ADULT ICE HOCKEY CLUB (AIHC)
Owned and Operated by CITY GATE CONTRACTING LTD (CGCL)
The Adult Ice Hockey Club (AIHC) is owned and operated by City Gate Contracting Ltd (CGCL) and plays ice hockey under the rules of the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) official rule book with these additional rules included:
CODE OF CONDUCT (on and off the ice) The AIHC was founded on the principle of a Sportsmanship Recreational Hockey Club. All Teams and all players agree to do everything in their power to play hockey in a sportsmanlike manner and display good will towards their opponent and all fellow league officials. The league is open to players looking for a fun and safe environment to play a recreational brand of organized ice hockey, regardless of ability. The on-ice officials are to eject all players who do not uphold the league code of conduct and report such violation to the League President.
NO REFUND POLICY: No refunds are available to any player and or team regardless of the circumstances. The League rents its ice sheets from local arena's and commits to building its league schedule based on team and player commitments and their subsequent payments. All Players participating take on the full risk of injury without refund. Any delay or ban of playing games over any portion of a season of the AIHC by any sanctioned body, including health authorities, government or by an act of god, shall under all circumstances delay the scheduled games and or season until such delay or ban has been lifted. The AIHC shall credit teams for any lost game or games that can not be played due to unavailable ice and or the fact that the season can not be extended. Such credit shall be applied to the teams account for the following season. Teams will be 100% responsible for replacing any of their players who can not carry over / play the following year. Once they have recruited and replaced a player, it shall be the Teams responsibility (NOT THE AIHC) to prorate payment back to the replaced player. There are no exceptions to the above. Players seeking refunds will not be refunded by the AIHC under any circumstances. All refunds are team based and not CGCL responsibility.
PENALTY INFRACTION CEILINGS Players who participate in the AIHC shall only be permitted to incur a maximum of 24 infractions in any one season before facing mandatory expulsion from the league. Players who incur their 20th infraction during the season shall be suspended for one game. Players who incur their 22nd infraction during the season shall be suspended for two games. Any player incurring 24 infractions in one season shall be suspended indefinitely for the remainder of the season and shall not be permitted to partake in the year end playoffs. Any player incurring 24 infractions in one season will not be permitted to play the following year without a full review and reinstatement by a majority vote (3 of 5) of the Executive. The AIHC is a Sportsmanship Recreational Hockey Club. Any player who plays a physical brand of hockey, is aggressive in nature and displays an agitating and or edgy brand of hockey shall not be permitted to remain in this club. Players who continue to verbally abuse on or off ice officials, fellow members or arena staff shall have their playing privileges revoked for life. Infractions are tallied and reviewed regularly. The league will not permit players taking multiple ROUGHING, SLASHING, HI-STICKING, ELBOWING, CROSS CHECKING or other aggressive type of penalties. These types of penalties are considered to be against our CODE OF CONDUCT and players who continually take such infractions will be called in under review by the Executive who have the right to suspend that players playing privileges without refund. Players agree to uphold the leagues code of conduct and have no recourse should they violate it and lose their playing privilege.
GAME FORMAT All games shall consist of (2) periods of running time. At the beginning of the ice slot 35 minutes shall be placed on the score clock with clock running. Teams will warm up for 4 minutes and be ready to commence play at the 30 minute mark (pucks off the ice at the 31 minute mark) and players lined up at centre ice at the 30 minute mark. Goaltenders will remain in the same crease for both periods - teams do not change ends. After the first period the clock will be reset to 31:00 and remain running up until the 2 min. mark, at which time the clock will stop on all whistles for the final two minutes of the game. Where an opposing team is losing and the team captain instructs the time keeper to run the clock in the last two minutes then running time shall prevail. The team who is losing (their captain or manager) can also direct the referee's to run the clock for the final two minutes of the game, otherwise all games shall have the last two minutes stop time. Where a game is not being played in a sportsmanlike manner, has become rough (THE REFEREE'S HAVE THE RIGHT TO) call the game to an end, send both teams immediately to their dressing rooms (without hand shake). Where this occurs Referee's and Time Keeper are to immediately notify the League President by text message at 604-834-0950.
STICK INFRACTIONS Sticks are not permitted to hook or impede an opponent. Sticks used to impede opponents progress or movement shall warrant a penalty. Any stick used on an opponent above the waist to under the shoulder will warrant a minimum of a single minor penalty. Any stick making contact on an opponent from the top of the shoulder and above will warrant a min. of a double minor penalty to a major and or match penalty at the referee’s discretion. (PLAYERS MUST BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR STICKS AT ALL TIMES). The referees are to stop play where a player attempts to make contact with the puck above the dasher board height. NO PENALTY shall be called, but ensuing face-off will occur as if the offending team had iced the puck. No minor penalty is to be assessed to a player who attempts to swing at the puck above the dasher board height provided that the offending players stick does not make contact with an opponent. The whistle is to be blown immediately,
SLAP SHOT, SNAP SHOT RECOIL & BODY CONTACT RULES:
Full Slap Shots are permitted in Platinum, Gold, Silver and Copper Divisions
NO SLAP SHOTS are permitted in the White Rock Bronze, 40+ Old Timer or Adult Female
SNAP SHOT Recoil rule:
Where no slap shots are not permitted players must be aware that a SNAP SHOT rule shall apply and is based on the allowable re coil distance from toe of blade to the puck:
A SNAP SHOT is defined as a maximum recoil from the puck of 18 inches. This is a judgement measurement and applies that the toe of the blade has not traveled beyond 18 inches back of the puck. For the sake of this rule it is the distance of recoil from the toe of the blade back and then forward to the puck. Any player in WR Bronze, 40+ Oldtimer and our Adult Female shall not be permitted to recoil their stick beyond a distance of 18 inches behind the puck prior to taking a shot. Offending Player is to be assessed a minor penalty “slap shot” and or major penalty (if injury results to an opponent as a result of taking a slap shot). To better clarify this rule the referee’s are to gauge the height of the players knee as the determining factor. Should a recoil be at knee height the stick has gone beyond 18 inches and that player is to be assessed a penalty, slap shot. Any player who fakes a slap shot, recoiling beyond the 18 inches is to be assessed a minor penalty whether or not an actual shot was taken. The snap shot rule has been implemented for the sole purpose of reducing injuries on back swing and follow through and velocity of puck hitting opponents in these divisions.
No Body Checking is permitted – players must make every effort to avoid a collision or contact with an opponent. Any player body checking an opponent into the boards, net or hard into the ice surface shall receive a minimum major penalty or match penalty as per the referees assessment and will be suspended indefinitely pending a league review. The Adult Ice Hockey Club is a Sportsmanship Recreational Hockey Club, members are not permitted to body check and every player agrees to make every effort to avoid contact and or a collision by yielding to the puck carrier or any opponent who is ahead of them, nearer to and or advancing on the puck. At all times players must let up to the puck carrier or while two players are pursuing a loose puck. Players must make every effort to let up, reduce speed and avoid making contact with the puck carrier. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR BODY CONTACT IN OUR GAME. A BODY CHECK is a MAJOR PENALTY & GAME EJECTION in the AIHC. The League has the right to suspend players who continually violate the no body contact rule and players who continually cause collisions and or contact shall not be permitted to remain in the league. Where a player makes very "MINOR CONTACT" when they have had their head down (no intent) and did not see an opponent, and no injury has resulted the referee's may at their discretion call a minor penalty to the offending player for "MINOR CONTACT". THIS IS NEVER TO BE USED where a player is aggressively pursuing a puck carrier and heavy contact is made. A Major Penalty Body Checking would apply to any player not letting up and who makes contact. Any player who cuts in or thru the goalies crease and makes contact with the goalies shall receive a MAJOR PENALTY & GAME EJECTION and a full review of incident will take place with suspension pending to that player. Members may not skate thru goalies crease and must make every effort to let up and or stop before entering crease area. The onus is on players to remain outside of the goalies crease and not make contact with goaltender.
TEAM MANAGERS hereby agree to organise their club teams by making sure each players number, first and last name, cell number and email address is listed on the Game Day Roster Form, each player has signed the Game Day Roster form. The Game Day Roster Form is to be dated with Teams Name listed on it. A team rep is to hand Game Day Roster form to the Timekeeper (Off Ice Official). Only those players at that game are to be listed on game day roster form. If teams have listed the maximum allowed 28 Players on Game Day Roster Form - they must stroke out those players who are not in attendance, insuring that all of the players at that game are listed on the game day roster form and have also signed the form. The Game Day Roster form (is available online at www.adulticehockeyclub.com ). The Team Manager or a team rep must submit the Game Day Player Roster prior to THEIR TEAM TAKING TO THE ICE SURFACE (no exceptions). Teams who show up without a completed gamwe day roster form - shall be assessed a DELAY OF GAME minor penalty to start the game. No game can start without a Game Day Roster Form being completed and made available to the timekeeper, THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS - This form must be submitted to the TIMEKEEPER (off ice official) prior to any team or player being permitted onto the ice surface (no warm-up and no gaem shall be played without the completed Game Day Roster Form. The game day roster form is to be filled out in your dressing room in advance of the game. No skater shall be permitted to play without a number on their jersey and no team can use the same number twice on 2 separate players. Goalies may wear a jersey without a number. Such Goalie will be considered NUMBER 0 if they have no number on their jersey.
Any player wanting to transfer from one team to another team during the season must first be paid up in full with their current team, make application to transfer by emailing the League President (Brian Brown) firstname.lastname@example.org and then wait for the transfer to be approved or denied. The League President will have sole discretion on approving a player transfer during the season. Players from one team may spare for another team in their division provided they are paid in full and the team they are sparing for is short players (under 10 skaters). Where a player in Oldtimer 40+ has paid up in full to play on two teams, that player may not play in the playoffs if both teams end up in same playoff cluster. Player would have to indicate the team that he/she has chosen to commit to. For the sake of this ruling, the Oldtimer 40+ division has 12 teams, whereby the playoffs get tiered into 3 divisions based on how teams finish. Should a player be paid up to play for 2 teams and those teams end up in same cluster of playoffs, that player would only be eligible to play for 1 playoff team in that group cluster. The reasoning for allowing players to play on more than 1 team in 40+ is based on the Hurricanes playing Sat. Nights and most other teams playing mainly Monday Nights and a few players wanting to play twice per week (Saturday & Monday). This is the only div where a player may play on more than 1 team. Spares on other teams in all divisions are required to have played min 6 games to be eligible to play in the playoffs.
PLAYOFF PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
In order for Players to be eligible for the playoffs they must have played a minimum of 6 league games for that team they are listed to play with. The League President has the authority to permit a spare goaltender to play in the playoffs in the event a team is struggling to find a goalie due to injury, work commitments or other issues related to a team not being able to provide their regular goalie for this event. The same shall be applied to any player who was a full time player with their team, was injured and did not get their 6 games in during the season as a result of that injury. The League President shall review and make final decision.Teams may not use spares during the Challenge Cup playoff who have not played with them in a minimum of 6 regular season league games. GOALIES are the only exception and any Spare GOALIE being brought in during playoffs must have league approval.
NO SMOKING & NO ALCOHOL POLICY
Players are not permitted to smoke any substances including cigarettes or bring and consume alcohol into any of the league facilities including dressing rooms. This is Arena & Facility Policy. Dressing Rooms are to be left in a "NEAT & TIDY CONDITION. Dressing rooms are to be vacated 45 minutes after the end of your game. At no time are cans/bottles/ice and or litter to be left or dumped on dressing room floors. Any Game Day water and any left over ice must be dumped into shower stall prior to leaving the dressing room. Teams must avoid leaking water from any cooler through the arena. All Garbage is to be placed in the dressing room garbage can and no spitting is permitted in the arena at any time including dressing rooms.
HALF VISORS, INTERNAL MOUTH GUARDS & CSA EQUIPMENT
Players must wear all CSA approved hockey gear. The league encourages all players to wear a full facial shield (wire cage) and an internal mouth guard. Players do not have medical or dental insurance coverage through the leagues insurance policy and must rely upon their own medical and dental expenses should injury result. The game of hockey has a high risk to injury and even death. Each player takes on all risks associated with playing the game of ice hockey and being a member of the AIHC. Players must wear full gear all CSA approved equipment, including CSA approved helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves with full palms, pants, jock or jill, shin pads. There can be no modifications to any equipment. All gear must be CSA approved. All players of the Adult Ice Hockey Club are to wear matching socks to their uniform. Players must wear matching uniform with a stitched or pressed number on the back of such uniform. All players must be listed on the Game Day Roster form with their player number. Goaltenders must wear CSA approved helmets/masks for facial protection and throat protectors. (No large non-CSA "Cat Eye Masked" are permitted). SHOULDER PADS ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY IN THE AIHC. Any player found to be playing without shoulder pads is to receive a Game Ejection and is not eligible to play in that game. Injury Reduction is our first priority and all equipment is required and must be worn in all games of the AIHC.
All teams are to adhere to the Arena Policies of the facility in which they are playing in including all Provincial Health Orders and Federal Regulated laws. Players are to conduct themselves in a Sportsmanship manner, be courteous to all members of the AIHC including on and off ice officials, League Executive, other arena users including the public and all arena staff. At no time is a member of the AIHC permitted to use profanity and abusive language while in the Arena. Any member contravening this shall be expelled. The AIHC has a no "PROFANITY" (swearing) and no spitting policy within all of the Arena’s that we play at. Any spewing profanities, spitting and/or chewing tobacco, smoking or conducting themselves in inappropriate conduct will be expelled from our membership. Anyone violating Arena Policy including any racist remarks or verbal gender defamation shall be reported to the League President and shall face immediate expulsion.
At no time is any player who is under suspension permitted to be located them on their team’s bench and or near the opponent’s team bench during game. Players under suspension may watch their team play in the opposite side of the arena from their players bench. Any player under suspension getting involved in an altercation on or off the ice shall be immediately expelled and shall face other related charges for their course of actions.
RISK OF INJURY
All players understand that playing the game of ice hockey comes with a high risk of injury and even death. All players play at their own risk by taking part in sanctioned activities of the AIHC. Players do not have short or long term disability insurance. There is no dental or medical insurance provided by the AIHC or CGCL. Players need to rely on their own personal medical, dental, disability insurance policies. Players who do not have any coverage are taking on all risks associated with injury and or death while participating in any game/scrimmage or league event. The League highly encourages players and or teams to enrol in private insurance coverage (such as CARHA, Pacific Blue Cross and or with other insurance carriers) should they want to reduce their "RISK" exposure to injury or death while playing the game of ice hockey. (such additional coverage would be at their cost).
RULES COMMITTEE & LEAGUE EXECUTIVE:
Brian Brown, League President
Scot Shinske, Referee In Chief
Logan Russell, Rules Committee
Tom McKay, Social Committee
Derek Peters, League Manager
Ashley McKay, League Administrator