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TABLE 1

Current Age Jurisdictions in Youth Ice Hockey in North Americaa

CategoryAge (y) on December 31 of the Playing SeasonWhere Body Checking Is Allowed in 2013–2014 Season
Initiation (in Canada) <7 Nowhere 
Mite (US), Novice (Canada) 7 and 8 Nowhere 
Squirt (US), Atom (Canada) 9 and 10 Nowhere 
Pee Wee 11 and 12 Nowhereb,c 
Bantam 13 and 14 US, Canada 
Midget 15–17 US, Canada 
CategoryAge (y) on December 31 of the Playing SeasonWhere Body Checking Is Allowed in 2013–2014 Season
Initiation (in Canada) <7 Nowhere 
Mite (US), Novice (Canada) 7 and 8 Nowhere 
Squirt (US), Atom (Canada) 9 and 10 Nowhere 
Pee Wee 11 and 12 Nowhereb,c 
Bantam 13 and 14 US, Canada 
Midget 15–17 US, Canada 
a

Age categories were shifted down by 1 y in Canada in 2002.

b

In the United States, age of legal body checking in games raised from Pee Wee to Bantam starting with 2011–2012 season.

c

In Canada, age of legal body checking in games raised from Pee Wee to Bantam starting with 2013–2014 season.

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