1. Tournament games will begin on Saturday at 8:45 am.
2. Games, to include championship games, will end on Sundays no later than 6:00pm.
3. All Game Officials are USA Hockey certified.
4. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of 4 games for “tournament” participation. “non - tournament” participants have exhibition games scheduled as agreed upon by all the teams in the age bracket.
5. USA Hockey playing rules are in effect.
6. Game Clock: All games will use the "Stop Clock" system. Games will consist of three 12-minute periods.
7. Early Starts: Games may start up to 15 minutes earlier than posted start time. The tournament committee reserves the right to start a game up to 15 minutes early if the previous game ends with time remaining in its designated game slot. Teams must be standing by to enter the rink once the "Zamboni Doors" are closed after the ice is resurfaced.
8. Game Clock Management: If remaining time is an issue at the start of the third period ... the referee will put half of the time remaining in the time slot. If time becomes an issue again in the 3rd Period, the Off Ice Official (Clock Manager) will notify the Referee that the game will go to a "Running Clock" in order to meet game curfew requirements. During the running time the clock will only stop in the event of an injury or a team elects to use their time out.
9. "Mercy Rule": The referee will "run the clock" in the event of six goals or greater spread. The clock will remain "running" until the spread is reduced to 3 goals or less. During the running time the clock will only stop in the event of an injury.
10. Warm-Up: 3 minutes (total) prior to start of the game. If a team is late getting on the ice, they WILL NOT receive additional time for warm-ups. Teams that enter the ice after the allotted warm-up time has expired will receive an automatic bench minor penalty for delay of game.
11. Time Outs: 1 per game (30 seconds
12. Penalty Time Assessments (in minutes): Minor penalty: 1:30, Major Penalty: 4:00, Misconduct: 8:00 13. Period Break: 1 minute "Break" in between periods