2020-2021 Season, News (Hanover Minor Hockey Association)

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2020-2021 Season
Submitted By Krista LeSauvage on Thursday, August 27, 2020
This is what HMH is working on for the 2020-2021 season

Players in each age group will be placed on teams based on a 50 player ‘bubble”.

o   There are no traditional Rep/House League teams.

o   9 players, plus 1 goaltender (maximum – may be less depending on registration #’s).

o   No tryouts can be conducted.

o   All players to be split evenly among teams based on skill level.

§  In the absence of tryouts, this will be done by coaches, to the best of their ability, based on skills observed in previous seasons.

•        There will be no Juvenile team.

•        Status of the Learn to Skate program is to be determined.  It is delayed until January at a minimum.

•        All Game Play will be inter-association play.  i.e. Hanover teams will play each other. 

o   There is the possibility of teaming with another association to increase the ‘bubble’ to the 50-player maximum. 

o   That association must be within our Public Health Unit and has yet to be finalized.

•        All Game Play must be conducted in conjunction with the local Public Health Unit and facility rules for the purpose of sanitation and physical distancing.

•        Players to arrive and leave arena completely dressed (excluding skates)

•        Players will maintain physical distancing and wear masks when not on ice.

•        Contact tracing required

o   Questionnaire and log to be filled out for every time a team is on ice (games and practice).

o   Records to be retained by team in the event of a COVID outbreak.

o   Volunteer position.

•        Dressing rooms will be used only for typing skates (split to allow for physical distancing).

o   Parents for younger children will be allowed in dressing room to tie skates. (Masks/physical distancing required).

•        No decision has been made regarding spectators.  Need further input from arena and Public Health Unit.

Game Play Structure

Team Roster

• 9 players plus 1 goaltender (maximum – may be less depending on registration #’s).

• Both teams must start the game with a minimum of 5 players plus 1 goaltender

Bench Staff

-          5 bench staff members per team maximum.

o   Must have head coach and trainer.

o   Must meet minimum certification requirements.

o   New online COVID course requirement added for this season.

-          During game play, only 1 coach and trainer allowed on bench.

o   Coaches can rotate bench duties on game by game basis (team discretion).

o   Bench staff must wear masks on bench during game play and maintain physical distancing.

 

Rules for 3 on 3, 4 on 4 - U11 to U18(formerly known as Atom to Midget)

Game Play

• Game time structure based on a 50-minute ice rental

• 5 min warm up

• 2 x 22 min period run time

• 1 min intermission between 1st and 2nd period

• No overtime / no shootout for tied games

• No faceoffs

• Period 1 – visiting team has first possession

• Period 2 – home team has first possession

• No Physical Contact

• Players must remain one stick length apart

 • Accidental/incidental contact may occur

• No body checking

• When a scrum or gathering occurs the puck will be given to the defending team and the attacking team must retreat. A whistle will be blown to separate the players and another whistle to signal the resumption of play once the official is satisfied the attacking team has retreated and the defending team has gained puck possession.

• A player that loses a glove must immediately retrieve the glove or leave the ice.

Line Changes

• Teams will change on the fly.

Goals

• Goals result in a change of possession. The team that scores the goal must allow the other team to advance the puck past center ice before applying pressure. If the puck has not advanced past center ice within 10 seconds of the whistle the official will signal the team that scored to proceed with the attack.

• Example:

• Team A scores goal

• Team A must allow Team B to advance the puck past center ice before applying pressure.

 

Icing

• Icing the puck results in a change of possession. The team that iced the puck must allow the other team to advance the puck past center ice before applying pressure. If the puck has not advanced past center ice within 10 seconds of the whistle the official will signal the attacking team to proceed with the attack.

• Example:

• Team A ices the puck

• Team B retrieves puck

• Team A cannot apply pressure until Team B has advanced the puck past center ice.

Offsides

• Offsides will result in a change of possession. The team that was called for offside must exit their attacking zone (all players simultaneously in neutral zone) before re-entering their attacking zone and applying pressure.

• Example:

• Team A is called for offside and all players must exit their attacking zone

• Once all Team A players are simultaneously in the neutral zone, they may re-enter their attacking zone

Goaltender Freezes the Puck

• When the goaltender freezes the puck, the attacking team must exit their attacking zone (all players simultaneously in neutral zone) before re-entering their attacking zone and applying pressure.

• Example:

• Team B goaltender freezes puck

• Team A must exit their attacking zone

 • Once all Team A players are simultaneously in the neutral zone, they may re-enter their attacking zone

Penalties

• Penalty shots will be awarded for penalties as per:

• 2 min penalties = 1 penalty shot

• 4+ min penalties = 2 penalty shots

• All major penalties will result in 2 penalty shots and an ejection from the game

• Intentional body contact or body checking = 2 penalty shots and may result in removal from the game at the discretion of the referee

• Intentionally entering the goaltender’s crease = 1 penalty shot

• Co-incidental penalties will result in NO penalty shot being awarded

• The penalty shot must be taken by the individual the infraction was committed against unless they are unable to do so because of injury

• The time clock will continue to run during a penalty shot. If the buzzer sounds while the penalty shot is in process, the shot will be allowed to be completed and then the player change will occur.

• If a delayed penalty is called near the end of the game and the clock runs out, and where the result of the penalty shot(s) could change the outcome of the game, the penalty shot(s) will be taken. If the outcome of the penalty shot(s) would have no impact on the outcome of the game, the penalty shot(s) will not be taken.

 

Penalty Shot Procedure

• When a penalty is called, the clock will not stop (all divisions)

• Penalty shot must be taken by the player infracted upon (if applicable) and all players on the ice must remain there until the shot is taken

• The player taking the penalty shot will line up at center ice

• All other players from both teams will line up by the far blue line

• All players will start from a standing position

• Referee will blow the whistle to start play

• All players may begin skating on the whistle; players on the non-penalized team may “chase” the player taking the shot and can prevent it if able to do so.

• Penalties can still be called on penalty shots.

• Should the player miss the penalty shot, play will continue.

• If a goal is scored, the team that scores the goal must allow the other team to advance the puck past center ice before applying pressure. If the puck has not proceeded past the hashmarks within 10 seconds of the whistle the official will signal the attacking team to proceed with the attack.

 

Rules for 3 on 3, 4 on 4 – U9 and below (formerly known as Novice and below)

Game Play

• Game time structure based on a 50-minute ice rental

• 5 min warm up

• 2 x 21 min period run time

• 1 min intermission between 1st and 2nd period

• No overtime / no shootout for tied games

• No faceoffs

• Period 1 – visiting team has first possession

• Period 2 – home team has first possession

• No Physical Contact

• Players must remain one stick length apart

• Accidental/incidental contact may occur

• No body checking

• When a scrum or gathering occurs the puck will be given to the defending team and the attacking team must retreat. A whistle will be blown to separate the players and another whistle to signal the resumption of play once the official is satisfied the attacking team has retreated and the defending team has gained puck possession.

• A player that loses a glove must immediately retrieve the glove or leave the ice.

Line Changes

• 1.5 min shifts (timekeeper will sound the horn to notify shift change).

Goals

• Goals result in a change of possession. The attacking team must retreat and allow the team that was scored against the opportunity to play the puck. If this does not occur, the official may blow their whistle and signal the opposing team to provide more space.

Goaltender Freezes the Puck

• When the goaltender freezes the puck, the attacking team must retreat and allow the team that froze the puck the opportunity to play the puck. If this does not occur, the official may blow their whistle and signal the opposing team to provide more space.

Icing

• There is no icing in cross-ice hockey.

Offside

• There are no offsides in cross-ice hockey.

Penalties

• Penalties will be handled in the same manner as modified ice programming per the Hockey Canada Player Pathways. Intentional body contact or body checking may result in removal from the game at the discretion of the referee.

 




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