GSHL League Rules
The Greater Seattle Hockey League, or GSHL, is dedicated to providing a safe, competitive and fun environment for adult, amateur players to skate and play hockey. The League welcomes players of all skill levels, whether new to the game or returning to it, and strives to ensure that players compete with others of similar skill. To that end, GSHL hosts training camps, structured league play and other events to encourage and develop players and the love of hockey. GSHL is sanctioned by USA Hockey and follows, as a minimum, the rules set forth by USA Hockey. These rules can be found at the USA Hockey website at usahockey.com. GSHL also has additional rules that enhance or supplement the USA Hockey rules. GSHL also has guidelines for how the league will be administered. GSHL reserves the right to change the following guidelines and rules at any time and is the final arbiter on how these will be interpreted and applied.
GSHL Adheres to the USA Hockey Rules and Regulations
GSHL Specific Rules and Guidelines
A. GSHL Guidelines.
1. Joining GSHL.
a. Anyone interested in joining GSHL should contact the League directly. Contact information is posted on the GSHL website, gshockey.com. Interested players may be placed on teams formed by GSHL or may be picked up by existing teams. While GSHL normally does not interfere with a team's recruitment efforts, GSHL reserves the right to remove any player from any team for any reason, including without limitation differences in skill level.
b. The Draft. GSHL typically hosts player drafts at the beginning of each season to help interested players and teams needing players connect. Whether a draft will occur, and the details about any scheduled draft, are at the discretion of GSHL. Information can found on the GSHL website.
1. Attending a draft does not guarantee placement on a team. Additionally, if there is a draft, GSHL does not guarantee that any team will find a player of its choice.
2. GSHL reserves the right to deny or disallow teams any player whose skill level is significantly higher or lower than the collective skill level of the Team's existing players. This determination is solely within GSHL's discretion.
c. All GSHL players must register with GSHL. Registration includes completing an application and, for players new to GSHL, paying the applicable registration fee. For the 2001-2002 season, this fee is $10.
d. All GSHL players must be members of USA Hockey.
e. Each team and/or player is also responsible for paying the season's league fees by the applicable due date. These fees are set before each season. Any teams that have not paid in full by the applicable date will not be allowed to participate in any GSHL functions, including games.
a. The maximum number of players that may be on any team is 20 skaters plus 2 goalies. The minimum number is 9 plus 1 goalie.
b. The team's final or official roster will be due at a date specified by GSHL. No changes will be allowed to a team's official roster during the season without prior written GSHL approval. Teams that deviate from their official roster without prior GSHL approval will be penalized.
c. With the exception of goalie substitutions, no substitutes will be allowed. Only registered players listed on official team rosters will be allowed to play at GSHL games. GSHL will provide a list of designated goalies substitutes. Teams who are missing their goalie(s) will have to select the replacement from this list. GSHL's earlier policy on substitutes have been revoked.
d. A copy of the official team roster must be provided to the scorekeeper before the start of every game.
3. Jersey Requirements
a. Each team is responsible for obtaining 2 jerseys for each player. One jersey must be predominantly white, the 'home' jersey, and the other, the 'away' jersey must be either a predominantly solid color or combination of colors. Yellow jerseys are not acceptable as a team's home jersey unless the team receives special league approval. This is because several teams want to only buy one set and they figure yellow works as either home or away. Eventually these teams will face each other and will not be able to play a proper game.
b. All jerseys, with the exception of the logo, can be any shade of the same color. It is not required that the shirt be an exact match in all details.
c. Each player's jersey must have the player's number permanently affixed to the back. Taped numbers are not acceptable. Jerseys with no numbers are not acceptable.
d. Teams are encouraged to obtain exact matching jerseys complete with matching logos and names on the back.
e. Teams must be in compliance with these jersey requirements by the 4th week each season. Players with no numbers or taped on numbers will not be allowed on the ice. The referee or league official will make the official determination. These requirements will not be relaxed in the summer season.
4. Team Rankings.
a. In the beginning of each season, GSHL will rank each team, based on skill level, in order to place each team in an appropriate tier. The goal of this ranking to have teams of similar skill levels in the same tier and to allow teams of similar skill to play each other. This ranking is made at the sole discretion of GSHL.
b. The number of tiers may vary for each season, as will the number of teams in each tier. At any time during the season, GSHL reserves the right to move any team to a different tier if it becomes apparent that the initial ranking was not appropriate.
B. GSHL Rules.
1. The following rules amend the rules of USA Hockey. At all times, however, the rules of USA Hockey remain in effect. These can be found at usahockey.com
a. All players are required to wear face and mouth protection. The following are acceptable:
1. Full metal or plastic helmet cage; or
2. Half, plastic visor. GSHL strongly encourages players to use a mouth guard.
b. Players failing to wear acceptable face protection will not be allowed to play in any game until the requirements are met. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockey's Rule 304 section (b) Helmet face protection.)
a. GSHL will not tolerate malicious, unsportsmanlike and/or violent behavior. GSHL will strictly enforce the rules on penalties. Penalties/suspensions are cumulative. Penalties/suspensions incurred during the regular season will carry over into the playoffs and if necessary, into the following season in which the player plays. Additionally, when faced with exceptional team or player misconduct, GSHL reserves the right to increase any of the following penalties, up to and including ejecting the team or player from GSHL without a refund.
b. Length of Penalties and Number of Penalties
1. In the first two periods minor penalties will be 3 minutes, major penalties will be 7 minutes and misconduct penalties will be 12 minutes in length.
2. In the third period minor penalties will be 2 minutes, major penalties will be 5 minutes and misconduct penalties will be 10 minutes in length.
3. All penalties (minor, major and misconduct) that start in the second period and continue on into the third period will have the remaining time reduced by 1/3 at the start of the third period. Example: A minor penalty that starts with 30 seconds left in the second period. There would be 2:30 left at the beginning of the third period. 2:30 is 150 seconds and 1/3 off is 50 seconds. That leaves 100 seconds left which is 1:40.
4. Penalties will not be expanded (e.g. increased by 1/3) if the game goes into overtime or if the third period goes to run time due to goal differential, limited time remaining in time slot or for any other reason.
5. If a penalty occurs during the third period in a run time situation or in overtime, minor penalties will be 2 minutes, major penalties will be 5 minutes and misconduct penalties will be 10 minutes in length.
6. If a team is penalized for not turning in a roster, that penalty will be 2 minutes in length. It will be recorded as a bench minor penalty for delay of game. The Captain will serve the penalty. If the Captain is not at the game any player picked at random will serve the penalty and fill out the roster.
7. If in a delayed penalty situation and a goal is scored before the penalty is called, the penalty still needs to be recorded on the score sheet and that penalty will count as one penalty towards the four penalty limit. The penalty will not be served due to the goal being scored.
8. Double minors always count as two penalties towards the four penalty limit.
9. If a player commits a penalty that results in a penalty shot, that penalty will be recorded on the scoresheet and will count as one penalty towards the four penalty limit. The penalty will not be served due to the penalty shot being given.
10. When a bench minor penalty is given, the player serving it does not have that penalty count towards the limit of four penalties in a game. It will be recorded on the scoresheet and in Pointstreak as a bench minor with the number of the player who serves it.
c. Player Penalties and Game Suspensions - Minor
1. A player who receives three minor penalties in one game will be ejected for the duration of the game upon receiving the third penalty. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockeyï¿½s Rule 404 section (d). Minor Penalties.)
d. Player Penalties and Game Suspensions Major and Misconduct
1. A player who receives a major penalty will automatically receive a Game Misconduct and will be suspended/ejected for the duration of the game. The player will also be penalized for the Game Misconduct. The penalty for a Major+Game Misconduct will be determined by GSHL, but it will not be less than a 2 game suspension. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockey Rule 403. Major Penalties.)
2. A player who receives 2 Major+Game Misconduct penalties in 12 month period will be subject to a penalty to be determined by GSHL that will not be less than a 4 game suspension. This suspension will be served in addition to the suspensions incurred for each Game Misconduct. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockey Rule 404. Misconduct Penalties.)
3. A player who receives 3 Major+ Game Misconduct penalties in a 12 month period will be subject to a penalty to be determined by GSHL that will not be less than a 20 game suspension. (Amendment 2 to USA Hockey Rule 404. Misconduct Penalties.)
e. Player Penalties and Game Suspensions Fighting
1. A player who receives two Fighting penalties in one year will be suspended/ejected for the duration of the game upon receiving the second Fighting penalty. The player will also be subject to a penalty to be determined by GSHL that will not be less than a 4 game suspension. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockey Rule 613. Fisticuffs (Fighting).)
2. A player who receives three Fighting penalties in a 12 month period will be suspended for not less 20 games. This suspension carries with it a mandatory resubmit of GS Hockey player Application and corresponding registration fee upon completion of the suspension. (Amendment 1.1 USA Hockey Rule 613. Fisticuffs (Fighting).)
f. GSHL Rule 1 Suspended Players.
1. A player who receives a total of 20 game suspensions will be treated as a new player who must reapply and pay a fee to play in GSHL. GSHL reserves the right to refuse to allow the player to return to the league and under no circumstances will any player trying to return from an extended suspension be guaranteed a spot on any GSHL team.
2. Any player who satisfies assessed game suspensions that extended beyond the end of the season in which the suspensions were incurred will be treated as a new player. The player must complete the application and pay the fee described above. GSHL reserves the right to refuse to allow the player to return to the league and under no circumstances will any player trying to return from an extended suspension be guaranteed a spot on any GSHL team.
g. GSHL Rule 2 ï¿½ Replacing Suspended Players.
1. Teams must maintain the required minimum number of players described above. If, because of a player suspension that extends for the balance of the season, a team falls below this number, the team may replace the necessary players with prior GSHL approval. Alternatively, GSHL may assign players to the team roster in order to help the team meet the minimum player requirements.
h. GSHL Rule 3 ï¿½ Ineligible Players.
1. GSHL will strictly enforce the roster requirements discussed above. Only players registered with USA Hockey and GSHL will be allowed on any team's official roster.
2. With the exception of goalies or players replacing a suspended player, only players on a team's official roster that have played in at least 40% of the regular season's games will be qualified to play in playoff games. Captains should consult with GSHL to confirm player eligibility.
3. If any time during a game or afterwards a team is caught with any players not on the team's official roster, players serving a suspension or other penalty, or similar misconduct, the offending team will forfeit the game. If discovered during the game, the forfeit will be immediate and will occur regardless of the score. The Captain of the offending team will be suspended for not less than 2 games.
4. Any team caught violating this rule a second time in a season will be banned from any playoff games, regardless of the team's ranking. The Captain of the team will be suspended for no less than 10 games.
5. Any team caught violating this rule a third time in a season will forfeit the balance of the season and will be barred from play.
6. All players should bring driver licenses to the game. Players may be asked to show this ID to any scorekeeper or ref that asks for it. If a Captain wishes to challenge a playerï identity he should go to a referee who will instruct the player to produce his ID. This does not need to happen before the game. It can happen before the game but if the challenge is brought up after the game starts the game will continue and the player should show he ID directly after the game. Challenges should be reasonable. No one should be asking a whole team for all ID. Challenges may come from an opponent, scorekeeper, ref or league official.
4. Playoff Rules
a. Tied games go to 5 min run sudden death OT then a shootout.. Turn in first 5 shooter list before game. All players must shoot before going to top of order except if a shorter benched team goes to the top of the lineup the larger team may also go ack to the top of the order.
b. Ejected players, those serving majors, 10 minute penalties and double minors are banned from the shootout. Players only serving minors are eligible.
c. Anyone team or player who misrepresents a players identity (See the 'ID' rules above) will be suspended and the team will be ejected from the playoffs.
5. Appeals Process: Player Suspension.
a. Any player, either individually or through the team Captain, may appeal game suspensions assessed by GSHL within 7 days of the penalty being issued. The appeal must be in writing and sent to the GSHL Disciplinary Board. E-mail is acceptable.
b. The appeal must clearly and concisely explain why the player believes the penalty was inappropriate and should identify any witnesses to the event. GSHL does not consider challenges to a Referee's call to be a valid basis for an appeal.
c. The GSHL Disciplinary Board will review the appeal. At its discretion, GSHL may elect to interview witnesses or have them submit statements regarding the penalty.
d. Under no circumstances should league representatives, officials, scorekeepers or the like be approached to discuss the penalty. Such conduct may be considered harassment and the player initiating the conduct may be penalized. Only written appeals will be considered.
1. League representatives may be contacted to discuss issues such as scheduling, rankings and other non-penalty related issues.
e. The player will be barred from play and serve the assessed suspensions while the appeal is pending. GSHL will endeavor to respond to any appeal in a timely fashion.
6. Reservation of Rights.
8. GSHL reserves the right to change its rules or guidelines at any time. Teams and players are encouraged to check the League's website throughout the season for any updates.
Created by: Andrew Cole -- Last updated:July 8, 2015