Definition of a Tournament:
Ice hockey competition, other than normally scheduled league or exhibition games, where three or more legally registered teams compete within a specified time frame for the purpose of declaring a champion. This shall include gatherings consisting of more than three (3) teams, except Association Exchanges (limited to two (2) Associations), even though there are no winners declared.
All invitational ice hockey tournaments that involve USA Hockey registered teams and/or another amateur hockey federation or association must receive the sanction of the appropriate registrar for the district where the tournament will be held.
The conditions for sanction of an ice hockey tournament are as follows:
The sanction fees listed below for invitational tournaments must be complied with.
Invitational tournaments shall be prohibited from being held within 100 miles of, and on the same weekend as a USA Hockey National Championship.
The Tournament Director, as identified on the Invitational Tournament Application, is required to verify that all participating teams are properly registered with USA Hockey. A USA Hockey player roster form (1-T) approved by the District or Associate Registrar shall be proof of proper registration and individual player age. Invitational Tournaments shall not require player birth certificates for review. Travel Permits are required for all Non-USA Hockey teams, and any team from an Affiliate requiring Travel Permits.
Additional Rules and Regulations regarding Invitational Tournament sanctioning are found in the USA Hockey Annual Guide, Rules and Regulations, VIII. Games, Exhibition Games, Invitational Tournaments and Sanctioned Leagues and Sanctioned Events.
To sanction your tournament, please mail your Invitational Tournament Application, tournament rules and a check for the sanction fee to the appropriate Associate Registrar listed below.
District of Columbia, Maryland
Bob Otte, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Lenz, email@example.com
North Carolina, South Carolina
Jessica Westphal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
David Polk, email@example.com
Cindy Friedman, firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Associate Registrar serving your state.