Effective with the 2012-13 season, the "Wildcard" rule limits the roster of any one CHC Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, Tier IV (Open Division) or house league team to include only 5 "wildcard" players. A "Wildcard" player is defined as:
An out-of-state player resident excluding "Grandfathered" players (see below)
Out of state residents who were first registered with CHC programs in 2004-05, through 2011-12 season, and classified as WILDCARDS, are still WILDCARDS. They are not grandfathered players.
The following players are NOT "Wildcards," and for the purpose of eligibility, are to be considered as Connecticut residents:
1. "Grandfathered" players - any out of state resident who was properly rostered with a member CHC program in the 2003-04 season. Additionally, any female out of state resident who was properly rostered with a CHC program in the 2002-03 season. Siblings born before April 27, 2004 will also be permanently grandfathered. In order to retain their grandfathered status, such players must remain rostered with a CHC program. If they return to their home state program, and then wish to come back to CHC, they will be Wildcards on their return.
2. Non-resident players who are full time boarding students at a Connecticut prep school.