Notice of JAHA rule change
After last night’s board meeting, the board has voted unanimously to make a modification to JAHA’s rules to allow us to better enforce the mask mandate required by the rink. The text of the rule change is listed below. There will be a 10 day period where comments can be submitted regarding the rule change, after which the rule will go into effect if no changes are adopted. If changes are adopted, there will be another 10 day comment period. If you have any comments regarding this rule change, please submit them to email@example.com
In addition to all equipment required by USA hockey rules, JAHA will also require masks be correctly worn in any circumstances where city or rink policy dictates. On-ice violations of this requirement will be subject to the same penalties that USA hockey equipment violations receive; which includes one warning first to each team before issuing misconduct penalties to individual players. Players may be found in violation of this rule by an official at any time while they are on the ice, however warnings/penalties will only be issued during stoppages in play. Off-ice violations of this policy (benches, locker rooms, and common areas) will be addressed by the board on a case-by-case basis and players found repeatedly in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline by the JAHA board as outlined in rules B1 (Sportsmanship) and B4 (Facility Rules). Penalties for off ice violations may range from warnings up to suspensions or bans.
Thank you to all of you have made the effort to appropriately mask while on the ice! They haven’t gone unnoticed in all of this.
We look forward to your feedback and will see you on the ice!
-Andrew Dimond, JAHA president