DISTRICT 8 ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

c/o Waterloo Catholic District School Board

35 Weber St W. I Kitchener, ON N2G 4G2

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DISTRICT 8 HOCKEY (BOYS/GIRLS)

PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS

CREATED: JUNE 2017

  1. DATE
  1. The District 8 Athletic Association Boys’ Hockey Schedule shall be played in the months November to March unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.

  1. LOCATION
  1. The locations of the regular season and play-off games shall be determined by available facilities.
  2. The locations of the games shall be as they appear in the District 8 sports schedule unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.

  1. COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS
  1. There shall be one (2) competitive divisions, designated “Boys Open” and “Girls Open”.
  2. Refer to District 8 Constitution, Section IX, Sections 1 and 2 for age requirements.

  1. LEAGUE STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURES
  1. The regular season shall consist of a maximum of twelve (12) games, with a schedule to be set up by the athletic coordinator, in consultation with the convenor.
  2. One day round robin tournaments can be used in the schedule to count toward regular league standings where teams will play more than one game in a day. No more than two of these events will take place in one season.
  3. Each game shall consist of three 15-minute periods with a flood between the 2nd and 3rd periods.
  4. Games played within the one day round robin tournament structure may consist of three 10-minute periods depending on ice availability.

  1. PLAYOFFS
  1. The playoffs shall include semi-finals and finals.
  2. Four teams will qualify for the semi-finals which will be played as single elimination games.

Semi Final A:  4th @ 1st

Semi Final B:  3rd @ 2nd

  1. The District 8 Championships will be a best two (2) out of three (3) series. The highest-ranking team entering the playoffs will be the home team for games 1 and 3 (if necessary).

Semi Final A winner vs. Semi Final B winner

  1. Tie-breaking procedures in final standings if teams are tied:
  1. win-loss record of tied teams against each other;
  2. if still tied, the win-loss records against higher ranked teams;
  3. if still tied, goal differential of the teams tied against each other;
  4. if still tied, goal differential against higher ranked teams;
  5. if still tied, The team with the higher number when calculating ‘goals for’ minus ‘goals against’, divided by goal against with all common opponent;
  6. if still tied, a toss of a coin shall decide the final standings;
  7. In a situation where more than two teams are tied, the process indicated above will be used to find the higher place finisher and the process will continue without resetting until all ties are broken;
  8. Subsections 5.4.2, 5.4.4 & 5.4.5 only apply if tied teams played other opponents the same number of regular season games, otherwise, these will be skipped.
  1. If a team forfeits a game or games, and if that team is tied with other teams at the end of the schedule, then that team would lose all tiebreaks and be relegated to the lower standing between the tied teams.
  2. In a situation where more than two teams are tied, the process indicated above will be used to find the higher place finisher and then the process will repeat itself among the remaining teams still tied.
  3. CWOSSA representation will be determined by final playoff standings. Specific details will depend each year on the number of representatives. They are to be determined at the pre-season meeting and forwarded to the District 8 president before the first league game.

  1. EXPENSES
  1. The cost of officials, awards and any other expenses will be a shared amongst all participating teams.

  1. ELIGIBILITY
  1. Each competitor must be eligible under all the rules and regulations of District 8.
  2. Refer to the District 8 Constitution, Section IX, for individual eligibility.
  3. A student who participates in any O.H.A. Senior, Intermediate or Junior A, B, C or D hockey game after the first schedule District 8 league game (after December 1st) will be deemed ineligible to play high school hockey.
  4. Girls Division: Any member of the National Junior Under 22, or national Senior Team is ineligible.
  5. A student may not play in play-off competition unless he/she has participated in three (3) District 8 high school hockey league game during the current season. An exception to this rule is for goaltenders where no participation shall be required. The new goaltender will not be permitted to play ahead of the team’s Number 2 goaltender.
  6. For the purposes of eligibility, a student whose name is listed on a game sheet, and has dressed, will be deemed to have taken part in that game.

  1. ENTRIES
  1. Entries shall be accepted from each school's’ Athletic Director.
  2. A team’s eligibility list must be received by the league convenor before the first league game. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of all games until the eligibility list is received.
  3. Coaches may make additions to the eligibility list during the season.

  1. RULES AND OFFICIALS
  1. The official rule book governing play during District 8 competition shall be the Hockey Canada Rule Book.
  2. Amendments or deletions passed by the District 8 Board of Directors or the O.F.S.A.A. Governing Body shall supersede the Hockey Canada Rule Book.
  3. In the event of a tie at the end of a regular season game:
  1. a running time sudden-death 3-on-3 overtime period (maximum 5 minutes) will be played up to 10 minutes before curfew at which time a shootout will occur;
  2. If still tied after the overtime period of play, a shoot-out will take place. The procedure is as follow:
  1. the shoot-out system uses total goals of a five player pool from each team. The home team has the choice of shooting first or second.
  2. if still tied, a tie breaking shoot-out will occur, with the team taking alternating shots until a winner is determined. A team may choose to use the same or new player for any of the shots in the tie-breaking shoot-out.
  3. any player who has a penalty that has not expired in the overtime period is ineligible for the shoot-out.
  4.  If time runs out no extra points are given. The game remains a tie.
  1. Play-off games ending in a tie score:
  1. a running time sudden-death overtime period will be played up to 10 minutes before curfew at which time a shootout will occur;
  2. If still tied after the overtime period of play, a shoot-out will take place. The procedure is as follow:
  1. the shoot-out system uses total goals of a five player pool from each team. The home team has the choice of shooting first or second.
  2. if still tied, a tie breaking shoot-out will occur, with the team taking alternating shots until a winner is determined. A team may choose to use the same or new player for any of the shots in the tie-breaking shoot-out.
  3. any player who has a penalty that has not expired in the overtime period is ineligible for the shoot-out.
  1. Except for the first period the starting lineup must go directly to the centre face-off area and the rest of the players to their respective benches.
  2. The maximum number of players permitted to dress for a game is twenty (20), eighteen (18) plus two (2) goalies.
  3. Each team will be given one (1) thirty (30) second time-out per game for instructional purposes.
  4. A player who receives any five (5) minute major penalty, two (2) misconduct penalties in one game, or a game misconduct, shall be ejected for the remainder of that game and suspended from his team’s next 2 scheduled games;
  1. When a player receives his/her fourth penalty, the official scorer will notify the referee. The referee will inform the coaches of both teams. The player will be excluded from further play in that game only and shall be removed from the playing area. No other sanctions shall occur. A player serving a bench minor shall not have that penalty included in the count.
  2. CAHA rule 53A - a 2 minute checking from behind penalty will result in exclusion from further play in that game only and the player shall be removed from the playing area. No other sanctions shall occur.
  3. CAHA rule 28F - Penalties for stick infractions will result in exclusion from that game only and the player shall be removed from the playing area. No other sanctions shall occur.
  1. All suspensions from regular season play will be carried over to the play-offs if necessary and to the next season if the offence occurs in the last game for his/her team.
  2. All suspensions will be reviewed by the league convenor and the District 8 Executive.
  3. A team may not begin a practice after 9:30 p.m.
  4. The convenor shall be responsible for obtaining competent officials, preferably officials who are members of an approved Board of Officials.
  1. Each team will supply a competent individual to act as an official scorer.
  1. A two (2) referee system will be used for all league games and a one (1) referee, two (2) linesman system in playoff games if available.
  2. Complaints and concerns regarding officials should be reported to the league convenor who in turn will share them with the head of the officials’ organization.
  3. If a differential of ten (10) goals is reached at any time during a scheduled game, the game will end and a winner declared.

  1. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
  1. In case of a uniform conflict, the home team must change uniforms, unless an agreement is reached with the visiting team where they have access to an alternate set of sweaters.
  2. The home team is responsible for supplying frozen pucks.
  3. All players must wear a face mask and helmet which is C.A.H.A. approved.
  4. It is moved that as of December 1, 1990, C.S.A. approved neck guards become mandatory equipment.
  5. All goaltenders, in addition to a BNQ approved throat protector, are required to wear a “goat’s beard” which shall be attached to their helmet/face mask assembly.

  1. AWARDS
  1. District 8 will provide championship awards as per District 8 Athletic Association “By-Law VII”.
  2. District 8 will provide all-star postseason awards as per By-Law VII of the District 8 By-Laws; All-Star selections will be determined at the post season coaches meeting

  1. DEPORTMENT
  1. A staff member from each school represented must be present and responsible for the behaviour of his students.

  1. FIRST AID PROCEDURES
  1. It is the responsibility of each coach to provide for his own team medical needs in accordance with his School Medical Regulations.
  2. Coaches shall provide all consumable medical supplies (e.g. tape, bandaids) for their athletes.
  3. Each school must have a First Aid Kit on site during competition.

  1. JURY OF APPEAL
  1. The procedure for all protests, complaints, and suspensions is outlined in Bylaw IV of the District 8 By-laws.

  1. LENGTH OF SEASON
  1. The training and competitive season for a hockey team shall be from November 1st to the O.F.S.A.A. Tournament.
  2. The maximum number of games shall be thirty (30), including exhibition and tournaments, but excluding play-offs.

  1. VOTING PROCEDURES FOR COACHES’ MEETINGS
  1. Voting at the coaches meetings will be limited to one (1) vote per team entered. Representatives must be present at the meeting to vote--voting by proxy will not be permitted.
  2. A simple majority of votes will rule.
  3. All changes to the Rules & Regulations must be ratified by the Board of Directors.

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