2016-17 Buckeye Travel Hockey League Tournament 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.
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.
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. In all divisions, the following steps will be used to determine the winner, in order. Referee will flip a coin to determine which team will shoot first.
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 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.