In general, hockey rules will be enforced. However, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the following rules and helpful hints.
Games are 3 on 3.
Maximum player roster is 8.
Teams must clear the zone at center after a goal is scored.
Playing the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.
Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.
If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. During restart, the defender must give his/her opponent ten feet of space. The game needs to restart as quickly as possible.
There is no off-sides or icing.
Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice.
Games will be composed of two 10 minute halves with a minute halftime.
In the event of a tie during both qualifying and championship games, the play will move to sudden death format.
2 on 2 – 2 minutes
1 on 1 – 1 minute
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.
No goalie equipment or goalie sticks are permitted.
There is no goaltending allowed.
You cannot “camp out” within 10 feet of your defending goal.
Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty or goal being rewarded.
All players must wear helmets.
All teams must bring a light and dark set of jerseys.
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 (2 on 3). Off-ice pond official will determine major penalties.
Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing, or arguing about calls.
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).