RULES & PROCEDURES
The following are some of the rules of the NCRRL which all coaches
should be familiar with. If a coach has a concern, they must contact
their Association Representative who will then contact the appropriate
League Representative. Please note, the first two articles, 3.07 and
2.09, come from the NCRRL Regulations. All the remaining articles
come from the NCRRL Playing Rules.
must address all complaints, except those regarding on-ice officials
(see 2.09), through their appropriate Association League Representative.
Their representative will then contact the League Convenor. No
parents or coaches are allowed to call any member of the NCRRL Executive.
All complaints etc. must go through their Association Representative
Regarding On-ice Officials
Committee shall consider all matters relating to discipline of referees.
Complaints regarding officiating in a particular association must
be filed with the team's local association first, then submitted by
the Association's NCRRL representative to the NCRRL Referee Committee
and/or the NCRRL President, which will investigate or monitor the
situation with the local Referee-in-Chief.
Player Eligibility & Call Up Rules (FOR
REGULAR SEASON ONLY
- see following section on call up rules for Play Offs)
be eligible to play, a player must register in her home Association
and must be registered with the O.R.A. or F.S.R.Q. A player may only
register on one team. The NCRRL does not recognize ORA Two Team Contracts.
If there is a request for a player to be registered on two teams,
this must be addressed in writing to the NCRRL Executive and will
be dealt with on a case by case basis.
may call up a player within the same Association as a substitute for
a missing player, but may only call up the same player a maximum of
three (3) times during the season. Players may be called up as follows:
a lower age and/or skill level (i.e. from a lower skill level at the
same age, or from the same or lower skill level at a lower age); or
a lower age but higher skill level only in cases where the Association
has only one team at the next lower age levell.
For example, Belle
A can call up a player from Belle B, Junior A or Junior B. Junior
B can call up a player from Tween B or Tween C. Junior B can call
up a player from Tween A only if their association's only Tween
team is the Tween A team.
refer to the Player Call Up Chart on the NCRRL website for specific
guidance. Note that these rules apply to
league games only. See the ORA Manual for call up rules for tournaments.
No lateral pick-ups
will be allowed at any level except Novice C and Novice Rec.
A team may call up
enough players to bring its roster up to eleven (11) maximum, but
not to exceed its number of registered players.
A revision to this
rule was approved at the September, 2009 seeding meeting, whereby,
in the interest of developing 'B' players, Petite Provincial, Tween
A, Junior A and Belle A teams may call up enough players from the
'B' team at the same age level to bring their roster up to the number
of registered players.
use of an ineligible player will result in the game being defaulted.
Call Up Rules for Goalies
Goalies are exempt
from the 3 time limitation. As well, a team that has no goalie on
its roster may call up a goalie in accordance with the call up rules
with the addition that in this case the roster may exceed its number
of registered players by one. In every game involving a call up
of a goalie using this exemption, an email must be submitted to
the League Age Group Convenor specifying the team, the name of the
call up and what team she is registered with, along with the game
number, date, time and division of the game. Complete details of
the call up MUST be written on the comments of the Game Sheet before
the game commences. Details must include all of the information
Call Up Rules
ALL call ups and
player substitutions, including goalies, for play off games must
be approved by the League Age Group Convenor. Convenors are
only authorized to approve call ups that follow the league call
up rules and comply with the Player Call Up Chart on the NCRRL website.
Requests for call ups outside of these parameters must be sent in
writing to the Convenor and the Convenor must consult the League
Executive for approval. Requests must be made a minimum of 24 hours
before the game - last minute requests for exemptions to the call
up rules will not be approved.
Call Up Players on Game Sheet
Call up players shall
be designated as such on the game sheet, including age and skill
level. The rules for call up players shall apply equally to skaters
and goalies, except for the two exceptions noted above.
shall be no more than five (5) persons i.e. coaches, managers, trainers,
and assistants allowed on the bench at any one time. The officials
shall call a delay of game penalty for violation of this rule..
coaching staff member on the bench must be female, 18 years of age
or older, who is not a player on the team. Violation of this rule
shall result in the game's being declared a default by the referee..
game may be played with a minimum of six (6) players (including goalie)
where others are detained by weather or other unforeseen circumstances;
such additional players may join the game when they arrive. The minimum
allowed number of players must have participated before the game finishes
or else the game will be defaulted. It should be noted that this is
not a recommended number of players for a team. .
team shall change sweaters in the event of a sweater colour conflict,
as determined by the referee. This is in accordance with the ORA rule.
home team shall supply the game sheet. It is also the home team's
responsibility to provide a scorekeeper, timekeeper and shot clock
operator, if applicable, even to a neutral site.
- Special Rules for Novice C and Novice Rec
In the Novice Division,
there are some special rules for Novice C and Novice Rec. Along
with the lateral call up rule noted in section 1.04 above, those
rules are as follows
Novice C Division, one member of the coaching staff shall be
permitted on the ice during play for instructional purposes until
Christmas. At Novice Recreational, the coach shall be permitted on
the ice during play for instructional purposes for the entire season
as required. A delay of game penalty shall apply where the coach interferes
with or becomes too involved with the play.
Novice Rec teams will
use the 2-minute stop time buzzer until Christmas. This will allow
teams to change up players more frequently and ensure equal ice
.In the Novice C and
Novice Rec divisions, penalties assessed shall be served in the
following manner :
to Christmas, possession of the ring shall be awarded to the non-penalized
team in the normal fashion; however, the penalty time shall be waived..
Christmas, for Novice C, penalties shall be assessed in the normal
fashion; however, the penalty time to be served shall be one (1) minute.
Christmas, for Novice Rec, penalties will not be served, however,
the player will be asked to go to the bench and a new player sent
on the ice.
C - During playoffs, penalties shall be assessed and served in
the normal fashion in accordance with the Official Rules or as otherwise
At Novice Rec, no scores will be posted on the score board
throughout the entire season, however; game sheets will be kept.
re: Goal Spread at Novice Rec and Novice C Games.
In the Novice C and
Novice Rec Divisions a 7 goal spread ends the official score recording
(on the Game Sheet, and the Scoreboard in the case of Novice C)
until the team behind in the score scores to close the gap. When
there is a 7 goal spread the referee will not go to the Timekeeper's
Bench to record any more goals for the leading team. Play will start
as normal with a free pass at Centre Ice. If the team behind in
the score does score to close the gap, ONLY goals scored AFTER THAT
by the leading team will be recorded, again until a 7 goal spread
is reached (and the above rule starts over). Note that there will
be no attempt to remember or record goals that were not recorded
after a 7 goal spread had previously been reached. The referee will
note in the comments on the Game Sheet that the Mercy Rule was applied
at SOME point in the game. On submission of the Game Score Report
it will be noted that the Mercy Rule was applied at SOME point in
the game and a check box will be filled in on the Online Game Report
period will consist of fifteen (15) minutes stop time. The game shall
end upon expiry of the time on the game clock or on termination of
the ice hour, as deemed by the referee, whichever occurs first. The
second period may be set longer than fifteen (15) minutes with the
consent of both coaches, where it appears at the end of the first
period that time may be available, as decided by the referee, except
cancellation and rescheduling
No game will be cancelled
or rescheduled except due to:
- loss of ice
(such as power failure at the arena, ice double booked);
- inclement weather;
- tournament participation (with proper notice); or
- a league problem (such as no refs show up for a game).
Lack of a coach, goalie,
or skater(s) are not valid reasons to cancel or reschedule a game.
Games cancelled for any reason other than loss of ice, inclement
weather or tournament participation will result in an automatic
default by the cancelling team. Further, the cancelling team (and
its parent association) will be held responsible for the cost of
the game ice and any fees payable to officials not given proper
notice of the cancellation.
If a team believes
that they have an exceptional reason to cancel a game, they must
have their association president or designated representative submit
a request for special consideration to the league. The NCRRL will
not consider requests made directly by teams.
A team cancelling a
game due to a tournament must notify the other team:
of two weeks prior to the scheduled game for games before Christmas.
Immediately after the
league schedule for the second half of the season is published on
the web site, but no later than January 10th.
wanting to cancel or reschedule a game due to last-minute entry into
a tournament must make the request through their association president
or designated representative
It is the responsibility
of the cancelling team to file an online
Cancelled Game Report through the NCRRL website. If you are
cancelling a game less than 48 hours in advance, you must also contact
the Regional Referee Assignors and the NCRRL Referee-In-Chief.
Once a rescheduled
game date has been determined you must also file an online
Rescheduled Game Report through the NCRRL website. If the rescheduled
game date is known at the same time that the game is being cancelled,
then only the Rescheduled Game Report needs to be submitted.
Protocol for cancellation
In the case of loss of ice or inclement weather, the cancelling
team must contact the Regional Referee Assignors, the NCRRL Referee-In-Chief
and the other team as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary travel
and expense. The cancelling team shall be responsible for the cost
of the game ice (if applicable) and any fees payable to officials
not given proper notice of the cancellation.
The away team is the
cancelling team by default in situations of inclement weather unless
both teams are travelling, in which case either team may cancel.
In all cases of cancellations
and regardless of the circumstances, the home team will be given
the first opportunity to provide two possible dates for rescheduling
the game. However, the home team is not obligated to do so unless
they are also the cancelling team, in which case they must be the
first to provide the alternate dates. The dates and times provided
must not conflict with either team's league or tournament schedule
and must be appropriate for the division and level of the teams
involved. If the dates offered meet these conditions, the visiting
team must accept one of the two dates or forfeit the game
If the home team is unable to propose two acceptable dates, the
visiting team will provide two possible dates and times. If the
dates and times offered meet the conditions noted above, the home
team must accept one of the proposed dates or forfeit the game.
The date for the rescheduled
game must be determined, in cases of participation in a tournament,
within two weeks of the date that notice of the tournament was provided
by the cancelling team, and in all other cases, within two weeks
of the originally scheduled game. The details of the rescheduled
game must be reported by the cancelling team through the NCRRL website.
This does not mean that the game has to be played within two weeks,
only that the date of the game must be decided within two weeks.
The game must, however, be played before the end of the current
half of the season and before the start of play offs.
Should the date of
the rescheduled game not be decided within two weeks of the originally
scheduled game, the League Executive will review the dates offered
by both teams. Should it be found that one of the teams did not
fully co-operate and accept a reasonable offered date, that team
will forfeit the game.
Officials (Statistician and Age Group Convenor), your Association
Referee-in-Chief (if it is your home game), and your Association Statistician
must be notified of the rescheduled game date, time and arena. The
filing of an online Cancelled Game Report or Rescheduled Game Report
is designed to automatically notify these people.
one team fails to show or ice a team to start a game, allowing less
than forty (40) minutes running time in which to play the game;;
a team uses an ineligible player;
a team has failed to provide the required ice time for a rescheduled
a team fails to have a female on the bench; or
a team fails to have the required number of players by the end of
games, the score shall be recorded as 7-0 with the non-offending team
awarded two (2) points in the standings.
of both teams must notify the League Age Group Convenor within twenty-four
(24) hours. Defaulting team(s) shall be subject to a League Judicial
Hearing. Recurrence of the same team more than twice will result in
suspension from the League Playoffs.
team which commits a "No Show" may be held responsible for
the financial costs (i.e. referee cost, ice cost, etc.) for that particular
game, pending review by the League. Failure to abide with any ruling
may result in further disciplinary action by the League.
Discipline - Misconduct and Match Penalties
Next game suspension regardless of when the player or coaching staff
received it, and is subject to review by the Home Association of the
offending player(s) and/or coaching staff. Recurrence in the same
season by the same player or same coaching staff shall result in an
automatic two (2) game suspension and be subject to a League Judicial
three (3) game suspension if received during the game.
five (5) game suspension if received after the game or after the player
in question has been asked to leave the ice and return to the dressing
The occurrence of a
match penalty will automatically be subject to a League Judicial
Reoccurrence by the
same player or same coaching staff of (a) results in automatic five
(5) game suspension and of (b) results in automatic ten (10) game
suspension, and also is subject to a League Judicial Hearing.
All hearings are to
be convened within seven (7) days of the penalty being assessed.
All game suspensions
are to be served in the next one (1), two (2), three (3), or more
consecutive number of games (not including any Exhibition Games)
depending upon the number of suspended games. Please note that if
there is a Tournament that the player's team is registered in, which
occurs during the period of her suspension, the player will have
to serve her suspension during the Tournament until whatever the
length of games her suspension is for is complete . This is monitored
between the League and ERRA.
game suspension information must also be forwarded to ERRA G&T
attention: Grace Kelly.
When a misconduct or
match penalty has been assessed, the coaches of both teams
must phone the League Age Group Convenor within twenty-four (24)
hours and the Home Association of the offending player(s) and/or
coaching staff must report back to the League Executive before the
next scheduled game.
If coaches do not comply
with the above rule, they will be suspended, with the suspension
being the same as the player(s) or coaching staff involved.
If any Association
does not report or comply with the above, it will be subject to
suspension by the League for the rest of the season.
occurring off-ice e.g. on the way to the dressing room, shall be subject
to review by a NCRRL Judicial Committee. These altercations occurring
off-ice must be reported to the game referee immediately.
GAME SHEETS and
REPORTING GAME SCORES
Teams must report all games within 48 hours by submitting the Online
Report Form found on the NCRRL Website. They must then submit
the Original (White) copy of the Game Sheet to their Community Statitician
in accordance with their community procedure. The Community Statistician
will mail the Scoresheets to the League Statistician at "NCRRL Statistician,
1293 Lotus St, Gloucester, ON, K1J-8A9," noting any changes
or errors that may have been made in the electronic reporting.
Reporting game scores
and submission of game sheets must be done in a timely fashion or
teams will be fined
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