Adirondack Pond Hockey Official Rules
Yep, we have rules. In a nutshell, we’re a well-run tournament and we want you to have fun, but don’t get too nuts on the ice.
Please read and share with your team prior to arriving at the tournament.
- All Games played 4 on 4
- Players must be 18+
- Games are 40 minutes long consisting of two 20-minute halves with a 2-minute break between halves.
- Teams who do not show up, forfeit, are disqualified and will not be refunded any portion of the fee.
- In the event of bad weather, no games are rescheduled.
- Each team is guaranteed three games.
- Divisions will be divided by skill level provided by the team captain at registration. The Adirondack Pond Hockey Tournament reserves the right to consolidate divisions based on registration numbers as well as move teams to more suitable divisions if necessary.
- Games that end in a tie will result in overtime play. The first team to score in overtime wins.
- All players must sign a release.
- Captain’s coin toss will determine which goal teams defend. Teams switch after the half.
- All players are required to wear HEC approved helmets and proper hockey skates. Optional equipment is recommended but not required.
- No goalie equipment or goalie sticks allowed. No player can serve as the designated goalie. Each player is required to play the entire surface of the ice.
- Goaltending is not allowed. A player may not patrol, “camp out” or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender. A defender may deflect the puck in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area. The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending out four feet from the outside corners of the goal.
- Players are required to have matching light and dark jerseys.
- There is no fighting, no checking, no slap shots – you will be ejected.
- Players shall not fall or lay on the ice to block goals. Violations will result in a minor penalty.
- Lifting the puck above knee level is prohibited. Violations result in loss of possession of the puck.
- If the puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch loses possession. During restart, players defending team must give opponent at least two stick lengths.
- All goals must be scored from the offensive side of the ice.
- No offside or icing calls.
- All games are played running time. Substitutions are made on the fly.
- Players can only play for one team.
- Prior to every game, each player will designate two players to scrape the rink before each game.
- Substitutions must be made by 8:30 a.m. on the first day of tournament play at Player
- Check-in in the warming house tent. No other substitutions throughout the tournament are allowed. The four to six players that are on your roster at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of tournament play must be the same players that play on your team throughout the tournament.
- It is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure the correct game score has been logged on the score sheet. By signing the score sheet at the conclusion of the game, your team captain is acknowledging that they agree with the final score. Teams cannot contest scores/results after they have signed the scoresheet.
- Pond Hockey team names must not be offensive to any particular group or individual. While we encourage and enjoy creativity, we will not accept team names that may be sexually suggestive, discriminatory or harassing in any way. Adirondack Pond Hockey will review all team names, and reserves the right to reject your team name, or in Adirondack Pond Hockey’s sole discretion to modify any team name deemed offensive by either abbreviating or shortening a team name.
- Hooking, holding, tripping, interference result in a goal allowed for the offended team. The offended team also receives possession of the puck.
Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area.
- Physical nature, elbows, high sticking, etc.; will result in a goal allowed for the offended team. The player that caused penalty is ejected for the remainder of the game and his team will play shorthanded (3 players) for the remainder of the half.
- Abuse of on-ice officials will result in a major penalty.
Team Dropout Policy
- Teams who wish to withdraw from the tournament prior to January 11, 2019, will receive a full refund. Any team who withdraws after the January 11, 2019 deadline will forfeit their $450 entry fee. Any teams that don’t show up forfeit their $450 entry fee.
Weather cancellation policy
- The Adirondack Pond Hockey Tournament is an outdoor event. By entering, you acknowledge that you will be playing on an outdoor ice surface and ice conditions are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Should the event be canceled due to inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions as determined by the tournament director(s), teams will receive a refund of 25% of the registration fee.
Consolidate Divisions policy
- Adirondack Pond Hockey reserves the right to consolidate divisions based on registration numbers as well as move teams to more suitable divisions if necessary.
*subject to change
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