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West-Michigan Classic

Sep 11, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020

Grand Rapids, MI

Rules and Information

Tournament Information

  • All teams are guaranteed 4 games.
  • Squirts and Pee-Wees will play 12-12-15 minute stop time periods.
  • Bantams will play 3 x 14 minute stop time periods.
  • 18U and 16U divisions will play 2 x 22 minute stop time periods. Ice flood in between halves.
  • There is no checking at the Squirt (Atom) and Pee-Wee levels.
  • No slap shots for the Squirts (Atoms).
  • There is NO tag up offsides - with the exception to the Bantams, 15U, 16U, and 18U who will play tag up.
  • Some age groups may be split up into two divisions. We will split them according to the rankings provided by MYHOCKEYRANKINGS. We do not promise any team what division they will be placed in. The data speaks for itself.
  • Teams must be prepared to play FRIDAY MORNING at 8 AM.
  • Sunday championship games will be complete by 5:00 pm
  • Schedule will be released 10-14 days prior to the tournament start date

Tournament Rules

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. 

2019 Rules and Regulations 

  1. All Teams must be rostered with USA Hockey, the Canadian Hockey Association or the appropriate IIHF affiliate.
  2. Teams are required to bring their official team roster, as well as, their travel permit (if required by their governing body) to each game.
  3. Players and coaches should report to the arena at least one hour prior to each game.
  4. A maximum of four team officials may be on the player's bench at one time.
  5. All teams must be prepared to begin any game 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
  6. The home team will wear white jerseys and visitors wear dark.

Scoring Rules

  1. All divisions will be scored 3 pts for a win, 1 pt for a tie, and 0 pts for a loss per game.
  2. 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.
  3. If a team is down by 5 or more goals in the 3rd period, running time will commence. For the Midget Divisions, running time will begin at the 10 minute mark. 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.

Officials

  1. All Tournament officials are current members in good standing of USA Hockey and are deemed qualified to officiate at the level of play assigned.
  2. A zero tolerance for verbal abuse is in effect and will be enforced for all team officials, players, and spectators.
  3. 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.
  4. Please keep in mind that the tournament director does not have the authority to reverse the decisions of the game officials.

USA Hockey Rules

  1. This tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey. The following USA Hockey rules may not be familiar to teams from other IIHF affiliates.
    • a. Any player receiving 5 or more penalties in 1 game must sit the following game.
    • b. If a team receives 15 or more penalties in one game, the head coach must sit the following game.
    • c. There is NO offsides tag-up rule for pee-wees and below. Tag up for midgets and bantams.
    • d. Canadian teams are required to wear mouth guards and neck guards according to the rules of their governing body.
    • e. Anyone receiving a game misconduct must sit the next game.
    • f. Anyone receiving a match penalty is disqualified from further play.
  2. 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.

Game Format

3-minute warm-up. Squirt and Pee-Wee teams will play 12-12-15 minute stop time periods. The bantam teams will play 14-14-14 minute stop time periods. Midgets will play two 22-min stop-time periods.

In the event a quarter, semi 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, a 3-player shootout, a sudden-death shootout consisting of players who have not participated in the 3-player shootout.

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 shoot out. 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.

Quarters, Semis, & Finals

  1. Please refer to 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.
  2. Tiebreakers - To determine teams advancing to the semi & 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.
    • a. Head-to-Head Competition - Direct play between two tied teams.
    • b. 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.
    • c. Fewest Goals Against
    • d. Quickest Goal in the Tournament
    • e. Coin Toss
  3. One, 30-second time out per team, per game, is allowed for semifinal and final games.
  4. These rules may be amended prior to the tournament to coincide with any changes in the tournament form

Division Formats

'10 Division (6 teams) will comprise of one bracket of six teams. Teams will play a four-game round robin. At the conclusion of round-robin play, teams will be ranked one through four. Teams 1 - 4 will advance to semifinal and championship round on Sunday.

'09 Division (14 teams) will comprise of two brackets of 7 teams pools A and B. Teams will play four game cross-pool. At the conclusion of pool play, teams will be ranked. The top four teams from any pool will advance to semifinal and championship round on Sunday.

'08 Division (14 teams) will comprise of two brackets of 7 teams in pools A and B. Teams will play four games cross-pool. At the conclusion of pool play, teams will be ranked. The top four teams from any pool will advance to semifinal and championship round on Sunday.

'07 Division (20 teams) will comprise of brackets of two pools A and B. Teams will play four games cross-pool in their respective pools. At the conclusion of pool play, teams will be ranked. The top four teams from any pool will advance to the semifinal and championship round on Sunday.

'06 Division (16 teams) will comprise of brackets of eight teams in pools A and B. Teams will play four games cross-pool. At the conclusion of pool play, teams will be ranked. The top four teams from any pool will advance to the semifinal and championship round on Sunday.

'05 Division (20 teams) will comprise of brackets of two pools A and B. Teams will play four games. Teams will play four games cross-pool in their respective pools. At the conclusion of pool play, teams will be ranked. The top four teams from any pool will advance to the semifinals and championship round on Sunday.

15U Division (6 teams) will comprise of one bracket of six teams. Teams will play a four-game round robin. At the conclusion of round-robin play, teams will be ranked. Teams 1 - 4 will advance to the semifinals and championship round on Sunday.  

16U Division (12 teams) will comprise of two brackets of six teams in pools A and B. Teams will play four games cross-pool. At the conclusion of pool play,  teams will be ranked. The top four teams from any pool will advance to the semifinals and championship round on Sunday.

18U Division (6 teams) will comprise of one pool of six teams. Teams will play four round-robin games. At the conclusion of round-robin play, teams will be ranked. Teams 1 - 4 will advance to the semifinal and championship round on Sunday.