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NEGHL 18-19 Season Player / Team / Organization Rules

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:25AM

NEGHL RULES, POLICIES & PROCEDURES
REVISED : MARCH 2018
http://www.neghl.org/leaguerules

1        PLAYING RULES

1.1        The New England Girls Hockey League is a USA Hockey League and utilizes all USA Hockey Play rules, except where amended below.

1.2        There are no timeouts in the New England Girls Hockey League (“NEGHL”)

1.3        All team staff must be clearly identified on the game sheet with valid CEP number and appear on the team’s official roster. All team staff must meet USA Hockey and Massachusetts Hockey requirements: Valid CEP, SafeSport Certified, Age level Modules completed and have passed a CORI check.

1.4        Players borrowed from another team in your program must be clearly labeled on each copy of the score sheet as "ALT"

1.5        Players may only be borrowed from within program to substitute for players that could not attend a game due to injury, illness, personal business or suspension. Players are not allowed to substitute in for more than 5 games without NEGHL Board review and approval.  Additional rules apply as listed below.

1.6        Tier I Players must play on their assigned Tier I team and substitute in on their program's Tier I team in age division(s) above as defined below:

1.6.1        U10 Tier 1 players allowed to fill in on U12 Tier 1 team only

1.6.2        U12 Tier 1 players allowed to fill in on U14 Tier 1 team only

1.6.3        U14 Tier 1 players allowed to fill in on U16 Tier 1 team only

1.6.4        U16 Tier 1 players allowed to fill in on U19 Tier 1 team only

1.7        Tier II players must play their assigned Tier II team and substitute in on their program's Tier I team in the same age division or the Tier I or Tier II team in age division(s) above as defined below:

1.7.1        U10 Tier 2 players allowed to fill in on U10 Tier 1, U12 Tier 2, and U12 Tier 1 teams

1.7.2        U12 Tier 2 players allowed to fill in on U12 Tier 1, U14 Tier 2, and U14 Tier 1 teams

1.7.3        U14 Tier 2 players allowed to fill in on U14 Tier 1, U16 Tier 2, and U16 Tier 1 teams

1.7.4        U16 Tier 2 players allowed to fill in on U16 Tier 1, U19 Tier 2, and U19 Tier 1 teams

1.7.5        U19 Tier 2 players allowed to fill in on U19 Tier 1 team only

1.8        Goalies - if team can't meet the requirements above:

1.8.1        Program Director must request permission of NEGHL Board AND report request to opponent's Program Director

1.9        All player substitutions are subject to NEGHL Board review upon request within 48 hours. Email request to: info@neghl.org


2        GAME TIME PARAMETERS

2.1        1 minute between period rest – all game formats
U14 Tier 1 and older must be on 70 minute sheets unless otherwise agreed to by the NEGHL Board.

Length

Warm-up

Period Length

Minor
Penalties

Major Penalties

Misconducts

60 Minutes

3:00 Minutes

17 :00 Minute Running time

2:00 Minutes Running time

5:00 Minutes Running time

10:00 Minutes Running time

60 Minutes

3:00 Minutes

12:00 Minute Stop Time

1:30 Minutes Stop Time

3:00 Minutes Stop Time

10:00 Minutes Stop Time

70 Minutes or longer

3:00 -5:00 Minutes

15:00 * Minute Stop Time

1:30 ** Minutes Stop Time

5:00 Minutes Stop Time

10:00 Minutes Stop Time

* Programs may elect to run up to 20 minutes periods if the sheet length allows
** 1:30 minute stop time minor penalties or 2:00 minute stop time minor penalties depending on District Rules.  Massachusetts District allows for 1:30 min. stop time penalties for games played within Massachusetts.

2.2        NEGHL High School Age Jamboree (if held) game lengths – to be determined by the league prior to the Jamboree.

2.3        NEGHL U8 Cross-Ice Jamboree game lengths – to be determined by the host

2.4        Game Misconducts Rules - See Suspension page 


3        OPERATING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

3.1        All scores must be reported or inputted by 9:00 AM on the Monday after the weekend games. Failure to provide scores may result in forfeits as determined by the league scheduler.

3.2        No Shows – If a program does not show for a game without notice, the host program may elect to bill the visiting program for the sheet of ice, the cost of the refs and the cost of the timekeeper (if paid). The host program should prepare an invoice and send to the league at info@neghl.org. The league will then determine if the invoice is valid and will forward to the visiting program. Inclement weather can be a mitigating factor.

3.3        Attempts by the visiting program to cancel or change a game after Wednesday for a game taking place on the following Saturday or Sunday. It is the Visiting team’s responsibility to find an opponent for the home team or the “No Show” policy will be in effect.

3.4        It is the policy of the NEGHL that all players are restricted to playing with 1 organization within the NEGHL. Board will review each identified situation


4        PLAYER MOVEMENT RULES

4.1        All players part of an 17-18 season NEGHL organization count in the player movement rules for the 18-19 season. Programs receiving players from other NEGHL organizations are responsible to manage to the player counts below.  There are no waivers or releases allowed. Player can play for any program. It is the program’s responsibility to meet league requirements and to get financial release from the previous program. A financial release is not related player count.  

4.2        All programs must meet player movement rules for all their teams.  A program with a team not participating in the NEGHL that violates player movement rules will result in the program being suspended from the league.

4.3        No more than 2 players from any single team can change from an existing NEGHL organization to a probationary NEGHL.

4.4        A probationary NEGHL organization cannot sign an existing NEGHL organization's Tier I player.

4.5        4/6 Rule: U8 to U16 age divisions. No more than 4 players from 1 organization's single team can be placed on a single roster in different, single, NEGHL organization. No more than 6 players from across existing NEGHL programs can change to a single NEGHL program and placed on a single team.

4.6        3/8 Rule: U19 age division. No more than 3 players from 1 organization's single team can be placed on a single roster in different, single, NEGHL organization. No more than 8 players from across existing NEGHL programs can change to a single NEGHL program and placed on a single U19 team.

4.7        Massachusetts Organizations must follow Mass Hockey guidelines regarding signing of players coming into the U10 & U12 age levels for the following season.  (after the Spring state tournament).  NEGHL is adopting same deadline for U6 & U8 age group.  Programs outside of Massachusetts must follow their own district's guidelines.

4.8        Organization must follow USA Hockey guidelines regarding signing of players coming into the 14, 16 & 19 age levels for the following season.  (48 hours after nationals)

January 14, 2018

NOTICE TO ALL MASSACHUSETTS HOCKEY PROGRAMS/TEAMS
THAT INTEND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2018-19 NATIONAL BOUND TOURNAMENTS

It is important that all programs and their teams that intend to enter the 2018-19 Massachusetts Hockey National Bound Tournament are familiar with the USA Hockey Guidelines and Requirements for eligibility in the National Championship tournaments.

Specifically, any team desiring to be considered “National Bound” CAN NOT hold tryouts until 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2018 National Championships, meaning that this year’s tryouts may not begin before April 11, 2018. While there have been conversations and discussions on how this impacts Massachusetts hockey, and there was a desire to work within the confines of the USA Hockey Rules to benefit our programs and not extend the season into mid to late April for players whose season was completed as many as six weeks prior, the rule is clear that no variance from the rule in the USA Hockey Annual Guide is permissible. 

USA Hockey is working to establish some consistencies both nationally and locally and there is a belief that there is an unfair advantage given to teams not participating in the National Championships and holding tryouts when a team that has won the opportunity to represent their district at the Nationals can not reasonably be expected to hold tryouts while still competing. By establishing and enforcing the allowable dates for National Bound teams to hold tryouts, all teams have the same opportunity to select from the pool of available players.

Massachusetts Hockey appealed this rule and associated enforcement to USA Hockey’s Youth Council at the 2018 Mid-Winter meetings and our request was unanimously denied.

All rules pertaining to a team’s eligibility to participate in the National Bound tournament can be found in the 2017-18 USA Hockey Annual Guide (www.usahockey.com/annualguide) starting on p.134. We strongly encourage ALL program leaders and coaches/managers to read the entire section pertaining to membership, eligibility and classifications. Any program that is found to be not in compliance with the rules and regulations will be deemed ineligible to participate in the Massachusetts Hockey National Bound State Championship tournament. Additional information specific to the National Championships is available in the USA Hockey Tournament Guidebook (http://nationals.usahockey.com/guidebook).

Any questions regarding this process can be directed to the appropriate tournament chair:

Youth: Bob Joyce (bjocye@mahockey.org)

Girls/Women’s: Mark Lissner (mlissner@mahockey.org)

We appreciate your understanding of this matter and look forward to continuing the strong tradition of Massachusetts Hockey teams representing us at the USA Hockey National Championships.

Respectfully,

John L. Tobin, Esq.
President- Massachusetts Hockey

 

4.9        A player cannot play for a Tier I and Tier II team within any single organization or with play with 2 different organizations.

 

5        OFFICIAL ROSTERS

5.1        All teams must provide preliminary USA/MA rosters by 9/1.

 

5.2        All teams must provide approved official rosters by the dates set by Mass Hockey for State Tournaments applications.

 

5.3        If any changes to a roster is made the program must provide approved updated rosters with history within 3 days of supplemented approval.