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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic Official Rules

Games will be January 24, 25, 26.  Reed’s Lake, East Grand Rapids near John Collins Park.

All games are played four-on-four.  Games shall be 40 minutes long consisting of two 20 minute halves with a 2 minute break between halves.

Team entry fee is $375.   Entry is first come / first served.

Entry deadline, and payment due, by January 17, 2014.

In the event of bad weather, no games will be rescheduled.

Tournament officials reserve the right to determine schedule and competitive divisions based upon age, player ability, experience or other factors.

Each team will be guaranteed four games.  (One Friday night game, two on Saturday, one on Sunday)  Championship games will be early Sunday afternoon.

Minor penalties: hooking, holding, tripping, interference – typical hockey penalties — result in a goal allowed to the offended team.  Offended team also receives possession of the puck.

Major penalties: all offenses of a physical nature – including, but not limited to high sticking, cross-checking, elbowing, roughing etc – will result in a goal allowed to the offended team.  Player causing major penalty is ejected for the remaineder of the game and his team will play shorthanded (3 players) for the remainder of the half.

Abuse of off-ice officials – including, but not limited to – yelling, swearing or arguing – will be considered a major penalty.

  1. Captain’s coin-toss will determine which goal teams defend.  Teams switch after first half.
  2. All players are required to wear HEC approved helmets and proper hockey skates.  Other protective equipment is optional but highly recommended.
  3. Each team will have no more than eight players on a roster.  No fewer than six.  Minimum number of players to begin a game is four.  A team may have fewer than four players on-ice during game play, due to penalty, injury or lack of replacement players.
  4. No goalie equipment or goalie sticks allowed.  No player can serve as a designated goalie.  Each player on ice is expected to play the entire surface.
  5.  Players are required to have matching light AND dark team jerseys.
  6. There may be off-ice officials to assist in game scoring, penalty calls, puck replacement etc. Off-ice officials will have final say in all game play decisions.  Off-ice officials reserve the right to award goals-against to teams whose play is detrimental to the “spirit of the games.”  In the event of “player-called” game play, players are expected to behave in a “spirit of the games” manner.
  7. There will be no fighting.  Players involved in on or off ice fights will be expelled from the tournament with no replacement and no refund of player entry fee.
  8. There is no checking.  Checking offenses result in a minor penalty.  Flagrant fouls result in major penalty.
  9. No slapshots.  Slapshot fouls result in a minor penalty to the offending team.
  10. Players shall not fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect or block the goal area.  Violation results in minor penalty.
  11. Lifting the puck above knee level is prohibited.  Violation results in loss of possession.
  12. If the puck goes out of bounds, last team to touch puck losses possession.  During restart, defending team must give opponent at least two stick length’s space.
  13. All goals must be scored from the offensive side of center ice.
  14. No offside calls.  No icing calls.
  15. Following each goal, the team that scored will announce the score in a clear and precise manner.  This includes goals awarded due to penalty.
  16. Half-ice spacing following a goal or penalty called.
  17. In the event of a tie, games will be played “sudden-death.”  Possession to beginning O.T. decided by captain’s coin-toss.
  18. All games are played running time.  Substitutions are made “on-the-fly” or while a new puck is being put in play.  No stoppage of play following goals or penalties.
  19. Players can play for only one team.  Rosters will be confirmed by start of games on tournament’s first day.

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