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Rules

RULES : 

0) NEW

  • An exception to rule #56 is now in effect for Men's B category.  The numbers of players participating in "A" will no longer be restricted.
  • You now have to wait until there are 2 minutes or less on the game clock to pull your goalie.
  • Whether it is during play or after a stoppage, players must leave the zone behing their net, including both feet and the ball, within 3 seconds.  That zone can be defined by lines on the surface or the goal posts.
  • It is no longer necessary to add a substite goalie to the lineup.  In case of injury, scheduling conflict or any other reason approved by the staff, it will be possible to use a goalie of equal strength or lower, as long as he did not participate in the same or a superior category during the present tournament.
  • Stoppage following a pass to the goalie will now result in a ball possession loss.
  • The offensive team will start with possession after a direct shot on the post has resulted in a lost ball or play stoppage.
  • A goal scored in the last minute of an elimination game will be followed by a face-off at the center dot.
  • It is no longer possible for women player to participate in male categories, except for goalies.  W1-W2 goalies may participate in A, B and C+, W3 in D, W4 in E, W5 in R.
  • Co-ed categories: Maximum of 9 players total including the goalie (maximum of 4 male players + goalie)

 

1) SIZE OF THE PLAYING SURFACE 

A regulatory surface size is approximately 100 feet long and 50 feet wide and is surrounded by boards. Corners can be round or angled. 

2) TOO MAY PLAYERS ON THE FIELD

A 1 minute penalty will be called to a team caught with too many players on the field.  At the referee's discretion, if the ball accidently touches a player who is about to enter his team bench, without intentionally participating in the play, the ref may let the play continue or choose to stop it and give the ball to the opposing team.

 3) STICK 

Any stick is accepted for the tournament. A referee may, at any time, declare an illegal piece of equipment when it is worn or damaged and represents a risk of injury.

 4) SHOES 

Appropriate running shoes must be worn by all players. Steel toe cap boots are prohibited except for goalies.

 5) GOALKEEPER EQUIPMENT 

The goalkeeper must wear all regulatory equipment of a hockey goalie.

 6) PLAYER EQUIPMENT 

All players must wear an appropriate jersey, helmet, gloves and pads. Wearing elbow pads, goggles or a visor is not mandatory but strongly recommended.  Is it permitted to continue your shift after losing a piece of equipment.  Once the player returns to the bench, he must get all of his equipment back before being allowed back on the field.

7) JERSEY COLOR 

Each team member must wear a similar shirt (goalkeeper included).
Each team must have two sets of different colors. 

8) COMPOSITION OF A TEAM 

3 on 3 format :

A MEN'S team must have a maximum of 10 players on their lineup, including the goalkeeper. The lineup cannot be changed during the tournament. A minimum of 3 players + goalie is required to start a game. Each team must appoint a captain. 

A WOMEN'S team must have a maximum of 10 players on their lineup, including the goalkeeper. The lineup cannot be changed during the tournament. A minimum of 3 players + goalie is required to start a game. Each team must appoint a captain. 

4 on 4 format : 

A COED team must have a minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 9 players, including the goalie.  The lineup cannot be changed during the tournament. A minimum of 4 players + goalie is required to start a game. Each team must appoint a captain.

9) CHANGE OF GOALKEEPER 

No change of goalkeeper is allowed when the game is up, unless he is replaced by an additional player. In case of injury, scheduling conflict or any other reason approved by the staff, it will be possible to use a goalie of equal strength or lower, as long as he did not participate in the same or a superior category during the present tournament.

10) LINEUP 

The team leader must register all of his players at least 1 hour before the first game. A registered player can show up at any time of the game. An unregistered player may not participate.

NEW : ALL PLAYERS MUST CARRY ID AT ALL TIMES AS IT MAY BE ASKED FOR BEFORE OR AFTER ANY GAME.  FAILURE TO PROVIDE VALID ID WILL RESULT IN PLAYER AND OR TEAM DISQUALIFICATION.

 SUBSTITUTES : It is possible to register a player and a goalie as substitutes as long as it is done before the start your first game.  Substitutes may be used in case of a scheduling conflict or injury.  A player or goalie who has been replaced because of an injury may not return at a later game.  There is no charge for substitute players as the cost has already been covered by the regular player.

11) INJURED PLAYER 

The referee may stop the game at any time for an injured player. Generally, the referee will let play continue until the injured player's team controls the ball. Play will resume with ball possession to the opponents of the injured player.  If a goalkeeper is injured, a maximum of 2 minutes is provided so that he recovers and returns to his goal. If unable to return, he must be replaced within 5 minutes including a change of equipment. 

12) APPOINTMENT OF A REFEREE 

All referees, markers and goal judges are appointed by the chief adjudicator or the tournament official.

13) ABUSE OR THREATS TO A REFEREE 

Any player, coach or manager lacking courtesy or addressing threats to a referee or other official before, during or after a game is subject to disciplinary action (ex penalty, ejection from the game or tournament). Any player, coach or manager who attempts or who intentionally strikes a referee or other official, during or after a game will be expelled from the tournament. A penalty for physical aggression toward a referee means a possible lifetime suspension from our events. 

14) SCOREKEEPER 

The scorekeeper controls the time and signals the end of each period and the game. The scorekeeper informs the referee of the time remaining in the period (if there is no dial indicator). If there is a dispute regarding the time, all will be referred to the referee and he will take a final decision. Before the start of the game, the scorekeeper verifies if the alignment of teams is consistent. He should report any abnormal alignment to the referee. At the end of all games, he must return to a tournament official with a completed score sheet.

15) PENALTIES 

The penalties should be classified as follows: 

MINOR : 1 MINUTE***
DOUBLE MINOR : 2 MINUTES***
MAJOR : 3 MINUTES +  AUTOMATIC EJECTION***
MISCONDUCT : 1 MINUTE***
GAME MISCONDUCT : 1 MINUTE + AUTOMATIC EJECTION ***
GROSS (RUDE) MISCONDUCT : 1 MINUTE + AUTOMATIC EJECTION *** 

***If a second penalty is called, play must continue with a 3 on 2 format; the second penalty will only start when the first one has expired. 

***A penalty whistled in the last minute of the game will result in a penalty shot.

 ***No penalty shot shall be awarded when coincidental penalties are called. 

16) MINOR PENALTY 

Any minor penalty results in a 1 minute power play for the opposing team. If a 2nd minor penalty is called, play must continue with a 3 on 2 format; the second penalty will only start when the first one has expired.

17) MAJOR PENALTY

Any player receiving a major penalty is ejected from the game and a 3 minute power play will be granted to the other team. In the case of a hit to the head with a fist, elbow or stick the player will be ejected from the tournament.

18) MISCONDUCT PENALTY

A misconduct penalty shall be imposed to any player or member of a team using vulgar language towards a referee.

19) GAME MISCONDUCT AND TOURNAMENT EJECTION

A match penalty shall be imposed to any player or member of a team for the following offenses:

-verbal threats to a referee

-throws an object towards a referee or a player
-spitting, hair pulling, biting

-getting into a fist fight
-attempt to injure an opponent by hitting him or with his helmet, his foot, his fist, his elbow, his knee or other object
-body check from behind or to the head.

 Any player receiving a match penalty is automatically ejected from the game.

20) PENALTY SHOT

A penalty shot granted by the referee shall be made as follows:

-The referee places the ball on the center point and the designated player, at the referee's signal, begins to move towards the goal and tries to beat the opponent goalkeeper. The player and the ball must be constantly moving towards the opposing goal line.

-The goalkeeper must remain in his rectangle until the player touches the ball. The goalkeeper may attempt to stop the ball in every way, except by throwing his stick or other object. In case of violation of this regulation, the shot may be done again or the goal can be granted.

-If an offense is called, any player who already was on the playing surface may take the shot.

-If the goalkeeper is pulled when the penalty shot is called, an automatic goal must be awarded.

-During the penalty shot, the players of both teams must stay near their respective benches, on the other side of the centerline. No player from the opposing team can interfere in any way with the player taking the penalty shot.

-After the penalty shot, the defending team will resume play behind its goal line after the official whistle.

-The time required for the shooting is included within the regular time of a game. If the offense is ticking and the time the game ends before that is called the penalty, shooting will be done anyway.

**Shootouts :

-Captains of both teams must hand in all three players selected order to shoot. If the tie persists after the first three shooters from each team, any shooter can go to determine a winner.

21) PENALTY TO THE GOALKEEPER

If the goalkeeper is assessed a penalty that leads to an automatic expulsion from the game, he will be replaced in accordance with the regulations.

To legally "freeze" the ball, the goalie must have 1 piece of equipment still touching his goal crease.  At the referee's discretion, a warning may be assessed for a first offense instead of a delay of game minor.

22) PENALTY CALL 

The referee must blow the whistle immediately and call the penalty if a player from the team that is in possession of the ball commits an infraction.

Note: If the referee stops the game for a technical reason, the play will resume at the place designated by the referee.

23) BALL THAT HITS A REFEREE

The game should not be stopped when the ball hits a referee, regardless of location on the playing surface, except if the ball deflects straight into the goal or out of the playing surface. In the event where the ball would hit a body part of the referee and enter directly into the goal, the goal shall not be granted. The faceoff will be executed at the closest dot.

24) BALL LOST OF SIGHT/MULTIPLE BALLS IN PLAY

If there is a scrum or a player accidentally falls on the ball causing the referee to lose sight of the ball, the play shall be stopped immediately. When the ball touches am electric lights wire, the play must be stopped immediately. The referee returns the ball to the team that did not touch the ball last. If at any time during the game, another ball appears on the surface, the play should not be stopped. It must continue with the legal ball until there is stoppage of play unless the ball interferes with the progression of the play. If the play stops, the ball is given back to the team of the player who had possession.

25) START OF A GAME AND PERIOD

The game time starts at the scheduled time with a faceoff at the center dot. After a goal or save, the ball must be placed behind the goal line and play shall resume as soon as the whistle is blown.

At the scheduled start of the game (shown within the website), if a team does not have the required number of players to start the game, the referee shall apply the following process:

If the team is not ready or does not have enough players to start the game at the scheduled time, the time will start anyways and a delay of game penalty will be called.  After the first 5 minutes, a goal will be awarded, after 10 minutes, a second one and after the first period, the game ends with a 3-0 forfeit score.

26) CLOSING YOUR HAND ON THE BALL

Closing your hand on the ball is called exactly the same as it is in ice hockey.  A minor penalty will be called if a player closes his hand on the ball and moves with it, taking an unfair advantage.

27) FACEOFF

On a faceoff,the ball must touch the surface before a playercan make contact with it. Players lining up at the faceoff circle should be facing the end of the surface on the side of enemy territory. They are spaced about a stick length and have their whole stick blade on the playing surface. Their blades must not touch the space where the ball will be put into play.

All other players must be located at least 6 feet from where the two players involved in the faceoff are placed or outside the circle in the center of the surface.

If this procedure had to be breached, the referee will ask for the center man to be switched with one of his teammates on the surface.

28) RESUMING PLAY

At the Burrows Cup, with the exception of final games and last minute of playoff games where a faceoff takes place after goals, there is a faceoff only at the beginning of each period and in a case where the referee would not be able to determine which team the ball should be handed to.

The playmust always resume with the ball behind the goal line after a goal or goalie save.

An attacking player may never resume play behind the opposing goal line.

The players must wait for the whistle to be blown and then have a 3 seconds immunity and a gap of a stick length before the opponent can rush towards the ball. 

Failure to wait for the whistle will cause the ball to be handed to the opposing team.

The player with the ball may pass or move with the ball.

29) HAND PASSES

Hand passes are not allowed for players and goalkeeper, anywhere on the surface.

30) GOAL SCORED WITH FOOT OR OTHER BODY PART

When an attacking player intentionally directs the ball with his foot or any other body part, the goal will be refused.

31) UNSAFE TEMPERATURE

It is the organizer's responsibility to make the decision to play a game or not because of risky temperature. Once the game has started, only the organizers have the authority to stop or cancel a game. The matches can run in the rain. Still, organizers are not responsible for injuries, even if the conditions are not ideal. It is the responsibility of players to have sufficient protection. Heavy rainfall accumulations of water on the surface, storm or in snow are factors that may be enough to stop a match.

32) TIMEOUT

A 30 seconds timeout per team per playoff game is allowed.

33) DURATION OF GAMES

There will be two periods of 12 minutes, for a total of 24 minutes of continuous time. The rest period between each period is 1 minute. Teams must change sides after each period.

34) HIGH STICKING

All players must have full control of their sticks at all times.

Touching the ball with a high stick will result in a delayed minor penalty.

A goal scored with a stick contact above the crossbar will not count and a penalty will be called if the contact was above shoulder height.

The action to bring your stick above the crossbar of the goal or the top of the boards is tolerated. If there is contact to the head of the opponent or referee, whether the gesture is voluntary or not, the referee will immediately call a penalty. A goal scored with a high stick shall not be granted unless the act is done by a player of the defensive team.

35) ADJUSTMENT OF A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT

A minor penalty for delay of game shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper delaying the game to fit a piece of equipment or going to change his stick on the bench without the permission of the referee. Liability or obligation to maintain equipment in good condition rests with the players and goalies. If an adjustment is necessary, the player must leave the surface and the game continues without interruption using a different player. A goalkeeper may not intentionally delay the game by adjusting a piece of equipment during a stoppage in play. The violation of this policy by a goalkeeper causes a minor penalty. Note: This regulation is intended to punish players or goalkeepers who try to gain time to rest their players.

36) MISCONDUCT

Every team member is responsible for the conduct of each of his teammates. All players must take all necessary means to prevent disorder or violence of their team members before, during and after a game, on or off the surface. The whole team will be held responsible in case of serious behavior (ex punch shot to the head, etc...). A minor penalty for misconduct will be imposed on a player who:

-uses abusive language, obscene or degrading treatment on the surface and not being sent to a particular person.
-demonstrates a lack of respect towards an official, to a lesser degree of what result in a penalty of moral misconduct.

A misconduct penalty shall be imposed on any member of a team that:

-uses language or gestures demonstrates abusive, obscene or degrading against a marker, referee or an opponent.
-does not go directly to penalty bench
-does not respect the area reserved for referees
-continues to discredit or disrespect towards the referee
-strikes or propels the ball intentionally out of reach of a referee who was to recover it.
-sends the ball intentionally out of the field following a goal scored or a decision made by the referee
-throws an object on the surface while the game is in progress or not
-throws a piece of equipment of an opponent outside of the surface

37) BALL OUTSIDE OF THE PLAYING SURFACE

A ball is considered outside of the surface if it leaves the playing surface or if it hits anything other than the boards and nets around the surface. A penalty for delay of game will be called if a player (or goalkeeper) deliberately sends the ball out of the playing surface

38) BROKEN OR DROPPED STICK

A player who has broken or lost his stick may continue to participate in the action but he has to immediately drop all parts of his stick, otherwise a minor penalty for illegal equipment will be awarded.

Note: No penalty will be awarded if he goes straight to his bench without participating in the action.A player whose stick is broken, can only receive another stick from his bench player or a teammate who gave him his stick. 

A player may pick up a dropped goalie stick as long as he instantly gives it back to the goalie and does not attempt or participate  in the play while doing so.

No player or goalkeeper may receive a stick that is thrown on any part of the playing surface, the bench players or penalty if a penalty minor for illegal equipment will be awarded.

A goalkeeper may continue the game with a broken stick until the game is stopped or until he is given another stick legally.

39) Freezing the ball

When the ball is stuck behind the net or unplayable because it is stuck between opponents, the referee must stop the play.  It will be at the referee's discretion to determine who will be handed ball possession.  

A delay of game penalty will be assessed to any player or goalie who intentionally falls on the ball or places the ball on the outside part of his net, with the intention of causing a play stoppage.

A minor penalty may be assessed to a goalie who freezes the ball outside of his goal crease, causing a play stoppage.  The referee must clearly tell the goalie to play the ball before penalizing him.  The referee may use his judgment to penalize the goalie with a possession loss instead of a minor penalty.

40) THROWING STICK

Any player or goalkeeper who throws his stick or any object in the direction of the ball will receive:

-If the act is commited in the defensive zone, a penalty shot is awarded. The team captain will designate a player who is on the surface to execute this shot.

-Note: If a player goes to the opposing goal and no player or goalkeeper is in front of goal and an object is thrown at him (if he is touched or not), the goal will be granted (if the goal is missed) to the player who had possession of the ball (no other penalty will be awarded). Any player who deliberately throws a part of his stick or any object outside the area will receive a misconduct penalty.


41) FOOT ON THE BALL 

Any player except the goalkeeper, who deliberately puts his foot on the ball and holds it will lose possession of the ball under the following situation:

-If the referee designates the defensive player responsible for the stoppage of play, the opposing team regains control of the ball in the closest defined area.

-If the offensive player is responsible for the stoppage of play, the opponent will restart the game in the offensive territory (near the center line in the defined area).

-If no one is held responsible, a faceoff will be made at the closest point of faceoff in a "delimited area". 

42) DELAYING THE GAME 

-A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who, with his stick, his foot or his hand, sends the ball out of play by throwing, shooting or hitting intentionally. 

-A minor penalty will be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who deliberately dislodges the goal of its normal position. 

-If a goal post is deliberately dislodged by the goalkeeper when a player is on a breakaway, a penalty shot is awarded to the non-offending team. This shooting will be done by the last player in possession of the ball.

 - A player who leaves the bench to discuss with the referee and does not stay on for the resuming of play will receive a minor penalty for delay of game.

43) FALLING ON THE BALL

A minor penalty must be imposed on any player, except the goalkeeper, who deliberately brings the ball under his weight in an attempt to cause a stoppage of play.

A penalty shot must be awarded when a player in his defensive zone crease:

-Falls on the ball deliberately.

-Closes his hand on the ball.

-Picks up the ball with his hand closed. 

44) FIGHTING AND PUNCHING

PUNCHES AND FIGHTS ARE PROHIBITED. A player who punches an opponent will AUTOMATICALLY be EJECTED from the tournament.

45) DELIBERATE INJURY

Ejection of the tournament is imposed on any player who voluntarily injures an opponent.

46) BUTT-ENDING AND SPEARING

A major penalty shall be imposed on any player who butt-ends or spears an opponent.

Note: Spearing is the act of directing the tip of your stick blade to the body of your opponent.

47) CROSS CHECKING

A minor, double minor or major penalty, based on the degree of violence must be imposed on any player who cross checks an opponent.

48) ATTEMPTED ASSAULT

A player who removes his gloves to fight will be ejected from the tournament.

49) SPITTING

Spitting on or around an opposing player/referee will result in a tournament ejection.

50) KICKING/HEADBUTTING/CHECKING FROM BEHIND/CHECKING TO THE HEAD

All result in automatic tournament ejection.

51) STANDING BEHIND THE NET

Since we are seeking for a fast play and non-stop action, a player will not be allowed to keep the ball behind his own net for more than 3 seconds. After this allowed time, he will be forced to step out on the side of the net. Otherwise, after the referee count (1, 2, 3) the ball will be given to the opposing team.

52) ACTION - BALL IN PLAY

To start up any play, the offensive player will benefit from a three seconds count. During that time, the defensive player cannot be closer than a stick length and can’t strip the ball from him. Still, the offensive player doesn’t have to wait for the count to be over to start up the action. As soon as he does, the count stops.

53) Co-Ed Categories

Unlike other categories, co-ed is played using a 4 on 4 format.  A maximum of 8 players per team + goalie is allowed (5 male players max including goalie).

At anytime during a co-ed game, a maximum of 2 male players is allowed on the surface at one time.  Pulling your goalie does not change this rule.

Male players may not use slap shots in a co-ed game, doing so will result in a loss of possession.

Should a male player take a penalty, his team will only be allowed to defend with 1 male player until the penalty is over.

In case of a shootout, 2 men + 2 women must participate on each side.  In case of a tie after the first 4 shooters, any player may be used.

Male goal = 1 point , Female goal : 2 points (A FEMALE GOAL MUST BE SCORED WITH THE STICK IN ORDER TO COUNT FOR 2 GOALS.  BODY DEFLECTIONS ONLY COUNT FOR 1).

A 10 goals difference will cause the game to be over as opposed to 7 goals in other categories.

54) Racism/xenophobia

There is absolutely no tolerance for racism nor xenophobia.  Severe measures will be taken against anyone who does not respect this rule.

55) Pulling your goalie

Teams are allowed to pull their goalie in favor of an extra attacker in the following scenarios only :

  • there are less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, the score is tied or you are trailing.
  • a delayed penalty

56) Tie-Breaking procedure

1 - Wins

2 - Winner of match between the 2 teams (not applicable in 3+ way ties unless every team has played each other)

3 - Goal differential

4 - Goals for

5 - Goals against

6 - Heads or tails

57) Ranking of players (cotesdekhockey.com)

PLEASE REFER TO THE RESTRICTIONS CHARTS 

 

MEN

A : OPEN

B : (1 H1 + 1 H2 + 2 H3) or (1 H1 + 4 H3) or (2 H2 + 3 H3) or (1 H2 + 5 H3) or 7 H3

C+ : 2 H4 or (1 H4 + 2 H5) or 4H5 

C : 2 H6 or (1 H6 + 2 H7) or 4 H7 

D : (2 H8 + 2 H9) or (1 H8 + 4H9) or 6 H9

E : (1 H9 + 4 H10) or 6 H10

R : 2 H11

WOMEN :

FA : 4 W1

FB : (1 W1 + 1 W2) or 3 W2 

FC+ : 2 W3

FC : 2 W4

FD : 2 W5

FE : 2 W6

FR : 2 W7

CO-ED : 

M2 : men (1 H3 + 3 H6) or (2 H4 + 2 H6) or (1 H4 + 2 H5) or 4 H5 / women (1 W1 + 3 W4) or (1 W2 + 1 W3 + 2 W4) or (3 W3 + 2 W4)

M3 : men (1 H7 + 3 H9) or (2 H8 + 2 H9) / women (1 W4 + 1 W5 + 2 W6) or (3 W5 + 1 W6) 

M4 : men (1 H9 + 3 H11) or (2 H10 + 2 H11) / women (1 W6 + 3 W7) or 4 W7 

Important : The provincial ranked players list is in constant evolution.  We may, at any time, change a player's ranking.  Any non conform player may be disqualified from the tournament.  It is the captain's responsability to make sure his lineup is legal.  Should a player be disqualified, any games won will be changed to a 3-0 loss. 

Any non ranked women player who has played at the college or university level is automatically ranked as an F3.  Non ranked ice hockey players will automatically receive the following ranking: QJMHL/University/LNAH/LHSAAQ = H4, Junior AAA/College/Senior AA = H6, Junior AA/Midget AAA = H8 

A player who plays on 2 teams may only do so if he does not play in a category that is 2 levels below the highest one he plays in.

Every lineup may contain a maximum of 3 players + 1 goalie playing in the superior category (except B).

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