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2021-25 Playing Rule Change Process Status

The submission window for 2021-25 Playing Rule Change proposals has closed.

The USA Hockey Playing Rules Committee met during November to review, discuss and make early recommendations for all submitted proposals. A copy of the proposals and summary can be found below.


  • Left column: displays current rule language.
  • Right column: displays current rule language with proposed edits.
  • Rationale: provides explanation of Playing Rule Committee's recommendation to "Approve" or "Defeat" (see below).
  • Committee Recommendation: provides current recommendation by Playing Rule Committee for vote to "Approve" or "Defeat" by the USA Hockey Board of Directors.
  • Housekeeping Proposals: propose minor edits to language to correct spelling/grammar or to clarify current language, but do not change the actual playing rule itself.

USA Hockey Playing Rule Change Process Summary

USA Hockey members who wish to submit a 2021-25 Playing Rule Change Proposal for consideration by the USA Hockey Board of Directors during the 2021 Annual Congress, must submit prior to November 1, 2020.  All proposals must be submitted in writing to the USA Hockey National Office and must include the following:

  • Playing Rule Number and sub-headings (ex. Rule 601(e)1)
  • Specific wording of current playing rule language (i.e. how the rule is currently written)
  • Specific wording of the proposed changes to rule language
  •  Notation of any added or deleted language

After preliminary review of each proposal by the Playing Rules Committee, the proposals will be sent to the appropriate USA Hockey committees, council and sections for their recommendations.

The Playing Rules Committee will meet during the 2021 USA Hockey Annual Congress in an open forum where all USA Hockey members have a chance to voice their opinion on each proposal. At this time, the Playing Rules Committee will also make their final recommendations to the USA Hockey Board of Directors for their official vote to "accept" or "decline" each proposal during their annual meeting.

Those proposals that are accepted, will be incorporated into the Official Playing Rules and will be in effect for the 2021-22 through the 2024-25 seasons.