New England YOUTH Pond Hockey
All players must be registered with USA Hockey.
1. Each team will comprise of a maximum of eight players and a minimum of five players.
2. Play format will be 4 v. 4 with no goalies.
3. Players can only play on one team. (No exceptions)
4. The winner of a captain’s coin toss at the beginning of the game will determine which goal to defend. Teams will switch goals after first half.
5. All Players must wear full hockey equipment. (No exceptions)
6. No goalie equipment or goalie sticks permitted.
7. All teams must have light and dark jerseys or uniforms.
8. There will be one on-ice pond official to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset, and arbiter of infractions).
9. Penalties will be called for rule infractions. Penalties called by officials are final. A minor penalty will result in possession of the puck awarded to the opposing team. Officials will have the discretion to also award a goal to the opposing team when a minor penalty is flagrant and/or a team is consistently playing in a reckless manner.
10. Any major penalty, which includes any action that could possibly injure another player, will result in that player being ejected from the tournament. The team that received the ejection will play the remainder of the tournament short-handed (3 vs. 4). On-ice pond official will determine major penalties.
11. Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing or arguing about calls.
12. No checking is allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty unless deemed serious enough to be a major (see on-ice pond official).
13. No slap shots allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
14. Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
15. Goaltending is not allowed. A player may not patrol, “camp-out” or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender. A defender may deflect the puck in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area. The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending out four feet from the outside corners of the goal.
16. Contacting the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.
17. Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.
18. If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. During restart, the defender must give his opponent two-stick lengths of space. (If a puck can not be retrieved quickly, the on-ice official will put a new puck in play.)
19. There are no off-sides, icing calls or face offs.
20. Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice. (The goals for these games are not standard nets. The goals are slim and low height designed for pond hockey and to keep the puck on the ice. )
21. Officials will call out the score after each goal. This includes goals scored by players or awarded from minor penalties.
22. Teams must give their opponents ½ ice after a goal is scored or an infraction takes place.
23. Games will be composed of two 15-minute halves with a two-minute halftime. Game start and end times will be announcement by the sound of an air horn.
24. All games are running-time and substitutions can be made during play (on-the-fly) or while a puck is being retrieved. There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored, or after a penalty is awarded. It is up to each team to ensure that there are only four players on the ice. Officials will be instructed to make every effort to keep the game moving.
25. Players can not be added to any team at any point after the teams are officially registered at the start of the jamboree.
26. Setting picks in offensive zone is not allowed. Deference will be given to a defender in front of their own net where their progress is impeded by the pick or interference of an offensive player.