Rules and Expectations

It is the intent of the Omaha Hockey Club (OHC) and Rising Stars Sports Group to provide a fun and competitive weekend for all participants and spectators. Good sportsmanship is expected of all players, coaches, parents, and spectators. Improper and abusive behavior will not be tolerated! It is the responsibility of each coach/manager to control his/her team and exemplify good sportsmanship. Teams, players or coaches who do not demonstrate good sportsmanship will be excluded from the tournament with no refund. 

 

Operational Rules: 

1.The Omaha Hockey Club will provide a timekeeper and scorekeeper for each game.

2.Each team shall be responsible to provide an ADULT (18+) volunteer to manage their team’s penalty box during each of their team’s games. This adult may be a rostered coach who is not on the bench, but may NOT coach from the penalty box.

3.Team managers must check-in one (1) hour prior to their first scheduled game and present USA Hockey credentials if requested. USA Hockey Rosters should have already been emailed to the tournament director, however if any changes have been made since that was sent please provide a hard copy at check in. If there is any question regarding the validity of any team or players’ credentials, that team / player shall not participate until all issues are resolved. Please be prepared to supply roster stickers to the check-in table / Tournament Director at least one (1) hour prior to each game you play.

4.The Home team will wear light jerseys. The Away team will wear dark jerseys.  Home team will be determined by the Tournament Director (or a designated representative) at the time of scheduling. Please bring both sets of jerseys to each game, in the event that last minute changes are required. If a team does not have two sets of jerseys, it is the team manager’s responsibility to notify the opponent and referees of any change prior to game time.

5.The only persons allowed on the benches are eligible players in uniform and a maximum of four (4) registered team officials. Injured players that are on the active roster may be on the bench if they are wearing a team jersey and helmet.

6.All players must wear all required equipment as approved by USA Hockey. All players must wear mouth guards and secured chin straps while on ice.

7.Teams must be prepared to start 15 minutes before each scheduled game.

8.At the conclusion of each game, the coach or manager of each team shall be responsible for reviewing the score sheet (front and back) to determine whether any player or team official has been suspended or disqualified from participating in any future game or games. The coach or manager of each team must also sign the score sheet. If a coach or manager fails to verify and sign a score sheet, the score as verified by the referees, whether correct or incorrect, will be used for tournament calculations. The Tournament Committee will not overrule any on ice decisions (playing rules). No hearings will be held for game misconduct penalties. All findings from any match penalty will be forwarded to the team’s local governing body at the conclusion of the tournament.

9.Coaches please make sure locker rooms are clean and undamaged. Your team will be charged for any clean up, damages, and/or lost keys. Locker room keys will be checked out for each game to a responsible team representative prior to each game. All keys must be returned after every game to keep lockers rooms open and available. Time allowed in locker rooms before or after a game may be adjusted by Tournament officials to keep locker room availability as needed.

10.The Tournament Director (or a designated representative) after consultation with the referee, may cancel any game in progress in any instance where he/she believes it necessary to protect the welfare of players or officials. In the event of such cancellation, the Tournament Director (or a designated representative) shall determine the result of the game for tournament standings.

ALL 16U & 19U SHOWCASE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED UNDER USA HOCKEY RULES WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS: 

1.Game Rules:

a. Each game will consist of three (3) periods, with each period consisting of 16 minutes with a stop clock. Ice will be cleaned after every 2 periods.  **If at any point the amount of clock time exceeds the curfew time, run clock shall ensue.  If it is determined that the “clean after 2 periods” is not feasible within our time constraints, we will increase break time between periods and eliminate the extra ice clean.

Clean Start:

Warm up

3 minutes

Period 1

16 minutes

Break

1 minute

Period 2

16 minutes

Ice Resurface

Period 3

16 minute **

 

ie. Dirty Start:

Warm up

3 minutes

Period 1

16 minutes

Ice Resurface

Period 2

16 minutes

Break

1 minute

Period 3

16  minute **

 

b. If the goal differential is five (5) goals or greater in the third period, running time will commence, except for penalties, goals and injuries.  If the behind team pulls within 2 goals, stop time shall resume.

c. One 60 sec time-out will be allowed per each team.

d. Teams will be allowed a three-minute warm-up period prior to each game and 1 min break between periods. 

e. Penalties will be as follows: 2:00 minutes for a minor penalty; 5:00 minutes for a major penalty in all periods, including overtime; and 10 minutes for a misconduct penalty in all periods, including overtime.

f.  Games in this showcase may end in a tie.

g. If a player receives four (4) penalties in one game, the player will be ejected from that game at the onset of the fourth penalty.

h. If any team receives 15 or more penalties during one game, the head coach will not be allowed on or near the bench for the next game of that team [USA Hockey rule 404 (d)].

 

ALL 14U SHOWCASE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED UNDER USA HOCKEY RULES WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS: 

 

1.Game Rules:

a. Each game will consist of three (3) periods, with each period consisting of 12 minutes with a stop clock. There will be an ice clean after each game only.

b. If the goal differential is five (5) goals or greater in the third period, running time will commence, except for penalties, goals and injuries.  If the behind team pulls within 2 goals, stop time shall resume.

c. One 60 sec time-out will be allowed per each team.

d. Teams will be allowed a three-minute warm-up period prior to each game and 1 min break between periods. 

e. Penalties will be as follows: 1:30 minutes for a minor penalty; 5:00 minutes for a major penalty in all periods, including overtime; and 10 minutes for a misconduct penalty in all periods, including overtime.

f.  Games in this showcase may end in a tie.

g. If a player receives four (4) penalties in one game, the player will be ejected from that game at the onset of the fourth penalty.

h. If any team receives 15 or more penalties during one game, the head coach will not be allowed on or near the bench for the next game of that team [USA Hockey rule 404 (d)].

 

The tournament coordinator/director is the final authority for all rule interpretations.