Rules and Regulations

Location: Outdoor Ice at the Exhibition Grounds on Island Park 

Cost: (5 players per team)  $300.00/team

Pond Hockey Tournament Format

4 players on ice - 1 substitute for a total of 5 players
No goaltenders
30 minutes in duration 2-15 minute running time periods with a 5 minute break
Guaranteed 5 games click here for the event schedule
Each team will play one game under the lights

Ice Surface

The rink measures approximately  135 feet x 65 feet
Surface will be scraped between games if needed
Nets are 8 inches tall and 6 feet wide

Pond Hockey Tournament Rules

All players must wear hockey skates and hockey helmets.  Protective Equipment is optional but highly recommended
No goalie equipment or goal sticks permitted
All teams must have home (white) and away (dark) uniforms
There will be one off-ice Pond official to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset and arbiter of infractions)
Penalties will be called for rule infractions. Penalties called on honor system. A minor penalty will result in a goal awarded to opposing team as well as possession of puck
Any major penalties which include any action that could possibly injure another player, 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 Official will determine major penalties
Abusing of official will be considered a major penalty.  This includes yelling, swearing or arguing about calls.
No body checking allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty. Unless deemed serious enough to be a major penalty.
Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
Players cannot lay their sticks down to protect the goal area.  Such action will result in a minor penalty
Contacting the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.
If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it lose possession. During restart, the defender must give his opponent 2-stick lengths of space.
There are no off-sides or icing calls.
Goals must be scored from the attacking side of centre ice.
Teams must give their opponents 1/2 ice after a goal is scored or an infraction takes place.
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 3 minute overtime, play will continue unabated and the first team to score wins.
Teams are allowed to lift the puck, at no more than 12� (inches) off the ice. Raising of the puck at a greater distance will result in the puck being awarded to the opposing team (Change of possession)
No slap shots. Stick blades must remain on the ice during play.
There will be no off-sides or icing calls.
Aside from the opening face-off, teams will be required to give their opponents � ice after a goal is scored or a change in possession occurs for a penalty infraction. The team that has been scored upon must move the puck over the � ice marker before the defending team can engage play within 15 seconds of a goal.  Failing to do so will result in loss of possession and a goal award to the other team.
Pucks that are accidentally shot out of bounds will result in the opposing team gaining possession at the spot closest to where the puck left the area of play. Defenders must give the in-bounding team 2 stick lengths to initiate play once again. Players should not pursue or chase pucks as the assigned official will have extra pucks and immediately spot a puck for play to continue.
All minor rule infractions will result in a  goal awarded to opposing team as well as possession of the puck. These include tripping, hooking, slashing, body contact, elbowing, etc.
All major rule infractions which include fighting, swearing, abuse of any official or committee member, or intent to injure will result in an ejection from the tournament with no substitution allowed for the offending player�s team and goal awarded to opposing team as well as possession of the puck.