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2017-18 Buckeye Travel Hockey League Tournament Rules


Rules

All games will be governed by the rules and regulations of USA Hockey and BTHL.


Any team registered with the BTHL for regular season play will participate in these End-Of-Year Play-Offs.


Game Times

  • Playing time will be as specified in the BTHL Rules & Regulations; currently defined as 12 (twelve) minute periods for 10U through 12U divisions, and 14 (fourteen) minute periods for 14U divisions.
  • There will be a 2 (two) minute warm-up prior to each game with a 1 (one) minute break between periods.
  • Each team will be permitted 1 (one), one-minute time out, except in consolation games, or any game with running clock in effect, and provided there is sufficient time remaining as determined by the on-ice officials.
  • All games will be played in stop time unless the Mercy Rule comes into effect. In the situation where a curfew exists a running clock will be imposed as determined by the on-ice officials. Consolation games may use running time or shortened periods to stay on schedule, regardless of score, as determined by the rink director.
  • All teams must be ready to play 15 (fifteen) minutes prior to game time. Games will start early if the games are ahead of schedule.

 

Minor Officials - Each team must provide 2 adult minor officials. Each team must supply a penalty box attendant and either a scorekeeper or timekeeper. Failure to provide either or both minor officials by game time will result in a bench minor to the offending team(s). Minor officials must check in with the tournament official 20 minutes prior to game time.


Home Team - The higher seed team is always the HOME TEAM and will wear light jerseys. The visitors will wear dark.


Mercy Rule - Any game that has a (5) goal differential ANY time during the game shall change to running clock at that time. If the goal differential changes to 4 goals, stop time will be resumed. During running clock, time will stop only for goals, penalties, injuries and situations deemed necessary by the on-ice officials.Timeouts are not allowed if running clock is in effect.


Penalties - Minor Penalties will be 2:00 minutes. Major Penalties with be 5:00 minutes and Misconducts will be 10:00 minutes in length. All penalties will extend (and continue to be served) into overtime. Shoot-out eligibility is a separate issue and is addressed below.


In accordance with USA rules, any player, coach, manager or trainer given a penalty incurring a game misconduct will result in immediate removal from that game plus next game in the tourney. Any player receiving a match penalty will be removed for the duration of the tournament.


Tiebreakers - Consolation games that do not require a winner will end in a tie. The final round in double-elimination brackets is single-elimination. In all divisions, the following steps will be used to determine the winner, in order. In a shoot-out, the HOME team will have the choice to shoot first or last.

  • If a preliminary round game ends in a tie a Shoot-Out will be used to determine the winner:
  1. 5-Skater Shoot-Out, skaters to be designated by coach of each team.
  2. 3-Skater Shoot-Out, different group of skaters than previous.
  3. 3-Skater Shoot-Out, different group of skaters than previous, unless entire team has already participated. This will continue until conclusion.

 

  • If a championship game ends in a tie the following tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner:
  1. 5-minute sudden death overtime.
  2. 5-Skater Shoot-Out, skaters to be designated by coach of each team.
  3. 3-Skater Shoot-Out, different group of skaters than previous.
  4. 3-Skater Shoot-Out, different group of skaters than previous, unless entire team has already participated. This will continue until conclusion.

 

  •  Shoot-Out Eligibility:
  1. Any player still serving a Bench Penalty when time expires will be available for participation in the Shoot-Out immediately.
  2. Any player still serving a Minor or 10-minute Misconduct when time expires will be placed at the end of the list when determining the Shoot-Out order. ie: If there are 15 skaters then this player will be the 15th participant.
  3. Any player still serving a 5-minute Major Penalty when time expires will NOT be eligible for participation in the Shoot-Out.

 

Protests - No protests shall be permitted. All decisions on the ice are final.


General Conduct - When each game is complete, each team should promptly clear the locker room so the next team may begin preparations. Locker rooms must be cleaned of trash and left in good condition for the next team.


All games are on a very tight schedule. The referees and play-off officials will be using a "Zero Tolerance" policy for arguments that cause a delay of game. The referees, play-off officials and rink officials reserve the right to remove anyone from the rink. The decisions of the play-off Officials are final.


No alcoholic beverages or intoxicated individuals will be permitted in the ice arena playing area; this includes the player’s bench, scoring booth, penalty boxes, locker rooms and stands. Alcoholic beverages must stay in the area where served.