Regulations

   

Central Minor Hockey League Regulations

Revised December 21, 2020

REGULATION 1:   MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

Each Association shall provide to the President of the CMHF annually, by October 01 of each year:

(a) The name of the President, Central Minor delegate and alternate delegate, of which only one may vote at any meeting of the CMHF. Any alteration of these positions shall require the consent of the Federation for voting privileges.
(b) The name and contact information for the Referee-in-Chief.
(c) The name and contact for team officials.
(d) The number and proposed level of teams being entered to play in the CMHF for the year.
(e) Home and away team colours to be worn.
(f) The day, time, and rink location, at which each team will play its home games.

Failure to provide the above information by the required date could result in a team not being accepted into the league for that year.

REGULATION 2:     CATEGORIZATION

(a) Categorization is the responsibility of HNS in accordance with HNS regulations.

(b) The period of categorization shall be four weeks commencing with the first scheduled game of the season. 

(c)   Points accumulated during categorization will be handled as follows
       (i)     if there is no change to the teams at a Level within a Division all points accumulated during categorization will carry forward and the regular  season will continue
       (ii)    if one or more team(s) are added to a Level within a Division a new regular season will commence with all teams having zero points
       (iii)   if one or more team(s) leave a Level within a Division results of games from the team(s) leaving the Level will be negated with points accumulated amongst the teams remaining in the Level continuing to be applicable to the continuation of the regular season
       (iv)   if both one or more teams(s) are added to a Level within a Division and one or more team(s) leave the same Level within a Division, a new regular season will commence with all teams having zero points

*   AA, A, B or C     **  Midget, Bantam, Peewee or Atom

REGULATION 3:   RESIDENCE

(a)      Residence requirements for play in CMHF will be as per HNSMC.
(b)      Any appeal or protest regarding the residence of any player is to be directed to the HNSMC via the appropriate Regional Director.

REGULATION 4:   REGISTRATION

(a)      Movement of players between teams in member Associations shall be done according to HNSMC.
(b)      Registration for Provincial play shall be in accordance with HNSMC.

REGULATION 5:   RULES OF COMPETITION

5.1 Team Competition

(a)      The players listed on the game sheet must be either registered members of the team involved, or approved affiliate players.
(b)      A minimum of 9 players in uniform (not necessarily including a goaltender) on each team shall be necessary to start a game.  For all divisions playing 3 x 15 minutes games, 11 players in uniform (10 skaters plus one goaltender) is the minimum required to start a game.  Voted on January 20, 2013.

5.2 Timing Procedure

(a)      Games at the Midget AAA, Midget AA, Midget A, Midget B, Bantam AA, and Peewee AAA levels shall be 3 x 15-minute stop time periods.  
(b)      Games in all other divisions/levels shall be 3 x 10-minute stop time periods. 
(c)      If after completing two (2) periods of play a game is called for lack of time it shall constitute a complete game.  If less then two (2) periods are completed the game shall be replayed in its entirety.

5.3 Playing Rules

(a)      Rules as adopted by HOCKEY CANADA, HNS, and the HNSMC shall apply except as specified herein, for all games of the CMHF.

5.4 Equipment

(a) The CMHF emphatically endorses Hockey Canada Rule 3.6(b): “While on the ice, all players, including goalkeepers, shall wear a CSA approved hockey helmet, to which a Hockey Canada approved facial protector must be securely attached and not altered in any way. Any alteration to a CSA approved helmet or facial protector automatically destroys the certification. The chinstrap of the helmet shall be properly fastened under the chin. The straps of the facial protector shall also be properly fastened to the hockey helmet.

5.5 Schedules

(a) Every attempt should be made to play games as scheduled. Schedule changes should be done through the association’s CM delegates with confirmation by the CM Divisional Vice President. No team official should be contacting any CMHF Vice president on game changes. Game changes between coaches or other team officials are not permitted.

CMHF recognizes the following reasons for requesting a game be rescheduled:

1. School exams where three (3) or more players have an exam scheduled for the next day.
2. Halloween. Games may be rescheduled for players in the PeeWee age bracket and below.
3. Snow storms. Games may be rescheduled based on storm warnings, heavy snowfall forecasts or requests by police to stay off the roads. In all cases, the safety of the players shall take precedence. Power failures are also common during severe storms.
4. No ice. Minor Hockey can be bounced for tournaments or other reasons in some rinks.
5. Recognized HNS sanctioned tournaments. Every effort must be made to reschedule games in a timely manner around tournaments. While CMHF encourages tournament play, the completion of the CMHF schedule is paramount. Notice of teams being away for tournaments must be given to the relevant CMHF rep and the CMHF VP with a proposed make up date (home team) or request for an alternate date (away team).
6. Christmas concerts. For PeeWee and below a game may be cancelled if three (3) or more players on the team cannot make it, however, it should be limited to one date per team.

5.6 Other Scheduling Issues

(a) Exhibition games do not take precedence over regular scheduled games. However, if an exhibition game has been set, then an opposing team proposes a CMHF game for the same day, the previously scheduled exhibition game does not have to be cancelled. However, if the CMHF game is set first, it cannot be cancelled for an exhibition game.
(b) Make up Week. The period referred to as make - up - week is for Central Minor make up games and exhibition games should not be scheduled if a team has outstanding League games. Central Minor games are top priority during this time.
(c) Practice ice times. Practices do not take precedence over CMHF games. Practice ice times may be used for make up games.
(d) Short benches. Requests for reschedules for suspensions, illness, etc. will not be entertained for consideration unless it can be shown that every reasonable effort has been made to obtain affiliated players. Final decision shall be at the discretion of the CMHF Divisional VP or CMHF President.

5.7 Ice Times

(a) Unless agreed to by both teams and indicated on the game sheet, on weekdays, games cannot start before 6:30PM. Also, unless agreed to by both teams and indicated on the game sheet, games cannot be scheduled after 10:00PM and cannot start after 10:30PM.

5.8 Awarded Games

(a) After a minimum of three (3) alternate dates for a reschedule, the non-offending team may be awarded the game by the CMHF President in consultation with the CMHF Divisional VP.

5.9 Team Jersey Colors (New as of December 21, 2020)
 
Unless otherwise agreed, all Home teams ("the Host") shall wear the lighter color jersey and the Away team ("the Visitor") shall wear the darker of the two jersey colors.
 
It is recommended that teams have both light and dark jerseys available in order to avoid game delays or cancellations.


REGULATION 6:   TEAM STANDINGS/AWARDS

(a) Game scores shall be called into the CMHF website reporting line at 446-4625. Original game sheets shall be passed in to the appropriate CMHF VP at the regular monthly meeting. The CMHF VP shall use original sheets to verify scores and shall be the final authority for determining standings.
(b) Standing will be determined using 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. A forfeited or awarded game is considered to be a 5-0 score with 2 points awarded to the non-offending team.
(c) If two or more teams are tied in total points at the end of regular season play they shall have their standings determined as follows:

1.     the record of the teams in games against each other (total points).
2.     if still tied the higher standing will be determined based on the ratio of goals for divided by goals against to three decimal places. In calculating this ratio only the records of the tied teams against each other shall be considered. The higher ratio will be given the higher standing.
3.     if still tied, the goal spread in games between the tied teams only (goals for minus goals against).
4.     if still tied, the team scoring the most goals in games against each other shall finish higher.
5.     if still tied, repeat steps 2 to 4 but include the record of all teams in the division.
6.     if still tied, a single game will be played to determine the regular season champion.  The game will be at a site to be determined by CMHF with each team equally sharing the cost.
 

(d) League and playoff winners will be presented with banners and/or other awards as determined by the membership.


REGULATION 7:   OFFICIALS

(a) On ice officials must be registered with Hockey Nova Scotia and assigned in accordance with HNSMC regulations.
(b) The home team shall provide on-ice officials for each game.  A three-man system (referee and two linesmen) shall be scheduled for all CMHF games.  If only two officials are available the game will proceed, with no protest allowed on account of the number or qualifications of the officials.  If less than two officials are available five minutes after the scheduled start of the game the game will be postponed and rescheduled.  If during a game being officated by two officials, one of those officials is injured and unable to continue, the game will be immediately stopped and deemed complete if two full periods have been completed.  If two full periods have not been completed the game shall be rescheduled and replayed in its entirety.
(c) Each home association shall provide a timekeeper/scorekeeper in accordance with CMHF policies. This person shall ensure copies of the game sheet are provided to both teams.

REGULATION 8:   CODE OF DISCIPLINE

(a) CMHF code of discipline will be based on the HNSMC code of discipline.
(b) Central Minor Hockey federation fully endorses the Hockey Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors motion on dealing with Abusive Parents, which reads:  "Any parent who fails to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the local Association, and exhibits behaviour that is deemed inappropriate is subject to disciplinary action by the Officers of the local Association.  The officers of the Association are empowered to suspend the parents from all activities of the association, following a Disciplinary hearing of the local association.  Hockey Nova Scotia recommends that the local Association adopt the following disciplinary process: Initially a letter of warning; secondly, short term suspension; thirdly, long term suspension, this is subject to approval of the President of Hockey Nova Scotia. A parent, who fails to comply with the terms of reference for the suspension that is determined by the local Association, may be required to withdraw his/her membership within the local Association.  This action may include the cancellation of the membership of all registered players of the parent."

REGULATION 9:   PERMITS

(a)      each season the CMHF shall apply to HNS for a travel permit to allow for league play between the Dartmouth and Halifax Region teams.
(b)      additional travel permits (for other than league play) are obtained from Hockey Nova Scotia as per their regulations.

REGULATION 10:   PLAYOFFS

(a)      in addition to any HNSMC rules, no player may play on a Central Minor registered team, unless registered with that team by December 31 of the year, without the expressed written consent of the CMHF Divisional VP.
(b)      all playoff games after the round robins games are to be played in their entirety to constitute an official game.
(c)      playoff standing will be determined using two (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss.  A forfeited or awarded game will be recoreded as a 5-0 score with two (2) points awarded to the non-offending team.
(d)      if two or more teams are tied in total points at the end of the playoffs they shall have their standings determined as follows:
 

1.      the record of the teams in games against each other (total points).
2.      if still tied the higher standing will be determined based on the ratio of goals for divided by goals against to three decimal places. In calculating this ratio only the records of the tied teams against each other shall be considered. The higher ratio will be given the higher standing.

3.      if still tied, the goal spread in games between the tied teams only (goals for minus goals against).
4.      if still tied, the team scoring the most goals in games against each other shall finish higher.
5.      if still tied, repeat steps 2 to 4 but include the record of all teams in the division.
6.      if still tied, the higher position from the regular season standings, i.e. as determined by REGULATION 6(c).
 

(e)      no protests originating from any Tournament of Champions game will be considered.


PLAYOFFS - OVERTIME

After the round-robin portion of the CMHF playoffs all games must result in a winner.  If a game is tied at the end of three (3) periods overtime will be played as per the following

  • at the end of the three (3) periods the teams shall have a one (1) minute rest without leaving the ice.
  • the overtime period will involve five (5) players (one (1) goaltender and four (4) skaters)
  • the teams will not change ends, i.e. the teams will remain in the same end as for period three (3) of the game.
  • the overtime period shall be five (5) minutes stop-clock, sudden victory.
  • the following table determines the number of skaters on the ice at the beginning of the over-time period depending on the penalty situation, if any, at the end of the 3rd period.

 OVERTIME ON ICE STRENGTH
 

When the numerical player strength at the end of the third (3rd) period is: The numerical player strength at the beginning of the overtime period will be:
5-on-5 4-on-4
5-on-4 4-on-3
5-on-3

5- on-3

With the expiration of penalties, due to continuous play, player strength may get to 5 on 5 or 5 on 4. At the first stoppage of play, player strength must be adjusted to 4 on 4, or 4 on 3 as appropriate

4-on-4

4-on-4

Players exit the penalty box as normal to 5 on 4, or 5 on 5. At the first stoppage of play, player strength must be adjusted to 4 on 4, or 4 on 3 as appropriate.

4-on-3

4-on-3

Players exit the penalty box as normal to 5 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 4, or 5 on 5. At the first stoppage of play, player strength must be adjusted appropriate, i.e. 5 on 3 remains 5 on 3, 4 on 4 remains 4 on 4, 5 on 4 is adjusted to 4 on 3 and 5 on 5 is adjusted to 4 on 4.

3-on-3

3-on-3

Players exit the penalty box as normal to 4 on 3, 5 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 4, or 5 on 5. At the first stoppage of play, player strength must be adjusted as appropriate, i.e. 4 on 3 remains 4 on 3, 5 on 3 remains 5 on 3, 4 on 4 remains 4 on 4, 5 on 4 is adjusted to 4 on 3 and 5 on 5 is adjusted to 4 on 4.


Should no goal be scored by the end of the overtime period a shootout will take place. 


Games other than the Tournament of Champions - SUDDEN DEATH SHOOTOUT
 

Each team will have one opportunity with one shooter. Should no winner be declared, i.e. neither team scores or both teams score, a second opportunity, and if necessary further opportunities will be provided until a winner is declared. No skater may take a second opportunity until all skaters have had a first opportunity. Players in the penalty box at the end of the over-time period are not eligible to participate in the shootout.


Tournament of Champions
 

Each team will have three opportunities, unless mathematically eliminated. Should no winner be declared, i.e. neither team scores or both teams score the same number of goals, a fourth opportunity will then be provided. Should no winner be declared, i.e. neither team scores or both teams score, a fifth opportunity, and if necessary further opportunities will be provided until a winner is declared. No skater may take a second opportunity until all skaters have had a first opportunity. Players in the penalty box at the end of the over-time period are not eligible to participate in the shootout.


REGULATION 11:   PROVINCIAL PLAYOFFS

(a)      games leading to and including Provincials come under the jurisdiction of Hockey Nova Scotia Minor Council.
(b)      all regional, inter-regional and provincial games take precedence over CMHF games. Association CMHF Delegates must inform the relevant CMHF Divisional VP when there are games that conflict.
(c)      AAA and Bantam AA teams will participate in provincial qualifying games as determined and hosted by CMHF.


REGULATION 12:   AMENDMENTS
 
The regulations of the CMHF may be amended at any meeting of the CMHF, provided that notice of the intended amendment is circulated to all members 15 days prior to the meeting. A majority vote is required to amend a Regulation. If there is a tie vote the motion is considered to be defeated.