|The Registration section of the USA Hockey Annual Guide recognizes the HIGH School/PREP School playing classification for players and teams. The Guide notes that the classification is composed of "Formal high school and prep school teams or non-varsity teams consisting of full-time students attending high school/prep school." The Guide also notes that high school teams "may roster up to 30 players" and "may play 20 players."
Besides using USA Hockey player eligibility criteria, each high school hockey organization should consider their need for additional criteria for both players and teams. Experience has shown that there is no one set of criteria that will meet the needs of all teams, organizations, associations, and Leagues within the United States. Common sense suggests that player and team eligibility should mirror the students' school athletic program academic and other eligibility requirements to the extent practical.
The following is an example of the player and team criteria used by the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League (MSHL) for their program.
|The MSHL uses the same eligibility criteria for a student's team membership as individual public and private schools use for their sports programs. As a departure from traditional high school contact sports rules, the MSHL has always welcomed and encouraged girls as well as boys to join teams and learn the sport of ice hockey. The MSHL also supports a Girls Division playing under rules that prepare them for college level girls ice hockey programs.
MSHL competition by students is recognized as an official school activity by the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, which is composed of parochial schools, and several private schools, but the League is neither affiliated with nor recognized as an official school activity by public schools.
Student player eligibility requirements:
|The MSHL sponsors four types of teams: Varsity, Girls Varsity, Junior Varsity (JV), and Developmental/Novice. For each type of team, student players must meet the academic and other eligibility requirements of their school for playing a winter school sport. Teams are encouraged to open their rosters to all students who want to learn and play hockey, rather than just to experienced players. More students on a team also leads to lower prorated costs for each player.
Girls Varsity Teams:
Junior Varsity Teams: