The following are effective as of October 28, 2010
IHL Rules & Regulations 2010/2011 The purpose of this package is to inform players about the rules of the IHL. The IHL follows Hockey Canada rules, with adjustments made by the IHL. 1 GENERAL INFORMATION The League The IHL season runs from September until April and consists of approx 25 games, plus two tournaments. All games are played on Sundays with the exception of tournament games which are played on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The 2010-2011 IHL season begins September 12, 2010 and concludes in March/April 2011. (NEW) The schedule, standings, statistics, suspensions and league notices are posted on the league website at Please bookmark this page and pass the link on to your players! Team Rosters & Eligibility The registration deadline for the IHL is August 31, 2010. Players must register individually and pay their league fees in full by the registration deadline in order to be eligible for the draft. The maximum number of players in the league is 90 with 15 players being drafted to each of the six teams. All returning players, who have registered by the registration deadline, are automatically eligible for the draft. New registrants are placed on a waiting list and are eligible for the draft based on a first come first served basis. Any current player who takes a year of absence from the league will be placed on the waiting list should they decide to register for the league again. Any team, who would like to add a player during the course of the season, must inform the League Conveners who will randomly select a player from the waiting list. If a team plays with an ineligible player (i.e. who is not registered in the league) they will automatically default the game. (NEW) During the course of the season, if a team plays a total of 5 games with less than 10 skaters and a goalie, the League Conveners will randomly select a player from the waiting list who will be assigned to the team. (NEW) Any team that uses a pick-up player from another team will automatically default the game. The game may still be played but will be recorded as a default in the standings. Currently, there is no maximum age limit for participation in the IHL. However, the minimum age requirement for participation is 19 years of age by Dec 31, 2010. Team Uniforms Each player on the team must wear the same colour jersey. Each player’s jersey must have a permanent number on the back of the jersey. If both teams have the same coloured jerseys, the home team must wear different colored jerseys. Duration of Games and Game Start/Default Games will consist of three, 20 minute running time periods. Both teams must be ready to play at the end of the 3 minute warm-up, with at least 4 skaters and a goalie. The 3-minute warm-up begins at the scheduled game time. Appeals Process The League Convener’s have the responsibility and authority to make all decisions related to the administration of the League. In the event that a decision by the League Conveners’ is not satisfactory to a player or Team, the player or the primary Contact Person for the team can inform the League Convener in writing that they would like to appeal the decision and provide a basic rationale for the appeal. 2 PLAYING RULES Equipment All players are required to wear C.S.A. approved helmets and proper hockey padding (i.e. shin pads, hockey pants, elbow pads, gloves, etc). Face shields and mouth guards are strongly recommended, but are not mandatory. The IHL provides insurance through CARHA Hockey. The insurance chart including coverage amounts can be viewed at Rules All Hockey Canada rules apply in addition to the following: • There is no body checking allowed. • There are no slap shots (E.g. When the stick is raised above the player’s knee.) • All games consist of 3 – 20 minute running time periods • Stick and Equipment measurements will NOT be permitted. • There will be no overtime in regular season games. • Where there is no specific IHL rule, rulings will revert to Hockey Canada rules or to IHL league convener. Ties in Standings • In the event of a tie in the standings after the regular season, final results will be decided by: ? Most Wins ? Record against the team(s) you are tied with ? Goal Differential ? Penalties • During running time: minor penalties are 3 minutes long, major penalties are 7 minutes long and misconducts remain are 10 minutes long. • (NEW) During the final minute of play, when the score is tied or a team is down by a goal, all minor and major penalties will result in a penalty shot. This includes and is not limited to minor penalties for delay of game. The penalty shot can be taken by any member of the team. • Any player who receives 3 minor penalties will receive a game ejection. A high sticking double minor will count as 1 stick penalty. (If the third minor penalty is co-incidental, that player will not be ejected until a fourth minor is incurred). • Any player who receives a major penalty will receive a game ejection and a minimum 1-game suspension. The length of the suspension will be determined by the league conveners. • Any player who receives a 2nd major penalty will receive a minimum 3-game suspension. On the 3rd offense, the player will be ejected from the league. • (NEW) Any player receiving a misconduct or game misconduct penalty during the last 10 minutes of the game will be suspended for the next game. • High sticking whether the puck is contacted or not, will result in a minor penalty • Officials reserve the right to eject any player who displays severe unsportsmanlike behavior including, but not limited to, the abuse of officials or timekeepers. • Any player who receives a Fighting, Gross, and or Match penalty will automatically be suspended for 3 games. A second Fighting, Gross, and or Match penalty will result in league ejection. Suspended Players A team that plays with a suspended player will default the game. The IHL convener will call the Team Captain to notify them of the disciplinary action. 3 Zero Tolerance Policy IHL Zero-Tolerance Policy The IHL has implemented a Zero-Tolerance Policy which regulates the conduct of players toward game officials. Players are not allowed to challenge an official’s decision and are not allowed to make abusive comments. This includes comments and complaints from team benches, penalty boxes, or the stands. 1. A 10-minute misconduct will be given to any player who challenges an official’s decision. If another misconduct is given to the same team for challenging the official, the team will default the game. 2. Officials shall write up an incident report of any defaulted game, including recommendations for further action. The League Conveners’’ will review the report and will decide on any additional action that might be required. 4 TEAM CAPTAINS Team captains are a vital link in the communication process between the League Conveners and the individual participants. Team captains are responsible for obtaining and understanding all league information, passing it on to team members, and regularly checking ongoing activities. Specific duties include: Pre-Season Duties: i. Read this handbook and ensure that all team members understand and abide by the rules and regulations contained within. In-Season Duties: i. Inform team members of league and playoff game schedules to ensure enough team members are present at each game to avoid a forfeit. General Duties: i. Control team behavior and accept the responsibility for the conduct of all team members and spectators. ii. Maintain a cooperative attitude with referees and the League Conveners. Set an example of good sportsmanship for others to follow. 6 PLAYOFFS All teams will be eligible for playoffs. Playoff formats and schedules will be determined<