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West Section

West Section Fall Meeting


Information on the  West Section Fall meeting will be forthcoming.


Gary Joseph 

West Section President NYSAHA


There have been many changes to the Safesport program.  The United States government enacted the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Authorization Act”) on February 14, 2018. Pursuant to the SafeSport Authorization Act, the U.S. Center for SafeSport (“USCSS”) adopted Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies, dated January 23, 2019 (the “MAAPP”), which include policies that the SafeSport Authorization Act requires to be adopted by all national governing bodies (“NGBs”) recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (the “USOC”). The USCSS has also adopted the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement (the “USCSS Code”), which includes information and policies and procedures to which the USOC, all NGBs recognized by the USOC, and all programs recognized by an NGB must comply.

Read the entire document in the safesport memo.

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The West Section of the NY District is comprised of the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wyoming, and Yates.

There are 58 approved member associations in the west section with approximately 11,000 players registered with USA Hockey; the most in the NY District.

Gary Joseph is the current West Section President with Amy Rogers serving as his alternate. Their term will run from 2019 - 2021. The West Section conducts two regularly scheduled meetings: one in the fall and another in the spring.


West Section President

Gary Joseph


Phone: (716) 983-0340

West Section Alternate President

Amy Rogers

Alternate President West Section

Phone: 716.949.9900

Attention State Tournament Information



March 11, 2020
To Our NYSAHA Hockey Community:

NYSAHA has just been informed by USA Hockey that it has decided to cancel all national tournaments due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), concerns that, nationwide, have led to governmental directives requiring local tournaments to be canceled or curtailed; played in rinks and/or rink facilities emptied of all families and spectators; and other significant restrictions. The cancelation of nationals was, in the final analysis, taken to avoid putting at risk our players, coaches, officials and others by traveling to and attending nationals.

Other major hockey tournaments have already been canceled, and similar cancelations have occurred and are being considered in other sports; to say nothing of similar actions being taken by businesses, schools and colleges, governmental offices, houses of worship and other venues and events.

Given the above, the Board of Directors of NYSAHA has decided to follow the lead of USA Hockey and cancel our remaining State tournaments this season due to safety concerns and governmental directives aimed at stemming the spread of and threats associated with coronavirus. These concerns are exceptionally serious, and the Board notes that the World Health Organization today declared coronavirus to be a global pandemic.

The Board has taken this action with the utmost sadness for our many players hoping to play in our States and perhaps advance to nationals, and for their families and friends hoping to watch that happen. However, with advancement to nationals no longer a consideration, the safety of our game and its participants must be our only priority at this time. The Board wishes everyone a safe and healthy Spring and Summer, and hopes that next season we can avoid the disruptions we have experienced over the past few months.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
New York State Amateur Hockey Association, Inc.

Joe Baudo

Joe Baudo President

All Associations - Due October 15, 2019

The links below must be completed by October 15, 2019. Your Association must complete the screening and ADM declaration in a timely manner. The due date is October 15, 2019.



Girls Tier 1 Hockey

If your Association is going to have Tier I Girls teams next season in order to be in compliance with the rules that were voted into place, you must publicize or advertise your tryouts prior to the USA Hockey National Championships that begin next week. The rule follows below



West Section President NYSAHA

Associations that would like to host Girls Tier I NTB teams for the following season must publish and advertise tryout dates prior to the start of the current USA Hockey National Championship; provided, however, that no tryouts or activities that could be construed as such may occur until 48 hours after the last game of the Tier I Girls’ and Tier II Girls’ National Championships. Associations holding tryouts, and players trying out, are not necessarily guaranteed that the teams selected/rostered through tryouts will be granted Girls Tier I NTB status. All rostered teams seeking this designation must carry a minimum of 15 players, including goaltenders, and the greatest percentage of the players on the roster must be residents of the State of New York as determined under USA Hockey Rule III.C (Registration).

West Section State and National bound (TB) Teams List

USA Hockey or IIHF sanctioned teams



Your teams must play against other USA Hockey or IIHF sanctioned teams whether exhibition games or in a tournament. The tournament also needs to be sanctioned. Please make sure that all of your Coaches and Staff of your teams are aware of this basic premise of our game.


Any questions  please contact me.





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