MAWHA has never declared a cancellation day due to weather. However, MAWHA does empower our members to do the right thing and keep all player and families safe during hazardous travel conditions.
If teams choose to cancel your game please work to have it rescheduled prior to the end of the regular season. MAWHA will not be involved in a reschedule activity as this is up to the teams involved. If the teams cannot mutually schedule the cancelled game prior to the end of the regular season both teams will have one less game in the standings calculation.
For the past 11 years as President of MAWHA Donna Guariglia dedicated her time and efforts to the growth of girls hockey. Under Donna's leadership the MAWHA League has grown to be one of the largest organized girls hockey leagues in USA Hockey. Donna has submitted her resignation to the MAHWA Board of Directors and the board has accepted her resignation.
With the MAWHA Presidency being vacated mid term; the By-Laws provide for the Executive Vice President to assume the responsibilities of President for the remainder of the term. At this time Paul Bardell will assume the responsibilities of MAWHA President for the remainder of the current term.
The MAWHA Board of Directors would like to thank Donna for her years of leadership and support in the MAWHA League. Donna will continue to work on the USA Hockey Board of Directors serving as the Treasurer and will still be very much involve with girls/womens hockey within USA Hockey and the Atlantic District.
MAWHA Board of Directors
In an effort to keep the Member's Contact information accurate and up to date, we request an updated club contact sheet at each Annual Membership meeting. This year we did not receive a sheet from several clubs and to help facilitate the collection of Club Contact we have integrated the Club Contact Information gathering on the MAWHA website.
Please take a few minutes to provide us the Club Contact information that is requested (President, Treasurer, Director/Ace Coordinator, and Referee Assigner) This information will allow the MAWHA information to be properly distributed with a current contact information.
All Pennsylvania teams and teams that have played 30 or more games in Pennsylvania.
USA Hockey has allowed PA coaches, managers and anyone that is required to be screened under PA Act 153 to have fulfilled the USAH screening requirement under a one year pilot program. For more information on the screening requirements under Pennsylvania Commonwealth Law go to http://www.atlantic-district.org/screening_rules.php
To meet the requirements for the USAH screening you need to complete the attached report and return it to the AAHA SafeSport Coordinator by February 29, 2016. This is for Pennsylvania organizations and other teams that have played 30 or more games in Pennsylvania!
AAHA SafeSport Coordinator
One team at each National Bound level is chosen to represent the Atlantic District at the USA Hockey Nationals at both Tier I and Tier II. This year all "National Bound" Atlantic District teams play in the MAWHA league. And we have created a strategic and fair path to determine the District Champion at each National Bound level.
The MAWHA Champion at each National Bound level both Tier I (AAA) and Tier II (AA) will receive a bye directly into the District Championship weekend. The MAWHA Champions will be considered the #1 Seed in the Championship weekend at Districts.
Teams that do not receive a bye to the District Championships may have an opportunity to advance to the District Championships as the District Challenger. The District Challenger will be determined during the Challenger Series weekend which will take place this season 2 weeks after the MAWHA Championship weekend.
MAWHA Playoffs will be top teams in each division playing in a single elimination tournament at all levels with the exception of 14-AA which will be a cross over single elimination tournament between top 4 teams in the east and west to determine the MAWHA Playoff Champions. The MAWHA Playoff Champion will receive a bye into the Atlantic District Championship as the number 1 seed.
|Tier I -AAA||Tier II -AA||Tier II - A|
|8U (AA) - 2 Team||8U - 2 Team|
|10U (AA) - 4 Teams||10U (A) - 3 Team|
|12U (AAA) - 2 Teams||12U (AA) - 4 Teams||12U (A) - 4 Teams|
|14U (AAA) - 3 Teams||14U (AA) - 8 Teams||14U (A) - 4 Teams|
|16U (AAA) - 3 Teams||16U (AA) - 4 Teams|
|19U (AAA) - 3 Teams||19U (AA) - 4 Teams|
Tier I (14,16 & 19) Teams 2 & 3 at each level from MAWHA Playoff will play a best of 3 series.
Tier II 19U - Of the remaining 19U teams the two team with the best regular season record play a best of 3 series to determine the District Challenger
Tier II 16U - Of the remaining 16U team the top 4 teams play a round robin series to determine the District Challenger
Tier II 14U - Of the remaining 14U in District Teams the top 3 teams from each division play a crossover tournament with number 1 seeded team from each division (east & west) receiving a bye to the Semi-Finals
Upon the conclusion of the District Challenger weekend we will have 2 teams at each level to send to the District Championship
Roster changes may be made after December 31st , however players added to the roster after December 31st are not eligible for District playoffs or MAWHA league games and playoffs.
The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for two seasons. Thus, if you took the training during the 2014-2015 season, it was valid for the 2014-2015 and 2015-16 seasons and you will need to complete the SafeSport Refresher course for this 2016-17 season. http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining . It is the policy of USA Hockey and the AAHA that those participants who (1) have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over minor participants (e.g., coaches, team managers, chaperones, etc.), (2) are responsible for enforcing child abuse and misconduct policies, (3) are in managerial or supervisory roles of a USA Hockey Member Program, and (4) are new and current employees and/or volunteers of a USA Hockey Member Program, shall complete appropriate training
Screening of all coaches, managers, locker room monitors, officials and others that have regular, routine or frequent access to minor participants are to be screened every two years (see screening schedule below). Those in Pennsylvania (or participate in PA for 30 or more days) are required to comply with Pennsylvania Act 153 (amended by Act 15) screening requirements; o Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance; o Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check; and o Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check. For more information on the PA requirements go to http://www.atlanticdistrict.org/screening_rules.php If you are not subject to the Pennsylvania law then go to http://www.atlanticdistrict.org/screening.php All PA clubs must report to the AAHA a list of the cleared certificates received by November 30, 2016. Attached is a copy of the report that needs to be filed with Pete Rothman, AAHA SafeSport Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your Screening Started:
|Year Screened||Pennsylvania Compliance||Not Subjet to PA Law AAHA Compliance|
|2015-2016||You were screened under PA153||You were Screened through AAHA - Verified Volunteers|
|2016-2017||No Current Screening Required||No Current Screening Required|
|2017-2018||AAHA Screening Required||AAHA Screening Required|
|2018-2019||No Current Screening Required||No Current Screening Required|
|2019-2020||AAHA Screening Required||AAHA Screening Required|
|2020-2021||PA 153 Screening Required||No Current Screening Required|
If your Screening Started:
|Year Screened||Year Screened Pennsylvania Compliance||Not subject to PA Law - AAHA Compliance|
|2016-2017||PA 153 Screening Required||AAHA Screening Required|
|2017-2018||No Current Screening Required||No Current Screening Required|
|2018-2019||AAHA Screening Required||AAHA Screening Required|
|2019-2020||No Current Screening Required||No Current Screening Required|
|2020-2021||AAHA Screening Required||AAHA Screening Required|
|2021-2022||PA 153 Screening Required||No Current Screening Required|
Locker Room Monitors that have followed the above training and screening procedures should be scheduled for the season. It is the policy of USA Hockey that all USA Hockey Member Programs must have at least one responsible screened adult (which may include coaches, managers or other volunteers) present monitoring the locker room during all team events. Acceptable locker room monitoring could include having locker room monitors inside the locker room while participants are in the locker room, or could include having a locker room monitor in the immediate vicinity (near the door within arm’s length and so that the monitor can sufficiently hear inside the locker room) outside the locker room that also regularly and frequently enters the locker room to monitor activity inside.
Review your organizations Electronic Communications Policy. If the player is under the age of 18, any email, text, social media, or similar communication must also copy or include the player’s parents. Coaches are prohibited from having players joined to or connected through their personal Facebook page or any other similar social media application. To facilitate communication, an official organization or team page may be set up and players and parents may join (i.e., “friend”) the official organization or team page and coaches can communicate to players though that site. All electronic communication of any kind between coach and player, including use of social media, must be non-personal in nature and be for the purpose of communicating information about team activities or for team oriented motivational purposes.
Submit your Organization’s SafeSport Coordinator Name and Contact Information to Pete Rothman by September 1, 2016. This individual should be familiar with the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook. http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0102/5713/USA_Hockey_SafeSport_Program_Handbook.pdf
Coming this September (scheduled) USA Hockey will publish a SafeSport Manual.
If you have any questions during the season please call Pete Rothman 610.721.4378 or email email@example.com.