ALL players that live outside School District 911 and open enroll into the school district need a waiver to play for CIHA. Contact your home association to start the waiver process.
If you live in School District 911 and are waiving out of CIHA, contact the CIHA President to start the waiver process.
This process will need to be repeated with each school change, i.e. elementary to middle or middle to high school.
A. PARTICIPATION POLICY: MH is a community-based amateur hockey program. Members in good standing are to participate
on teams from their local association (local affiliate) based on the residence of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The boundaries
of the geographical area served by each local association are determined by MH and recorded in the Affiliate Agreements.
In some circumstances, players may participate in another association by requesting a formal waiver from this policy.
B. PARTICIPATION RULE
1. Players must register and participate with the association whose boundaries incorporate the player’s residence.
To participate on any other association's team, the player must obtain a waiver.
a. All waiver requests must be submitted on a current Waiver Form provided by MH.
b. The Waiver Form must indicate the reason for the waiver request. (school attendance, opportunity to play on travel
team, co-op team, etc.).
c. The releasing and receiving associations may add conditions or restrictions to the waiver. Conditions must be
indicated on the Waiver Form and initialed by all parties executing the waiver.
d. Waiver Forms must be signed by the releasing and receiving association presidents.
• After approval by the association presidents, Discretionary Waivers must be submitted to the District Director for
approval (both Directors if two Districts are involved).
• Provide copies of approved Mandatory Waivers to the District Director (both Directors if two Districts are involved).
District Director approval is not needed on Mandatory waivers.
e. Non-Minnesota residents desiring to play for MH must follow the Inter-Affiliate Transfer Protocol.
Residence – the legal dwelling of the player’s parent(s) or court-appointed legal guardian(s) having custody of the player
as substantiated by sufficient evidence to establish the location of the legal dwelling such as a valid driver’s license,
lease, property tax bill, utility bills or other persuasive evidence as to where the player lives. A pending relocation is not
considered to be the player’s residence unless the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have completed the purchase or
executed a lease and moved into the new residence. In the case of foreign exchange students, the place the player
resides while in the USA shall be considered the player’s residence. Players moving after tryouts begin can be assigned
to teams on a space-available basis.
Association of Residence – the association whose boundaries include the player's residence.
Association of School Attendance – the association whose boundaries include the location of the school the player
Note: A player attending a public school that encompasses the boundaries of more than one youth hockey association
has the following options:
• Participate in his/her Association of Residence
• If the player doesn't live within the boundaries of the associations the school feeds, the player may pick one of the
associations as his/her Ass'n of School Attendance on a one-time-choice basis.
Home Association – either the Association of Residence, or the Association of School Attendance to which a player has
been properly waived and continues to attend school.
School – the primary educational provider of the student to achieve progress towards a high school diploma, the
equivalent of a high school diploma, or any post high school degree. If the provider does not instruct the student at a
physical facility, the location of the school shall be the student’s primary residence. High school students taking post high
school classes shall not be deemed to be attending school at the post high school provider’s location.
Mandatory Waiver – neither the releasing nor the accepting association can decline to approve a school attendance
waiver that meets the requirements as described below.
Discretionary Waiver – an agreement between associations to transfer a player for reasons as agreed to by the affected
associations and District Director(s). Any of the approving parties have the authority to reject such a waiver.
3. A Mandatory Waiver shall be granted to any player in good standing, without conditions except as described below, who
wishes to participate in the MH association whose boundaries incorporate the school in which the player is enrolled and is
attending, as follows:
a. For schools with multiple campuses, the "main" campus shall prevail unless agreed otherwise by the affected District
b. Players waived based on school choice shall be deemed to be members of their Association of School Attendance
and shall have full rights and privileges accorded to all members of that association, including voting rights.
(Exception – see "Changing Schools" below.)
c. Players receiving a waiver based on school attendance shall register with their Association of School Attendance for
as long as they continue to attend that school (including the first year). If they stop attending school in that
association's area, they revert back to their Association of Residence for participation or waiver.
4. Players waived for non-school attendance reasons are subject to the receiving assn's policies in accordance with MH
governing documents (may not be eligible for highest team, may be assigned to lowest team, etc.). They shall remain
members of their Home Association, not the assn. they were waived to, with full rights and privileges accorded to all assn.
members including voting rights.
5. CHANGING SCHOOLS:
a. Players not living in the attendance area of the school they attend shall elect one of the following:
1. Have full eligibility to compete at any division in their Association of Residence; or
2. Be eligible at all except the highest division in their Association of School Attendance for one year beginning with
the first day of attendance in the new school, with full eligibility thereafter.
Exception: Players enrolling in 9th Grade for the first time are immediately eligible to compete at any division in their
Association of School Attendance.
b. Players who have participated in their Association of School Attendance and desire to return to their Association of
Residence without a related change of school shall elect one of the following:
1. Have full eligibility to compete at any division with their Association of School Attendance for one (1) year
beginning with the first day that they notify in writing both involved associations of their intent to return to their
Association of Residence; or
2. Be eligible at all except the highest division in their Association of Residence for one (1) year beginning with the
first day that they notify in writing both involved associations of their intent to return to their Association of
c. For purposes of this rule, a team that is eligible to participate in "AA" level playoffs at the end of the season will be
considered a higher division than a team within the same association that is eligible to participate in "A" level playoffs.
d. Submit unusual circumstances to the District Director Committee for a decision.
6. A waiver must be obtained before a player can participate outside of their Home Association. During a season, a player
that registers or participates with one assn. can't participate with any other assn. without a waiver. Trying out in an assn. is
considered participation. A player that participates without a necessary waiver is considered an ineligible player. Refer to
the Section entitled Eligibility Provisions.
7. Players denied a waiver or given a waiver with conditions by their Home Association may appeal in writing to the Home
Association's District Director Committee. The Committee's decision is final.
8. District Director Committee: In cases indicated above where decisions are to be made by a District Director Committee,
the District Director shall appoint two other persons beside themselves as the designated committee, one of which will be
either the Maroon or Gold Vice President. This is to hear appeals pursuant to USAH Bylaw 10 E (1) (b).
9. Players having dual citizenship, one being the United States, must conform to this participation rule.
This is the procedure that needs to be followed to get ALL required signatures before your player goes on the ice for tryouts. After each signature, you will take the waiver with you.
Step 1: Contact the hockey association of where you live, President or Registrar. They will give you the waiver. You will fill out the top portion, then that association's President will sign the waiver. You take the waiver with you.
Step 2: Now you will need CIHA's President to sign the Waiver. Once the CIHA President has signed it, take the waiver with you.
If your home association is in District 10, proceed to Step 4. If not, continue to step 3.
Step 3: If your home association is in another District you must bring the signed waiver by both Presidents to your District Director and he will sign it. If you do not know the district director or how to contact him ask the President that signed it in step 1. Proceed to step 4.
Step 4: If your home association is in District 10 you only need to get District 10's director to sign it. Again, take the waiver with you. Your waiver is now complete proceed to to Step 5.
Step 5: The completed waiver will need to get to CIHA Registrar, before your player goes on the ice. If you are a traveling player, you can bring this to your first tryout session. If we do not have this at your tryout session your player will not be allowed on the ice.