HOUSE LEAGUE RULES AND REGULATIONS
Season 2012 – 2013
1. All rules set out by Hockey Canada, the Alliance and the Hamilton Minor Hockey Council governing equipment applies in addition to the rules identified below.
2. There will be no alteration in the size or appearance of the equipment provided by Rosedale Minor Hockey Association including jersey’s and socks without written consent from the divisions Vice President. All efforts will be made that proper jersey’s and socks are worn at all games.
3. Names will not be placed on jerseys until the divisions VP and the convenors have had the equalization on all teams. Player’s name will only be permitted to be on the bottom of the jerseys. Unless Team Sponsor specifically requests, in writing, for the Player name to be on top and sponsor’s name on bottom of jersey.
4. All equipment must be CSA approved. Helmet/Facial protection shall have valid, visible CSA sticker and shall not be altered. It is the responsibility of the player/parent to ensure CSA compliance.
5. All equipment must be worn by the player from the time they leave the dressing room until they return (this includes their helmet). Failure to do so may result in a 10 minute misconduct for the first offence and one game suspension for any subsequent infractions.
6. Only goalies may be permitted to wear goalie skates. All others must wear proper hockey skates. Exceptions will be made in novice.
7. RMHA may supply one set of goalkeeping equipment to the team. The head coach and the parents of the child playing goal are responsible for the care and return for the equipment upon the conclusion of the season. RMHA requires a $200 deposit for goalie equipment, $160 of which will be refunded when the equipment has been returned in good condition. A surcharge of $40 will be withheld for cleaning and disinfecting the equipment.
8. Goalies are required to supply their own stick and CSA approved goalie mask/helmet and neck guard.
9. Mouth guards are not mandatory but highly recommended. If a player wears a mouth guard, it must be worn properly. Should a player not wear the mouth guard correctly, a team warning will be issued to the coach and any subsequent infractions will result in a misconduct penalty being issued. Each team will be permitted 1 warning; a warning issued to one team does not constitute a warning to both teams. Referees will be encouraged to remind players and coaches alike of this issue prior and during the games.
Team Selection and Balancing
1. The division coaches and convener in the presence of the divisions VP or other executive member will draft teams at the conclusion of player skate & skills evaluation.
2. Only 3 players will be protected per team, this will be the Head coaches’ child (children in the event of siblings in the same division). If the Head coach does not have a child in the division, then 3 children of the coaching staff can be protected. In the event that none of the coaching staff have children playing in the division, than there will be no protected player.
3. All coaching staff children will be rated by the convener and the child than slotted into a fixed a draft position on their team. Draft position will be determined by the player’s ability.
4. In the event that consensus cannot be reached between coaches, the decision of the division Convener and Division VP will be final on the rating of player.
Rosedale House League Rules
1. All rules set out by Hockey Canada, the Alliance and Hamilton Minor Hockey Council will apply in addition to the rules identified below.
2. No member of any team may enter the ice surface until the Zamboni has completed the flooding operation and has left the ice surface with the gate secured behind it. Infractions of the rule will result in a minor penalty for the offending team at the start of the game. This penalty may be called by the Rink Attendant, Time/Score Keeper, Convener or Referee. A member of the coaching staff should always stay at the team’s entrance to the ice until ALL players have entered the ice surface.
3. No person shall enter the ice surface without wearing skates. All coaching staff must walk around the arena to their respective benches.
4. No smoking, drugs or alcohol is permitted anywhere within Rosedale Arena. Abuse of this rule will result in disciplinary action by the Executive Board.
5. A player registered in two Hamilton Minor Hockey Council leagues will be suspended without refund for the balance of the season.
6. House league may play exhibition and tournament games from the start of the season through the end of the season. Travel permits must be obtained for all games from the Division Convener or Division VP. Travel permits must be returned with a copy of the game sheet within 48 hours of the conclusion of the game. No additional travel permits will be issued if previous games documentation has not been received. Any suspensions from said exhibition or tournament games must be reported immediately to either the Division convener or Vice President.
7. Handshakes will take place at the beginning of every game.
8. In the following divisions PeeWee, Bantam & Midget we request that parents of the opposite sex refrain from entering the dressing room until the coach has approved entry. Also in all divisions please respect the coach’s time with the players at least 10 minutes before the game and 10 minutes after a game.
9. All games consist of 3-10 minute stop time periods with a curfew at the hour. Any game that has completed 2 periods will be considered a completed game with the score recorded at the time the game was called.
10. Affiliate players may only be called up during the regular season for any missing players with the exception of suspensions. Players cannot be called up to fill the bench only to replace a missing non-suspended player.
11. All players will serve their own penalties unless injured or ejected from the game. All suspensions are to be served consecutively according to the Alliance Hockey. House league and Select team suspensions can be served in both house league and select games. All games must be scheduled prior to the suspension to be counted as served.
12. All match penalties must be reported immediately to the division Convener and Vice President.
13. Any player that receive 3 stick infraction consisting of: High-sticking, Cross-checking, Slashing, Spearing and Butt-ending in the same game will be issued a game ejection. Any player that has received 4 minor penalties in the same game will also result in a game ejection.
14. Defaulted games will result in a 3-0 score for the non-offending team. If this is because of an insufficient number of players an exhibition game will be played or ice time used as practice time.
15. A willfully defaulted game will result in disciplinary action.
16. All players are to receive fair ice time no matter what skill level they are or what division they are playing in. The division Convener or Vice President have the right to discipline any coach who does not comply with this rule. IF fair ice is not being practiced the offending team will first receive a verbal warning, then a two minute bench minor. Should this continue the game will go to a 2 minute buzzer system.
17. All teams must have 7 players including a goalie for a game to take place. Any number less will result in a forfeiture of the game. Team players and coaches should be ready to go on the ice 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the game to allow for equipment checking by the coaching staff and for players to stretch and warm up for the game.
18. No overtime play or time outs except for Championship games.
Playoff Hockey – End of Regular Season
1. All teams make the playoffs.
2. There will be a round robin to determine who will advance to Championship Day
3. Upon the conclusion of the round robin, should two teams be tied for either first or second the tie breaker will be as follows:
a. Head to Head
b. Alliance handbook page 210.1
c. The team with the most wins of the games between the two tied teams.
d. The team with the most wins gains the higher position.
e. If the two teams are still tied after c. and d. above have been applied, then the team with the best goal average gains the higher position. The goal average of a team is to be determined in the following manner:
-Total number of goals for divided by the total number of goals (for and against).
Note: ALL games are included.
Example: For = 10 goals
Against= 4 goals
Percentage: 10/10+4= .714
f. If three teams or more are tied.
- The three team tiebreaker is used to determine the seeding of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seed. If any step in the tiebreaker only seeds one team, that team assumes that position. The three team tiebreaker will continue to determine the seeding of the two remaining teams. At no time will teams using this formula go back to the two team tiebreaker.
- If three teams or more are tied, the point record established in the games AMONG THE TIED TEAMS ONLY will be used as the first tie breaking formula in deciding which team(s) shall advance. The team(s) with the most wins would gain the highest position.
- Note: ALL games are included.
Example: For = 10 goals
Against= 4 goals
Percentage: 10/10+4= .714
4. Overtime Rules
a. There is no overtime, except for the Championship game.
b. Sudden Death 10 Minute stop time period, 4 on 4 with player substitution permitted. Upon the conclusion of the 10 minutes, 2 minute break followed by another Sudden Death 10 minute stop time period. This is to continue until the first goal is scored.
a. There are no Timeouts allowed, except for the Championship game.
b. Each team will be allowed 1 time out each.
6. No protest or appeal will be considered for the following
a. Over an error of the Time/Score Keeper.
b. Based on the calls of a referee.
7. Any coach intending to protest or appeal (24 hour COOLING OFF period is recommended). Please note there will be a $75 fee to facilitate an appeal process. See Rosedale Minor Hockey Constitution, Article 7.4, Appendix B.
8. During playoffs only Goalies can be pulled up from lower division or pulled acrossed from same division, providing that the Division Convenor and Division VP and Parents are all in agreeance , players may not be pulled across. Players may not be called up to fill positions of suspended players.
1. The Convener is directly responsible to the Division VP who is the liaison between conveners and RMHA Executive board. Conveners will enforce all Hockey Canada, the Alliance and RMHA rules.
2. It is the Convener’s responsibility to ensure all game sheets are ready for the start of each game.
3. The Convener will ensure proper communications between their division and executive and are requested to attend monthly executive meetings. An update on the progression of the teams and any issues or concerns brought forth by coaching staff or parents to be addressed.
4. Conveners are responsible for posting game results and standing in a timely manner (weekly). Posting is to be on the website with a weekly call to the Amateur Scene at the Hamilton Spectator.
1. All coaching staff shall act as an official representative of RMHA and shall be held responsible for observing and adhering to the Hockey Canada, the Alliance, RMHA rules for minor hockey and the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.
2. It’s the responsibility of the Head Coach to ensure that all coaching staff have or obtain the required certification.
3. All coaching staff will be responsible for all activities of his/her team, the conduct of all players. At least one of the coaching staff MUST inspect the dressing room at the beginning of each game/practice and after the last player has left to ensure no damage occurs. If there is damage to the dressing room prior to the team entering, the coaching staff is to notify the rink attendant IMMEDIATELY. Teams will be charged with the repair costs.
4. Any coaching staff who receives a suspension and coaches or assists on more than one team cannot participate on any other team(s) until said suspension is served.
5. A total of 5 people approved by the Division Convener and Division VP will be allowed behind the players’ bench. One coach and trainer are mandatory for each team.
6. Each team is responsible to supply one person each for the score box. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit by the offending team. Should one team put in 2 people, it will be assumed that both positions are covered and no forfeit will occur.
Time / Score Keeper
1. The Score keepers will keep an accurate record of all goals, assists, penalties, and the time they occur.
2. Time keepers will be responsible for the clock.
3. Time keepers will be responsible for the curfew of the games and note on the game sheet the curfew time.
1. The referee is to ensure that all games he/she works are played under safe conditions with the rules being applied consistently to the best of their ability as outlined in the CAHA and RMHA rules.
2. Each Referee is to be on the ice before or at the same time as the players and to start each game on time.
3. All referees are to report in writing all major, match and misconduct penalties to the Referee in Chief and the Division Convener immediately after the game.
4. All game sheets will be taken to the referee’s room, and upon completion, will be given to the Division Convener or VP. No one shall enter the referee’s room prior to or following a game except for the Division convener, VP or other Executive member.