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New 13U and 16U girls hockey pilot program coming in Minnesota

The program will provide 13- and 16-year-old girls the ability to play at the 12U and 15U levels when needed.

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Hockey has announced a new 13U and 16U pilot program aimed at providing an age-appropriate development path for girls in the state.

Certain 13- and 16-year-old players will be able to play on 12U and 15U teams when their organization isn't able to provide the appropriate team for them to play on (for example, a 15U team for a 13-year-old, or a 19U team for a 16-year-old).

This program is aimed to encourage participation of girls playing at higher and older levels.

Players hoping to participate in this new opportunity must fill out a "play-down" request form and then receive an approval letter. Any player that receives approval must also play on an "A" level team (unless petitioned for exception).

Teams must still have at least two-thirds of the roster at the appropriate age level (12U or 15U). No more than one-third of the team may be playing up or down.

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The new program will be in effect from 2022-23 to 2023-24.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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