Tournament Rules & Format

TOURNAMENT RULES

[subject to change]

  • USA Hockey registered referees will be used
  • All games will be played according to the USA Hockey rules as modified by  Minnesota Hockey for all the classifications involved.
  • All minor officials must be at least 18 years old of age to be in the timekeeper, scorekeeper or penalty box area
  • A Certified Medical Attendant will be onsite at all times.
  • For all games, the first team listed on the schedule [or on top of the bracket] will be considered the home team and will wear light-colored/white jerseys, the away team will wear dark jerseys.
  • All teams must arrive at the tournament venue at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time. All teams must be ready to take the ice 5 minutes prior to the scheduled game time.
  • Individual awards will be given to the first and second place teams on Sunday, November 12, 2023.
  • All pool play games will be played to a win, loss or tie. 
  • An official USA Hockey roster must be submitted to the tournament staff prior to the tournament. 
  • All players must wear HECC or CAHA approved helmets, facemasks and have mouth guards with appropriate chin straps in place.
  • Goalies must wear approved goalie gear. 

MEDICAL PERSONNEL

  •  A certified Athletic Trainer, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), paramedic or medical or osteopathic physician shall attend all games. This group shall include a licensed health care professional or other person who has successfully completed and maintained certification for programs conducted by. The Red Cross or the American Heart Association for all of the following: 
    • Advanced First Aid
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Basic Life Support
    • Qualified First Responder
  • A certified Medical Attendant will be on staff during the tournament from Blue Line Medical Services.

AGE & GENDER

  • Age brackets used will be Minnesota District age brackets. Please note that these may differ from USA Hockey and CAHA age brackets.
  •  All rules described herein will apply equally to boys and girls. 

INJURIES

  • Concussions – Minnesota Statute 121A.37 requires the following: 
    • MH must make concussion information accessible to all coaches, officials, players, and parents/guardians, including the effects and risks of continuing to play after receiving a concussion. This includes the nature and risks of concussions associated with athletic activity, concussion symptoms, the need for urgent diagnosis and treatment when a player is suspected or observed to have received a concussion, and the need for concussed players to follow proper medical direction before returning to playAll coaches and officials must receive initial training regarding concussions and participate in refresher training at least once every three calendar years thereafter.
    • Coaches, officials and/or medical attendants shall and are authorized to remove a player from participating if the player exhibits concussion signs, symptoms or behaviors, or is suspected of sustaining a concussion. A player removed from participation for this reason may not again participate until they no longer exhibit concussion signssymptoms or behaviors and a "health care provider" evaluates the player and gives the player written permission to again participate. "Health care provider" means a health care professional who is registered, licensedcertified, or otherwise statutorily authorized by the state to provide medical treatment, trained and experienced in evaluating and managing pediatric concussion.
    • If an EMT is required to go on the ice to attend an injury, the clock will be stopped. In the event of an extended injury, tournament officials reserve the right to shorten the following periods to minimum 10 minutes. Overtime, if necessarywill be played normally. Subsequent game starting times are subject to delay due to extended injuries.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY

The tournament, its officials, arena facilities, and all personnel connected with the tournament shall not be held liable or responsible for any injuries, losses, or damages that may be suffered by a player, coach, manager, or spectator during the tournament. Participation in the tournament will constitute. Acceptance of these terms. 

ROSTER, COACH & PLAYER RULES 

CHECK IN

  • Team check-in shall occur at least 30 minutes before their first game. All teams must be prepared to present their team credentials package including:
    • USA Hockey Registration (Team Membership Application).
  • USA Hockey Official Player roster, bearing the signatures of all players, coaches, and managers; and displaying the stamp of the respective Minnesota Hockey District Director.
  • Approval letter from the Minnesota District Registrar for any player that is playing in a younger age group than is implicit based on the player's birth date.
  • All team and player information required by Minnesota Hockey registration will be reviewed when the team is registered in the tournament. 
  • This team and player information must be in possession of the team during the entire tournament, in case of a challenge.

PERSONNEL

  • Only certified coaches are allowed on the bench. Maximum of 4
  • Coaches will be required to show their Coaching Education Program (CEP) cards.
  • The Head Coach for each team will sign the official game scorebook before the start of the game.
  • Each team must have this information readily available for inspection during tournament play.
  • Twenty players may be rostered and suited up per team, for each game. 
  • Not more than 4 coaches will be allowed in the player's box at any time. 
  • All players on the bench, including players not dressed to play in the game, must wear a helmet, facemask, and a team jersey. 

GAME RULES

 

PLAYER PROTESTS

  • Any protest of an individual player must take place before the start of the game and be presented to the tournament committee for ruling. The tournament committee has the final word on all disputes. 

PENALTIES

  • Penalties will be assessed according to USA Hockey Rulebook. 

EXIT FROM ICE RULE

  • At the resurfacing break or following the game and the handshake, the teams will return to the players’ bench and allow the team closest to the exit gate to exit the ice first. The remaining team will exit the ice when the referees have instructed them to do so. 

EARLY TERMINATION OF GAMES

  • The Andover Girls’ Fall Classic Tournament officials reserve the right to terminate any game at any time after consulting with the referees. A verbal warning will be given to both benches before a game is terminated. In the event a game is terminated, the winner will be determined by:
    • If one team complies with the warning and the other does not, the team complying will be declared the winner.
    • If neither team complies with the warning, the score will determine the winner. If the score is tieda coin flip will determine the winner. The home team will call the coin toss.

EXCESSIVE LEAD RULE 

  • A five (5) goal lead any time during the third period will result in running time. A three (3) goal lead will need to be established before stop time will be resumed.
    • The clock will be stopped if the referee enters the scorekeeper's circle and starts on the drop of the puck in the case of an injury or penalty.

POOL PLAY TOURNAMENT FORMAT [12A & 12B]

  • The Andover Girls’ Fall Classic Tournament will include 12A and 12B levels and be conducted using pool play format.  
  • Each 12A and 12B levels will consist of 8 teams each.  
  • All games will be 1 - hour (60 minutes of ice time), that will include: 
    • 3-minute warm-ups
    • 2 - 13 minute stop time periods 
    • 3rd period will be running time with the last 3 minutes stop time. (Referee’s will determine minutes in the 3rd period). Remaining time in the house minus 4 minutes. 
    • There are no timeouts in 1 hour games and minor penalties will be times at 1:30 minutes (clock is stop time during timed penalties in the 3rd period) 
    • No resurfacing will occur during the game. 
    • Pool play games will be played to win, loss or tie. The first three games will be played as pool play. There will be no overtime for the pool play games. 
  • Pool play points will be awarded this way: 
    • 2 points for a win 
    • 1 point for a tie
    • 0 points for a loss
    • 1 point for a shutout

If two or more teams have an equal number of points, their position in the standings shall be determined by: 

  • The results of the games played between the TIED teams in the following order.
    • Total points acquired in the games.
    • Subtracting goals scored against from goals scored in these games. Their position shall be in order of the greatest surplus. 
    • Dividing the goals scored in these games by the goals against. The position being determined in order of the greatest quotient. 
  • If after applying the above formulas a tie still exists, the same formulas shall be applied to all games played by each team.
  • If after applying both formulas a tie still exists, the team with the fewest penalty minutes in all games shall advance.
  • If after applying all the above rules a tie still exists, a coin toss by the tournament director shall determine the winner.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RULES

All Championship games will occur on Sunday, November 12, 2023

  • The final games for each team will be played for championship, 3rd place and 5th place.
  • Individual awards will be given to the first and second place teams on Sunday, November 13, 2023.
  • If a championship, third place or 5th place game ends in a regulation tie, the following format will follow: 
    • There will be a two-minute rest break followed by a 5-minute running-time sudden death overtime with 4 skaters and a goalie per team. 
    • If the game is still tied after the overtime, a one-minute rest period will be followed by a 3-skater shoot-out. 
    • If the game is still tied after the 3-skater shootout, a sudden death shootout will occur until a winner is determined. 
  • All games will be 1 - hour (60 minutes of ice time), that will include:
    • 3-minute warm-ups
    • 2 - 13 minute stop time periods 
    • 3rd period will be running time with the last 3 minutes stop time. (Referee’s will determine minutes in the 3rd period). Remaining time in the house minus 4 minutes. 
    • There are no timeouts in 1 hour games and minor penalties will be times at 1:30 minutes (clock is stop time during timed penalties in the 3rd period) 
    • No resurfacing will occur during the game. 
    • Pool play games will be played to win, loss or tie. The first three games will be played as pool play. There will be no overtime for the pool play games. 

TIE BREAKER 

If at the end of regulation play the score is tied, the following steps will be taken to determine a winner: 

  • There will be a 1-minute break, goalies will not change ends. 
  • Teams will play 4 on 4 with a goalie for a 5-minute running time, sudden victory overtime period. If team ended the regular game play with a penalty that had not yet expired, that team will continue to serve the balance of the penalty at the start of the overtime period. That team would skate only 3 skaters until the penalty expired.
  • If no score occurs, there will be a shootout. 
  • VISITING team shoots firstwith each team alternating shots. 
  • Teams will then alternate through 3 skaters; the team leading after all three skaters shoot is the winner. Goalies may not leave the crease until the skater has touched the puck at center ice.
  • If the score is still tied, the rotation is switched. 
  • The HOME team will shoot first and the shootout becomes sudden victory, with the team in the lead after one skater from each team shoots as the winner
  • No skater will be allowed to shoot twice until their team has used all of their skaters
  • The one on one shootout will continue until a winner is determined.