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Highlights for 2015-05-10: 18:55: Pitbulls 15 VS Chialeux 8 19:50: BDR 14 VS RoadRunners 5 20:45: Irish 5 VS BDR 10
Equipment
1.01 It is mandatory for each player to wear protective gloves at all times (protective gloves include hockey gloves, cosom gloves or gloves with padding). Players that do not have gloves can play but they will be assessed a 2 minute penalty when they are caught in play without them.
1.02 It is RECOMMENDED for each player to wear protective shin pads at all times (protective shin pads include hockey shin pads, mylec pads or small soccer pads). Players that do not have shin pads can play AND they will NOT be assessed a 2 minute penalty though we hope most players wear them.
1.03 A player may not wear any jewellery (accessory or religious items) during play. Earrings and identification items (i.e. Medic-Alert bracelet) are exempt from this rule). Failing to meet this requirement will result in a 2 minute penalty and the player cannot re-enter play until the item(s) is removed
1.04 As a minimum, goalie need the following to play: helmet, full goalie pads, chest protection, blocker and trapper (or the equivalent like a hockey glove and baseball mit)
1.05 All teams are required to have jerseys of the same predominant color. These jerseys must also be numbered for statistical purposes. If a team fails to produce adequate jerseys, they will have to wear the league?s jerseys. Players not wearing jerseys that are numbered will not be awarded statistics because we won?t be able to identify them. If two teams have the same or similar colors, one of them will have to wear the league jerseys, this will be determined by seniority (counted in games played since season 1) or a coin toss in the event both teams have been in the league for the same amount of time. Concerning team jerseys, they have to all be of the same color. If not, players will have to have a completely different color from the opposing team, else that player can't play. Light blue and dark blue are two different colors.
1.06 Hockey sticks cannot have wooden blades. The blade must be plastic, fiberglass or composite (one piece sticks). 2 minute penalty will be assessed for wooden blades and the player is forbidden to use it further.
1.07 Goggles are now mandatory to play on the surface. If you do not have them, you cannot play, If you lose them during play and continue to play instead of retrieving them, you will be given an illegal equipment penalty.
Teams
2.01 A team must have a minimum of four (4) players and a goalie (or 5th player) in order to play a game
2.02 Players must have played at least four (3) games in order to participate in the playoffs (or the equivalent of about 33%). The exception is the goalie. Goaltenders may be replaced at any time in the playoffs (previous goalie may play as a player) as long as the replacement goalie has played at least one game with the team (as a player or goalie). A replacement goaltender may not however become a player in a later round in the playoffs unless he has played the minimum amount of games (3)
2.03 A team is responsible to assign a team captain. The captain will be given all pertinent information related to the season and will be the one that is contacted in case of emergencies. He will also be the one to present appeals to the league in cases of expulsion or suspensions. Only captains can approach the referee or score keeper in order to pose questions or challenge decisions, other players may be given a delay of game penalty.
2.04 Replacement players are the responsibility of the captain. (The captain may contact the league about replacement players if they wish and the league will do what it can).
2.05 Players are allowed to play on multiple teams ONLY when there are multiple divisions AND other restrictions (such as suspensions, other division quotas or elite players) or respected
2.06 Payment should be completed by game 1. Teams that do not pay in totality their season on game 1 can be given penalties or fines. If an arrangement is not met before the next game, the team will be replaced. The league will not manage individual player payments, money should be given to the captain.
2.07 There are no restrictions for the amount of elite players a team can have in the Division A (also known as Division I) OR when facing a team from the A division (or when C faces B, then they are restricted to B division rules) but there is a limit of 1 elite player (or any player playing in the A division) in division B (Division II) and 0 in Division C (Division III)
Elite Players
Please also note there is a limit of 1 Division I players in Division II and 0 Division I player in Division III.
Elite players are included in Division I players if they play already in Division I (for example a team can either have 1 elite player OR 1 other player from Division I)
This list will be adjusted every season to reflect new players entering the league as well as some players that we thought were elite but maybe changed in our opinion over the course of the previous season
If you feel someone is missing from this list, let us know and we'll review. This restriction is on a per game basis. Meaning if an elite player played in the B the first game, he can be replaced by another next game, so long as no more than 1 is used in the same game. Goaltenders do not apply. If you are a goalie in the A division, you can still play as a player or goalie in the B.
Gameplay
3.01 Face-offs: Face-offs will occur at the start of every period and after each goal. The referee may also call for a face-off if he?s unsure who possession should go to after the ball leaves play. If a goaltender stops the play, possession goes to his team behind the net. Feet should be parallel to the faceoff line and sticks facing each other without passing the center line
3.02 Change of possession: Whenever a team causes the ball to leave play (last player to touch the ball by deflecting it or simply shooting), the other team will take possession from the sides as indicated by the referee. Offensive teams never take possession from behind the net. Players should give at least five (5) fee (can'T reach the ball with his stick) of room for the players to make a play on the referee?s whistle. Once the referee whistles, the ball is in play. Penalties cause a change of possession
3.03 Hand passes: Whenever a player makes a hand pass, play will continue unless a player on the same team as the player that made the hand pass touches the ball. There?s no defensive zone hand pass allowed. Same applies to the goaltender; he can pass with his trapper or blocker to a player behind the net but not to a player that is before him in the play.
3.04 Closing hand on the ball (traveling): A player that closes the hand on the ball and then directs the ball or moves while the ball is in his hands will lose possession. A player may catch the ball mid-air and then immediately deposit it at his feet. If this action takes too long, referee may again call a loss of possession. Repeat offences or obvious attempts at delay of game may result in 2 minute penalty
3.05 Stoppage of play: Goaltenders can only ?freeze? play from within their crease. If they do so out of their crease or through the net with their trapper, they can be given a delay of game penalty, especially if warned by the referee and the goaltender does not put the ball back in play.
3.06 Slap shots: Full slap shots are allowed, meaning that a player may fully wind up his stick when shooting. Players are still responsible for their sticks though so if another player is hit with a stick because another was winding up for a shot; it is still a high stick penalty.
3.07 Sliding, blocking shots: Players are allowed to slide in front of opposing players to block shots or passes. If a player slides into another and makes him fall, he will be assessed 2 minute penalty for interference.
3.08 We stop time with 1 minute or less left with a goal differential of 2 or less, including ties.
3.09 Behind the net: Players will not be allowed to 'hide' behind the net any longer for more than three seconds. Referee will give a count, if the player does not pass or pass the goal line with both his feet within the aloted time, possession will go to the other team.
Penalties and suspensions
4.01 Teams that have more than two penalties continue to play two on two, in other words, there's a minimum of two players on the play at all times. Majors and 4 minute penalties expire after two goals.
4.02 There is no fine for suspended games but a repeat offense usually carries an expulsion from the league
4.03 Suspensions are given by the league based on the severity of the infraction. Fighting is an automatic one-game suspension for both players involved. Instigator may receive more according to severity.
4.04 If you get 6 minutes of penalties, you are expelled from the game, this excludes High Sticks. Double minors count for 4 PIM. This also means 10 PIM is automatic expulsion of the game
4.05 On a team's third penalty and all further penalties, the player serves the full 2 minutes even if there is a goal. THIS HAS BEEN REVOKED FOR THE TIME BEING (Since start of season 12)
2 minute penalties
5.01 Delay of game: Any time a player interferes severely with the flow of the game, he can be assessed 2 minute penalty. This includes closing the hand on the ball, covering the ball with your body, goaltenders ?freezing? play from out of their crease or using their trapper through the net, players on the bench interfering with the ball (i.e. stopping it with hand or feet), players purposely putting the ball out of play. If a team delays the start of a game (cannot field 4 players or no goalie present), they will be given a 2 minute penalty once the game clock is started. After another 5 minutes, a two-man advantage will be given. Beyond 15 minutes, the other team wins by forfeit
5.02 Too many men: If players leave the bench before their team mate is within five (5) feet of the team bench, they will be assessed 2 minute penalty. The extra player may not interfere with the play or a 2 minute penalty will be assessed. Team captain designates who must serve the penalty
5.03 Hooking: A player using his stick to 'hook' or impede another player?s movements
5.04 Holding: A player uses his hands or body to hold another player to stop him from moving
5.05 Tripping: Any action of tripping with body or stick. Doing so while the player has a clear break for the opposing net may result into a penalty shot
5.06 Slashing: Any hitting with the stick is forbidden (also upon another player?s stick). Slashing is considered a 4 minute penalty.
5.07 High sticking: Lifting of the stick (accidental or not) above the player?s own shoulders (not including the wind up of a slap shot) will result in 2 minute penalty. If another player is hit and blood is drawn, it is a 4 minute penalty. This includes calling for the ball or playing the ball.
5.08 Cross-checking / Pushing / Body check: As with slashing penalties, whenever a player pushes another with the use of his stick or his body, it is a 2 minute penalty. If the push is severe or near a wall a 5 minute penalty may be assessed.
5.09 Unsportsmanlike conduct: We will not tolerate abusive language towards other players, league officials or the referee. Any name calling, racial slurs or other attacks on others will result in a 2 minute penalty for the team in addition to the player receiving 10 minutes. Any action out of the ordinary like throwing or swinging the stick against the net or other property, screaming or cursing can result in a 5 minute penalty, 10 minutes and game misconduct and possible suspension. This is mostly left to the referee's discretion
5.10 Throwing of stick: If player is on a breakaway and another player throws his stick, referee may give the player a penalty shot. If a thrown stick prevents a sure goal, referee can also decide to allow the goal anyway. If exaggerated, referee can also add 2 PIM on top of the breakaway or allowed goal.
5.11 Interference: If any player interferes another while he does not have the ball or comes into contact with the goaltender, he will be called for interference and receive 2 PIM
5.12 Obstruction: If a player blocks or obstructs another from forward movement while he is prone, he will be called for an obstruction penalty
4 minute penalties
6.01 High sticking: Lifting of the stick (accidental or not) above the player's own shoulders (not including the wind up of a slap shot) and blood is drawn, it is a 4 minute penalty. This includes calling for the ball or playing the ball.
5 minute penalties
7.01 Fighting: Fighting will result in both players receiving 5 minute penalties, a game misconduct and automatic three game suspension. Instigators or especially violent action on the part of one or both fighters will result in further suspension or possibly expulsion. Thrown punches, landed or not, constitute fighting.
7.02 Bench clearing (penalty or player's bench): Teams that have at least one player leave the bench during an altercation will get a 5 minute penalty. This is left to the referee's OR league official's discretion. All the players involved may be given a game misconduct and possible suspension. There will be no fines assessed but repeat offenses will cause whole team to be expulsed
7.03 Third man in: Any person that is an extra participant in a fight will get a 5 minute penalty, possible game misconduct and suspension. Players should grab their team-mates to stop fights (not opposing players).
7.04 Abuse: Physical abuse of referee or league officials. Any intentional contact with the referee will result in a 5 minute penalty, game misconduct as well as an automatic suspension. Suspension will depend on severity of the situation, if severe enough, player may be expelled.
7.05 Attempt to injure: If referee judges a player attempts to injure another, he can assess a 5 minute penalty and game misconduct. League will then review the action to see if a suspension or expulsion is needed.
7.06 Property damage: Any attempt on part of a player to break property will result in a 5 minute penalty and expulsion from the league for that player. If the player or team refuses to pay for the damages, they will also be removed from the league.
Game misconducts
8.01 Players given three 'hard' penalties in a game will be automatically thrown out on the third offence. Hard penalties are the following hooking, tripping, slashing, high sticking with contact, cross-checking, pushing, body check, unsportsmanlike conduct, throwing of stick, interference and any of the five minute penalties. A penalty being served by another does not count towards this. (So penalties not counted towards this are high sticking with no contact, too many men, holding, delay of game). It is important to note, referee can throw a player out from the game upon his judgment.
Game Misconduct
8.02 Anything to do with hitting the wall, nets, curtains, doors, will get you one warning, 2nd time game misconduct, 3rd time is a suspension. This accumulates throughout the season
Overtime
9.01 There will be no overtime during the regular season, if teams are tied after regulation there will be a shoot-out (3 players from each team). Any player still serving a penalty at the end of regulation time will be able to participate in the shoot out UNLESS he was ejected from the game. A team with a longer bench than their opponents may restart their rotation when their opponents do (ie if team A has 5 players and team B 8 players, when team A has sent all 5 players, team B can restart their rotation again also
9.02 Overtime during the playoffs will consist of 5 minutes of sudden death, if teams are tied after this overtime period there will be a shoot-out. If it is still tied, shootout will continue in sudden death format (1 player at a time). Other rules apply as above.
Point System
10.01 Wins are 2 points
10.02 Shoot out wins are 2 points
10.03 Shoot out losses are 1 point
10.04 Ties count as 1 point