USA Hockey removes usage of traditional age classification names

This summer USA Hockey board of directors approved changes to the way we refer to each age division in youth hockey.

Based on a rule change by USA Hockey, age classifications will no longer have name labels like ‘midget’ or ‘bantam’ in the USAH rulebook.

Instead, all age categories for youth hockey are to be referred to only by age number – 12U, 14U, 16U, etc.

How age categories will now be referred to:

Youth
Seventeen (17) and Eighteen (18) – 18U (Midget)
Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16) – 16U (Midget)
Fifteen (15) Tier I only – 15 (Midget)
Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14) – 14U (Bantam)
Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) – 12U (Pee Wee)
Nine (9) and Ten (10) – 10U (Squirt)
Eight (8) and Seven (7) – 8U (Mite)
Six (6) and Under – 6U (Mini Mite)

Girls
Seventeen (17) through Nineteen (19) – 19U
Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16) – 16U
Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14) – 14U
Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) – 12U
Nine (9) and Ten (10) – 10U
Eight (8) and Seven (7) – 8U (Mite)
Six (6) and Under – 6U (Mini Mite)

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