If you want to play high school hockey, you need to find out if you are eligible for a high school team. You can check out the general requirements for playing high school hockey by using the following link. You will need to check with your team or local association to find out what additional eligibility requirements are in your area.

To be the best that you can be, you need to be mentally prepared as well as physically skilled in the finer points of ice hockey. Frequently, the player's edge between you and an opponent boils down to who knows and uses power skating, the USA Hockey Official Rules of Ice Hockey, and tips and techniques provided by experienced players, coaches, and instructors.

To assist you in mental preparation and skill development, the High School Section has requested and developed a series of Tips and Techniques designed to provide you with the player's edge on and off the ice. You can check these out by using the following link.

Some players don't realize that USA Hockey ice hockey playing rules change every two years or that local associations can implement additional rules through Rule 410 Supplementary Discipline. Others depend upon their coaches to tell them all the rules during practices. They find out about the changes when a penalty is called. The mentally prepared player has looked at and read the USA Hockey rules of the game and knows how both to avoid rules violations and how to use the rules to their team's advantage - such as when their Captain should complain to the referee that an opponent is using a nonconforming stick. Don't have a rule book; no problem. You can check out the on-line rules of the game by using the following link.

In the fury of a high school game, there are going to be times when a player receives a game misconduct, gross misconduct, or match penalty. That usually raises a variety of questions - such as: "Can I still practice with my team?"; "Can I still practice and play for my travel team?"; "I want to appeal the penalty. What are my rights?"; "Can I demand a hearing?" These questions, for the most part, are answered in the rule book. The rule book is quite specific regarding suspensions for each of these penalties, but keep in mind that local associations and teams may have added additional suspension provisions under Rule 410. A discussion of suspension requirements relating to game misconduct penalties, gross misconduct penalties, and match penalties is provided through the following link.

Additionally, USA Hockey has taken extensive steps to ensure that athletes rights are observed while maintaining the integrity of the game. Details concerning hearings and appeals are provided in the USA Hockey Annual Guide. An overview of the provisions for ensuring players rights can be reviewed using the following link.