For 6U & 8U teams, scroll to the bottom section of this page.
The Missouri Hockey season is broken into three parts.
- Declaration Season - Games used to determine if teams have been correctly placed within their age level. This typically runs from early October until early November.
- Regular Season - Starts soon after declaration season and runs until mid-February.
- Playoffs - Typically start the weekend after President's Day and last until the first weekend of March.
- The exact dates are listed on Missouri Hockey's Important Dates page.
Scheduling Practice Games
A practice game is a game against another team that a) includes refs and b) does not fit into any of the Missouri Hockey seasons. When you schedule a practice game, you do not need to notify Missouri Hockey, but you must sign up for officials on MIHOA's website. You will find instructions for that below. Please copy Dennis Coon on emails scheduling practice games to ensure proper billing for referees.
Scheduling Declaration Games
After the MO Hockey Coaches meeting prior to declaration season they will provide guidelines on how many games to schedule and might even instruct you to play games against teams at different levels. Plan to attend this meeting with your coach. Have your initial ice schedule printed and with you so you can set up games. You can schedule games on any full ice practice sheet that is assigned to your team. (2021 Coaches Meeting will be held via Zoom)
Scheduling Regular Season Games
MO Hockey will hold a scheduling meeting between the end of declaration and the start of the regular season, your age level commissioner will hand out the final division placements for each team along with instructions on how many regular season games you will be required to play against each team. Once these divisions are handed out, you will be able to schedule your regular season games. Once again, you should attend this meeting and bring a printed out copy of your schedule to the meeting to schedule games.
Scheduling Playoff Games
Every team in Missouri Hockey qualifies for and is required to participate in the playoffs. They will handle the scheduling of the games. Late in the season a bracket will be available that outlines where each seed plays. However, these times are subject to change to ensure that an out-of-town team plays on a weekend.
Entering Games on Missouri Hockey
Teams are required to enter their home games into Missouri Hockey's website.
The Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association (MIHOA) is the organization that provides referees for each of your games.
Any game you enter into Missouri Hockey's website will automaticaly schedule refs for your game. However, that does not guarantee that referees will be there. You should always verify on MIHOA's website that they have allocated a ref. If not, you may have to reschedule a game.
Practice games, however, will require you to schedule your own officials on MIHOA's website (NOT Missouri Hockey).
Rescheduling a Game
If you need to reschedule a game for any reason after your schedules have been finalized, you must fill out a Game Rescheduling Form B.
Typically rescheduling a game results in a $100 fine by MIHOA, but in some circumstances the fine can be waived. If a team no-shows for a game, they will be fined $1000. This includes weather-related no-shows where the game was not canceled by Mo Hockey or the a rink closure. A Coach or Team Manager is not able to make a decision to cancel a game even if the other team is in agreement.
You are responsible for trading any ice your team has been assigned by the Club and is unable to use. Using the Ice Schedule Manager post the ice and offer trades to other teams. You are responsible to follow up even after listing ice on this page, if you are unable to trade notify Dennis Coon 7 days prior to the date of the ice. Any ice you are unable to trade will come out of your teams allocation. Log into the Ice Schedule site and see directions at the top of the page.
8U Game Scheduling
8U games will be scheduled by one designated person at each skill level (Red, White, Blue). These are not entered on MO Hockey's website but will be entered on the Spirit Main Schedule.
If Referees are needed the designated person at your skill level who is scheduling games will take care of making the request to MOHOA. If official Referees are used your team will be billed at the end of the season.
Since practices are scheduled on a per team bases you as the Team Manager are responsible for trading any ice your team is unable to use, see section above.