Classifications are based on the player's age as of midnight on December 31 of the current season. In the United States, USA Hockey designates the following levels. Click here for the official USA Hockey Age Guidelines.
Players will not be permitted to play in a higher age bracket unless specifically authorized by the Coaching Director and approved by the Board of Directors. Players who feel they are capable of playing at a higher age group must first obtain authorization from the Coaching Director, with subsequent approval by the Board of Directors. It is the policy of the Board to base these decisions on the safety of the player(s) involved and the best-interest of the Association as a whole, rather than the preference of the individual player / parent.
Upon selection, the transfer will be effective for that season. Under no circumstances can a player play-up more than one level and a player can never play down an age level.