USA Hockey, Inc., founded in 1936-37, is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. Its mission is to promote the growth of hockey in America and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Hockey is the official representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation. In this role, USA Hockey is responsible for organizing and training men’s and women’s teams for international tournaments, including the IIHF World Championships and the Olympic Winter Games.
Closer to home, USA Hockey works with the National Hockey League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on matters of mutual interest.
USA Hockey’s primary emphasis is on the support and development of grassroots hockey programs. USA Hockey is divided into 11 geographical districts throughout the United States.
Each district has a registrar to register teams; a referee-in-chief to register officials and organize clinics; a coach-in-chief to administer educational programs for coaches; a risk manager to oversee liability and safety programs; and a skill development program administrator to facilitate learn-to-play programs for youth players and their parents.
For players, USA Hockey annually conducts regional and national championship tournaments in various age classifications; sponsors regional and national player identification and development camps; studies and makes recommendations for protective equipment; distributes Hat Trick, Playmaker and Zero Club Awards; and provides an insurance program that includes excess accident, general liability and catastrophic coverage.
For coaches and officials, USA Hockey conducts clinics and produces training manuals and videos through its Coaching Education and the Officiating Education Programs.
USA Hockey also promotes uniformity in playing rules and the interpretation of those rules.
USA Hockey has not forgotten parents, supplying this vital segment of the hockey family with a “Parent’s Introduction To Youth Hockey” brochure, which includes tips on buying equipment, rules of the game and the role of parents in youth sports.
USA Hockey also publishes USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely circulated hockey publication in the world, which is sent to the household of every registered member as a benefit of membership. The organization’s official website, www.usahockey.com, also provides up-to-the-minute coverage of news and events.
In December 1994, USA Hockey introduced its official inline hockey program – USA Hockey InLine – to provide structure and support for the growth of the sport across America.