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WESTERN WASHINGTON

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY LEAGUE

 
                                                            RULE BOOK

 
  
                                                                                                            Revised July 14th 2015   
 
                                                              Content
  
Section                                                                                                                                      
1.0                   High School Hockey Rules & Procedures                                              
  
1.1                   HSH Committee                                                                                    
           
1.2                   HSH League Commissioner                                                                    
                       
1.3                   Coaches and Team Participation Requirements

 

1.4                   Player Participation Requirements                                                                      
 
1.5                  Goalies                                                                                                                
 
1.6                  League Play                                                                                                          
 
1.7                  League Disciplinary Actions                                                                                 
 
1.8                  Coach Suspensions for accrued Abuse of Officials penalties                

     
   
 1.0    High School Hockey Rules & Procedures
 

 The Western Washington High School Hockey League will be administered by the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association (SKAHA) for the purposes of promoting and providing a league for Western Washington High School hockey teams. High School Hockey will consist of grade 9th through 12th
 
The season will consist of approximately one to two games per week per team, starting mid-March and wrapping up around the end of May. Playoffs will be towards the end of May. Season length could vary, however, the 2016 season will be up to 10 weeks. The exact schedule may vary slightly depending on the number of teams, rink availability, spring break, holidays, and other scheduling concerns. Every attempt will be made to provide equity in league scheduling. High School Hockey is a NON Checking recreational league. NON check is per USA Hockey - Rule Update 2/13/2012
 

 

1.1    High School Hockey Committee
 

The SKAHA High School Hockey Committee shall be chaired by the High School Hockey League Commissioner. The committee shall be responsible for organizing and administering the Western Washington High School Hockey league and program. The committee will be composed of at least the following members:
 

  • High School Hockey League Commissioner
  • SKAHA Board High School Hockey Liaison (non-voting position)
  • Representative designated by each League Team

 

 
The High School Hockey League Commissioner schedules and presides over all High School Hockey Committee meetings and shall have the right to VETO or voting privileges on all motions. The SKAHA Board High School Hockey Liaison is a non-voting Committee member, responsible for facilitating communication with the SKAHA Board of Directors.
 


The High School Hockey Committee responsibilities are as follows:
 
Creating and implementing league rules, regulations, budgets, and other policy or financially related High School Hockey information.
 
Promoting the growth and development of High School Hockey programs in Western Washington and throughout the state of Washington.
 
Establishing guidelines for combined teams involving two or more High Schools.
 
Developing a spring schedule of league and playoff games.
 
Assisting league teams with administrative issues, and address individual team concerns or issues arising during the season.
 
Ensure that all High School league teams, coaches, and players meet the requirements of the league, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and USA Hockey registration and report any deficiencies to the League Commissioner and SKAHA registrar.
 
Disseminate all pertinent league information to team players, parents and coaching staff.
 
 
 1.2    High School Hockey League Commissioner


 This section describes the selection process, back-up, qualifications, and responsibilities for the Western Washington High School Hockey League Commissioner position.
  

  1. Selection Process

The SKAHA Board of Directors will appoint a volunteer High School Hockey League Commissioner. Persons interested in volunteering for this position should address a letter of interest, including a summary of qualifications, to the SKAHA Board of Directors. The Commissioner position will be reviewed prior to August 1 of each year. Persons wishing to return for another year of service will be encouraged to do so, and will receive a performance review. Based on that review, the incumbent Commissioner may be retained without opening the position to other candidates.
 
 
Backup
The SKAHA Board Hockey Committee Chairperson will serve as backup to the High School Hockey League Commissioner.
 
 
Qualifications
The Western Washington High School Hockey League Commissioner should possess strong communication skills, and must be generally accessible (email, fax, etc. desirable) to resolve coaching, player, team, scheduling, and any other league issues or problems that come up throughout the season. 
 

  1. Schedule and preside at regular meetings of the SKAHA High School Hockey Committee. 
  2. Facilitate communications between team representatives, coaches, and the SKAHA Board of Directors.
  3. Assist High School teams and coaches with adhering to all rules and regulations of USA Hockey, PNAHA and SKAHA. 
  4. Coordinate with local hockey associations and ice rinks for the acquisition of game ice sufficient to accommodate one to two game(s) per week and including playoffs.
  5. Assist High School teams with disciplinary or complaint actions associated with players or parents. Lead ALL disciplinary board meetings, in conjunction with the HSH Committee, to address any coach mis-conduct or inappropriate behavior
  6. Provide feedback to the Officiating Representative on officials’ performance and conduct during league games.
  7. Work with local facilities and High School Hockey Committee to ensure adequate security for crowd control.
  8. Attend as many High School League games as possible, and be prepared to provide reports to the SKAHA Board and High School Hockey Committee as may be required.
  9. Maintain records of all team rosters and league game score sheets.
  10. Ensure that Game Misconduct penalties and other disciplinary issues are properly handled and suspensions served.
  11. Coordinate and facilitate communications between the WWHSHL and other High School Hockey programs in Washington.

 
1.3    Coaches and Team Participation Requirements

 

All High School Coaches must be approved by the High School Hockey Committee
 
Coaches and Teams must meet the following guidelines to be eligible for participation in league play. Any deficiency or violation of these guidelines may result in game forfeiture or team expulsion from league play.
 
All players must be registered, paid, and currently enrolled in high school before stepping on the ice
 
No new team(s) can be chartered after close of registration. Unless granted by the HSH Committee & League Commissioner and the due diligence to make every effort to create equal teams.

 

All teams, players and coaching staff(s) must register with USA Hockey and shall abide by and act in accord with the Constitution, By-Laws, rules and regulations, and the decisions of the Board of Directors of SKAHA, PNAHA, USA Hockey and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. All team activities shall adhere to USA Hockey rules and regulations.

 

Each team’s head coach must be certified to coach Midget hockey by USA Hockey. Check for certification at http://www.usahockey.com/CoachingClinicCertSearch.aspx

 All coaches must take the USA Hockey Training Module for Bantam/Midget Age level

Teams must be willing to participate in league games as scheduled by the WWHSHL.

 

High School Hockey Teams are formed 24-48hours upon close of registration. Teams are created by school districts that player attends high school in. It is NOT created by player’s home address, ride sharing or friend connection.

 

48 to 72 hours upon registration closing, ALL coaches will gather in a forum to pick teams according to school districts. During this lengthy process, we will address overall skill level of team to help reduce the potential unequal balance of strengths.

 

Within 72 hours ALL coaches/team managers will make contact with players advising what team they are on.

 

GRANDFATHER CLAUS is no longer honored as teams may not form every year. If player is attending a high school that does not have enough players to create a team for that school, then that player goes into a player pool and will be assigned to a team for balancing purposes. It is always important to baseline all teams by school district.

 

 

Practices are not mandatory and teams are responsible for conducting their own practice activities. Scheduling, payment, etc. Practices are not included in the cost of HSH.

 

Teams are required to provide their own equipment and at least one set of uniforms jerseys

   

Coaches and team representatives are expected to not only teach young people the game of hockey, but also instill in them values necessary to be successful in life. Some of these values are: 1. THE VALUE OF HARD WORK, 2. DISCIPLINE, 3. FAIR PLAY, 4. SPORTSMANSHIP, 5. RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY.

Each teams coach shall have complete responsibility for and authority over the conduct, including the use of profanity, of his team.  He shall, at all times, stress good sportsmanship and intra-team friendship.  WWHSHL will investigate all incidents involving the conduct of its membership, which may reflect upon WWHSHL in an unfavorable manner.  (This includes behavior in locations such as rink facilities, locker rooms, warming rooms, spectator stands, refreshment areas, etc.)

 
 

Team managers are encouraged to attend all of their team's games, or to arrange for a qualified substitute.

Coaches and team managers are encouraged to adopt the “Fair Play Code for Coaches”:

Be reasonable in your demands on the player's time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.  

Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.

Avoid over-playing the talented players. The "just average" players deserve and need ice time.

Remember that playing is for fun and enjoyment, and that winning is only a part of it.

Develop team respect for the ability of opponents.

Remember that young adults need a coach they can respect.  Be generous with your praise, when it is deserved.

Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles, and the principles of the development and growth of your players.

 

  1.  Player Participation Requirements

All players must meet the following guidelines to be eligible for participation in league play. Any deficiency or violation of these guidelines may result in game forfeiture or player expulsion from league play.
 
All players must register with USA Hockey and shall abide by and act in accord with the Constitution, By-Laws, rules and regulations, and the decisions of the Board of Directors of SKAHA, PNAHA, and USA Hockey.  

If a player falsify’s information on the form they are ineligible to play for that season.  Each team is responsible for verifying player information. If an ineligible player plays in a league game, the game will result in a forfeit.

All players shall abide by and act in accord with all governing documents and/or decisions of their affiliate school.

 

Players must be in grades 9 through 12 to be eligible for High School Hockey League play.

If a team uses a non-league approved player All games the player played in will be forfeited the coach will be suspended for a game

 

A player becomes ineligible when he/she reaches the age of nineteen (19) prior to July 1st of the year in which the current season begins.
 
 
1.5       Goalies
  
If there is an excess of goalies on a team the excess goalies need to go into a goalie pool. 

 

If a team does not have a goalie, one will be assigned to that team from the goalie pool. 

 

If a team needs a goalie for a game, where theirs cannot make it, they are to contact the Commissioner for a goalie from the pool.  

 

If there is no goalie pool, teams can borrow goalies from another team that has two goalies. They can also borrow a goalie from a team that does not have a game.  

 

If there is no goalie pool or a goalie to borrow from another team a team may use a USA registered goalie with approval from the Commissioner 
 

 
1.6    League Play 

  1. All teams participating in league play will have a similar number of league games.  
  1. The designated Home team shall provide an adequate number of off-ice officials and adult volunteers 
  1. If jersey designs and colors are similar, the designated Visiting team shall be required to wear conflict jerseys of a different color. 
  1. All league games will consist of one 5 minute warm-up and three 17 minute stop periods not to exceed a 90 minute curfew. At the Referee’s discretion, the third period may be shortened to assure the game does not exceed curfew. 
  1. After regulation time expires for regular season games
  • The winning team receives 2 league standing points
  • The losing team receives 0 points
  • In the event of a tie both teams will receive 1 point
  • Teams can receive 1 point for sportsmanship, if their team has 11 minutes or less in penalty minutes and/or no misconducts.

 
6.  Game sheets are to be sent in by the Home team to SKAHA. Game sheets must be received by SKAHA no later than 5 days after the game is played.
 
7.   Teams failing to field an adequate number of players by game time, as per USA Hockey rules, will receive a forfeit (no points), their opponent will receive 2 points plus their sportsmanship point
 
8.  Total team points will be used to determine playoff eligibility and seeding. In the event that two, or more teams are tied, the USA Hockey tiebreaker system, as defined in the USA Hockey Annual Guide, will determine seeding.

9. PLAYOFFS:  If a playoff game results in a tie, the tie breaker will be 5 minute (5 players) sudden death. If at the end of the 5 minutes the game is still tied. Then a 5 player shoot out. If the game is still tied another 5 player shoot out until the roster is exhausted in blocks of 5.


  
1.7     League Disciplinary Actions
 
 Players, coaches, team representatives, volunteers, and parents shall abide by all disciplinary requirements of USA Hockey affiliates.
 
During High School Hockey League games, game misconduct penalties for fighting shall result in a mandatory 3 league game suspension for the player. All game misconduct penalties for fighting must be reported by the offending player’s coach to the Western Washington High School Hockey League Commissioner within 48 hours of the penalty.
Match penalties will result in mandatory disciplinary action as defined in the PNAHA Guidebook and USA Hockey Rulebook.

Any player fighting for the second incident will be immediately removed from the rink and their season ends, with no reimbursement of player funds.
 
 
1.8    Coach Suspensions for accrued Abuse of Officials penalties

 Any team accumulating 4 Misconduct or Game Misconduct penalties for Abuse of Officials during the season will result in the head coach receiving a one game suspension. This will be served at the next game that the coach is eligible to be on the bench. This is in addition to any USA Hockey mandated suspension.

If a team accumulates 7 Misconduct or Game Misconduct penalties for Abuse of Officials during the season, the head coach will receive an additional two game suspension. This will be served at the next two games that the coach is eligible to be on the bench. This is in addition to any USA Hockey mandated suspension.

If a team accumulates 10 Misconduct or Game Misconduct penalties for Abuse of Officials during the season, the head coach will be suspended for the re