Sep 022012

2013 Vermont Pond Hockey Championships
Lake Morey Resort
Fairlee, Vermont
January 26 -27, 2013

Divisions:  Open A, B, 40+. Women,  Recreational


Registration for teams who have played in the past opens September 21, 2012.
Open Registration begins October 12, 2012

Tournament Rules:

1.The winner of the captain’s coin toss will determine which goal to defend.  Teams will switch goals after first half.

2. All Players must wear helmets and hockey skates.  Protective equipment is optional but highly recommended.

3. No goalie equipment or goalie sticks permitted.

4. All teams must have light and dark jerseys or uniforms.

5. There will be one off-ice pond official to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset, and arbiter of infractions).

6. Penalties will be called for rule infractions.  Penalties called by referees are final.  A minor penalty will result in possession of the puck awarded to the opposing team.  Referees will have the discretion to also award a goal to the opposing team when a minor penalty is flagrant and/or a team is consistently playing in a reckless manner.

7. Any major penalty, which includes any action that  could possibly injure another player, will result in that player being ejected from the tournament.  The team that received the ejection will play the remainder of the tournament short-handed (3 vs. 4).  Off-ice pond official will determine major penalties.

8. Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty.  This included yelling, swearing or arguing about calls.

9. No checking is allowed.  Such action will result in a minor penalty unless deemed serious enough to be a major (see off-ice pond official).

10. No Slap shots allowed.  Such action will result in a minor penalty.

11. Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area.  Such action will result in a minor penalty.

12. Goaltending is not allowed.  A player may not patrol, “camp-out” or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender.  A defender may deflect the puck in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area.  The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending out four feet from the outside corners of the goal.

13. Contacting the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.

14. Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.

15. If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession.  During restart, the defender must give his opponent two-stick lengths of space.

16. There are no off-sides or icing calls.

17. Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice.

18. Referees will call out the score after each goal.  This included goals scored by players or awarded from minor penalties.

19. Teams must give their opponents ½ ice after a goal is scored or an infraction takes place.

20. Games will be composed of two 15-minute halves with a two-minute halftime.

21. In the event of a tie during both qualifying and championship games, the play will move to sudden death format.

22. All games are running-time and substitutions can be made during play (on-the-fly) or while a puck is being retrieved.  There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored, or after a penalty is awarded.  It is up to each team to ensure that there are only four players on the ice.

23. Players can only play on one team.

24.  Setting picks in offensive zone is not allowed.  Deference will be given to a defender in front of their own net where their progress is impeded by the pick or interference of an offensive player.

25. Substitutions must be made 24 hours prior to the start of the tournament.  No other substitutions throughout the tournament are allowed.  If your team starts the tournament with less than six players, you may add players later, IF THEY ARE NOT RESGISTERED ON ANY OTHER TEAM, and as long as your team’s total number of players does not exceed six players at any time of the tournament.  All additions made within 24 hours of the start of the tournament must be approved by the tournament commissioner.

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Please note that hockey tournament details are subject to change. Always contact hockey tournament management directly for up to date tournament details or questions and be sure to visit the Official Hockey Tournament Website.

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