RULES

HockeyFest - Game On! will follow the most recent Hockey Canada Ice Hockey rules with the following exceptions:

 

  1. Roster

    1. U9 and under age groups will be able to roster a maximum of 9 total players, including 1 goalie

      1. 1 additional player can be added for an extra fee​

    2. For the U11 ages and up there will be a maximum of 7 total players, including 1 goalie

      1. 1 additional player can be added for an extra fee​

    3. U7+U9 – Games will be played 4 on 4 + goalie.  If in the odd chance your goalie does not show up, players will be allowed to play with 1 extra player and an empty net

    4. U11 and up – Games will be played 3 on 3 + goalie.  If in the odd chance your goalie does not show up, players will be allowed to play with 1 extra player and an empty net.

    5. Official rosters must be submitted by the designated registration date.  After that no substitutions or roster additions will be allowed.

    6. Teams are eligible to challenge the opposing team’s roster but must do so before the start of the game.

    7. All teams must carry copies of their birth certificates or ID’s in case of a roster/age challenge  
       

  2. Game times/starting games

    1.  Games will consist of two 15-minute halves with a 5 minute intermission

    2. Teams will be required to switch sides after half.

    3. During round robin play there will be a coin flip to determine which team picks their starting end. In playoffs the team who finished higher in the standings will get to choose their starting end.

    4. A game will be considered a forfeit if a team does not show up within 10 minutes of the designated start time. Teams will have to have a minimum of 3 players to play. Forfeiting will result in a 5-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

    5.  If games are running behind, teams are required to stay within the designated area around their rink as games will start immediately following the previous game

    6. Each game will consist of two face offs. One at the beginning of the first half and one at the beginning of the second half.

    7. In the case of inclement weather (thunder and lightning), Hockey Fest will follow a 30 minute rule: For every lightning strike there will be a 30 minute delay before play is to resume.  Players are asked to stay onsite during delays. Updates will be announced over the PA system, as well as through push messages on the mobile app.
       

  3. Playing format

    1. There is absolutely ZERO tolerance and any excessive behavior will result in automatic suspension from the remainder of the tournament. 

    2. For U15 and above, a high sticking is called if a player’s stick has contact with a ball above the crossbar. The play will then be blown dead and the ball will be given to the opposing team at the location that the high sticking occurred. 

    3. For U13 and under, a high sticking is called if a player’s stick has contact with a ball above a player’s shoulders. The play will then be blown dead and the ball will be given to the opposing team at the location that the high sticking occurred. 

    4. If a ball goes out of the playing area, the team that last touched the ball loses possession, and the opposite team gets the ball at the location it left play.  When the ball is brought back into play the team with possession must be given 3 meters or 5 seconds to make a play on the ball.  After 5 seconds has elapsed the opposing team will be allowed to go after the ball.

    5. Goalies must be in contact with their crease in order to cover the ball. Once a ball has been covered, the covering team must be given 3 meters or 5 seconds to make a play on the ball.  After 5 seconds has elapsed the opposing team will be allowed to go after the ball.

    6. Face-offs will only occur at the start of each half and will always take place at centre ice.

    7. Once a goal has been scored, the opposing team must fully clear half before attacking. The ball is live immediately once scored on.

    8.  If a game ends in a tie, each team will pick 3 shooters to shoot in a round robin style shoot out. If the game is still tied after 3 shooters, it will immediately go into a sudden death shoot out. Teams must fully go through the roster before repeating shooters. For co-ed divisions, 1 in every 3 shooters must be female.

    9. In playoffs, if a game ends in a tie there will be a 5 minute sudden de​ath over time. If it is still tied after overtime, it will continue into the shootout format. 

    10. If a team is winning by 10 goals at any point in the second half, a mercy rule will be implemented and the game will be over.  

    11. No slap shots will be allowed in any division other than adult competitive. A slap shot is defined as a wind-up where the blade of the players stick goes above their waist.  If a slap shot is taken it will result in an immediate possession for the opposing team.

    12. Each team is allowed 1, thirty second, time out per game. In order to call a time-out, the team must have full possession of the ball. 
       

  4. Penalties

    1. If a penalty is called, a penalty shot will be immediately awarded to the non-penalized team.  When a penalty shot is being taken, the players who are not shooting must stand on the opposite side of half from which the shot is being taken. Any player on the roster is allowed to take the penalty shot. Once the penalty shot is completed, defending team has possession in their end zone. 

    2. Any player who receives 3 player on player penalties in a game will be ejected. This does not include slap shot penalty shots. If a player is ejected due to penalties, the team must play short-handed for the remainder of the game.  If 2 players from the same team are ejected from the game, your team then forfeits resulting in a 5-0 win for the opponent.

    3. Any player involved in a fight will be ejected from both the game and the tournament.  A fight is considered any excessive pushing or shoving, or punches thrown. 

    4. Any excessive body contact will not be tolerated. If this occurs, it will be recognized as a penalty and an immediate penalty shot will be rewarded for the opposing team.
       

  5. Equipment

    1. U15 and under – Players are required to wear helmets with eye protection.  Eye protection must fit firmly around the eyes and be able to protect against high sticking and balls. A hockey helmet with full cage as well as gloves is recommended.

    2. Goalies are required to have a full-face mask, goalie stick, blocker and trapper. It is recommended that goalies wear pads as added protection.

    3. Hockey sticks will be the only type of stick permitted. Sticks must also be fully intact.  Broken sticks will be removed by the referee at their discretion.
       

  6. Coaches/Parents

    1. Teams in the U13 and below will be allowed to have 1 coach or parent on the bench with them during the game.  All other spectators are asked to watch from the rink ends or opposite to the benches.

    2. HockeyFest-GameOn is a family friendly environment that does not tolerate any swearing, heckling or abuse of any kind towards tournament officials, referees, volunteers or other tournament participants.  Anyone who violates this rule will be asked to leave the premises.
       

  7. Miscellaneous

    1. Each team is required to bring a back up set of alternative colour jerseys/t-shirts 

    2. Once a team has been registered, no refunds will be given.

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