Available Tournament Levels
Level 1/Novice– This level is geared to those who have only played the game as adults and have not mastered all of the fundamentals. To qualify, players should have experience playing at the novice level in StinkySocks Hockey Standard Format Games, but not above, to play at this level in our tournaments.
Level 2/Lower Intermediate – This level is a good fit for those who started playing as adults or picked the game up again as an adult. High school playing experience or above is specifically a disqualifier at this level.
Level 3/Intermediate – This level is a good fit for those who have high school playing experience or the equivalent. Junior or college club experience or above is specifically a disqualifier at this level.
Level 4/Upper Intermediate – This level is a good fit for younger players who have high school playing experience and those with college club experience. Teams who play together often and all have high school level experience, or the equivalent, are also a good fit for this level rather than level 3. Collegiate D3 and above experience is specifically a disqualifier at this level.
Level 5/Advanced – This level is a good fit for younger players who have college club experience, as well as those with junior and D3 collegiate experience. Collegiate D1 experience or above is specifically a disqualifier at this level.
Appropriate leveling is just one way that StinkySocks Hockey tournaments differs from others. We ask that captains keep things fair by entering their team into the division that is most appropriate for them. It is the captain’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the divisional policy for their own team. If captains have any questions about levels or player eligibility, they are encouraged to call the league office to discuss before submitting their roster.
We ask that captains also participate in the level process, which has been developed as a system of checks and balances to ensure fair leveling within our divisions. A captain at any point before the third round of the tournament may ask for an administrative decision of the level eligibility of a player from an opposing team. The tournament administrative staff will gather data from their prior observations and issue a final decision as to whether the player in question is eligible for the division in which their team is competing. If a player is disqualified during this process, they cannot be replaced by another player. All goals scored by or assisted by that player in games played will be removed.