The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) began as a men's collegiate hockey league in 1992, and quickly grew to a league of over 150 teams in three men's divisions. The Women's Division was added in 2000, and currently boasts four division with over 300 teams from across the nation.
The purpose of the ACHA is to support quality, unity and regulation of four-year intercollegiate hockey programs nationwide. In order to do this, the ACHA has developed organization By-Laws and a Policies and Procedures Manual to provide the policy foundation for the organization as it works to fulfill its purpose. These documents are reviewed yearly at the ACHA's annual meeting.
The ACHA's policies cover team and player eligibility, rules of play, ranking procedures, national tournament procedures, and other administrative issues.
The ACHA holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Hockey Coaches Association, in the month of April in Naples, Florida.
The American Collegiate Hockey Association is a chartered non-profit corporation. It is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service.
Much of this information came from the ACHA Policy
Mission & Purpose
From the ACHA Policies and Procedures Manual:
I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organization of College/University affiliate programs which provides structure, regulates operations and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey.
II. MISSION STATEMENT
The ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth of four-year collegiate hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level.
The ACHA shall emphasize academic performance, institutional sanction, eligibility criteria, standards of play and opportunities for national competition.
The ACHA promotes all aspects of collegiate hockey stressing the personal development of individual athletes as well as national recognition for member organizations.