Rules and Regulations
SPRING/SUMMER START DATE: WEEK OF APRIL 15
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Adult Hockey League Rules and Regulations:
"At the end of the game, we still need to wake up and go to work."
Relax, It's just a game!
Elite League - is comprised of Elite hockey players who have had playing experience at the pro, college, juniors, elite high school level and/or in an adult hockey program. This league is appropriate for those who have proficient ice hockey skills combined with the desire to play at a competitive level.
A League - is comprised of Above Average hockey players who possess good puck handling, skating, passing and shooting skills while participating in a competitive team play atmosphere. This division will have some elite level players as well as some B level players.
B League - is comprised of average hockey players who possess decent puck handling, skating, passing and shooting skills while participating in an Intermediate team play atmosphere. Players who grew up playing travel or high school hockey or have these skills should play in this league
C League - is for hockey players who are not necessarily new to the game but have basic puck handling, skating, passing and shooting skills. Teams play in a Recreational team play atmosphere. Players who grew up playing house or started hockey as an adult should play in this league.
D League - is for hockey players who are just starting out. Almost everyone in this league started playing hockey as an adult, or have been away from the game for a signficant amount of time. The league is designed for the Beginner hockey player
**This is a NON CHECKING hockey league. However, CONTACT is bound to happen. Full equipment is highly recommended. Helmet, Gloves, Skates, Elbow Pads and Shin Pads are mandatory.**
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SPRING/SUMMER LEAGUE START DATES AND PAYMENTS: WEEK OF APRIL 15
Elite League, C League
14 regular season games + 3 playoff games
Team Fee: $3,950.00
First payment is due April 20th in the amount of $2,250.00 ($100 discount if one team payment is made by one individual in the full amount)
Second payment is due June 15th in the amount of $1,700.00 ($100 discount if one team payment is made by one individual in the full amount)
A League, B League
13 regular season games + 3 playoff games
Team Fee: $3,750.00
First payment is due April 19th in the amount of $2,150.00 ($100 discount if one team payment is made by one individual in the full amount)
Second payment is due June 14th in the amount of $1,600.00 ($100 discount if one team payment is made by one individual in the full amount)
14 regular season games + 3 playoff games + All-Star Game
Team Fee: $4,025.00
First payment is due April 17th in the amount of $2,375.00 ($100 discount if one team payment is made by one individual in the full amount)
Second payment is due June 12th in the amount of $1,650.00 ($100 discount if one team payment is made by one individual in the full amount)
**Declaration Games may be scheduled for A, B, C league teams in an effort to balance the leagues. Before the season starts, each team will request a specific level of play. You may then play at up to 4 games against various teams. Based on these outcomes, divisions may be formed with teams of similar strength. All teams must be willing to play during any night of the week during the declaration process**
USA HOCKEY Registration Required
Matching Jerseys with Individual Numbers Required. No duplicate Numbers
3 minute warm-up, 14 minute stop time periods
No tie games, if tied after regulation, 3 man shootout
Arrive early as game can start up to 15 minutes ahead of schedule
League fee’s are to be paid in full before the 1st game.
Each Participant must be registered with USA Hockey
No participant will be allowed on the ice until full payment has been received.
Each Participant is required to sign in before each game. .
Each Participant is required to fill out a registration form with all their contact information (If not already on file).
Each Participant is required to respect the rules and regulations of the Independence Events Center
Each Participant is required to be courteous and respectful to all Staff members
Each Team is responsible for keeping the locker rooms clean.
Player Substitutions: No team is allowed player subs if 7 or more of their rostered players are in attendence. Team must play short. In the event of player substitutions, the participant must be approved by the League Commissioner in advance. A $20 substitution fee may apply to each substituted player. Player subs must play at appropriate level (no ringers!!). This includes goalies (goalies are exempt from $20 substitution fee).
3 Minute Warm-Up
14 Minute Stop Time Periods
1 Time Out Per Game
Win = 2pts, Shootout Loss = 1pt, Loss = 0 pts
Games Tied At The End Of Regulation Will Participate In A 3 Man Shootout
If Game Is Still Tied After 3 Man Shootout, Sudden Death Shootout Will Be Played Until We Have A Winner
All Teams Need Matching Jerseys With Individual Numbers (No Repeat Numers)
All Teams Must Be Ready To Play 15 Minutes Before Scheduled Game Time. Games Will Start Early
Game Times And Days, Though Rare, Are Subject To Change
The League Abides By The USA Hockey Rules and Regulations. However, In Addition To The USA Hockey Rules and Regulations The Following Policies Apply:
Absolutely NO Fighting!
(Suspension time relates to current league session)
1st offense: 2 Game Suspension.
2nd offense: 6 Game Suspension / Possible Removal From League
(If you are issued a second fighting penalty within 365 days, outside of your current session, a 4 game suspension may be issued)
Try not to help break up any scuffles or fights… Odds are you will get penalized
Instigating Penalties Will Be Strongly Enforced
Off-Ice Offense (Example: Altercation in locker room, parking lot, etc): Up to 5 Game Suspension / Possible Removal From League.
All Suspensions will be reviewed by the League Commissioner and are not subject to debate. Additional penalties can occur pending on the severity of the infraction. League Commissioner reserves the right to remove anyone from the league for conduct detrimental to their team/league.
If a player is suspended, they are not allowed to play for any other team in any division until suspension has been served. Players playing on multiple teams cannot play with either team until suspension has been served in the division in which the suspension was issued. Not allowed to sub for any other team as well.
Suspended Players are allowed to come and watch the games, but are not allowed on the player’s benches or in the locker rooms. They must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Any inappropriate behavior may result in additional game suspensions. Basically, make yourself invisible.
No refunds will be provided to individuals who receive suspensions.
If any participant receives 3 different game misconducts in one calender year, the league will review the individuals track record and reserves the right to remove the individual for an extended period of time. Each review will be done on a case by case basis. Be prepared to receive at least double the amount of games issued by the official (Minimum)
Verbal and physical abuse of officials and arena personal will not be tolerated.
Abuse of any official (on/off ice) will not be tolerated by the league. The league, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to suspend or terminate any player from the league for detrimental behavior. All reviews will be made on a case-by-case basis by the league commissioner and will consist of information from teams, referees, scorekeeper and arena personal. At all disciplinary hearings the player and team captain shall meet with the league commissioner/disciplinary committee.
The league reserves the right to block participation of players in any division.
Players playing “down” (or up) a division will be subject to evaluation by the league commissioner to determine eligibility to play. Please be sure that you assign players to your teams based on their ability to play (or not play) in the division that you are applying to.
TWO TEAMS WHO END THE PLAYOFF ROUND ROBIN WITH THE MOST POINTS WILL PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. IN THE EVENT OF A TIE, THE FOLLOWING TIE BREAKERS WILL APPLY:
1. HEAD TO HEAD
2. MOST WINS
3. GOAL DIFFERENTIAL (Running up scores will not help you. Teams receive a maximum +/- 6 goals a game)
4. GOALS AGAINST
5. GOALS FOR
6. LEAST PENALTY MINUTES
**PLAYOFF ROSTER: PLAYER MUST PLAY IN AT LEAST 6 REGULAR SEASON GAMES TO BE ELIGABLE FOR PLAYOFFS**
To Avoid Penalties, Please Read The Following League Standard’s Of Play:
The use of the stick will be limited to only playing the puck.
The stick will not be allowed to in any way impede a player’s progress.
The use of a free hand/arm will not be allowed to grab or impede a player’s progress.
Players who have a positional advantage shall not lose that advantage as a result of illegal acts by the opponent.
Players will be held accountable for acts of an intimidating or dangerous nature.
Enforcement Standard – These penalties are to be called with very strict enforcement
A player cannot use his/her stick against an opponent’s body (puck carrier or non-puck carrier) to gain a positional advantage. Examples include:
tugs or pulls on the body, arms or hands of the opponent which allows for the space between the players to diminish
placing the stick in front of the opponent’s body and locking on – impeding the opponent’s progress or causing a loss of balance.
stick on the hand/arm that takes away the ability for the opponent to pass or shoot the puck with a normal amount of force
A player cannot use his/her stick on the legs or feet of an opponent in a manner that would cause a loss of balance or for them to trip or fall. Examples include:
placing the stick in front of the opponent’s legs for the purpose of impeding progress, even if on the ice, with no effort to legally play the puck
placing the stick between the legs of the opponent (can opener/corkscrew) that causes a loss of balance or impedes the progress of the opponent.
A player cannot wrap his/her arms around an opponent or use a free hand to clutch, grab or hold the stick, jersey or body on the opponent in a manner that impedes their progress. Examples include:
wrapping one or both arms around the opponent along the boards in a manner that pins them against the boards and prevents them from playing the puck or skating
grabbing the opponent’s body, stick or sweater with one or both hands
- using a free arm/hand to restrain or impede the opponent’s progress
A player cannot use his/her body (“pick” or “block”) to impede the progress of an opponent with no effort to play the puck, maintain normal foot speed or established skating lane. Examples include:
intentionally playing the body of an opponent who does not have possession or possession and control of the puck.
using the body to establish a ”pick” or “block” that prevents an opponent from being able to chase a puck carrier
reducing foot speed or changing an established skating lane for the purpose of impeding an opponent from being able to chase a puck carrier
The use of the stick will be limited to only playing the puck. Any stick contact, as a result of a slashing motion, to the hands/ arms or body of the opponent will be strictly penalized. In addition, hard slashes to the upper portion of the stick (just below the hands) of an opponent, with no attempt to legally play the puck, shall also be penalized.