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WIAA Hockey--Participation Eligibility Regulation

As the 2012-13 WIAA Ice Hockey campaign opens with practices starting today, November 5, 2012, awareness of one WIAA regulation is crucial for student-athletes who are participating in nonschool programs.

WIAA Sr. High School Handbook, Article VI, Section 1, 2), indicates:  "A student who was a member of a school team in a given sport during the previous year may not delay reporting for the school team beyond the school's official opening day of practice in order to continue nonschool training or competition."

This regulation review is just a friendly reminder that hockey student-athletes must report to their school team for the first day of practice if they were a member of the school team the previous year.

Questions regarding this student eligibility regulation can be directed to Tom Shafranski, WIAA Ice Hockey liaison, via email at tshafranski@wiaawi.org or by calling (715) 344-8580.

NFHS Hockey Goalie Equipment Rule Change in Effect this Year

The new NFHS goalie equipment rule sizes go into effect with the start of the 2012-13 Ice Hockey season.  These rule changes, found in NFHS Rule 3-3-2 and 3, have been identified in the NFHS Rule Book during the past three years. 

Each of the goalkeeper's leg pads shall not be wider than 11 inches (27.94 cm), nor longer than 38 inches (96.5 cm).

The blocker glove must not exceed 8 inches (20.32 cm) in width at any point, nor shall it exceed 15 inches (38.1 cm) in length.

The goalkeeper's catching glove shall have a maximum circumference of 45 inches (114.3 cm).  The distance from the heel of the catching glove to the outside edge of the glove shall not exceed 18 inches (45.72 cm). The wrist cuff of the goalkeeper's catching glove shall not exceed 4 inches (10.16 cm) in height and 8 inches (20.32 cm) in width across the wrist.

Per NFHS Rule 3-3-4, if a team challenges the opposing team's goalkeeping equipment, under articles 2 and 3 of this section, no measurement is required and the officials should report the challenge to the state association.
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