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Tournament Rules

BPHC establishes the Official berkshire pond Hockey Rules:

1. Waivers must be signed by all players prior to entering the tournament.

2. To begin the game, home team (as designated by the first letter on the schedule) takes the puck out.

3. All players must wear hockey helmets with a chin strap and hockey skates. Protective equipment is optional but highly recommended.

4. No goalie equipment, goalie sticks or goaltending permitted. No goaltending other than with stick and feet. No laying on the ice to make a save.

5. All teams will be provided with a jersey.

6. There will be a minimum of one volunteer timekeeper to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset). Commissioner Jim Thomas will be the arbiter of unsolvable infractions.

7. Any major penalty, which includes any action that could possibly injure another player, such as fighting or spearing, will result in that player being ejected from the tournament. The ejected player shall be expected to promptly leave the tournament venue.

8. No checking is allowed. Such action will results in the other team getting a free take out unless deemed serious enough to be a major by off-ice official in which case that player will be ejected from the tournament.

9. No slapshots allowed. Also, contacting the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.

10. Games are self-policed. We are playing for the love of the sport, so sportsmanship is expected. If you commit an obvious trip or hook, etc. own up to it and let the other team have the puck. Any disputes will be settled by the Commissioner but we do not expect any serious disputes!

11. Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.

12. If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. During restart, the defender must give the opponent 2-stick lengths of space.

13. There are no off-sides or icing calls.

14. Goals can be scored from any area of the rink.

15. Airhorns will end the game.

16. Teams must give their opponents 1/2 ice after a goal is scored.

17. Games that are not the playoffs (round robin games) will remain a tie after the conclusion of the game. Playoff games tied after regulation then move to a sudden death format. Sudden death play can commence with a center ice stick tap type faceoff (3 taps, then go for the puck).

18. All games are running-time and substitutions can be made during play (“on-the-fly”) or while a puck is being retrieved. Substitutions must take place in the vicinity of the player’s bench. There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored. It is up to each team to ensure that there are only four players on the ice. 

19. Players can only play on one team.

20. It is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure the correct game score has been logged on the scorecard with the timekeeper/scorer.

  • Any scoring challenges must be addressed by the registered team captain with the Commissioner at the center tent within 30 minutes of the end of the game. 

21. Have fun!