2021 Tournament Rules

The Rising Stars Sports Group is excited to host the the very first tournament at the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex in Des Moines, IA on August 6-8. This three day tournament will bring in teams from across the Midwest to compete in four divisions. Before you commit to a division, please read the rules and skill level definitions on the final (bottom) page to choose which division best suits your team. 

Skill Levels

Novice

2.0 or lower.

Up to 5 players may be 2.5 or lower.  

 

Intermediate C

2.5 or lower.

Up to 5 players may be 2.9 or lower. 

 

Intermediate B

3.5 or lower.

Up to 3 players may be 3.9 or lower.

 

Intermediate A

4.5 or lower. (No hockey past high school except college club)

Up to 3 players may be a 5 or lower.  (may have played AAA, ACHA, Tier 3 juniors or below)  **No Tier 1 or 2 juniors, USHL, NAHL, NCAA D1 or Pro

PLAYERS SKILL LEVEL WILL NOT BE DETERMINED BY THE LEAGUE LEVEL THEY PLAY, BUT BY THE SKILL LEVEL IN WHICH THEY ACTUALLY ARE. For example, a player may play Novice beer league but will qualify as a low intermediate player if they are above a 2.5 skill level.

 

SCHEDULE AND GAME FORMAT

Games will start Friday night at approximately 5:30 PM and run through Sunday with Championship games in the early afternoon. All games will take place at the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex. Each team will play a guaranteed three games. The top 4 team in each division (if division is 6+ teams) based on points will then compete in a playoff on Sunday.  

Games will be three (3),17 minute running clock periods with a stop clock in the final 2 minutes if the game is within two goals. There will be ties in regular play in which both teams will be awarded a single point. In the event of a tie in the playoffs, a 5 minute 3 on 3 Overtime period will follow. If still tied after the overtime period, we will advance to a 3-round shootout. Three different players must shoot, if still undecided after three rounds, players may shoot an unlimited amount of times until the game is decided. 

 

ROSTER AND PLAYER RULES

Rosters must be submitted by July 9th, 2021. All rosters may consist of up to 15 skaters and 1 goalie. No subs will be allowed, and players may only be rostered in one division. Players must be at least 18 years of age by August 6th, 2021. Once all rosters have been submitted, teams will have a chance to challenge any opposing team’s players. For a successful challenge, there must be a 50% approval of removal. Tournament Director holds right to remove player without vote for any clear and obvious player violations (such as a professional player playing).  

ALL tournament officials will have the right to remove a player from a game if they feel he or she is playing at the incorrect level upon consulting with the tournament directors. Removed players WILL NOT be eligible to play in any additional games and may not be replaced. Under no circumstances will players or teams be refunded due to the removal of a player. 

Players may not score more than three (3) goals per game in novice and low intermediate division games. If a player scores a fourth goal in a single game, the goal will be disallowed, and the faceoff will come back to center ice. 

 

PENALTIES AND SUSPENSIONS

We will operate using a standard 2, 5, and 10 minute penalty system. ANY Abuse of an Official penalty will result in an automatic 10-minute misconduct. If a player receives more than three minor penalties, or more than one major penalty in a single game, they will be removed from the game. Upon an act deemed malicious or an attempt to injure determined by an official, players are subject to a minimum single game suspension in addition to their penalty.

 

PLAYOFF SEEDING TIEBREAKER

In the event of a tie in points, playoff seeding will be determined by the following order:

1.    Head to Head Record

2.    Goal Differential

3.    Goals Against

4.    Goals For

5.    Penalty Minutes

 

COST AND PAYMENT

The team fee for the 2021 Play it Again Sports Invitational is $875. A $100 online deposit is due upon registration and will go toward the total fee. The remaining $775 balance is due on July 16th, 2021.

           Team Fee Includes:

·         Minimum of three (3) games per team

·         4 Team Playoff (for Divisions of 8+ Teams) 

·         Championship Trophies for Winning Teams

·         Chance to Win $1,000 in Gift Cards from Slap Shot Hockey Shop

·         USA Hockey Certified Referees

If paying your final team fee balance with a check, you may send to the following address:

 Rising Stars Sports Group

PO BOX 4910

Omaha, Nebraska 68104

 

SKILL LEVEL DEFINITIONS

Level 1

Players / Goalies at this level are just learning to skate and have very limited knowledge of the fundamentals of the game i.e. positioning, rules, team concepts. This level is for the true beginner who has never played the game nor have had much experience watching or following the game. The level of physicality in this game should be nil although players should understand that accidental collisions will occur because players haven't mastered controlled skating. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 1 to 2 out of 10 range.

Level 1.5

Players / Goalies at this level are becoming more comfortable on their skates but still have a hard time with skating both forward and backwards. They've acquired some basic skills to get up and down the ice but still struggle with carrying the puck, making passes and taking shots. Players in this group would also include those who are not natural athletes and may take more time to develop their skills. The level of physicality in this game should be nil although players should understand that accidental collisions will occur because players haven't mastered controlled skating. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 1 to 2 out of 10 range.

Level 2

Players / Goalies at this level are becoming more comfortable on their skates, but still struggle going backwards. They are probably just getting comfortable with positional play, learning to skate with head up, learning the rules, team concepts and understand offensive and defensive zones. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 3 to 4 out of 10 range.

Level 2.5

Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable skating forward and can now skate backwards fairly comfortably. They are starting to understand positioning, team concepts, can skate backwards, but are still working on stick handling, passing, crossovers etc.Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 3 to 4 out of 10 range.

Level 3

Players / Goalies are the great wide middle of adult recreational hockey. Most Level 3 skaters have not had significant coaching or played significant youth hockey as a child, but are generally athletic, have good knowledge of the game, skating and puck handling skills and can play at a general competitive level. Some Level 3 skaters may be slowing with age and moving down from higher ranks. Simply put Level 3 players are average in most areas of the game.

Level 3.5

Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable in a fast paced game and are able to keep up with the play. They are in average physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are in the 5 to 6 out of 10 range.

Level 4

Players / Goalies have substantial hockey abilities, skills, knowledge and experience. Most Level 4's have been coached and have played considerable hockey in the past.

Level 4.5

Players / Goalies at this level play at a high level in all areas of the game. They understand the rules, team concepts, are skilled a stick handling, passing, puck control etc. They are in good physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 6 to 7 out of 10 range.

Level 5

Players / Goalies at this level play at a high level in all areas of the game. They understand the rules, team concepts, are skilled a stick handling, passing, puck control etc. They are in above average physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 8 out of 10 range.