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 General Rules and Information
                          Presented  by
           Ultimate Hockey Tournaments
· This is a USA Hockey sanctioned Tournament, using USA Hockey rules with the following additions:
· All players must wear numbered uniforms in the proper team colors.
· The home team will wear a white or light colored jersey and the visiting team shall wear a
    dark colored jersey
   Each team will need to provide a penalty box attendant for each game. This volunteer will sign a
   Form at the registration desk that describes there duties. This volunteer becomes an off ice official
   and has to remain neutral during the game and help the on ice officials, if needed.
· Playing Time/Penalty Minutes
    Playing time for all games will be stop time periods as follows:
               Mite                 11 minutes
               Squirt              12 minutes
               Pee Wee          12 minutes
               Bantam            12 minutes
               Midget            13 minutes
     A running clock will be used in the third period when one team is ahead by 5 or more goals.
     Penalty times are as follows:
                              For Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam:
                              Minor                       1:30
                              Major                        5:00
                                                       Misconduct              6:00                         
· No team is permitted a time-out in round robin play. In consolation game or championship game there       
    Is one timeout per game.
· Starting Time/Warm Up Period
A)    Teams should be ready to enter the ice surface for the warm-up period up to ten minutes
prior to the scheduled start time. If the tournament is running ahead of schedule teams are
expected to be ready to play.
B)     Warm-up time shall be three minutes.
· Zero Tolerance – Referees will be instructed to strictly enforce zero tolerance rules. The
    Ultimate Tournaments tournament committee reserves the right to remove from the arena players,
    coaches or spectators who violate USA Hockey zero tolerance policies.
· Game Misconduct Penalty – Any player or coach receiving a game misconduct penalty shall
    be suspended for the next tournament game.
· Fighting or Fisticuffs - Players receiving major penalties for Fighting or Fisticuffs in tournament  
    games shall be immediately suspended for all games remaining in the tournament. Players may be
    subject to additional suspensions by their home governing bodies.
· Match Penalty – Any player, coach or manager who receives a match penalty shall be
    suspended immediately for the balance of the tournament and these players, coaches and
    teams will not be welcomed for future Ultimate Tournaments tournaments.
· Game Suspensions Suspensions resulting from game or gross misconducts, or any other
    circumstances, which are mandated by USA Hockey or Tournament Rules will not be
    overturned by the Tournament Director or the Ultimate Tournaments Tournament Committee
    under any circumstances. Players, coaches and parents should be fully aware of the potential
    consequences of their actions at all times.
· Protests – Protests related to interpretations of specific rules will be reviewed and considered
    by the tournament director within one hour of a completed game. Protests must be submitted
    to the tournament director in writing citing the specific rule, from the current USA Hockey
    rulebook, in question. Protests related to judgment calls by referees will not be considered. 
    Decisions of the tournament committee are final.
· Game Points
     Teams will be awarded points in round-robin play according to the following:
a.       Two points for a win
b.      One point for a tie
c.       Zero points for a loss
· Tournament Standings
    Standings will be compiled by the tournament director and staff and posted at the rinks
    Teams will be ranked within their tournament division by the total number of points
    obtained. In the event of a tie, final standings will be determined by the following criteria:
a.       Head to head competition – With 3 or more teams tied, all teams must have played each other and there must be an obvious winner. If not we skip Head to Head and go to Most Wins.
b.      Most wins
c.       Goal differential (5 goal maximum differential for a single game)
d.      Fewest goals against
e.       Fewest penalty minutes
f.       Coin toss
· Tie games/Tie breaking procedures
    Each team will receive one point for a round-robin game that is tied at the end of regulation play.
     There will be no overtime periods for 3rd Place Games if tied at the end of regulation play. 
If a semi-final or championship game ends in a tie the following tie-breaking procedure will be followed:
a.       5 minute sudden death overtime period (4 on 4, plus goalies)
b.       Shootout (4 players/team – each player may only shoot once) – most goals wins
c.        If shootout ends in tie, sudden death shootout until winner is decided (each team must
continue through their roster until all players have taken a shot. If the shoot-out is not
decided, players will continue to shoot in the same order as their first shots.)