Playoffs & Championship Weekend (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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WMHA HL Playoffs & Championship Weekend 

Each season House League teams from U9 (formerly Novice) to U18/U21 (formerly Midget Juvenile) participate in a series of playoff games culminating in WMHA Championship weekend held in late March. 

Based on the team rankings after regular season play, teams will play a series of games in February and March to determine the Championship weekend draw. 

After your regular season concludes the remainder of your games and practices will be added to your schedule. 
Please note that all games and practice times will remain within your regular ice block. For example, if your team typically plays on Saturday between 12pm - 3pm you will continue to play at this time during the playoffs. A separate schedule will be published for Championship weekend. 

You can subscribe to receive text or email notifications from WMHA each time a change is made to your schedule; this can be helpful during playoffs. 
More information is available here


PLAYOFF GAME RULES OF OPERATION 
  1. All House League games from Minor Atom through Midget / Juvenile will consist of three stop time periods of 10 – 10 – 13 minutes.
  2. On completion of the scheduled flood:
    1. The game clock will be set at 13:00 and will start to run.
    2. At 11:00, the whistle or buzzer will sound to indicate the end of the team warm-ups.
    3. Both teams will shake hands prior to the start of each game.
    4. The game clock will not stop until the first stoppage of play.
  3. The game will not start before the scheduled time but the game clock may start exactly at the scheduled time.
  4. A curfew will be imposed on all games at their scheduled completion time
    1. Curfew time is noted on the game sheet.
    2. Curfew time is initialed on the game sheet by each head coach.
  5. Time outs are not permitted during any House League play (regular season and playoffs).
    1. A delay of game penalty will be assessed to the team inquiring about a time out.

Playoff Game Tiebreaker Rule

Teams will have played the same number of games therefore:

  1. Most wins
  2. If 2 teams are still tied: Head to Head Wins
  3. 3 or more Teams Tied or 2. didn’t break tie: Goals for/(GF+GA)
  4. Coin Toss

WMHA standings are programmed for calculations, therefore the head to head rule will to be determined and applied manually after all the scores have been inputted in the system. A disclaimer will be posted if teams appear in the incorrect order for the final standings due to the calculation factor.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND RULES OF OPERATION 

 

The WMHA House League Championship weekend is a Best-of-2 series:  2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie.  The team with the most points after 2 games will be declared the winner.

 

Teams must be prepared to commence play no less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 

 

Please remember the Goaltender equipment on loan from the WMHA MUST be returned on Championship Weekend.  A table will be set up in front of Pad 1 at IPSC on Saturday from approximately 9am-1:00pm.  Please remember to strip and re-tape the goalie stick with white tape before return.  Equipment must be returned this day as volunteers will be on hand to accept the equipment – coaches to sign a form acknowledging they have returned all the items.

 

GAME ONE:

 

·         10/10/10 minute stop-time periods

·         Curfew times will be enforced, No Time Outs.

·         If one team is ahead by 5 or more goals in the 3rd period, the game clock will be run-time and will continue to run regardless of the score.

 

GAME TWO:

 

·         10/10/10 minute stop-time periods

·         No Curfews, No Time Outs.

·         If one team is ahead by 5 or more goals in the 3rd period, the game clock will be run-time and will continue to run regardless of the score.

·         **Novice to Peewee** - coaches for both teams to complete gamesheet upstairs in boardroom 15 to 20 minutes prior to game and hand in “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheets which will be reviewed by WMHA delegate who will bring down to timekeepers once verified with player roster on gamesheet

·         **Minor Bantam to Mid Juv** “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheets  must be submitted to the Timekeeper by each team before the start of the game.

·         Once the game is over both teams are to keep their gloves and helmets on and line up on their respective blue line. 

 

 

Overtime Format 

Overtime and Shoot Outs are considered a third game. All penalties being served at the end of game two, will not transfer to game three. EXCEPTION: Any player who has received a Game Misconduct, Gross Misconduct or Match Penalty will not be allowed to return as they are penalties that incur suspensions. Misconducts will be upheld and continue into overtime and shootout.

 

If the series ends in a tie (each team wins one game or both games result in a tie) then overtime will be played.

· 1st goal wins

· Overtime will consist of three 1-minute stop-time segments.

· Timekeeper should put 1 minute on the clock for each segment

· Each one minute segment will be 3-on-3 skaters.

· Face-offs will occur at centre ice for the start of each 1 minute segment.

· Timekeepers must check the on-ice players against the "Player Allocation for Overtime” sheets; report discrepancies to Referee before the segment begins

· All players on the allocation sheet must rotate in the order they are listed. Once all player have rotated through, if required rotation will go back to the top of the player allocation list, in the same rotation.

· The goaltender cannot be removed.

· Any minor or major penalty assessed to the same player in overtime, will result in one penalty shot to the opposing team. Normal penalty shot rules apply. Game Misconducts associated with Minor / Major penalties will be enforced.

· Any coincidental penalty assessed in overtime will result in 2-on-2 being played for the remainder of that 1-minute segment.

· Any player not able to fulfill their shift for any reason, (e.g. injury, illness, equipment, misconduct.) will be replaced by the next player on the list. Other than for the above-mentioned reasons, substituting players during the 1-minute overtime segments is not permitted. The player may return at a stoppage of play in the same 1-minute segment. If the player returns at a stoppage in play, the substitute player returns to their original position on the “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheet (the player would still play his/her shift as per the “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheet).

Note: The order of the players listed on the “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheet will be followed. Substituting players during the 1-minute overtime segments or changing the order of the players on the list for the shoot-out will not be permitted.

Shoot Out Format

Should a tie still exist following the 3 1-minute periods the following shoot out format will be followed:

o The Home team will shoot first

o The team with the most goals after the 3 shooters is declared the winner.

o The 3-shooter shoot out series starts with the players listed after the third 1-minute overtime segment on the “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheet.

o The players will not shoot simultaneously, but rather one at a time, as per usual penalty shot rules.

o If the teams are still tied after 3 shooters, a sudden death shoot out will take place. The shoot out rotation, as completed on the “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheet that is to be submitted to the timekeeper prior to the final game, will continue with the same rotation of all players until a winner is decided.

o The sudden death shoot out will continue until a winner is determined.

Note: No player can be repeated on the “Player Allocation for Overtime” sheet and the order of rotation cannot change once submitted to the timekeeper at the start of the final game.

The same rotation of all players will continue until a winner is decided.  Put the players names only once on the sheet (do not repeat names unless you have less than 16 players).  This sheet is required prior to the start of your final game.  Please print, complete prior to your final game on Championship weekend.

 

Pulling Goalie 

 

1.  Goaltenders may be pulled anytime during the regulation game in favour of a sixth player on the ice, but not in overtime.

 

2.  A Goaltender may make his way to the bench on a delayed penalty call in favour of a sixth player on the ice until the whistle is blown once the opposing team who are recipients of the penalty touch the puck, except for overtime.

 

 

Medals

 

Each player will receive a trophy/medallion.

 

Each team will be allocated three Esso Medallions again this year (Tyke to Peewee). These should be distributed in the change-rooms after the final game.  We recommend that as head coaches you work with your bench staff and even your players to determine the appropriate recipient of each medallion.  The categories for the medallions are:

·    Most Improved Player

·    Most Sportsmanlike Player

·    Most Dedicated Player

 

In order to keep to our schedule, the director / convenor will be the only person speaking after the final game.  They will thank the coaches, the players and the parents and congratulate both teams on their season.

  

 

Equipment

  1. Players are required to wear neck guards, helmet with chin straps secured, facial protection, and mouth guards at all times.
  2. These are required before and after the game, as well as on the ice and on the bench during the game.
  3. If any of these items are lost during play, the player is to proceed to the bench and replace. There is no penalty in this circumstance.
  4. If they are worn improperly while a player is not participating in play, the team will receive a warning for the first violation, and a misconduct for each subsequent violation.
  5. If they are worn improperly while a player is participating in play, the whistle will be blown immediately and a minor penalty for ineligible player will be assessed.
  6. The helmet and full face guard must conform to Hockey Canada rules and CSA standards. Any alteration to the equipment voids CSA standards and would be unfit for play.
  7. Helmets must remain on and done up properly unless in the dressing room.
  8. All players, including goaltenders, must wear a BNQ certified throat protector (neck guard).
  9. Goaltenders must also wear a throat guard (plastic flapper) fastened in such a way to protect the throat. Participation in the play without a throat guard will result in a minor penalty.


Suspensions

All Major penalties carry an automatic Game Misconduct penalty of at least one game. This does not include the game in which the penalty was assessed.


Any player or team official who incurs a Game Misconduct, Gross Misconduct or Match Penalty will automatically be suspended for a minimum of their next league game.

The total length of the suspension is determined by the minimum suspension list of the OMHA. All players are required to sit the minimum. 

The current OMHA suspension list will be used for penalties incurred that require a suspension, with the exception of GM30 - Fighting. 
 
Fighting will not be tolerated. Suspensions for fighting are as follows
1st Offence: 3 games
2nd Offence: Indefinite pending Disciplinary Meeting
3rd Offence: Expulsion from the league

Any Instigator or Aggressor penalties assessed, will also be added to the fighting suspension.

It is the responsibility of the Head Coach to review the game sheet and communicate the suspension to the player or bench staff, as well as to ensure the suspension is served.

For repeat offenders, as well as more serious offences, the league retains the right to suspend for greater than the minimum number of games. All suspensions greater than the minimum will be communicated by the Director or Convenor to the Head Coach of the team.

Suspended players and team officials must be listed in the designated area on the official game report or the suspension may not be considered served.

Any player or team official who is on the player’s bench or is listed on the official game report as an eligible person while suspended, will cause their team to forfeit the game.

Any team official who allows a suspended player to play will be suspended for the next three league or playoff games.

Any team official who is under suspension may not communicate with the team, enter the dressing room or attempt to coach the team in anyway before, during or after the game.

Any team official or player who receives a suspension will also be suspended from any other team that he may be affiliated with.

The suspension must be served with the team in which the suspension was incurred. Games missed with other teams do not count towards the suspension.

If for some reason any of these penalties have not been recorded on the front of the official game report, team officials are responsible to inquire to their respective Director about the length of the suspension.

When required, another player from the ice, must serve a penalty which has made his team shorthanded or if required, serve his goaltender’s penalty. No substitutions will be allowed, including for major penalties.

Any player or team official who is in violation of the OMHA Harassment and Abuse Policy, will receive an indefinite suspension. The investigation and handling of complaints will be followed as stated in the policy.

As per Hockey Canada Rule 5.1 (d), the Referee shall have full authority and the final decision in all matters under dispute. His decision shall be final on all questions of judgement and not subject to appeal. 

Notwithstanding the forgoing, the Association reserves the right to impose or remove a suspension of any player, when the suspension or lack thereof results from a misapplication of the rules.


Application of the Rules

  1. The Directors and Convenors will be strict in the application of the rules for non-conformance to the elements of House League play. The penalty for non-compliance is as follows:
    1. A verbal warning from a member of the W.M.H.A. Executive or League Convenor
    2. A second offence will result in the suspension of the Head Coach from 1 league or playoff game.
    3. A third offence will result in dismissal of the Head Coach.
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