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4-ON-4 POND HOCKEY RULES OF PLAY

Not sure how pond hockey works? Here’s your guide* to all the action on the rink.


POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT FORMAT

  • The rink measures approximately 80’ x 45’.
  • All nets are 6' (feet) in width and 10" (inches) in height.
  • Games are 4-on-4 with no goaltenders.
  • Teams can have more than four players (up to eight maximum). Unlimited shift changes are permitted, but the players must enter/exit the ice from the same location.
  • Guaranteed four round-robin games: games under the lights on Friday night and games on Saturday (schedule to follow closer to event weekend).
  • Games are two 15-minute running time halves with a five-minute break. Change ends after 15 minutes.
  • Top teams will advance to the Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals and Final, beginning at approximately 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon.
  • There are no overtime periods in round-robin play. During Championship games, teams will play a three-minute overtime. The team that scores the most will be declared the winner. If the score remains tied at the end of the three minutes, play will continue unabated and the first team to score wins.
  • Players will be advised, in advance, of the alternate plan in the case of inclement weather.


PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

  • All players must wear hockey skates and helmets. Helmets are mandatory.
  • No goalie equipment or goalie sticks are permitted.
  • All teams must have matching light and dark jerseys or uniforms.
  • All teams must raise a minimum of $1000 and each player is required to raise a minimum of $150.
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SCORING AND PENALTIES

  • Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice.
  • With exception of the opening face-off, teams must give their opponents ½ ice after a goal is scored or a change of possession resulting from a penalty. The team with the puck must move it over center ice before the defending team can engage play. Failure to move the puck over center ice within 15 seconds or give up half the ice will result in a penalty.
  • There are no off-sides or icing calls.
  • Penalties are called on the honour system. Pond marshal will act as arbitrator if necessary.
  • A minor penalty will result in loss of possession of the puck. Minor penalties include tripping, hooking, slashing, elbowing, body contact, and others mentioned in rules.
  • Any major penalty, which includes abuse of officials, swearing, fighting or intent to injure, will result in ejection from the tournament. The team that received the ejection will play the remainder of the tournament short-handed (3 vs. 4). Off-ice Pond Marshall will determine major penalties.
  • Raising the puck over 12 inches off the ice (above skate boot) will result in a loss of possession of the puck. Play continues through deflections off sticks, skates or those caused by the ice that result in the raising of the puck. Any goal scored from such a deflection counts.
  • Accidentally shooting the puck out of bounds results in a loss of possession of the puck at a spot closest to where it left the area of play. Defenders must give the in-bounding team two stick lengths to begin play.
  • No slap shots allowed. Sticks must remain on the ice when shooting or passing the puck. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
  • No contacting the puck above the waist with your stick. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
  • Players cannot fall, lay on the ice or lay their stick down in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
*The tournament committee reserves the right to amend, add or delete rules.

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