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RULES 2017/18

Updated Wednesday September 19, 2018 by Red Circle Hockey Club.

2018/19 Red Circle House League Rules

1.0 GENERAL

1.1 CURRENT CHA RULES ARE TO APPLY in addition to the rules listed below. A copy of

these rules is available in the Red Circle Office and on the Red Circle Hockey Club website.

1.2 Smoking and/or the use of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal substances in and/or around

the recreational facilities at anytime is forbidden.

1.3 No fund-raising is to take place unless approved by the Board of Directors.

1.4 The registrar and treasurer are to ensure that all players are registered and that their

registration fees are paid in full prior to October 1st of each year.

1.5 Only approved registrants can be on any Red Circle ice.

1.6 Late registration (after final registration) will only be accepted by Hockey Operations if a

player is needed for that division.

1.7 All players must be evaluated in the division of their own age group. However, Hockey

Operations shall have the right to request a player to move up or down a division.

1.8 Players may be brought up one (1) level during the regular season schedule if the team

will have less than ten (10) skaters and the number of skaters brought up will bring the team to ten (10) skaters. Coaches must go through their own division convenor in order to bring players up. Coaches not going through their convenor are subject to disciplinary action. Any player called up will dress, must be played on a regular rotation, and must be on the game sheet. Any one player may only be called up to a maximum of ten (10) games. If at the start of a game a team has fewer than eight (8) skaters, only then can a player from the same division be asked to play, with the approval of the opposing coach and convenor and only to bring the team to eight (8) skaters.

1.8.1 Goalies may be brought up one (1) level during the regular season schedule only if no

team goalie is available. Coaches must go through their own convenor in order to bring a goalie up. If at the start of a game a team has no goalie, only then can a goalie from the same division be asked to play, with the approval of the opposing coach and convenor.

1.8.2 A goalie may only be called up for playoffs or for championship weekend if a team does

not have one available.

1.9 All players will be drafted individually. The number of players per team is subject to

registration and availability of ice. Teams with two (2) goalies will assign each goalie 50% of the goaltending duties per game. (See Rule 6.4)

1.10 The allotment of players and balancing of teams in each division will be supervised by

Hockey Operations.

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1.11 All players are required to attend all scheduled Red Circle House League games and

practices. Players must notify the coach or team manager if they are not able to attend any games or practices. At the discretion of the convenor, failure to notify may result in suspension for one period, one game or more. Failure to attend House League ice time will affect Select eligibility.

1.12 All house league rules pertaining to players will be reviewed with the players by coaching

staff throughout the season.

2.0 EQUIPMENT

2.1 All players must be fully equipped to play or practice hockey with CSA approved hockey

equipment. BNQ approved neck protectors must be worn. CSA approved helmets must have all straps fastened (i.e. 1 for helmet under chin and 2 for face mask left and right side) at all times. Failure to do this may result in a minor penalty.

2.2 All equipment must be worn properly from the time the player enters and until the player

exits the ice surface. The player and the coach can be given a one (1) game suspension. Any player intentionally removing their equipment can be given a one (1) game suspension in addition to any other suspensions that may result.

2.3 Mouth Guards are highly recommended for all players. Mouth guards, if used, must be

worn properly at all times while on the ice surface.

2.4 Any team representing Red Circle, in House League, Select or Tournament must wear a

Red Circle approved jersey.

3.0 PENALTIES

3.1 Any player or coach involved in an altercation before or after a game will be suspended

from all further games until notification by Hockey Operations.

3.2 Hockey Operations is obligated to review all incidents and penalties brought to its

attention.

3.3 Hockey Operations is obligated to review all incidents and penalties in excess of a double

minor.

3.4 If a player’s helmet comes off during play, the player must go directly to the bench.

Continuing to play will result in a minor penalty.

3.5 If any three (3) minor penalties or a combination of three (3) penalties are assessed to the

same player in the same game, the player will be suspended for the remainder of that game, and the incident may be reviewed by Hockey Operations.

3.6 MINOR PENALTY

3.6.1 Shall be two (2) minutes of clock time in the Atom to Juvenile divisions.

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3.6.2 Shall be for the remainder of the shift in the Tyke and Novice divisions.

3.6.3 A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player in the Tyke, Novice, Atom and Peewee

divisions whose stick comes in contact with the puck above the shoulders. If the offending player causes the puck to go into their own net, a goal shall be awarded and the penalty will be cancelled.

3.7 MAJOR PENALTY

3.7.1 Shall be five (5) minutes of clock time for the Atom to Juvenile divisions, shared by players

from the ice. The player receiving the major penalty will be suspended for the balance of the game, plus a one (1) game suspension.

3.7.2 Shall be for the remainder of the shift plus three (3) minutes of clock time in the Tyke and

Novice divisions. The player receiving the major penalty will be suspended for the balance of the game. No player shall sit in the penalty box however, the team will play short- handed.

3.7.3 Recurring major penalties will lead to further disciplinary action by Hockey Operations.

3.8 MISCONDUCT PENALTY

3.8.1 Shall be ten (10) minutes of clock time. All misconduct penalties will be reviewed by

Hockey Operations for possible further disciplinary action.

3.9 GAME MISCONDUCT

3.9.1 Any player or coach receiving a game misconduct will be suspended immediately for the remainder of the game and will remain suspended until reviewed by Hockey Operations. This will include but not limited to profane language or behavior towards any player, coach or official, fighting, instigator, aggressor, and checking from behind with no intent to injure (first offence).

3.10 GROSS MISCONDUCT PENALTY

3.10.1 Any player or coach receiving a gross misconduct penalty will be suspended immediately

for the remainder of the game and the player will remain suspended until reviewed by Hockey Operations. This will include but not limited to travesty of the game, obscene gesture, discriminatory slur, trash talking, and harassment of any game official (timekeepers, referees, convenors and any team official).

3.11 MATCH PENALTY

3.11.1 Any player or coach receiving a match penalty will be suspended immediately for the

remainder of the game plus a minimum three (3) game suspension pending review by Hockey Operations. This will include but not limited to any intent to injure, kicking, butt ending, checking from behind with intent to injure, hit to the head with intent to injure and head butting.

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3.12 COINCIDENTAL PENALTIES

3.12.1 All divisions play five (5) skaters a side when coincidental penalties occur.

3.13 FIGHTING PENALTY

3.13.1 Any player receiving a fighting penalty will be ejected for the balance of the game plus a

minimum one (1) game suspension pending review by Hockey Operations. Any further fighting offence in the same season the player will be suspended immediately for the remainder of the game and will remain suspended until reviewed by Hockey Operations. The player’s team will be assessed a major penalty and will be served as per 3.7 MAJOR PENALTY. During any altercations on the ice players not involved are to go directly to their team’s bench or a misconduct penalty will be assessed.

3.14 BODY CHECKING

3.14.1 In all divisions, a minor penalty or, at the discretion of the referee, a major penalty and a

game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who, in the opinion of the referee, intentionally body checks any opposing player. If a player is injured, a major penalty and a game misconduct penalty must be assessed. A body check must be an intentional motion by the offending player. Where, in the opinion of the referee, accidental contact has taken place, no penalty shall be assessed.

3.15 CHECKING FROM BEHIND

3.15.1 A player checking from behind will be assessed a major and a game misconduct. This will

include but not limited to (Any infraction to the back including and not limited to a punch, elbow, stick or knee).

3.15.2 A player checking from behind who deliberately injures an opponent will be assessed a

match penalty.

Referees are instructed not to substitute other penalties when a player is checked from behind with significant impact.

3.16 HEAD CONTACT

3.16.1 Any player who accidentally contacts an opponent in the head, face or neck with his or her

stick or any part of the players’ body or equipment, will be assessed a minor penalty.

3.16.2 Any player who intentionally contacts an opponent in the head, face or neck with his or her

stick or any part of the player’s body or equipment, will be assessed a double minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the referee and based on the degree of violence of impact.

3.16.3 Any player who injures an opponent under this rule will be assessed a major and a game

misconduct penalty.

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3.16.4 Any player who deliberately attempts to injure or deliberately injures an opponent under

this rule will be assessed a match penalty.

3.17 SUSPENSIONS

3.17.1 Any multiple penalty infractions will be reviewed by Hockey Operations and may result in

an ejection from the Red Circle Hockey Club organization. Ejected players are not eligible for a refund.

4.0 COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES

4.1 Hockey Operations must approve all coaches and assistant coaches. No person shall be

permitted on the ice at any time without Hockey Operations approval.

4.1.1 All coaches must have a police check dated no earlier than April 1st prior to the upcoming

season for new checks. Police checks will be valid for three (3) years with a signed affidavit indicating no change for years two (2) and three (3). Proof of an “in process” police check may be approved by Risk Management. All forms must be submitted by November 15.

4.2 All coaches and assistant coaches must be fourteen (14) years of age or older.

4.3 All coaches and assistant coaches under the age of 18 must wear a CSA approved

helmet, on the ice for practice and on the bench for games.

4.4 All coaches and assistant coaches, while on the ice running a practice, must wear an

approved CSA helmet. Helmets must be fastened properly. Face guards are not required.

4.5 There must be a coach or an assistant coach available to attend all meetings called by the

convenor and/or Hockey Operations.

4.6 All coaches and assistant coaches shall be responsible for the conduct of their players

during the game and in the dressing room. Coaches may be held responsible for any damages to the dressing room while occupied by their team.

4.7 All coaches have the right to fairly discipline players in consultation and agreement with

the convenor before, during or after a game.

4.8 Approved coaching staff (on bench or on ice) shall consist of a maximum of three (3)

people, except in the Tyke and Novice division where four (4) coaches will be allowed. Any player or coach not participating in the game due to suspension will not be permitted on the bench. Any player not participating in the game due to injury will be permitted on the bench with prior notification and approval of the convenor. Players under the age of 18 must wear a CSA approved helmet.

4.9 Any coaches or assistant coaches, whose attitude or demeanor is detrimental to their

team or the Red Circle Club, will be dealt with on an individual basis by Hockey Operations with a possible indefinite suspension.

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5.0 GAMES

5.1 LENGTH OF GAMES

5.1.1 Except for special circumstances, at the convenor’s discretion, the buzzer will sound at

two (2) minutes after the start time of game and the clock will start no later than three (3) minutes after scheduled time. Any team not ready to play at the start of game will receive a delay of game penalty. Any team not on the ice five (5) minutes after the referee’s start the game will forfeit to the non-offending team. The game will end no later than ten (10) minutes before the next scheduled start time. (E.g. 7:00 game will end at 7:50, 7:30 game will end at 8:20).

5.1.2 TYKES AND NOVICE DIVISIONS

5.1.3 The 1st and 2nd period will be fifteen (15) minutes running time. The 3rd period will be

fifteen (15) minutes running time or the time remaining on the city clock time, whichever is the least. There will be a three (3) minute buzzer for line changes. No time out will be available in these divisions.

5.1.4 ATOM – JUVENILE DIVISIONS

5.1.5 All three periods will be twelve (12) minutes stop time.

5.1.6 There will be no time outs during regular season play.

5.2 GAME SHEET

5.2.1 The first team on the schedule is the visiting team and the second team on the schedule is

the home team (i.e. 7vs2 - team 7 is visitor and team 2 is home)

5.2.2 The visiting team coach must fill out the game sheet first with the proper names and

numbers of each player. The game sheet must be handed over to the home team coach at least fifteen (15) minutes before game start, so that it can be filled out in the same manner.

5.2.3 The convenor or delegate will ensure that the game sheet is filled out accurately.

5.3 ENTERING AND EXITING THE ICE

5.3.1 Coaches need to establish proper dressing room and door use by their team. The intent of

this rule is to ensure teams do not cross paths after the game on the ice or in the lobby.

5.4 DRESSING ROOMS

5.4.1 An assistant coach must accompany a coach or adult (if coach not available) in the

dressing room at all times. No one adult or coach shall be permitted in the dressing room alone with an unrelated child without another adult. Gender equity rooms are available. Females in the Atom to Juvenile divisions must use the gender equity rooms. No male is

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