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MAHA Return to Play UPDATED 9-24-2020

By MAHA, 10/12/20, 11:30PM EDT


September 24th, 2020

To All Association Presidents and Directors:

It has certainly been an irregular start to the 2020-21 season! It seems like information is evolving, and being updated every few days. Needless to say,  it has been challenging for all parties to react in a timely fashion. In any event, I did want to take the opportunity to share some important updates:


FACIAL COVERINGS (Executive Order 2020-180)

On Monday, September 14th, an updated document was released by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) entitled, “Public Guidance for Contact Sports.” This document contained an important update, as it pertains to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-180. Specifically, the second page makes the following clarification:

“If a cloth face covering cannot be tolerated while engaging in athletic activity, a plastic face shield covering the mouth and nose would also be acceptable.”

In response to this, the Executive Committee met with District Chairs, the Michigan Coach-in-Chief, and the Michigan Referee-in-Chief to discuss this critical update, as well as how to implement this standard within our hockey community. Given the emerging facial covering options throughout the marketplace, including from hockey manufacturers such as Bauer and CCM, many families are looking for direction on how to safely comply with the Executive Order. As the standard continues to evolve, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) is committed to providing clarity to all participants, in an effort to ensure consistency in implementation as well as enforcement.

Please review the revised MAHA Return to Play Standards, attached to this letter. We have refined the list of appropriate facial coverings for our game. Please note that this list is subject to change, as many of the new options on the marketplace are under review by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) and USA Hockey’s Safety & Protective Equipment Committees. The MAHA will provide continued updates as they become available.


It has come to our attention that there are coaches / managers notifying their teams that they will not comply with the facial covering requirements, per Executive Order 2020-180, during games. In addition to violating the current rules of play, this is a very selfish approach and disrespectful to other organizations’ teams and families.