Starting with the 2013-14 season, USA Hockey passed rules regarding 8u/Mite hockey on how the games are to be played in a half-ice or cross-ice manner.
Effective for the 2013-14 playing season, but subject to limited exceptions as are approved by the USA Hockey Player Development Committee, all games and scrimmages at the 8U age level shall be played either cross-ice or half-ice, or on a surface that is equal to or less than the dimensions of cross-ice or half-ice. Each Affiliate shall enact applicable rules and regulations to address the governance, implementation and transition for this rule to become effective within the Affiliate on or before September 1, 2013. To the extent an Affiliate desires to seek exceptions for a limited number of full ice games or scrimmages for its teams at the 8U level, the Affiliate shall submit a plan by January 31 each year detailing such request to the USA Hockey Player Development Committee. The Affiliate’s plan is subject to the annual approval of the Player Development Committee which will give final determination by March 31 of the same year.
PNAHA submitted the 8u Exception Request below and that request was approved verbally by then PNAHA President, Gordon Brown, but the written approval has not yet been sent.