Tiering Application Info

Date: November 1, 2017
To: All AAHA Member Organizations
From: Glenn Hefferan, President
Re: Application for Tier I and Tier II Designations for the 2018-2019 Season

In accordance with the AAHA Rules and Regulations Article VI – Teams, Clubs and Organizations, Sections A, B and C (attached), the application for 2018-2019 Tier I and Tier II Designations are now available for submission. All applications will receive an email confirmation of receipt. If a confirmation is not received within 48 hours of submission, please contact me directly.

The attached AAHA rule and requirements supplement USA Hockey’s Standards and Criteria for Tier I Youth and Girls Classifications defined in the USA Hockey Annual Guide – Section III – Team Membership and Registration.

The procedure for the Tier I AAA Classification application includes the following:

  • By no later than November 30th, any organization or club that wishes teams to be considered for a Tier I AAA designation must submit the appropriate written application (on-line fillable form attached) and supporting documentation if appropriate. All applications are to be sent via email to ghefferan@aahahockey.org or by fax to (201) 510-0365.
  • The AAHA will convene a Tier I AAA Selection Committee that will present its written recommendations to the AAHA President by January 1st.
  • The AAHA President, by the third weekend in January, shall declare those organizations/clubs and their specific teams that are designated as Tier I AAA and are authorized to use that designation and compete as Tier I AAA teams for the 2018-2019 season.

The procedure for the Tier II AA National Bound (14U, 16U, 18U) Classification application includes the following:

  • By no later than November 30th, any independent organization or club that wishes teams to be considered for a Tier II AA National Bound designation (14U, 16U, 18U) must submit a written application (on-line fillable form attached). All applications are to be sent via email to
    ghefferan@aahahockey.org or by fax to (201) 510-0365.
  • All organizations or clubs that are current members of AAHA sanctioned Tier II leagues must submit their applications to their respective league President or designee no later November 20th.
    The AAHA sanctioned league will submit the applications as a group on behalf of their members.
  • The AAHA will convene a Tier II AA Selection Committee that will present its written recommendations to the AAHA President by January 15th.
  • The AAHA President, by February 1st, shall declare those teams that are designated as Tier II AA and are authorized to use that designation and compete as Tier II AA teams for the 2018-2019
    season. At that time the President shall also identify the number of Tier II designations that will be available for the 2018-2019 season based upon the criteria established in the attached rule.

NOTE: Tier I and Tier II applications must be filed separately. Do not co-mingle Tier I and Tier II Club applications on the same form. PLEASE USE THE ON-LINE FILLABLE FORM. All questions
regarding the process are to be directed to me at 201-965-2242 or ghefferan@aahahockey.org.