PPE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT RULES
This is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Tournament in which all USA Hockey rules and penalties shall apply. All participating teams, players, and coaches must be certified with USA Hockey, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, or the appropriate IIHF affiliate. All teams will need to provide a digital link to their certified team roster.
All score sheets will be at the tournament headquarters at each assigned rink. Each team needs to bring enough labels for up to six games (18 labels) to be placed on the score sheets before each game. A team representative for each team is required to check its roster prior to each game and make appropriate changes or notations to the score sheet. Please stop by our tournament desk to pick up a copy of your score sheet. Scoresheets will not be emailed out after the tournament.
Immediate offside is applied at all levels. Prohibits all Youth levels of play to legally ice the puck during shorthanded situations. Hockey Canada equipment rules are those recognized and subject to/by your governing body &/or as required by their own league or associations (i.e., mouth guards, neck guards, and all other equipment). Hockey Canada requires a BNQ Certified Throat Protector (neck guard) for all Youth Divisions. Hockey Canada rules do not mandate the wearing of a mouthpiece at any age division where a full mask is required. All players, including goalies in the 12u through 16U age divisions are required to wear a colored (non-clear) internal mouthpiece that covers all the remaining teeth of one jaw, customarily the upper. For the first violation of this mouthpiece rule, the team will be issued a warning. A misconduct penalty will be assessed to any player or goalie of that team for a second violation during that game. Neck guards are not required by USAH but may be required by your affiliate so please check with your state or affiliate to see if your team is required to wear neck guards.
A maximum of four team officials/coaches may be on the player’s bench at one time. The tournament will provide the scorekeepers. For all games, the home teams will wear its white home jerseys and the away teams will wear its dark colored away jersey. All players must wear numbered jerseys in the proper team colors. PPE will have the final say if there is a conflict with jersey colors.
(3) minute warm up for all levels. PPE will provide 20 pucks per team to keep after the event. Boys 8u (full ice) 10u, 12u & Girls 12u will play (3) 14-minute stop-time periods. All other divisions will play (3) 15-minute stop-time periods. A running clock will be used in the third period when a team is ahead by 5 or more goals. If the gap is closed to 4 goals, then stop time will resume. There will be No timeouts for Round Robin Games. Only Championship Games teams are allowed one timeout. Timeouts in overtime are allowed if the team has yet to use theirs.
8u, & 10u = 1:00 minute minor penalties. 12u & above = 1:30 minute minor penalties. 5:00 Major Penalties is an automatic game misconduct. Any players or coaches receiving a 5-minute Major or Game Misconduct must sit the following game. Any player receiving 4 or more penalties in one game is ejected & must sit the following game. If a team receives 12 or more penalties in one game, the head coach must sit the following game. Any players or coaches receiving a Match Penalty is disqualified from further play and will be ejected from the tournament. Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in a tournament ejection. Any player who receives 2 (10) minute misconducts in the same game will be ejected from the remainder of that game and will sit the following game. The second ten-minute misconduct is converted to a game misconduct. Suspensions resulting from Game Misconducts, Match or Fighting Penalties will not be overturned by the tournament director under any circumstances. No tournament official has the right to change a score sheet or reverse a call from a referee. Once the game is over, the score sheet is final. Any player who receives a major penalty, or a game misconduct of any kind, in a game, shall automatically be suspended from the balance of that game and his/her next game. USA Hockey Official Playing Rules shall govern the assessment of penalties.
Round-Robin Point System: 2 points for WIN & 1 point for TIE, & 0 for LOSS. The maximum goal differential attainable per game is +/-5. Once division play is complete, all seeds will be updated. Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 3-0 score. Any forfeited games affecting other teams in terms of playoff status, may be reviewed by the tournament committee to determine which teams advance beyond robin play. No player is allowed to participate on more than one team in his/her respective age division. EX: Player is not allowed to play in 10u A & 10u AA. Player can play in 10u B and play up in 12u B. At the conclusion of each game, the coach of each team shall be responsible for reviewing the score sheet to determine whether any player or team official has been suspended or disqualified from participating in any future game. Games can be stopped and ended at any time if our officials or tournament directors feel that continuing play is not in the best interest of the tournament, and everyone involved. Officials will be informed to be very strict regarding our zero-tolerance policy. PPE and/or rink management reserves the right to remove from the rink – players, coaches, or spectators who violate our zero tolerance policies. Protests will not be accepted based on judgements or calls made by an on-ice official. However, a game may be protested based on the opponent’s use of an ineligible player, or on a violation of rules or protocol that clearly has an impact on the game and that inures to the detriment of youth hockey. Any such protest must be filed by the protesting team as soon as possible by referring to our tournament director for their consideration done by the Coaches & Manager. If the tournament director determines that the circumstances warrant it, he/she may uphold the protest and assess the appropriate penalties against the offending team. The tournament director’s decision in any such matters will be final.
TIE BREAKER SYSTEM
Teams ending up with the same number of points in round-robin play, final standings will be determined by the following criteria: Head-to-Head competition, Most Wins, Best Goal Differential, Fewest Goals Against, Most Goals For, Fewest Penalty Minutes (Game Misconducts=10 Minutes), & Coin Flip. In the event of 3 or more teams tied; All teams that are tied must ALL have played each other to determine a clear head-to-head winner. If not applicable, we will move past head-to-head and continue the tiebreaker criteria.
PLAYOFF & CHAMPIONSHIP OVERTIME COACHES MUST KNOW THE OVERTIME RULES.
Referees will NOT explain the rules after regulation. There will be NO INTERMISSION after regulation. Tie game system – a tie will remain a tie in round-robin play. Also, will remain a tie for all consolation games. For all playoff & championship games if tied after regulation play, we will play one (5) minute running sudden death overtime period (4 on 4). There will be NO INTERMISSION, your players must be ready for the OT period immediately following regulation time. In overtime for the last minute & under stop time will be used. The teams will switch sides so that each team is defending the goal farthest from their bench. If a penalty occurs, it will go to 4 on 3. If another penalty occurs during that time frame from the same penalized team, it will start 5 on 3 until the next stoppage of play. If tied after the overtime period, we will then go to a 3-player shootout in which most goals win. The home team will decide who will shoot first. If tied after the 3-player shootout, we will then go to a sudden death shootout until the winner is decided. The players in the first group of three may not shoot again until all other eligible players on their team have had a turn or the opposing team has used all their shooters. Ex: If Team B has 12 Players and Team A has 14, Team A can repeat players after the 12th shooter.