Now celebrating its 23rd season of existence, the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organization of over 415 college and university affiliated programs, which provides structure, regulates operations and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey. The ACHA has been a long time member of USA Hockey and all teams and players registered with the ACHA receive USA Hockey player benefits and services. The ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth and development of collegiate hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards, which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level. The ACHA emphasizes 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.