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Rochester Invitational

Oct 2, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020

Rochester, NY

Rules & Information

  • All games will be played in accordance with USA hockey rules.
  • All teams must be rostered with USA Hockey, Hockey Canada or the appropriate IIHF affiliate.
  • Teams are required to bring their official team roster or player cards, as well as their travel permit (if required by their governing body) to each game.
  • All teams are guaranteed 4 games.
  • Teams / Officials must be ready to start games up to 15 minutes early.
  • Rosters are frozen the first day of the tournament. A player must play at least 1 game prior to the quarters or semifinals to be eligible to play in playoff games.
  • Rosters must be sent to 30 days prior to start of tournament. We ask that all team managers bring 3 roster stickers per game to put on the scoresheets.
  • Teams must be prepared to play Friday morning. Reserving a hotel room Thursday evening is advised.
  • Sunday championship games should be complete by 5:00 pm.
  • Some age groups may be split up into two or three divisions.
  • Schedule will be released 7-10 days prior to the tournament start date.
  • Your team will not be scheduled until full payment is received.
  • 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.
  • This event is sanctioned by USA Hockey.  Please refer to the USA Hockey playing rule book for all rules for 2017-2021.
  • Body (Checking) contact will begin at the '06 age group.
  • Minor penalties - 2 minutes / Major penalties - 5 minutes.
  • Game misconduct - Player will be ejected for the remainder of that game plus his next scheduled game.
  • Running time will be in effect during the 3rd period, only when a team is winning by 5 goals. Stop time will resume once the score is within 2 goals.
  • No timeouts are permitted in preliminary rounds.
  • One 30-second timeout is permitted in quarters, semis and finals.
  • 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.
  • Team personnel are any non-playing persons not in uniform on the players’ bench. All such persons must be registered in the current season as a coach with USA Hockey, and must comply with coaching education requirements for the appropriate certification level as required by USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. One such person must be designated as the head coach. A player or goalkeeper on the roster who is unable to play, other than through suspension, may be on the players’ bench without being considered a team personnel if he is wearing the team jersey and all required head and face protective equipment.
  • The home team will wear white jerseys and visitors wear dark.
  • All divisions will be scored 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for a shootout win, 1 point for a shootout loss, and 0 points for a regulation loss.
  • Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 3-0 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.
  • Scores will be posted with a goal differential no greater than 7 as standard for all LGS Tournaments.
  • 3-minute warm-up.
  • 13-13-13 minute periods for 09 and 10 Divisions.
  • 15-15-15 minute periods for 08 through 16U Divisions.
  • If the game is tied at the end of regulation in preliminary-round play, a 3-player shootout will take place.

Home team will decide who will shoot first. Designated shooters for both teams will alternate shots. If the score remains tied after 3 rounds, new players will participate in a sudden-death shootout. The players in the first group-of-3 may not shoot again until all other eligible players on their team have had a turn OR the opposing team has used all of their shooters. Players with time remaining on their penalty are not eligible for the shootout. Goalies are not eligible.

Please refer to the website, BAND, tournament scoreboards or speak to a tournament official in order to determine the playoff format for each division. It is incumbent upon the team officials to confirm with a tournament representative whether or not their team has advanced beyond preliminary round play prior to leaving the arena following their final preliminary round game.

In the event a quarter, semi or final game should end in a tie, the tie will be broken in the following manner:

  1. Overtime will be played during quarter, semi, and final games only.
  2. 5-minute sudden-death (4-on-4) stopped time.
  3. 3-player shootout. (Same rules apply as in prelim shootout)
  4. Sudden-death shootout (both teams get to shoot each round).
  5.  There is no OT or shootout in consolation games.

Tiebreakers - To determine teams advancing to the semi and final rounds. If more than 2 teams are tied, as soon as the tie is broken, the tie breaker is reapplied to any remaining ties:

  1. Total Team Points
  2. Head-to-Head (two-team tie breaker only)
  3. Goal Quotient = Goals For / (Goals For + Goals Against)
  4. Least Goals Allowed
  5. Goals For
  6. Fewest Penalty Minutes
  7. Coin Toss
  • 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.