All USA Hockey rules shall apply, except where noted. Tournament Director reserves the right to modify & apply any rule/ruling for the betterment of the tournament and its participants.
Absolutely no fighting, taunting or abusive language will be tolerated from players, team officials, parents or fans during the games or at The Rinks. Players & team officials will be assessed penalties in accordance with USA Hockey’s ZERO TOLERANCE philosophy. Spectators guilty of the above will be asked to leave the facility.
PERIODS: Mite/Squirt/PW/Bantam/ Girls:  12 minute periods Midgets:  15 periods
Any player or team official assessed a Fighting Major/Game Misconduct penalty will be suspended for the remainder of the tournament.These suspensions shall be reported to the USA Hockey District & the home league of the player or team official. NO EXCEPTIONS!
In the event that a team damages or destroys a locker room, a ten (10) Minute Major penalty will be assessed to the respective team for their next game. This means that the violating team will skate four (4) on five (5) for the first ten (10) minutes of the next game that they play (includes Semi’s & Finals). There will be NO warnings!
Only team players & a maximum of three (3) team officials will be permitted in the player’s bench and score box area.
No protests will be accepted. All decisions made by on-ice officials are final.
The Tournament and The Rinks at Shelton are not responsible for any injury to players or team personnel.
Teams must be ready to play 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time.
A team that forfeits a gamefor any reason will receive a 1-0 loss.
Participating teams & players automatically forfeit their photographic & publicity rights.
Tournaments of 8 or more teams will be split into 2 divisions
Teams may play outside their division during ROUND-ROBIN play
Top 2 teams for each division will play in semi-finals to determine finals
Teams are awarded two (2) points for a win & one (1) point for a tie. No points are awarded for a loss. Standings are based on wins, losses & ties. Advancement to the Crossover round is based solely on points for victories & ties. In the case of two (2) or more teams being tied in the standings, these tie-breaker rules will be applied in the following order:
Head to Head (If multiple teams are tied & they have not all played each other, the head-to-head tie-breaker cannot be applied, move to #b)
Goal Differential– number of goals for, minus number of goals against.
Total number of goals for
Total number of goals against
5. In the event that three or more teams are tied, and one or more of the teams are eliminated as a result of any tie-breaker, the tie between the remaining teams shall be broken by following the procedure beginning with [a] , and if necessary [b] through [f]. Simply put, each time a team is eliminated the remaining teams will “take it from the top.”
6. It is the responsibility of the team manager &/or the head coach to verify the tie-breaking results with the Tournament Officials.
CROSSOVER (SEMI’S) & FINALS OVERTIME PROCEDURES
If a tie exists after regulation time, a five (5) minute three on three (3 V 3) sudden death overtime period will be played (same penalty rules apply as in regulation play). Teams will switch ends for the overtime period. Manpower during OT will be adjusted to reflect the situation of the game, but at no time will a team have fewer than three (3) players on the ice.
If a team enters the OT on a power play, manpower would be adjusted from 5 on 4 in regulation play to 4 on 3 for the OT. If a minor penalty is assessed during OT, the teams will play 4 on 3. If a 2nd penalty is assessed to the same team, the teams will play 5 on 3. After a penalty has expired, the manpower will be reset back to 3 on 3 at the next stoppage of play.
If a tie still exists after the overtime period, the teams will compete in a three (3) man shootout (Goalies in bench end). Home team is granted the right to pick the order of shooting. Teams must exhaust their entire roster of skaters before any shooter can be repeated. All players are eligible to participate in the shootout unless they are serving a ten (10) minute misconduct or have been ejected from the game for any reason.