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District 16 Coaching Clinics

District 16 Coaching Clinics have been loaded to the USA Hockey website.  Please log on and register.
Level 1- 12/2/17 in Bemidji & 12/16/17 in Crookston
Level 2- 11/20/17 in Crookston & 12/2/17 in Bemidji
Level 3- 11/21/17 in Crookston & 12/16/17 in Bemidji
Coaches can attend the High Performance CEP and get credit for whatever level they need.
Reminder these need to be completed prior to December 31

Minnesota Hockey Rule Changes for 2017- 2018

Minnesota Hockey Announces Rule Changes For Upcoming Season
Changes Include Concussion Safety Measures and New Mite/8U Rest Rules

St. Paul, MN – September 19, 2017 – The Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors instituted multiple rule changes and officially implemented the Girls 15U age level for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. The Board enacted rules designed to enhance player safety through concussion training and reporting mechanisms, better align its participation rule with those at the high school level and provide more age-appropriate rest rules for Mite/8U participants.

Concussion Safety: Starting in 2017-18 season, each coach shall complete concussion training on an annual basis and provide an acknowledgement form with proof of training to the association prior to participating in any team activities. The acknowledgement form and a list of concussion training options can be found here.  A head coach or coach in charge of any team activity who has knowledge of a player sustaining a concussion or exhibiting concussion type symptoms shall complete a Minnesota Hockey Concussion Reporting and Return to Play form relating to the injury.  The form must be delivered to the team manager within 48 hours of receipt of information that a player sustained a concussion or exhibited concussion type symptoms. The team manager shall provide a copy of the report to the player’s parent or legal guardian. Until the completed Return to Play portion of the form is received by the team manager or coach, the coach and team manager shall ensure that the player does not participate in any team physical activities. The Minnesota Hockey Concussion Reporting and Return to Play form can be accessed here.

Participation Rule Exception: Minnesota Hockey has adopted an exception to its participation rule to better align its rules with the transfer rules of the Minnesota State High School League. Players enrolling in 9th Grade for the first time are now immediately eligible to compete at any division in their Association of School Attendance. For the complete participation rule, visit IV. Participation section of Youth Rules and Regulations in the Minnesota Hockey Handbook.

Mite/8U Rest Rules: For Mites/8U, the minimum amount of rest between team events has been reduced to 1.25 hours for on-ice activities of 60 minutes or less.  For half/cross-ice activities of 45 minutes or less, the minimum rest-time between activities can be reduced to 45 minutes and up to four on-ice team activities can occur in a day. These new rules are designed to facilitate and encourage Mite cross/half ice jamborees.

Girls 15U Age Level: Minnesota Hockey has hosted a Girls 15U Pilot Program the past two seasons, and based on the data and feedback collected, the Board of Directors officially adopted the Girls 15 & Under (15U) age level in place of Girls 14 & Under (14U). Girls 14U playing rules will apply.

The Minnesota Hockey Handbook, including all youth rules and regulations, can be found here. For USA Hockey playing rules changes being implemented this season, click here.

District 16 Fighting Rule

All games within District 16 that penalize a player for fighting will be removed from current game and the following next two games.  This applies to all teams.  District 16 will not tolerate this behavior.  The officials have been instructed and will enforce the call if needed.  Teams in district 16 for a tournament will be subject to the same penalty. Be sure to advise these teams that this rule applies to them regardless of where the team is coming from.  For District 16 teams playing outside of District 16 the rule still applies. 

The above penalty (current game and next two games) is first offense. If second offense occurs, player will be suspended for 30 days along with a player and head coach meeting with district and association president about the rules.  District will not tolerate fighting- there will be no appeal process.  All fighting calls are final.

Spring Meeting Award Recipients

May 1, 2017 District 16 board and associations representatives met for the annual spring meeting.  District 16 Director, Mark Elliot, was please to present Lew Erickson of Roseau and Jill Olson of Lake of the Woods with District Director Awards.  Both recipients received their award for the efforts and continued support with Minnesota hockey and District 16.  Jill was unable to attend.

 Lew Erickson recieving District award

Lew Erickson (left) recieving his award from Mark Elliot (right)

District Clarification Notice

Due to some uncertainty and needed clarification, the info below has been sent out to the associations and should be practiced for all district games pertaining to the each groups below.

Bantams and Pee Wee's :
Periods should be 17 minutes with 2 minute minor penalties.

Periods should be 15 minutes with 2 minute minor penalties.

Periods should be 15 minutes with 2 minute minor penalties unless coaches agree prior to the game and advise officials and time keepers that the game will be 17 minutes.

All ages:
Majors or misconduct penalties are not influenced by period lengths.  Remains the same across all age groups.
Sudden death overtime period in regular season is one 8 minute period.  If no change in score, game ends as tie. 

District 16 Mite & Mini Mite Games

District 16 Mite & Mini-Mite Games
Mini-Mite (6 & Under) - All games are cross-ice or half ice.
Mites (8 & Under) - Mites will play cross-ice or half ice. After December 31st they can play up to 6 full-ice games. These games are with the District Directors approval in advance.
You should follow the Minnesota Development Model (MDM) and American Development Model (ADM) programs.Games for Mites are only allowed at home (in-house) or within the District (16). The exception for playing in your natural hockey community also applies, but again advance approval is needed.
Mites only have Jamborees with cross-ice or full ice. Jamborees are allowed without registering them as tournaments, but must have the approval of the District Tournament Director and the
District Director in advance.

Jamboree and tournament guidelines are in the Minnesota Hockey Handbook.
The time rules have been liberalized this year. Possibly up to 3 events are allowed per day per team with less wait time between games if games are 45 minutes in length. Once we receive
definitive information on this it will be passed on to the District.

As always, unusual circumstances can warrant approval by the District Director in advance.

School Attendance Waivers

All association presidents, registrars, or applicable individuals that this may apply to:

A waiver for any player playing under another association "area" outside of the players home address is required.  The responsibility falls on the association where the player is playing.  It may be automatic as allowed based on school district but a waiver is still required for proper forms.  This request/ waiver needs to be submitted annually. 

Please have the association president or registrar submit to Mark or Scott for filing.

CCM High Performance Items

See the "CCM HP Programs" link/ tab under the "Home" tab for team results


We have received many questions about Mite team items.  The best answer is to follow the current Minnesota Hockey guidelines as District 16 does not have any other rules.  If special request exist, please email Mark Elliot at to request deviations from the below Minnesota Hockey handbook.

F. MITE HOCKEY – MH strongly encourages skill development for all players. This is particularly critical at the Mite level so that players are provided with the foundation to enjoy and have success in the game.
1. To reduce expense and promote development rather than competition, Mite teams shall participate within their home association and district only. However, the District Director(s) may allow exceptions for convenience or to maintain continuity. The District Director's decision is final.
2. Mites are generally organized into levels based on age, skill and number of players. As a guideline, Mites should be divided into two levels: Mini-Mites (6 & Under) - the younger, beginner and less skilled players; and Mites (8 & Under) - the older, experienced, more skilled players.
3. The focus for Mites is to teach and develop the basic skills of skating, puck handling, shooting and passing. Cross-ice, half-ice and small area games are the standard of play to maximize ice utilization, increase puck touches and increase the competition and fun. The American Development Model (ADM) and Minnesota Development Model (MDM) provide blueprints for player development
4. At the Mini-Mite (6 and Under) level – all games shall be played cross or half ice.
5. At the Mite (8 and Under) level – the standard playing surface for all games is cross- or half-ice. Recognizing that associations may want to deviate from the standard, after December 31st
up to six full-ice games are allowed with the District Director's approval. The Director's decision is final.
6. Local hockey associations are in the best position to design programs so their players can develop and have fun. This should be based on the principles of the MDM and ADM, the number of players in their program, the skill of their players, the availability of ice and their coaching staff.
7. In recognition of a need for flexibility and differences between associations, the standards outlined in #4 and #5 above will be monitored by the District Director. Abuses will result in sanctions against the respective association(s) at the sole discretion of the Director.
8. MH does not permit full ice Mite Tournaments; cross/half ice Mite Tournaments are permitted. A guideline for sanctioned Mite Cross/Half Ice Tournaments is found in the Tournament Supplement. MH Mite teams cannot participate in out-of-state tournaments, except cross/half ice tournaments as approved by their District Director.
9. Jamborees may be conducted at the Mite level. A jamboree is defined as a low-key full participation event where players have an enjoyable and learning experience in a non-competitive environment. Jamborees need not be registered as tournaments, but must follow the “Team Rest” provisions as provided for under “Playing Rules”. The format for a Jamboree shall be as follows:
a. Approval to conduct a Jamboree must be obtained from the cognizant District Director at least thirty (30) days in advance.
b. All teams must be from one MH District, unless approved in writing by the MH Directors involved.
c. Information referring to the event must state “Jamboree”, not tournament. . Team fees can cover only costs for ice time, officials, medical attendants and participant awards.
e. There can be no gate fee. A free-will donation box will be permitted.
f. USA Hockey certified officials are recommended.
g. No score may be kept, no winners, no losers, no standings. This will generally require a predetermined round-robin format to be followed.
h. No statistics may be kept, such as shots, saves, goals, assists, time of possession, etc.
i. Participation awards, if given, shall be the same for all participants. No team awards or trophies