Game Play

Effective Oct 1, 2017 -  Added or updated rules are in blue.

The following rules govern how games at Ice Oasis shall be played and scored.

 

Lack of a Goaltender

  • If a team lacks a goaltender, the sixth player on the ice is not considered a goaltender. The player cannot freeze the puck.  If they do, a minor delay of game penalty will be assessed. They can, however, proceed across the center red line and play the puck on the offensive side of the center red line.

  • If a team lacks a goaltender, the opposition may only score with shots below the knee. No slap shots are permitted. Officials are suggested to assess a Misconduct (10min) penalty if this rule is broken.

  • If a goal is scored with a shot that enters the goal above the knees, the goal will be disallowed and a face-off will be conducted in the neutral zone.

  • If a team wants to use a “shooter tutor” the game will be considered a forfeit.

Injury

  • When a player becomes injured, the play shall be stopped as soon as:

    • His team gains possession of the puck.

    • The official feels the player is seriously injured.

    • The player is in danger of further injury from play continuing, ie player lying on the ice in the shooting lane.

  • The player that caused the stoppage must be substituted for a player from the players’ bench (unless the player was the goaltender). If the injury occurred in the attacking zone, the face-off is moved to neutral ice.

  • If a player draws blood from another player, or an official, either from a stick or physical action (punching, kicking, etc) on purpose or by accident, a major penalty is assessed and the player must be ejected from the game.

Penalty Shot

  • During a penalty shot:

    • The puck must always move towards the opponent’s goal line.

    • The play is complete once the puck crosses the goal line or the goaltender stops the puck.

    • A goal may not be scored on a rebound.

    • The goaltender must remain in the crease until the player taking the penalty shot has touched the puck; upon a violation of this rule the referee shall allow the shot to be taken and if the shot fails a second penalty shot shall be immediately awarded.

  • If the player awarded a penalty shot receives a minor penalty during the same play, said player shall be permitted to take the penalty shot prior to serving their penalty. If the penalty is a misconduct of any kind, another player from the ice must be nominated to take the penalty shot.

Time-out

  • Each team shall be allowed one thirty second timeout during regulation time of any game.

  • A player on the ice must request the timeout.

  • No time-outs allowed during overtime.

Length of Game

  • All regular season games start with a 1 1/2 minute warm-up. Games are comprised of three fifteen minute stop-time periods.  If at the end of regulation time the game is tied, a 1 1/2 minute 4-on-4 sudden-death, stop-time overtime is played. A tie game guarantees a single point for each team. The winner in overtime receives an additional point.

  • Forfeited games start with a 1 1/2 minute warm-up. Games are comprised of three seventeen-minute running-time periods, with NO icings. There will be no overtime.

  • All playoff games start with a 1 1/2 minute warm-up. Games are comprised of three fifteen-minute stop-time periods. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, a 1 1/2 minute 5-on-5 sudden-death stop-time overtime shall be played. If the game is still tied, a three player shootout will occur. If the game is still tied, a one-by-one shootout will take place until a winner is determined. The Home team will shoot first in all situations.

  • Championship games start with a 3 minute warm-up. Games are comprised of three fifteen-minute stop-time periods. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, a 3 minute 5-on-5 sudden-death stop-time overtime shall be played. If the game is still tied, a three player shootout will occur. If the game is still tied, a one-by-one shootout will take place until a winner is determined. The Home team will shoot first in all situations.

  • Consolation games start with a 1 1/2-minute warm-up. Games are comprised of three
    17-minute running time periods with NO icings. There will be no overtime.

Mercy Rule

  • Any time during any game (regular season or playoff game), if the goal differential is 7 or more goals, the game becomes running time for the remainder of the game. Except for the last 5 minutes of the game, if the goal differential is 3 or less, the game reverts back to stop time.

Points

  • Regular season points ties will be broken in the following order:

    • Most wins.

    • Team with fewest forfeits.

    • Head-to-head.

    • Fewest penalty minutes.

    • Head-to-head goal differential.

    • Overall goal differential.

 Hand Pass

  • A player shall be permitted to stop or bat a puck in the air with their open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless the player deliberately directed the puck to a teammate. If a hand pass is completed, the face-off shall be conducted in the neutral zone.

  • A hand pass shall not cause a stoppage so long as the pass both begins and ends within the defensive zone of the team making the pass.

Icing

  • At equal strength or on the power play when the puck is shot, batted or deflected from the defensive zone beyond the goal line of the opposing team untouched, play shall be stopped and the face-off will occur at the face-off dot closest to where the puck was shot from in the defensive end. If during the period of a delayed whistle due to a foul by a player, the team in possession ices the puck, then the face-off following the stoppage of play shall take place in the neutral zone near the defending blue line of the team icing the puck.

  • If the puck is playable by either team during its trip from one end to the other, the icing shall be waved off.

  • If a player slows to allow the puck to cross the goal line prior to their playing the puck, the icing shall be waved off.

  • If the goaltender has been removed for an extra player (with the team at equal strength or on a power play) and the extra skater is in their defensive zone, then icing against the opposition shall be waved off.

  • If the official makes an error in calling icing, such as calling icing against a team that is short-handed, the resulting face-off will occur at the last played location, the zone where play was stopped.

  • There will be NO icings for forfeited games.

 Off-side

  • Tag-up off-side, meaning the attacking zone must be completely clear of attacking players before a delayed off-side can be nullified with the puck still in the attacking zone.

  • If an intentional off-side play has been made the face-off shall be at the face-off spot in the defensive zone of the offending team.

  • If an attacking player intentionally plays the puck back into their own defensive zone with any opposing player already in the zone, the player shall be deemed on-side. Any puck deflected off any player or official back into the attacking zone shall be ruled off-side.

  • A player controlling and in possession of the puck who crosses the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered off-side so long as the player has possession and control of the puck.

 Puck Possession

  • The player last touched by the puck shall be deemed to be in possession. Rebounds off goalkeeper’s pads or other equipment shall not be considered as a change of possession or completion of the play by the team.

  • Referees should note this when calling delayed penalties.

 Stoppages

  • A team causing a stoppage of play shall not gain a territorial advantage with the ensuing
    face-off. In this instance, the ensuing face-off shall be at the nearest face-off spot closer
    to their own goal.

  • If the puck is shot off the goal post or crossbar and goes directly out of play, the face off
    will stay inside the attacking zone.

  • When the puck goes outside the playing area at either end or either side of the rink, or strikes any obstacles above the playing surface other than the boards or glass, the face-off shall occur where it was shot or deflected. If the puck was last touched by a player in their offensive zone, the resulting face-off shall occur in the neutral zone.

  • If the Official makes an error in calling icing, such as calling icing against a team that is short-handed, the resulting face-off will occur at the last played location, the zone where play was stopped.

  • When the game is stopped for any reason not specifically covered in the rules, the face-off will occur where it was last played.

  • Zamboni door rule: If the puck gets stuck under the Zamboni doors, the face-off location
    will be at an end zone face-off dot near the Zamboni door.

  • If an offensive player shoots the puck off the goal post or crossbar and goes out of play,
    the face-off will be stay in the attacking zone.

Ejected Players

  • If a player receives an Ejection (EJ) or a Game Misconduct, that player must leave the
    building immediately, including the social areas and the parking lot. They may not sub in
    a later game that same day.

  • Any player receiving an EJ will be removed from that game and any other games in the
    same day. They will NOT receive an additional game suspension.

  • Any player receiving a Game Misconduct for any reason is subject to an immediate 1
    game suspension; if this is a second offense during the season a mandatory 3-game
    suspension will be issued. After a third ejection, the situations will be reviewed, and
    more severe consequences will be issued.

Deflecting a puck into the goal with your skate

  • A goal may not be scored by the puck being kicked or directed into the net off an attacking player’s skate. If the puck is deflected into the net, the goal shall be awarded.

Alcohol-related

  • Any player deemed intoxicated by a game official will be ejected from the game.

  • No alcohol allowed in the locker rooms, player benches, lobby, stands, or parking lot. 

 Equipment

  • A certified helmet is required, with chinstrap fastened at all times, when a player is on the playing surface, the players bench and penalty boxes.

  • Face/eye protection is required in all leagues, ie a full face-mask or half-visor. NO alterations allowed to face-mask or visors (Effective 9/30/15)

  • If a player’s helmet comes off during play, the officials will immediately stop the play.

  • An extended delay shall not be permitted for the repair or adjustment of a goaltender’s equipment. If adjustments are required the goalkeeper will retire from the ice and a timeout will be assessed.

  • Monday, Saturday and Sunday Night League players are required to wear full facial protection (Effective 9/30/15).

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Night League players may wear a half shield (Effective 9/30/15).

  • Thursday Night League: Mouth-guard required if using a half-visor (Effective 9/30/15).

  • The league has approved the use of GoPro type recording devices for players and officials as long as they are appropriately attached.

  • It is highly recommended that all officials wear a half-visor during all IO games.