RULES AND GUIDELINES
We are an Adult Rec League from Ages 16 & Up.
PLAYER SHARING WILL BE ALLOWED FOR THE SUMMER SEASONS DUE TO THE HEAT.
Trade Deadline is Week 8 of the Regular Season.
Game times begin at 7:30 and 8:30 on WEDNESDAY nights.
Games are Three ( 3 ) 15 Minute, running time periods, played with 4 skaters and a goalie per team.
Each team is given 1 TIMEOUT per game.
Stoppage time begins if the score is within 2 GOALS in the FINAL 2 MINUTES of regulation.
During POWERPLAYS, stoppage time is used until the penalty expires or a goal is scored.
Offsides is NHL style, the puck must precede every offensive player in the zone. If the puck leaves the zone, every offensive player must tag up past the offside line in order to re-enter the offensive zone.
Since there is no neutral zone, the center red line is considered the offsides line.
If the game is tied after regulation, teams receive a 1 MINUTE INTERMISSION before overtime begins.
Man power is reduced to 3 on 3.
5 MINUTE STOP TIME. If no goal is scored, then a shootout begins immediately.
Teams do NOT switch sides for the start of overtime.
(Sudden Death Format)
Teams remain at 4 on 4.
Teams do NOT switch sides for the 1st OT period, but do each additional period.
15 minute running time period. This continue with 3 minute breaks between periods until a goal is scored.
Each team picks 3 shooters to start, the HOME TEAM chooses who shoots first. They alternate turns shooting.
If the score is still tied after 3 shooters, the teams alternate one shooter at a time.
A shooter may not be repeated until every skater has had a turn.
REGULAR SEASON TIE BREAKERS:
1. # of Wins
2. Goal Differential
3. Winning Percentage
4. Goals For
If a game is interrupted by rain and can not resume, the game is considered complete if 2 PERIODS have been played.
If 2 periods have not been completed, the game is called and will be replayed at a later date.
IN CONSIDERATION FOR THE OFFICIALS, ALL PLAYERS MUST MAKE AN EFFORT TO WEAR THE PROPER TEAM COLORS FOR ALL GAMES.
Trades are allowed between teams (THE TRADE DEADLINE IS WEEK 8), the commissioner must be notified before the completion of all trades.
· If a puck is hit by a high stick, play is eligible to continue if a member of the opposing team touches the puck. If a member of the offending team touches the puck, play is stopped and a faceoff occurs at the nearest faceoff circle.
· Hand passes are allowed within a players defensive zone, if done in the offensive zone, play is stopped and a faceoff occurs.
· If the puck strikes any object outside the rink (including the netting) and returns to the rink, play is stopped and a faceoff occurs at the nearest faceoff circle.
A 2 MINUTE MINOR penalty will be served for the following infractions:
· HOLDING THE STICK
· CROSS CHECKING
· INTERFERENCE / GOALIE INTERFERENCE
· HIGH STICKING
· CHECKING FROM BEHIND
· VERBAL ABUSE OF AN OFFICIAL
· PLAYING WITH A BROKEN STICK
· TOO MANY MEN ON THE RINK
· CLOSING HAND ON THE PUCK
· DELAY OF GAME
(Any puck that is sent directly off the rink from a players defensive zone)
If a team is short-handed and the opposing team scores a goal, the penalty is over.
· If a player receives a major penalty and a minor penalty at the same time, the major penalty shall be served first by the penalized player. This only applies in cases where BOTH penalties are imposed on the SAME player.
· When play is not in progress and an offense is committed by any player, the same penalty shall apply as though play were in progress
· When a penalized player’s time has expired, that player must return to the rink prior to being substituted for.
COINCIDENTAL MINOR PENALTIES:
Coincidental Minor/Major Penalties are penalties that do not change the on-rink numerical strength of either team, and occur when player(s) from both teams receiev penalties of equal length at the same stoppage of play. There is no loss of man power. When coincidental penalties are given, the penalized players are sent to their respective penalty boxes and both teams are able to make immediate substitutions for these players. The penalized players are required to serve the full amount of penalty time and must remain in the penalty box until the first stoppage of play after the penalty time has expired.
DOUBLE MINOR PENALTIES:
Length - 4 Minutes
In a case in which blood is drawn from a player due to a high sticking or a roughing penalty (intentionally or not), double minor penalty will be issued.
If a goal is scored within the first 2 minutes of the penalty, the first minor is ended and the second minor penalty begins and normal penalty rules apply.
Length - 5 Minutes
During a Major penalty, the opposing team may score as many goals as possible until the entire length of the penalty expires.
If a player receives 2 major penalties in the same game, the player shall receive a 5 minute major penalty to be served by another player on the team and an automatic game misconduct is issued.
GAME EJECTION PENALTIES:
Length - 10 Minutes
Any player that receives three (3) minor penalties in a single game will be ejected from the game.
For all Game Ejection penalties, regardless of when imposed, a total of ten (10) minutes will be charged in the records against the offending player.
GAME MISCONDUCT PENALTIES:
Length - 10 Minutes
A Game Misconduct to a player will result in an automatic ONE (1) GAME SUSPENSION (to be served the following game.)
For all Game Misconduct penalties, regardless of when imposed, a total of ten (10) minutes will be charged in the records against the offending player(s).
Leaving the bench during an altercation, and third man in penalties will result in an automatic game misconduct.
A second Game Misconduct to a player in the same season will result in an automatic indefinite suspension, based upon commissioner's ruling.
Infractions that can lead to a penalty shot being awarded include:
· ANY PLAYER THROWING HIS STICK TO DISTRACT OR HINDER THE ATTACKING PLAYER.
· ANY MINOR PENALTY COMMITTED AGAINST THE ATTACKING PLAYER FROM BEHIND.
· A NON-GOALIE PLAYER INTENTIONALLY COVERS THE PUCK IN HIS OWN TEAM'S GOAL CREASE
(In these cases, any player on the rink at the time of the infraction is eligible to take the shot)
The player taking the shot must keep the puck in motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot the play is considered complete.
The goalie may attempt to stop the shot in any manner except by throwing a stick or any other object, in which case a goal will be awarded.
If a player is unable to take the penalty shot due to injury, the captain of the non offending team may select any player on the rink at the time of the penalty to take the shot.
If a goal is not scored, the ensuing faceoff will be taken at a faceoff circle in the offending teams defensive zone
If a goal is scored from a penalty shot, a further penalty to the offending player shall not be applied unless the penalty was to be a major or double minor penalty.
In these cases, the remainder of the penalty will be served by the offending player.
All players, except player taking penalty shot, must go to the players’ bench.
If an opposing player other than the goaltender interferes with a player taking a penalty shot, a goal will be automatically awarded no matter the outcome of the shot.
When a delayed penalty is in the process of being called against a team that is already shorthanded due to a minor or bench minor penalty and the non-offending team scores a goal, the penalty with the least time remaining is ended and the delayed penalty begins.
When a delayed penalty is a minor in the process of being assessed and the non-offending team scores, the penalty is cancelled but is still recorded on the score sheet.
CALLING OF PENALTIES:
If a penalty is committed by a player of the team in possession of the puck, the referee will immediately stop play and assign the penalty.
If the penalty is called on the team without the puck, completion of the play by the team in possession will be be allowed.
The resulting face-off shall be taken at a face-off circle in the offending teams zone.
If the penalty to be imposed is a minor penalty, and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending team the minor penalty will not be imposed.
Major / Double Minor penalties will be imposed in the normal manner regardless of whether a goal is scored or not.
If the same offending player commit other fouls on the same play either before or after the Referee has blown the whistle, the offending player will serve BOTH penalties consecutively.
NOTE: “Completion of the play by the team in possession.” This rule means that the puck must have come into the possession and control of an opposing player or has been "frozen". This DOES NOT mean a rebound off the goaltender, the goal cage, or any accidental contact with the body or equipment of an opposing player.
NOTE: If after the Referee has signaled a penalty but before the whistle has been blown the puck shall enter the goal of the non-offending team as the direct result of the action of a player of that team, the goal will be allowed and the penalty signaled will be assessed in the normal manner.
IF A NEW PLAYER ENTERS THE LEAGUE MID SEASON, THEY WILL BE PLACED ON THE TEAM WITH THE MOST NEED AT THAT TIME.