Rights & Rules


League Rights

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 two-minute penalties during the game, however they will be treated like coincidental penalties. In other words, you will serve two 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 four 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 two 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.

"In lieu of the new 5-on-5 policy, Bench Minor Penalties and Goalie Minor Penalties will result in a whistle to make the call, a stop in play, recording of the penalty for the individual or team, and then a face off in the offending team's/goalie's end." 

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.h 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).

 





For More Information

Keep reading for more information about penalties in the senior league.