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2017 Pony Tail Tournament Rules

2017 Pony Tail Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules 2017
The Pony Tail Tournaments are sanctioned by USA Hockey in the Southeastern and Atlantic Districts. The tournaments are hosted by the Baltimore Girls Hockey Program, under the auspices of the non-profit Baltimore Youth Hockey Club. The tournaments shall be conducted under the rules of that governing
body. It is the responsibility of team officials to be familiar with the rules of the Pony Tail Tournaments.

March 2016 RULES
Division Brackets:

U10, U12A, U12B, U12C, U14A, U14B, U16B, U16A/U19B, U19A

Eligibility:

All US players must be registered members of USA Hockey. The tournament is considerate of the developmental aspect of some girls’ hockey teams. The Pony Tail director has the right to move teams, up or down, to brackets where they will be competitive and where good matchups will be most likely. Season records and player ages/skills are thoroughly reviewed.

Referees:

Only referees registered with USA Hockey will be assigned to work the Pony Tail Tournament. All decisions made by the officials during the game are final.

Length of periods:

Three 12-minute stop-time periods. Game slots are 60 minutes. U10's will play 10-10-12 minute periods. There are no team time outs during pool play.

Start times:

All teams must be prepared to play their games 15 minutes before the designated time slot except for the first game of the day.

Game warm-ups:

Three minutes. Warm-up will commence after the teams take the ice and the referee signals the game timekeeper to start. The Tournament will provide warmup pucks.

Game curfews:

These are extremely rare and we make every effort to avoid them. However, the tournament director reserves the right to require curfews to keep games on schedule within the time frame allowed contractually by the rinks. All games are slated for 60 minutes ice slots. The Ice slot starts when the referees allow the teams to take the ice. If at the end of the second period of play, fewer than 15 minutes remain in the 60 minute slot, the timekeeper may (at direction of tournament director) reduce the time for the third period. The third period shall then be played as a normal stop-time period.

The timekeeper shall alert the referee and the competing teams of the time remaining in the game. If the tournament director believes a curfew is necessary, the coaches for both teams and the ice officials will be notified.
If at any time a team leads by 5 or more goals in the 3rd period, a running clock will be used
if needed to maintain the 60 minute game slot.

Curfews, if applied at all, only apply to preliminary round games, not Championship games.

Four team Divisions:

All teams shall play three preliminary round games. Top two teams in the division standings will advance to a championship game.

Six team Divisions:

All teams shall play three preliminary round games. Top two teams in the division standings will advance to a championship game.

Playoff Game tied in regulation:

Should a Championship game end in a tie, a five minute sudden death overtime period shall be played. If at the end of overtime the game remains tied, a three- player shootout will be held. For Shootouts, each head coach will designate three shooters, listed in order. The home team has the option of shooting first or

second. In the event of a tie after the 3 players have shot, each coach will designate one new shooter to shoot in the next round, continuing until a winner is determined. Players may not repeat shooting until all skaters on their team have shot. Exception is a team with more skaters may start repeating shooters as soon as the other team is allowed to repeat shooters. A player serving a penalty at the end of the game shall be ineligible to participate in the shootout.

Penalties:

Minor penalties will be 1 1/2 minutes. Major penalties will be 5
minutes. Misconducts will be 10 minutes. In the event of coincidental penalties, neither team will skate shorthanded. Should a team accumulate a combination of 15 penalties (minor and/or major) during any single Pony Tail game, the offending team’s head coach will automatically receive a one game suspension. In addition, any player accumulating five penalties (minor and/or major) in any single game will receive a game misconduct. Any player or coach receiving a game misconduct penalty shall be suspended for the next tournament game. Fighting will not be tolerated. Fighting majors will result in players being suspended for the balance of the tournament.

Other Tournament Rules:

-Home Team in preliminary round games and higher seeded team in playoff games will wear light Jerseys unless discussed between teams and agreed upon.
-All players, including alternate goalkeepers, in the box area are required to wear helmets.
-Checking will NOT be permitted in any age classifications.
-Slap shots are not permitted at the U10 level.
-No time-outs are allowed in Pony Tail preliminary-round games.
-Coaches are allowed one time-out each in playoff games.
-Touch-up offsides will only be in effect for U14, U16 and U19 levels.

Team/Spectator Conduct:
Pony Tail Tournament officials expect the conduct of players and coaches to be beyond reproach both on and off the ice. Misconduct will result in disqualification from the tournament. Spectators should also be advised that the Pony Tail Tournament has adapted the USA Hockey "ZERO TOLERANCE" policy in regards to abusive language and unsportsmanlike behavior towards opposing team players, coaches and fans, as well as referees, volunteers and tournament officials. Spectators violating this policy will be asked to leave the venue.

 

Protests: No protests will be allowed regarding rules interpretations or judgment calls made by game officials. Decisions of on-ice officials are final.

Tournament schedule: The March Pony Tail Tournaments are conducted Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The tournament schedule will be determined by the tournament director and scheduler and published. Consideration is given for teams traveling the greatest distance when determining first games.

 

Pony Tail Tournament 2017 - Tournament point system and Tiebreak process:

All teams participating in the March Pony Tail Tournament are guaranteed three preliminary round games. Tournament divisional standings will be determined by a Game Point System (Period Points only used in tiebreakers).

2 game points will be awarded per game based upon the following: 
2 points for each game won
1 point for each game tied
 
3 period points will be awarded per game based upon the following:
1 point for each period won
1/2 point for each period tied
 
If, after preliminary round games, two or more teams in a division have an equal number of points, their position in the standings will be determined by:

1) Winner of head-to-head between tied teams.
2) Most Wins
3) Most Period Points
4) Fewest goals against all pool games.
5) Fewest goals against pool games involving only tied teams.
6) Team with lowest penalty minute total
7) Coin toss.

Note 1: when 3 or more teams are tied for first place, as soon as the tiebreaker system above determines the 1st place team, the remaining teams restart the tiebreaker process above at step one to determine the 2nd place team.

Note 2: when 3 or more teams are tied, as soon as any teams are eliminated by a step in this process, the process immediately moves back to step one and restarts for the remaining teams.

3 way tiebreak clarification examples:

If 3 teams are tied after pool play and tiebreakers gets to step 4 (fewest goals allowed):

Scenario 1
Team A allowed 4 goals
Team B allowed 4 Goals
Team C allowed 6 goals
Team C is eliminated and places 3rd and Teams A and B restart at Step 1 to determine 1st and  2nd place.

Scenario 2
Team A allowed 4 goals
Team B allowed 6 Goals
Team C allowed 9 goals
Team A is awarded 1st place and Teams B and C restart at Step 1 to determine 2nd place.

 

 

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