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USA Hockey's Rule Change Process

By USA Hockey, 06/09/17, 3:30PM MDT


Learn How Rules are Changed, Updated or Modified Every Four Years

Every four years, USA Hockey's rules for the sport of ice hockey are reviewed and are able to be changed, modified or restructured. The process starts the summer before with rule change proposals submitted to USA Hockey. Following review by several groups including the Playing Rules Committee and the Board of Directors, the rules are voted on at USA Hockey's Annual Congress in June. The rules are then valid for the following four seasons. Watch the video below to learn more about the process, hear about who makes up the Playing Rules Committee and how the officials make sure they are up to date on the rules. 

For more on the proposed rule changes at this year's Congress that will be in effect for the upcoming four years, click here. For more on the officiating department at USA Hockey, click here.

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