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Frequently Asked Questions

USA Hockey NYSAHA Update on 2020-21 Season (updated June 29, 2020)

NYSAHA recently announced specific ice hockey activities that are now permitted for regions in Phase 3 or Phase 4 (as of July 6 or later). Read the full update from NYSAHA

Q: What activities are allowed?

A: We are bound by New York State’s “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Sports and Recreation.” Ice hockey is considered a “higher risk sport.” According to this guidance, ice hockey activities are currently limited to:

  • Individual or distanced group training or activities
  • Organized or no/low contact-group training (e.g., sports camps or clinics)


Q: What activities are still restricted?

A: New York State’s guidance for sports and recreation restricts the following ice hockey activities:

  • Competitive team practices
  • Games, meets, matches, scrimmages (e.g., organized leagues, pick-up sports)
  • Competitive tournaments of multiple games, meets, matches, or scrimmages requiring travel (such as travel between regions within New York or outside of the State)


Q: When will USA Hockey and NYSAHA lift the suspension of other sanctioned events in New York State?

A: NYSAHA will continue to follow New York State and local governmental directives and will provide an update when other sanctioned events may start to be scheduled and held.


Q: What happens if we suffer a financial hardship or have concerns about COVID-19 and elect not to play for a team we’ve already committed to?

A: If a player/family who has signed a commitment form for the 2020-21 season needs to withdraw due to financial hardship or COVID-19 concerns, they will be permitted to do so by August 15, 2020 whether or not a deposit was placed. They will receive a full refund of any monies paid to date, with the exception of the cost of jerseys or equipment that was purchased. Players who are released under these conditions will not be permitted to play for any other National or State Tournament Bound team or other travel team, and will only be allowed to play in house league hockey for the 2020-21 season.