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The Greater Seattle Hockey League (referred to as GSHL going forward) is dedicated to providing a safe, competitive and fun environment for adult, amateur players to 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 www.usahockey.com.  GSHL also has additional rules and guidelines that enhance or supplement those set forth by USA Hockey.  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.



Please see the current USA Hockey rulebook for the basic rules and regulations that GSHL follows.


GSHL Guidelines


Joining GSHL


Anyone interested in joining GSHL should contact the League directly.  Contact information is posted on the GSHL website, www.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, but not limited to, differences in skill level, discipline or financial delinquency.


All players must register via the league’s website prior to each fall/winter season.  All new and returning players must also pay an annual membership fee.  This fee will be listed during the registration process and will cover 12 months from the time it is paid.


All players must also register with USA Hockey (registration begins in August each year and is good for 12 months and covers both GSHL Fall/Winter and Summer seasons).  USA Hockey registration provides players with a number of benefits, including supplemental insurance coverage for incidents that occur during USA Hockey sanctioned events.  Please note that specific coverage limits and rules are the providence of USA Hockey and any questions regarding benefits must be addressed to USA Hockey.


Player Draft


GSHL typically hosts a player draft prior to the start 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.   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.



Registration and Fees


All teams and players are responsible for timely payment of all fees for each season prior to a date specified by the league.  Failure to pay complete fees can result in a number of disciplinary actions, including forfeiture of wins,


Captains


Each team in GSHL shall elect a team captain, who will be responsible for organizing the team, collecting fees and serving as the main point of contact with league personnel.  Captains are also the main point of contact with game officials (both on- and off-ice) during GSHL games.  GSHL strongly recommends that teams elect a player who shows responsibility and dedication to their team and the ideals of GSHL.  A captain does not have to be the best player on the team.  To the contrary, the best captains are sometimes the least skilled players.  


GSHL recommends that captains attach a small letter “C” to the upper left portion of their jerseys to clearly indicate their role on the ice.  If a captain is not present for a game, the player taking that responsibility should be noted on the roster that is submitted to the scorekeeper.  Additionally, if a team has elected alternate captains, it is recommended they are indicated with a letter “A” on their jersey.


Rosters


  1. The maximum number of players that may be on any team is 22 skaters plus two (2) goaltenders. The minimum number is nine (9) skaters plus one (1) goaltender.

  2. 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.

  3. Teams that deviate from their official roster without prior GSHL approval will be penalized, including, but not limited to suspension of team captain, forfeiture of team victories, prohibition from playoffs and expulsion from GSHL.  It is the responsibility of each team captain (or his/her replacement) to know and follow the rules regarding illegal players, as penalties for violating these rules can be severe.

  4. With the exception of goaltender 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 goaltender substitutes. Teams who are missing their goaltender(s) must select the replacement from this list.

  5. A copy of the official team roster must be provided to the scorekeeper before the start of every game.  Each player in uniform must be clearly noted, including uniform number.  Please note that while players may have the same number on the season roster, not two players may wear the same number during any league game.  

  6. Failure to turn in a roster will result a bench minor penalty being issued to the violating team.


Jerseys


  1. Each team is responsible for obtaining two (2) jerseys for each player.

  2. One jersey must be predominantly white (the “home” jersey) and the other must be a solid color and/or combination of colors (the “away” jersey).

  3. Yellow or gray jerseys are not acceptable as both home and away colors.

  4. All jerseys, with the exception of the logo, can be any shade of the same color. It is not required that the jersey be an exact match in all details.

  5. While goaltenders will be allowed to wear non-matching jerseys, goaltenders are requested that they have one dark and one white jersey available, especially when substituting for teams.  

  6. Teams are encouraged to obtain exact matching jerseys complete with matching logos and names on the back.

  7. Each player's jersey must have the player's number permanently affixed to the back.  Please note the following specific requirements regarding numbers:

    1. Taped numbers are not acceptable.

    2. Jerseys with no numbers are not acceptable.

    3. Different players may not wear the same number in the same game.

  8. Teams must be in compliance with these jersey requirements by a date specified by GSHL (typically the fourth week of each season).

  9. Players who do not meet these requirements by established deadline date will not be allowed to participate in league games until they are in compliance.


Team Rankings


In the beginning of each season, GSHL will rank each team, based on skill level, in order to place each team in an appropriate division of play.  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.  GSHL may use games early in a season to help determine the proper level of play for teams.


The number of divisions may vary for each season, as will the number of teams in each division. At any time during the season, GSHL reserves the right to move any team to a different division if it becomes apparent that the initial ranking was not appropriate.


Alcohol Policy


GSHL actively discourages players from consuming alcohol prior to games and at the rink after games.  Certain rinks GSHL uses specifically prohibit alcohol from being consumed due to liquor permitting.  If teams are caught consuming alcohol at these rinks, there can be severe penalties to GSHL and, subsequently, the teams involved (including the captain).  


GSHL Rules


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 www.usahockey.com.


Playing Equipment


  1. All players are required to wear face and mouth protection. The following are acceptable

    1. Full metal or plastic helmet cage or,

    2. Half shield/visor.

  2. GSHL strongly encourages players to use a mouth guard.

  3. 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 Rule 304 section (b) Helmet face protection.)  

  4. GSHL reserves the right to allow players in certain divisions (typically higher-skilled) to have the option to play without face protection.  However, GSHL strongly encourages all players to wear appropriate face protection for all league games.

  5. GSHL strongly encourages players to wear all available protective equipment (shoulder pads, pants, etc.) at all times.


Game Format


GSHL follows the following game format:


Regular Season

  1. Teams will be allowed no less than five (5) minutes of “warm up” time prior to the game starting.  This warm up time will begin at the scheduled game time or when the ice resurfacer has concluded cleaning the ice and the doors to rink have been closed.  No players are permitted on the ice while the rink doors are open.

  2. The first and second periods will be 18 minutes in length with a “running” clock.  The third period will be 18 minutes in length with a “stop” clock.

  3. The final 30 seconds in the first and second periods will have a “stop” clock.

  4. If a game ends in regulation with a tie score, there will be no overtime and each team will receive one point in the the standings.


Playoff Games

  1. The first and second periods will be 18 minutes in length with a “running” clock.  The third period will be 15 minutes in length with a “stop” clock.

  2. The final 30 seconds in the first and second periods will have a “stop” clock.

  3. If a game ends in regulation with a tie score, the game shall proceed immediately to a five-minute, sudden-death overtime.  The overtime period will be played with a “running” clock, but with the final 30 seconds played with a “stop” clock.

  4. Playoff games that end with the score tied after regulation will immediately proceed to a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period.  The overtime will be played under a running clock.  If after the five minutes have been played and the game is still tied, the game shall proceed to a shootout.  The following format is used.

    1. The home team has the option to shoot first or second.

    2. Teams are not required to turn in the list shooters prior to the start of the game.

    3. Each shooter will take a penalty shot on the opposition goaltender.  After his/her attempt, the player will skate to the opposite side of the rink so it is clear he/she has taken a shot.

    4. If, after five shooters from each team, the game is still tied, the format will be “sudden-death” with each team having one attempt until a winner is decided.

    5. Every player must attempt a shot before a team is allowed to reuse players.  The only exception to this rule is if a team has more players in uniform than its opposition.  Once the opposition has used all its players, the team with a greater number of player may reuse shooters.

    6. Ejected players and those serving majors, 10 minute penalties and double-minor penalties are banned from the shootout. Players only serving minors are eligible.


Penalties


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.


Length of Penalties and Number of Penalties  

  1. During the first two periods minor penalties will be three (3) minutes, major penalties will be seven (7) minutes and misconduct penalties will be 12 minutes in length.

  2. During the third period minor penalties will be two (2) minutes, major penalties will be five (5) minutes and misconduct penalties will be ten (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 one-third at the start of the third period.  For 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 one-third off is 50 seconds. That leaves 100 seconds left which is 1:40.

  4. Penalties will not be expanded (e.g. increased by one-third) 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 two (2) minutes, major penalties will be five (5) minutes and misconduct penalties will be ten (10) minutes in length.

  6. If a team is penalized for not turning in a roster (see the roster section in the guidelines), that penalty will be three (3) 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 three-penalty limit (see below). The penalty will not be served due to the goal being scored.

  8. Double minors always count as two penalties towards the three-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 three-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 three penalties in a game. It will be recorded on the scoresheet and in the league statistics website as a bench minor with the number of the player who serves it.


Player Penalties and Game Suspensions (Minor)

  1. A player who receives three (3) minor penalties in one game will be ejected for the duration of the game upon receiving the third penalty. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockey Rule 404 section (d). Minor Penalties.)

  2. A player who receives three (3) minor penalties more than three times in a 12-month period will receive additional discipline according to the following schedule.  The player will serve the suspension during his/her team's next game. (Amendment 2 to USA Hockey Rule 404 section (d). Minor Penalties.)

    1. 4th occurrence:  One-game suspension

    2. 5th occurrence:  One-game suspension

    3. 6th occurrence: Two-games suspension

    4. 7th occurrence:  Four-games suspension

    5. 8th occurrence:  Mandatory disciplinary committee meeting to determine length of suspension

Player Penalties and Game Suspensions (Major and Misconduct)

  1. A player who receives any 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 and Game Misconduct will be determined by GSHL, but it will not be less than a two (2) game suspension. (Amendment 1 to USA Hockey Rule 403. Major Penalties.)

  2. A player who receives two (2) Major and 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 four (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 three (3) Major and 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.)


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 re-submit of GS Hockey player Application and corresponding registration fee upon completion of the suspension. (Amendment 1.1 USA Hockey Rule 613. Fisticuffs (Fighting).)


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 re-apply 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.


GSHL Rule 2: 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.


GSHL Rule 3: 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 goaltenders 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 two (2) games.  NOTE:  This suspension will be issued to the team captain, regardless of whether he/she is present for that game.

  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 ten (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. Any team caught violating this rule during the playoffs will be suspended from further play.

  7. All players should bring photo identification to the game. Players may be asked to show this ID to any scorekeeper or referee that asks for it. If a Captain wishes to challenge an opposing player’s  identity he/she should go to a referee who will instruct the player to produce his/her 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 and no one should be asking a whole team for all ID.  Challenges may come from an opponent, scorekeeper, referee or league official.


GSHL Rule 4:  “Gretzky Rule”

  1. In games between teams from divisions 6, 7 and 8 (this can be modified), no player may be allowed to score more than three goals.  When a player has scored three goals, the scorekeeper shall notify the on-ice officials, who will notify both teams that the player has scored three goals.

  2. If a player scores a fourth goal, the goal shall be disallowed and the player will be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  3. Until divisions have been finalized, games will be played without enforcing this rule, even if the teams have traditionally been in Divisions 6, 7 and 8.


Appeals Process: Player Suspension

  1. 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. Email is acceptable.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Under no circumstances should league representatives, officials, scorekeepers, etc. 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.

  5. 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.


Reservation of Rights.

  1. GSHL is committed to providing a safe and successful league. As a result, it reserves the right to suspend, expel or  otherwise prevent any player from playing that GSHL determines, in its sole discretion, to be detrimental to the safe and successful operation of the League.  GSHL also reserves the right to refuse or deny the application of any prospective player or team that GSHL determines, in its sole discretion, to be detrimental to the safe and successful operation of the League.

  2. 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.


Last updated: October 18, 2017





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