PHILOSOPHY OF JUNIOR HOCKEY
Reproduced from the USA
Hockey Official Rules
,
Junior Hockey Edition, 1999-2001
Seasons
Adopted June 12, 1999
Colorado Springs, Colorado

WHAT IS JUNIOR HOCKEY?
Junior hockey is the pinnacle of the skill development program of
USA Hockey. It is available to male athletes who are 20-and-under as of the 31st
day of December in the season of competition.

The program is available to high school students and graduates who seek a greater or
difficult challenge than that which might be available through their Prep School
team, High school varsity or club team, or area Midget teams. The principal
purpose of this development program is to prepare the athlete for career
advancement either in a collegiate or professional opportunity.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF JUNIOR HOCKEY?
The purpose of Junior hockey is really twofold:
1.
To provide an opportunity for players in this age group to play organized
hockey;

AND

2.
To improve and develop the
skills and abilities of the participants, including the players, coaches, and
officials.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF JUNIOR HOCKEY?
1.
Skill Development
To provide talented young men with
the opportunity to develop competitively in an organized, structured, and
supervised environment.

2.
Quality Coaching
To provide considerable training time, quality coaching, and
concerned supervision

3.
Social Maturity
To provide players with a healthy, constructive environment
in which to develop socially.

4.
Educational Advancement
To provide assistance and opportunities for the
accomplishment of the participant’s educational goals.

5.
Recruiting Exposure
To provide players with exposure to collegiate and
professional scouts and recruiters.

6.
Advanced Competition
To provide players with exposure to national and
international competition.

7.
Protection of AmateurStatus
To protect, most importantly, the amateur status of all participants
under the rules and guidelines established by the International Ice Hockey
Federation, USA Hockey, the Canadian Hockey Association, the NCAA, the NAIA, and
the National Federation of High Schools.