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Adult Classic Division Descriptions

Adult Classics Division Descriptions

Below are the division descriptions for this season.

**Not all divisions will be available in all tournaments**  Please see the registration pages for individual tournaments or contact the USA Hockey Adult Department to see which divisions are available. All players must be 21 by the start date of the tournament to participate in any USA Hockey Adult Classic (additional age requirements as noted).

Gold – This division is made up of advanced to elite level players. These players may have professional (any level, including Europe), NCAA Division I or III College, Major Jr., and Junior A playing experience. Teams in this division are comparable to traditional “A” level adult league teams.
 
Silver – This division consists of advanced level players who may have Junior A or B, Non-Varsity College (ACHA), Midget Major AAA, and Prep/Varsity High School playing experience. Teams are comparable to traditional “B” level adult league teams.  **Players with any professional, Major Junior, or NCAA DI hockey experience will not be permitted to play Silver or below.**
  
Bronze – This division is comprised of players that may have experience at the Division II or III ACHA levels, Junior B or C, Varsity high school, and lower midget levels. Some players may have limited organized youth playing experience, but have several years of experience as a recreational adult player. These teams are comparable to traditional “C” level adult league teams.  **Players with any NCAA hockey experience or above will not be permitted to play Bronze “A” or below.**
 
Bronze 30 & Older
Same guidelines as the Bronze division but with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  **All players must turn 30 years of age by the end of the calendar year.**
 
Intermediate – This division may have players with some organized playing experience (either as an adult or a youth), little or no youth playing experience but have played several years as an adult player, and players that have some non-varsity high school experience but are several years removed from those levels. These teams are comparable to traditional “D” level adult league teams.  **Players with any junior hockey experience or above will not be permitted to play Intermediate or below.**

Beginner – Teams are entirely comprised of beginner adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of teams consists of players with 1-5 years of entry level playing experience as an adult. These teams are comparable to traditional “E” level adult league teams.

Women-Gold – In this division teams are comprised primarily of advanced level players. These players may have played professional women’s hockey, NCAA Division I or III college, or any other higher level of women’s hockey.

Women-Silver – Teams in this division have players that may have played prep or varsity high school, non-varsity college (ACHA), or have 10+ years of women’s adult hockey playing experience. **Professional experience will not be permitted to play Silver or below.**

Women-Bronze – This division primarily consists of novice level players. These players may have some youth hockey experience, but most have less than 10 years of playing experience as an adult.  **Some players may have 10+ years of adult hockey experience, but NCAA, non-varsity college, or prep school experience will not be permitted to play Bronze or below.**
 
Women-Beginner
Teams are entirely comprised of entry level adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of the team consists of adult players with less than 5 years of entry level playing experience.

**If it is determined by the tournament director(s) at any point during the preliminary round games that a team (in the Silver division and below) as a whole are far above their competition, that team will be permitted to play the three game guarantee, but will receive a 1-0 loss for those games and will not be permitted to advance to the championship round**

 

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