USL House Rules for Player Conduct & Safety


Overview


All players and refs are required to read the rules thoroughly. While this will take some of your time, it will eliminate a lot of discrepancies and disagreements.


Introduction


The Ultralight Senior League will enforce a “no-contact” and non-aggressive style of hockey play. This differs from the current Senior League as it is a “no checking” league which means contact IS permitted. “Riding” a player off the puck is not permitted and it will be penalized. All aggressive types of behavior other than hustling to out-skate your opponents will be not only penalized, but also might exclude you from further participation in the league. The USL is intended for typically older players who wish to reduce the risk of self-injury or injuring other players, and who enjoy a clean game of hockey. If you do not wish to comply, don’t participate. A mature, adult, very sportsman-like attitude is required. Verbal abuse of another player or referee is strictly prohibited. A mature, adult friendly attitude in the best interests of the safety of your fellow players is recommended. Only registered Ultralight Senior League players are permitted to participate in league games. If a team is short-handed players, they may only invite other currently registered USL players to play for them. The majority of players from both teams must agree to the supplemental player arrangement; specifically, the players who are then ready to play the game must agree that the substitute players will not too greatly tilt the strength of one team over the other. If necessary, a swap or exchange of players between the two teams for that game should be made to keep the game balanced.

Our goal is to six games per month and at best possible time slots.

Mt. Lebanon Ultralight Senior League follows USA Hockey rules and standards with some in-house additions. In addition to the usual waiver, the USL House Rules for Player Conduct and Safety document must be signed in order to be an official member of the league.

Age


Players must be at least 40 years old to participate in the league (No exceptions will be made).

Equipment


All players must wear full equipment including an ice hockey helmet with full or 1/2 face mask, shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads, ice hockey gloves, hockey skates and girdle or ice hockey pants. Internal mouthpieces are strongly recommended. Remember, this is a play at your own risk league.

The League Management reserves the right to institute any rule or policy change it sees fit to facilitate the smooth operation of the league.

Game duration will be three, 20-minute periods with a running clock.

Time Outs

Time permitting, and at the discretion of the referees (based on score), there will be two time outs per team allowed per play-off game. Regular games will only have one time out per team.

Overtime



During regular games a tie score will result in a tie, unless it is the last game of the evening and the refs permit overtime. Overtime will be 5 minutes. If the tie is not broken during overtime, and, again at the refs discretion, a shoot-out may commence, first unanswered goal wins, if still tied then the game remains a tie.


Playoffs


Tie score will result in 5-minute sudden death overtime, five on five. If the score is still tied after five minutes, a shoot out will proceed, with winner being determined by first unanswered goal.

Any violation of these rules that results in any suspension from the league is a suspension without a refund.

Draft Meetings

Specific team or player match-ups will not be guaranteed to any player that registers. This is to ensure the balance of the league.

Team Leaders

The draft committee or David Hornack will randomly select at each draft meeting three team leaders for each team (a Captain and two Assistants). Leaders will serve as player and league conduct judges if and when any infringements develop. If appointed leaders are not available at game time, then any other players on the two teams may serve for that particular game.

Rules



Players are responsible for reading all rules prior to the start of each season.

Penalty Changes and Rules Amendment from the January 9, 2014 USL committee draft meeting


Minor Penalties
Rule Change #1
All minor penalties will be served as three-minute penalties during the game, however they will be treated like coincidental penalties. In other words, you will serve three minutes and have to wait for a stoppage in play (the next whistle) to return to the ice. This is being done to not penalize your team member who would normally have to sit while you are in the penalty box. This means that during any minor penalty - whether a single penalty or two players getting coincidental penalties - the teams will play 5 on 5, and those of us who are well behaved at that moment are not missing ice time.
Players getting a double minor will have to sit six minutes and wait for a stoppage in play to return to the ice.
Rule Change #2
Minor Penalties will be classified in to categories: Low Severity and High Severity.
Low Severity Minor Penalties will include:
(In other words, "sometimes" these penalties happen unintentionally)
- Interference
- Hooking
- Tripping
- Holding
High Severity Minor Penalties will include, but are not limited to the following:
(In other words, there is "intent" when these penalties happen)
- Cross Check
- Roughing
- Boarding
- Body contact or check
- Charging
- Unsportsmanlike conduct
- Slashing
During the games ALL minor penalties will be served in the penalty box for three minutes and then the player may return to play AFTER the next whistle (see rule #1 above).
High Severity Minor Penalties will be treated like a three-minute penalty when it comes to a player accumulating penalty minutes toward a possible game suspension. In other words, four high severity minor penalties will get you a game suspension, since they will total and be equal to 12 minutes in the stats.
Low Severity Minor Penalties will be treated like a two-minute penalty when it comes to a player accumulating penalty minutes toward a possible game suspension. In other words, low severity minor penalties - as before these rule changes - will get you a game suspension, since they will total and be equal 12 minutes in the stats.
Twelve penalty minutes in one 16-game season still gets you a one-game suspension, and the minutes or point values of all major penalties and game misconduct penalties remain the same as before these rule changes.


Icing

Icing in the Senior League is from within the defensive blue line. There is no red line in the Senior League.


Any player arguing with a ref will receive a two-minute misconduct penalty. If the argument is initiated after a penalty is called, then the two-minute misconduct will be added to the first penalty. In addition, any two players arguing with each other will also result in a two-minute misconduct penalty for BOTH players. As with all penalties, these new adjustments (or games calls) are at the sole discretion of the officials.
ANY PLAYER WHO RECEIVES 12 PENALTY MINUTES IN ONE SESSION THEN GETS 10 PENALTY MINUTES IN HIS/HERS NEXT SESSION, THAT PLAYER WILL BE DROPPED TO "NEW PLAYER STATUS" FOR THE NEXT SEASON PLAYER CHOOSES TO PLAY IN THE USL. (hint hint: First the current players are allowed to sign up, then Mt. Lebanon residents, then veteran players THEN new players. For the record, we have not made it past noon on the Mt. Lebanon signup day in the last two seasons, and have at least a 10 person waiting list)

FURTHER, REFS WILL BE ADVISED NOT TO HESITATE TO CALL MAJOR PENALTIES FOR EGREGIOUS, UNNECESSARY, LITTLE BOY PENALTIES. SUCH AS A MAJOR SLASH, HACK, CHECK, RUNNING OVER THE GOALIE OR ANY USA HOCKEY RULE THE REF DEEMS WORTHY OF A MAJOR.
FEEL FREE TO QUESTION THE REFS ABOUT ANY CALL. HOWEVER, ARGUING, YELLING, AT THE REF OR ANOTHER PLAYER IS A PENALTY IN OUR League other will also result in a two-minute misconduct penalty for both players. As with all penalties, these new adjustments (or games calls) are at the sole discretion of the refs.

BUDDY SYSTEM


Since we expect this be a unique league, no doubt friends will want to play with friends. We encourage this type of camaraderie, but not to the point that there is no longer interchanging of players from season to season, or such that one team or group of players always dominates the standings. The “buddy system” will work like this: A player may request at sign-up to be placed with ONLY TWO buddies, such that ONLY THREE FRIENDS CAN BE GROUPED TO PLAY TOGETHER on the same team. Trying to link buddy groups with more than 3 players will not be accepted at the draft meeting, since it will offset the balancing of teams and it makes the draft process too tedious for the draft meeting volunteers. The draft committee, guided by these rules, will have the final say when grouping players together before each session. Once the draft committee becomes familiar with this process, additional accommodations in some or few situations “may” be permitted (i.e., where the committee sees fit to allow possibly two friendly, evenly-weighted groups on the same team).


Penalties


Suspension

Any player who accumulates 12 minutes in penalties will receive a one game suspension. If suspension is not served for the offending player’s next game, any additional penalties will be accumulated toward total penalty minutes. Any player who receives a cumulative total of 20 penalty minutes, he/she shall be suspended from play in that season and possibly the next. Any player matching or exceeding the 12- and 20-minute limits shall serve the appropriate (one-game or permanent) at the beginning of the next season, i.e. in some extreme cases, penalties carry over into the next season.
New Rule as of 1/26/15: A player that receives any suspension may not play
until they have served that suspension. (includes subbing) Furthermore, the
suspended player will not be allowed to sub for the duration of the season.


Minor Penalties

A minor penalty will result in three minutes served in the penalty box. Double minor penalties will be six minutes. Major penalties, while resulting in automatic game ejection, will count as at least six minutes toward your season tally. A Match Penalty is an automatic ejection from the game, and subsequent games until a league committee meeting can be held to determine a course of action. Match penalties would include: fighting or any blatant or hostile act toward another player with visual intent to harm. A misconduct penalty is an automatic ejection from the game, and will count as at least 10 minutes toward your season tally. Game misconducts will also carry a one game suspension.

A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed to any player who:
  • Openly disputes or argues about any decision made by an official.
  • Uses obscene or vulgar language, including swearing, in a boisterous manner whether or not directed at any one individual.
  • Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official’s decision.

If such player persists in any of these behaviors they shall be assessed a misconduct penalty. Further misbehavior will result in a game misconduct and one game suspension.

Fighting

Fighting is, of course, prohibited. Players who engage in fighting will be immediately ejected from the game and suspended from further participation in league games. The USL committee members, team leaders and referees will be part of this decision process. Ultimately, players will be notified by Dave Hornack of their suspensions.

Players who do not separate when ordered by the officials will receive unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalties in addition to whatever penalties have already been incurred. Continued misbehavior will result in a misconduct penalty followed by a game misconduct (ejection from the game) if the behavior persists.

Players who do not obey the instructions of an official will receive a misconduct penalty. Further refusal on the player’s part to comply with the official’s instructions will result in a game misconduct.

Courses of Action

Penalized players will report directly to the penalty box. Failure to do so will result in additional penalties including a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, followed by misconduct and finally a game misconduct.

Unsportsmanlike conduct within the facility, on or off the ice, will not be tolerated and will result in suspension from participation in further league games. Suspensions will range from one game to the remainder of the session, or permanent exclusion, depending upon the severity of the incident.

Touching or threatening an official is prohibited. Violations will result in suspension from participating in league play up to permanent expulsion.

Verbal abuse of the officials will result in a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Persistence in such behavior will result in a misconduct penalty followed by a game misconduct if the abuse continues. A player may not leave his feet, or dive to stop the opposition’s play, whether playing the puck or touching the puck or not; this type of aggression or interference shall be deemed a penalty. If you dive at and take out someone’s skates, whether you play the puck first or not, it is a penalty. So, do not intentionally leave your feet.

Goalies


A goalie may not trip players while attempting to play or stop the puck (some rare exceptions for in-the-crease incidents). Goalies may not touch other players or intentionally dive at their skates on a break away. Skaters may not crash into the goalie. Contact with a goalie is prohibited.

Other Actions

Slew-footing and kneeing will be major penalties. If you accidentally trip and knock someone down, it is a penalty. If a player gets around you and a break away or near break away situation develops, let them take the shot, otherwise a major tripping penalty will be called.

Any slashing motion toward another player may be deemed a penalty, even if there is no contact. Chopping or coming down on any part of another player’s stick is a penalty. When sweeping your stick to knock the puck away from a player in control of the puck, the sweeping motion must be done with the stick blade on the ice at all times – a swing starting from mid air is prohibited.
  • Lifting a stick to avert puck possession is permitted.

Poking at the ribs, sides, elbows, or hands of another player ahead of you (with or without the puck) is a penalty. Any contact with the stick to the body of another player is a penalty.

Defensemen (and forwards) may not use their stick to move another player.

Permissible Activities

An example of what might be occasionally permissible contact would be when in front of the net, while both opposing players are standing still with their stick blades on the ice, standing against each other, and leaning on each other to attempt to slowly move or reposition the other player (A slow steady push; not a shove or sharp bump). Additionally, if an opposing player is racing toward the net with the puck, the defending player may place himself in the path of the rusher, but by no means may the defending player raise his stick, check, collide with momentum, or make contact with the rushing player.

Shooting the puck out of the rink from within the defensive zone is a delay of game penalty.

If two players are racing for control of a loose puck, both players should slow down to avoid collision and use sticks not bodies to get the puck. Your apparent visual intention to yield determines a penalty or not. If a collision occurs, the referee will determine who, if anyone, gets a penalty.

Summary


The League safety motto is: “I will go out of my way to get out of your way." That is, if someone really wants the puck badly, let them have it. Remember – safety and exercise first, then try to win at the expense of nobody but your own.