League Rules

House League Rules and Guidelines

Playing rules for the league have been modified to allow for more play and fewer stoppages so that the players can skate more and play the puck more frequently. This is a non-check league – however since some players may not have the skating skills needed to stop and turn quickly, some incidental contact, and even some collisions are inevitable. The coaches and referees will monitor behavior to keep contact to a minimum. Intentional contact (i.e. checking) will be penalized.

Younger division:

1. All games will be played running time during shifts, with time paused during shift changes. Time will also pause for penalties and injuries. There will be a 5-minute warm up followed by three 16-minute periods.

2. Shifts will be 2 minutes each, with the buzzer sounding to signal change.

3. At the buzzer, puck will be brought to center ice for a face-off.  Puck can be left where it is and played “live”.

4. Penalties will be served by offending player until buzzer sounds ending his shift. Penalized team plays the remainder of shift short-handed. The next shift starts even strength.

5. Lines should be matched with more skilled players on one team competing against the more skilled players on the other team.

6. In the interests of keeping the game moving, no off-sides or icing will be enforced in early part of the season. Coaches and referees can instruct players not to “hang” in the offensive zone. Players will be taught off-sides and icing with “generous” enforcement later in the season. The goal is to maximize playing time and create stoppages only in egregious cases.

Older division:

1. All games will be with regular clock rules (i.e. clock stops on whistle only). Lines will change “on the fly”.

2. There will be a 5 minute warm up followed by three 15-minute periods. Clock may be run at the end of the game if necessary to complete game within the allotted ice slot. Players must be on time and ready to play – especially for the early games. There will be no overtime for tied games.

3. Penalties will be 1 min 30 sec. and will carry over to next shift.

4. Lines should be matched with more skilled players on one team competing against the more skilled players on the other team.

5. Off-sides and icing will be enforced.​​