Call me names, call me what you want but here are the facts..
1. The ACHA website states NO WHERE that the refs should measure equipment during a game and does not online procedures for doing so.
2. The ACHA does state that if teams are not compliant by Oct. 31st they lose ACHA priveliges but deos not state anything, once again, regarding measure pads during a game.
3. The NCAA rule book clearly lays out proper measurements under section 3. (as i stated before).
Sections 1,2, and 4 allow for a team to challenge and ask for a measurment, section 3 is not included, you will see that in section 9, listed below. Section 4 states that a player must wear protective equipment, so if the goalie isn't wearing protective equipment, that falls under section 4.
I could care less about the game. I only stated that the refs were not within any written rules to measure and then on top of that issued a penalty that does not exist. I still have seen no proof that the penatly does exist and all involved with the NCAA and ACHA rules know this. This is why they enacted the certification. It all started when I believe RMC-S played against a team in week 2 of the season that had illegal pads. In that case the refs didn't measure because they knew they had no jurisdiction to do so.
This is the first official memo released by the ACHA...
This is what the D2 portion of the ACHA site states regarding this matter...
The deadline for having the certification done is October 31.
Non-compliance will result in immediate suspension of benefits from the ACHA.
You can schedule this with your local affiliate league, referee scheduler, any ACHA referee.
The Certifying Official will keep the completed document IN FULL and fax into the ACHA at 877-224-2612
Names will be posted once confirmed on ACHA D2 site
SECTION 3. a. With the exception of skates and stick, all equipment
worn by the goalkeeper must be constructed solely for the purpose of
protecting the head or body. The goalkeeper cannot wear any garment
or use any contrivance that would provide undue assistance in keeping
goal. Aprons or webbing extending more than three inches below the
crotch are not permitted. All inner knee/thigh protection, whether
attached to the leg pad or not, must be tightly wrapped around the leg.
Thigh boards are illegal.
b. The goalkeepers leg pads shall not exceed 11 inches in width. The
maximum length from the bottom mid-point to top mid-point of the
pad is not to exceed 38 inches. The boot of the goal pad is to be no less
than 7 inches in length. The boot channel of the goal pad must be flat or
concave in appearance.
Rule 3 / Equipment HR-33
c. The goalkeepers blocker glove shall not exceed 8 inches in width or
more than 15 inches in length at any point. The flap protecting the
thumb and wrist must be fastened to the blocker and this protection must
follow the contour of the thumb and wrist. This protective piece shall not
exceed 7 inches in length when measured from the top of the blocking
surface. Raised ridges are not to be added to any portion of the blocking
HR-34 Rule 3 / Equipment
The goalkeepers catching glove may be a maximum of 45 inches
measured around the perimiter of the glove. The wrist cuff of the
goalkeepers catching glove shall be 4 inches in width and 8 inches
in height. The maximum distance from the heel of the catching glove
to the outside edge of the glove shall not exceed 18 inches. Any bar
or attachment (cheater bar) between the cuff and the thumb only shall
extend from the cuff to the thumb in a straight line.
Rule 3 / Equipment HR-35
d. It is recommended that all goalkeepers wear a goalie helmet with wire
cage that has met the standards established by HECC. Form-fitting
masks are not permitted. It is recommended that goalkeepers wear a
e. No raised ridges are allowed on the front edges or sides of the chest pad,
the inside or outside of the arms, or across the shoulders.
Shoulder cap protectors must follow the contour of the shoulder cap
without becoming a projection or extension beyond or above the shoulder
or shoulder cap. This contoured padding must not be more than 1 inch in
thickness beyond the top ridge of the shoulder and shoulder cap.
On each side the shoulder clavicle protectors are not to exceed
7 inches in width. Their maximum thickness is to be 1 inch. This
protection is not to extend or project above or beyond the shoulder or
shoulder cap nor extend beyond the armpit. No insert is allowed between
the shoulder clavicle protector and the chest pad that would elevate the
shoulder clavicle protector.
HR-36 Rule 3 / Equipment
The chest pad will be considered illegal if, when the goalie assumes
a normal crouch position, the shoulder and/
Measurement and Challenging of Equipment
SECTION 9. A request to measure or check any equipment covered in
Sections 1, 2 and 4 of Rule 3 shall be limited to one request by each team
per stoppage of play and may involve only one player during each stoppage