Tournament rules and policies are subject to change. The general rules and policies apply to all tournaments but individual tournaments may have additional modifications.  Please refer to the tournament-specific page to verify as to if any of these rules or policies have been modified.

Rules of the Game

NCAA ice hockey rules will be enforced, with the following modifications, unless otherwise noted for a particular tournament.

General Modifications

  • No checking
  • One strike rule on fighting: any involvement in a fight on or off the ice will result in a  lifetime ban from any and all StinkySocks hockey games, tournaments, leagues, etc.
  • Blue line icing will be enforced.
  • Time (Rounds 1-3) – (3) 15-minute periods – last (1) minutes of the 3rd period (or overtime) stopped time if score is within 1 goal, (1) minute between periods and (3) minutes to warm up
  • Time (Semi-Finals) – (3) 15-minute periods, last (2) minutes of the 3rd period (or overtime) stopped time, (1) minute between periods and (3) minutes to warm up
  • Time (Final Game in divisions with a semi-final round) – (3) 15-minute periods, last (2) minutes of the 3rd period (or overtime) stopped time, (1) minute between periods and (3) minutes to warm up
  • Time (Final Game in divisions without a semi-final round) – (3) 17-minute periods, last (2) minutes of the 3rd period (or overtime) stopped time, (1) minute between periods and (3) minutes to warm up
  • Officiating – (2) Referees per game
  • Timeouts – None, except final game, where each team will be given (1) one-minute timeout
  • Penalties – 3/3 rule – Any player who has 3 minor penalties in a game will be ejected from that game. Any subsequent penalty related to the same game (e.g. unsportsmanlike conduct) will result in an additional game disqualification. Any team who has 3 players disqualifications in the tournament will be disqualified as a team. A major penalty will result in player ejection from the game and disqualification from the tournament.
  • Teams must have matching color jerseys.
  • Players must be on bench before the end of the first period for any game to play in that game.
  • Players must participate in one game during rounds 1-3 to be eligible to play in a semi-final or final game.

Roster Allowance Modification

  • Tournament teams are limited to (13) players plus (2) goalies unless otherwise stated.

Finals Determination

  • Overall record in each division (2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie)
  • Tiebreakers (in order of value):
    • 1) Fewest penalty minutes
    • 2) Fewest goals against
    • 3) Most goals for
    • Coin toss

Format

  • All StinkySocks Hockey tournaments are a round robin format for levels that have 4 teams. All others have a schedule against 3 randomly assigned teams.
  • Levels with 6 or less teams will have the top 2 teams go to the final game.  Levels with 8 or more teams will have the top 4 teams go to Olympic-style finals with the top 2 teams completing for silver/gold, and the 3rd and 4th placed teams competing for bronze.

Positive ID and Age Minimum

  • All players must be over 21 years of age and furnish identification at check-in.

Conduct (aka no jerks) policy

In the spirit of StinkySocks Hockey, it is expected that players conduct themselves with good sportsmanship and respect for others. Any player demonstrating actions on or off the ice that are deemed by any SSH staff member to be contrary to the spirit of SSH will be given one warning. A second violation will result in disqualification from the tournament and will count towards their team’s disqualification allowance (3/3 rule). This policy covers off-ice and on ice conduct. Any fighting or threat of fight by a player will result in disqualification from the tournament and a lifetime ban from any and all StinkySocks Hockey events.

Divisional (level) Policy

We ask that captains keep things fair and enter their team into the division that is most appropriate for them.  It is the captain’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the divisional policy, which has been developed as a system of checks and balances to ensure fair leveling within our divisions.  If captains have any questions about levels or player eligibility, they are encouraged to call the league office to discuss before submitting their roster.

Levels and Restrictions

All players on a team must individually qualify for the level at which their team has entered. With the exception of the True Novice (D) level, the league does not screen players in advance, as there’s an expectation that captains build their teams in a manner that’s fair and consistent with the following guidelines:

True Novice (D) – This level is geared to those are new to the game. All players must have experience playing at the novice level in StinkySocks Hockey Open Leagues or No Commitment Hockey to play at this level in our tournaments.

Lower Intermediate (C-/D+) – This level is a good fit for those who started playing as adults or picked the game up again as an adult. Anyone with high school playing experience would not be eligible for this level.

Intermediate (C) – This level is a good fit for those who have high school playing experience but no collegiate or college club experience.

Upper Intermediate (B-/C+) – This level is a good fit for younger players who have high school playing experience, those with college club experience, and older players who have had collegiate experience.

Advanced (B) – This level is a good fit for those who have collegiate experience, or the equivalent.

Administrative Appeals

A captain at any point during 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 observations and issue a non-negotiable 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 and their team will be charged one point from their record. Any team that has three or more players disqualified through this process will be disqualified as a team. To prevent abuse of administrative appeals, any team that makes three appeals that are denied will lose one point from their own point total.