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Full Ice Rules

All general rules apply


Penalties

Penalties refer to USA Hockey's Rules for more info

  • 2:00 min Minor 
  • 5:00 min Major
  • 10:00 min Misconduct/Game Ejection, Misconduct, Match


CLOCK TIME/PERIOD LENGTH

See Game Rules


4x4 Specific Rules

  • All 5x5 rules apply with the following exceptions:
  • If there is a penalty, then teams will play 4x3
  • For 2 or more penalties, games will still be played 4x3 and penalties will be served consecutively.


Goalies

  • Every team must play with a goalie. If your goalie can't make it, you or your goalie needs to contact the league director. If a goalie fails to notify their team or league director without 24 hours notice they could lose their spot on the team.
  • Teams without a goalie will result in a forfeit. Forfeited games will not involve an on-ice official per USA hockey rules.
  • If a goalie is running late 
    • the clock will start after the 3-minute warm-up until the goalie is on the ice. 
    • If a goalie is not on the ice by the end of the first period the game will result in a forfeit for the team without a goalie. 
    • The team with the goalie who arrived late (before end of first period) will be given a 2-minute penalty for delay of game.
    • In the case of injuries or ejections, a team is eligible to play with at least 4 players with no goalie. Players are not permitted to stand in the crease and block shots. Blocking will result in an automatic goal.

Infractions

  • Penalty time will not stop on whistles unless the game clock is also stopped. For example, when the game is within 2 goals within the last 2 minutes and the game clock is stopped.
  • Players serving a non-coincidental penalty may not re-enter the the game during a stoppage in play and MUST wait until the game is back in play; if a penalty expires during a stoppage in play, the player must wait for the officials to drop the puck and restart play before returning to the ice.  No substitute players from the bench are allowed on ice for the penalized player either.
  • Anyone who gets three penalties in one game will be ejected from the game and subject to a suspension pending league review. Major penalties count as two penalties. 


Fighting

Fighting will not be tolerated at all! 

See MAHL General League Rules for our No Fighting policy


Checking 

Checking is not allowed; all leagues are non-checking.

See MAHL General League Rules for more info


Player Conduct

  • Everyone must respect and listen to game officials and referees. If someone has a problem with a referee for whatever reason please wait until after the game and contact the league director. Any verbal or physical abuse to the referee(s) or scorekeepers will not be tolerated. This will result in automatic ejection from the game and possibly the league.
  • All players should abide by rink specific rules (especially, pertaining to drinking and smoking)
  • Absolutely no drinking on benches. Do not leave beer cans/bottles in any trash.


Standings & Playoffs

  • Teams and players must be PAID IN FULL by the last regular season game in order to participate in playoffs. If they are not paid by the end of the season they can not play in any other leagues until remaining balance is addressed. 
  • Standings will be determined by the format listed on the standings page of the website. Usually it will be by total points, most wins, then head-to-head competition. If it is still tied then it will go to the teams Goal Differential, followed by least GA then most GF then Fewest Penalty Minutes then a coin toss if the previous tie-breakers were all ties.
  • Playoff format will be determined before each league season. Usually the Winter seasons will have a double elimination playoff for the top teams and the Summer seasons will be a shorter playoff format such as single elimination. Not all teams are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Assume if you are one of the last place teams you may not get in. League directors will make this clear to all teams a few weeks prior to the beginning of playoffs. If you would like to know sooner please email info@mahockeyleague.com 
  • For Playoff games and championship games there will be a 5-minute, 3x3 sudden death overtime if needed. If no one scores at the end of overtime, there will be a shootout to determine the winner. Each team will pick 3 different shooters, if still tied after 3 rounds then it will go round by round until there is a winner. After the 3 rounds is over anyone can shoot until the tie is broken.
  • A player must be present for at least one-third (1/3) of a team's regular season games (rounded up) to be eligible to play in that team's playoffs.
  • A Player cannot play on 2 teams during the playoffs in the same league.


Other Info

  • There will be at least 1 referee and scorekeeper at each game. Most full ice 5x5 games will have 2 referees.
  • The Championship teams will receive a team trophy and an individual prize.
  • Some leagues will be individual awards to league MVP's
  • If players are interested & there is time there will be an All-Star game for some of the full season Winter leagues.


For the purpose of ejections and suspensions, there are no refunds written, implied, or expressed!

League Director has final say in all aspects of the league and its rules. 

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