A. Any person suspended may, after a hearing and decision, appeal an order of suspension to the appropriate appeal authority.
i. Playing rule suspensions or suspensions of by-laws or rules of local, league or district organizations shall be appealed to the Board of Directors of the State Association or, where no State organization, to the Affiliate Association Board of Directors; or the designated committee of such Board of Directors.
ii. A referee suspension, if appealed, shall be to a committee of the District Referee-in-Chief, the Affiliate Association President, or his/her designee, and a person selected by those two.
iii. Regional or National Tournament rules or special jurisdictional hockey association rules shall be to the USA Hockey Council that has jurisdiction over the program.
B. The appealing person, or organization, must notify the suspending authority of the appeal within 10 days from the receipt of the decision, otherwise the suspension shall be final.
C. The written statement of why the suspension should be overruled, or reversed, shall be delivered to the appropriate appeal authority within 30 days of the decision appealed from.
D. Any suspension shall be in force and in effect until it expires or the appeal authority modifies it.
E. The appeal authority may hold a hearing, at its option, or consider the appeal on the written submissions of the parties to the appeal. The decision of the appeal authority shall be of the full body.
F. The appeal authority must decide the appeal within 10 days from the submissions to it.
G. The appeal authority may affirm, reverse or modify any suspension as it deems proper under the circumstances before it.
H. Except for suspensions of Affiliate Associations, or expulsions of any person or organization from USA Hockey, there are no further appeals.