About the Game

Pond Hockey Tournament Format:

• Games are 4 on 4 - no goaltenders. Teams can have more than 4 players (up to 8 maximum). Unlimited shift changes are permitted however the players must enter/exit the ice from the same location. All teams must raise a minimum of $1000 benefiting Sarcoma Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
• Guaranteed four round robin games: games under the lights on Friday night + games on Saturday. Schedule to follow in January.
• Top teams advance to the Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals and Final, beginning at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
• Games are two 15-minute running time halves with a 5-minute break. Change ends after 15 minutes.
• The rink measures approximately 140' x 70'.
•All nets are 6' (feet) in width and 10" (inches) in height

Equipment:

• All players must wear hockey skates and helmets. Protective equipment is optional.
• No goalie equipment or goalie sticks permitted.
• All teams must have matching light and dark jerseys or uniforms.

Off-Ice Pond Marshals:

• There will be one off-ice Pond Marshall to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset, and arbiter of infractions)

Scoring/Penalties:

• Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice.
• Except for 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.
• Penalties 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 area of play. Defenders must give the in-bounding team 2 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.

Other:

• There are no off-sides or icing calls.
• There are no overtime periods in round robin play. During Championship games, teams will play a 3-minute overtime. The team that scores the most will be declared the winner. If the score remains tied at the end of the 3 minutes, play will continue unabated and the first team to score wins.
• Player substitutions are unlimited - players must enter/exit the ice from the same location.
• The tournament committee reserves the right to add or delete rules.
• Players will be advised, in advance, of the alternate plan in the case of inclement weather.