Official Rules for
Saturday and Tuesday Leagues
All standard hockey rules
apply with the exception or addition of our league rules below.
THERE IS A 24 HOUR WAIT PERIOD BEFORE WE WILL DISCUSS ISSUES
ABOUT YOUR GAME
We will not talk or discuss anything about your game
until 24 hours after you game ends. Nothing gets accomplished in the Heat of
After the 24 hours is up, we will be open to talking about
your issue, but not at the rink or right after your game.
Icing has been
removed from league play as of Oct 2007. Also, the ball will be played off
the netting if it comes back into play.
New rules as of December
Dropping the gloves or a gloved punch to the face is
considered a fight and an automatic game misconduct and possibly a
suspension. If in the last 5 minutes of a game, an automatic minimum one
game suspension is also assessed.
New rules starting Fall 2011 for both leagues:
1. Hand passes are now allowed up to the center
line. In other words, the hand pass must start and finish in your half of
should speed up the game by allowing an extra 20 feet in the defensive zone
to make a hand pass to a teammate.
2. Throwing your stick on the court or onto the
bench, or smashing it anywhere on the court or boards in a violent manner will result
in an automatic 2:00 penalty. 2nd offense 10 min misconduct. 3rd game
should have been the rule all along, but now we are publically addressing
this issue and taking matters out of the ref's hands by making it an
3. Offside rule has been modified. The old rule
was you couldn't make a direct pass to a teammate over the center line. The
new rule is you cannot make a direct pass over THREE lines to a teammate.
There is the center
line and two white defensive zone lines on the court. The ONLY way a pass is
offside is if you now pass from your defensive zone (behind your white line)
all the way to a teammate who is in the attacking zone (opponent's white
line). If it hits an opposing player, the ball is live no matter where the
play starts and finishes.
This should dramatically speed up the game and
still put a restriction on extreme hanging. With this change there will be
no more 4 foot offside passes. In order for a pass to be offside it will
need to be a 30 foot pass and go over all 3 lines.
GAME SET UP
Game clock stops
in last two minute of game if the lead is two goals or
less. On Saturday if tied, clock will stop at 30 seconds.
Regulation play is 4 on 4 skaters and 1 goalie per team.
One point for regulation tie. One more point for OT
or shootout win.
Each team has one
timeout per game that must be called by the captain.
Minor penalties are served at the player bench, 2 minute
penalties, to start when the ball drops at the ensuing faceoff.
In OT a maximum of one minute will
be served or carried over for minor penalties.
Mercy Rule: 17 goals scored
by one team ends the game. (First team to 17) Unless otherwise specified
before the game.
The game may continue until the clock runs out, but the game is awarded to
the team with 17 goals and no more stats are kept for that game.
The clock will
run after a whistle in a 2 goal game if there are under 10 seconds
remaining, unless the faceoff is in defensive zone of the winning
If a team does not have 3 of the
rostered 9 skaters, it will considered a forfeit, though we will still
play the game with subs.
3 periods of
either 17 minutes
Kicking the ball
in with your skate is LEGAL and a goal.
The ball does NOT need to hit the
ground on a faceoff if the official deems it a fair faceoff.
ice hockey high sticking rules now apply as of April 2013
You cannot put
yourself offside on a play.
You can legally
grab the ball if you put it right down, if you make a move while holding
the ball, the play may be blown dead.
Hand passes are
legal if they start and end in your own half of the court.
is an official, and may discuss a play with the on ice officials.
A player CAN be
in the crease when a goal is scored, as long as in the opinion of the
officials, the player did not interfere with the goaltender trying to make
the save in any way.
The game will
continue if the goal is slightly displaced. If the goal has been displaced
by more than a few inches, the ref can either stop play, or fix the net if
play continues away from the displaced goal.
If a goal is scored on the side
that the post has been displaced, the referee can disallow that goal.
Also if the goalie is fixing the post and a goal is scored, the referee
can also disallow that goal.
The official can
drop the ball if a player is deliberately stalling to enter the face off.
If you trip a
player, even if you touch the ball first, it is still a minor penalty.
Shooting the ball
down the court after a goal will result in a warning, with a minor penalty
handed out for all subsequent actions.
Mandatory. All players must have chinstraps fastened for EMRHL games. If
your chinstrap is not fastened and your helmet comes off, it will be an
automatic delay of game minor penalty.
Crashing into the goalie while in
or near his crease while he attempting to play goal will result in an
automatic penalty to the charging player. If the player is pushed in by
an opponent, no penalty will be enforced.
Regular season Overtime will be
played 3 on 3 for 3 minutes, with stop time in the final 30 seconds.
Playoff games will use Overtime.
(one 10 minute period of 3 on 3 play stop time at 30 seconds, then a single round shootout)
Overtime penalties, maximum one minute for minor penalties.
If a team gets two penalties in
OT, we will play 4 on 2 if need be until one of the penalties expire,
and reset back to a 3 on 3 format at the next stoppage.
THE CLOCK IN OT except in the final 30 seconds of play.
Dave Gardner - Commish
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