4, the calculation would be 20 x .3 = 6. So at the time of credentialing, you can play up to 6 games against Tier 1 opponents. 

This percentage will be computed each time you are credentialed so you must stay in ratio.  Typically teams are credentialed the first week in January, on Hockey Day and again at the State Tournament.  Please keep an eye on it, even if you are .01% off you will be disqualified.  To counter this, schedule a couple more T2 games, or cancel something.   

 

Tier 1 teams who are USA Hockey rostered as a Tier 2 team (A or AA), but have AAA in their team name do not count toward the  30% calculation.  Be sure to list those teams as A or AA on your game log.