NO TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL has the right to change a score sheet or reverse a call from a referee. Once game is over the score sheet is FINAL.
Rules and Regulations
All Teams must be rostered with USA Hockey, the Canadian Hockey Association or the appropriate IIHF affiliate.
Teams are required to bring their official team roster, as well as, their travel permit (if required by their governing body) to each game.
Players and coaches should report to the arena at least one hour prior to each game.
A maximum of four team officials may be on the player's bench at one time.
All teams must be prepared to begin any game 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
The home team will wear white jerseys and visitors wear dark.
Squirt and PeeWee (06, 07, 08, 09) teams will play 12-12-15 minute stop-time periods.
Bantam minor (05) will play 3 x 15 stop-time periods.
Bantam major and all Midget games (04, U-15, U-16, U-18) teams will play 3 x 15 minute stop-time periods, with ice cuts every 2 periods (teams will start game on dirty ice).
Overtime Format for Quarter, Semi, and Final games
In the event a quarterfinal, semifinal or final game should end in a tie, the tie will be broken in the following manner: 4-on-4 for five minutes of stop time, followed by a 3-player shootout. If no winner determined after 3-player shootout, a sudden-death shootout (1 vs 1), consisting of players who have not participated in the 3-player shootout will commence, until a winner is determined.
Each designated shooter for both teams will alternate shots. Home team will decide who will shoot first. If the score remains tied after 3 rounds, new players will participate in a sudden-death shootout. The players in the 1st group of 3 may not shoot again until all other eligible players on their team have had a turn. Goalies are not eligible.
Consolation games will end in a tie.
One, 30-second timeout per team, per game, is allowed for quarterfinal,semifinal and final games only.
All divisions will be scored 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss per game.
Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 7-0 score. Any forfeited games affecting another team's playoff status, may be reviewed by the tournament director to determine which teams advance beyond preliminary round play. Use of ineligible players will disqualify a team from the tournament. All games played by a disqualified team will be forfeited. No monies will be refunded.
If a team is down by 5-or-more goals in the 3rd period, running time will commence. If the gap is closed to two goals, stop time will resume. The maximum goal differential attainable per game is +/- 7. Example of running clock, 5-0 start of 3rd is running time if the game get’s to 5-3 then stop time begins again.
Tiebreakers - To determine teams advancing, the following tie breaking procedures will be used. If more than 2 or more teams are tied, as soon as the tie is broken, the tie breaker is reapplied to any remaining ties.
Head-to-Head Competition - Direct play between two tied teams.
Goal For/(Goals For + Goals Against) - The team with the greater percentage will advance. The 7-goal cap is used to calculate this formula. So if you win 10-1 the formula will use 8-1.
Fewest Goals Against
Quickest Goal in the Tournament
All tournament officials are current members in good standing of USA Hockey and are deemed qualified to officiate at the level of play assigned.
A zero tolerance for verbal abuse is in effect and will be enforced for all team officials, players, and spectators.
Appropriate penalties will be assessed for disputing or arguing a decision of the officials, any visual demonstration of dissatisfaction, or for the use of obscene or vulgar language to anyone at anytime during the tournament.
Please keep in mind that the tournament director does not have the authority to reverse the decisions of the game officials.
USA Hockey Rules
This tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey. The following USA Hockey rules may not be familiar to teams from other IIHF affiliates.
Any player receiving 5 or more penalties in 1 game must sit the following game.
If a team receives 15 or more penalties in one game, the head coach must sit the following game.
There is NO offsides tag-up rule for pee-wees and below. Tag up for midgets and bantams.
Canadian teams are required to wear mouth guards and neck guards according to the rules of their governing body.
Anyone receiving a game misconduct must sit the next game.
Anyone receiving a match penalty is disqualified from further play.
The tournament director reserves the right to take measures necessary to ensure a safe tournament for the participants including the modification of any rule(s) herein which is deemed by him/her to be in the tournament's best interest. Decisions of the tournament director are final. This does not mean the tournament director can change/manipulate any scoresheet or officials calls.