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OMHA Mouth Guard Policies
Submitted By Michael Kelly on Thursday, September 8, 2016
From time to time we will get questioned about mouth guards.  What is acceptable, and what are the potential penalties.

Here is the policies as written in the OMHA Manual of Operations.

Note:  All players must where a mouth guard in all games and practices.  No exceptions.  Coaching staff and in particular trainers should pay particular attention during practices and be sure to send players off if a mouth guard is not being worn.

From the Manual of Operations

Section 17.5 >> Mouth Guards
All OMHA players are required to wear a mouth guard while playing in games or practices. (See Policies and Procedures, Section 2.4.4).  When a player fails to properly wear a mouth guard while on the ice during a game, he shall be assessed a misconduct penalty.

Section 2.4.4 >> Mouth Guards
The use of a mouth guard product for each player participating in an Ontario Minor Hockey Association game or practice is mandatory. Players shall at all times while engaged in play or practices, practice drills or scrimmages on the ice surface wear an intraoral mouth guard that conforms to the specifications set out by the Association as approved as suitable for use by the team’s trainer.

Specifications
Be of any colour, not be clear or translucent in colour; be one-piece (1) construction; be easily sized by the participant or the participant’s parents; be of an even thickness from the front to the back of the device; engage the teeth of the upper jaw and lower jaw; maintain alignment of the upper and lower jaw in a neutral position; be able to be attached externally to the face mask or shield, it is to be attached to the participant’s helmet or to be form-fitted; to be custom-fitted to the teeth; and in addition for all hockey in non-body checking play will provide not less than one (1) millimeter of shock absorbent thickness between the teeth of the upper and lower jaw and for a player in body checking will provide not less than two (2) millimeters of shock absorbent thickness between the teeth of the upper and lower jaw.
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