*Last Updated May 20th 2007
• Coaches draw numbers out to determine the draft order.
• The draft will be a ladder draft: the order will be 1-2-3-4-5-6
and then it will reverse 6-5-4-3- 2-1 and then it will start
back up again.
• Coaches are allowed to claim their children and 1 assistant
coaches children. These players are then removed from the
Coaches without children:
• If over 50% of the teams in any division have children
assigned to their teams before the draft starts (due to coaches
and assistant coaches children). Any coach who does not have
children will be allowed a compensatory pick to assure that
all coaches start with at least 1 child per team. If more
than one coach doesn’t have any children, the order in which
they pick will be the order they are in the draft.
• As coaches start down the draft order the following should
take place: If during the assignment of the coach’s children,
those of his/her assistant, or a coaches compensatory pick,
he/she received a 1 rated player, he/she will have to skip
his turn in the draft. He/she will restart drafting as soon
as all the other coaches have the same number of 1’s as he/she
does. This also applies to 2 and 3 rated players.
• If a coach decided to draft a lower rated player before
they enter that round (i.e. a coach selects a 2 rated player
while still in the round drafting 1 rated players) that selection
is considered the coaches 1 rated player pick. The coach does
not have to skip his turn in the 2 rated players draft since
the player has been chosen as a 1 rated player.
• Goalies are drafted in the same population as the other
players. A coach cannot draft more than one goalie until every
team has drafted a goalie.
• There will be no trading of players or draft picks between
• Each coach will be responsible for filling out the appropriate
league roster paperwork for their team and handing in their
rosters at the end of the night.
• There will be representatives from the competition committee,
along with LECRHA board members, available to any division
to clarify any questions regarding the draft rules.
• Any questions or discrepancies that coaches may have must
be brought up to one of these representatives the night of
Rain Delay and Cancellations:
League officials and LPD – Exchange Club Roller Hockey Association
board members will work in conjunction with each other to
decide when a rain delay is necessary. Once a rain delay has
been declared, the following policy will be put into place:
• All players are to immediately remove their skates and
change into their shoes.
• If lightning is involved, all players need to remove their
helmets and move to a safe place.
• All coaches and parents need to make sure their players/children
move off of the playing surface in a safe and orderly manner.
• A stoppage in play will immediately result in a 30-minute
delay from the nearest 5-minute interval (i.e. game stopped
at 10:13, delay in affect until 10:45).
• Delays will be updated 10 minutes prior to restart time
in 15 - 30 minute intervals. (i.e. in the previous example,
by 10:35 the league must decide whether to resume play or
push the delay out a further 15 – 30 minutes).
• If play resumes, games may be shortened by either minutes
or periods, depending on the length of delays.
• If rain continues and it is decided that the day has to
be cancelled, the communication committee shall contact local
radio and TV stations.
• All updates on rain delays and restarts will be posted
on the league web site (www.lpderollerhockey.com) as soon
• If a majority of games in one division has been played
before the cancellation of a day (i.e. 4 of 6 teams have played)
the league will try and reschedule. Teams may have to make
up a game during their scheduled practice time during the
week (which team’s practice time will be used will be determined
by a coin flip, if necessary).
• If neither team wants to make up their game, a 0 – 0 tie
will be entered for that game.
• In the event a rainout occurs during the tournament and
games cannot be made up during the scheduled weekend, the
tournament may be postponed one week.
• All league decisions are final.
For the safety of all LPD league participants , the following
equipment is required at all league-sponsored games and practices:
Coaches on the rink wearing skates,during practices are required to wear a helmet. One warning will be issued, followed by a game suspension for any further violations.
- Knee pads or shin guards
- Protective helmet with face guard or goalie helmet
- Elbow pads (Including goalie)
- Hockey-style padded gloves
- Rubber end or tape on butt end of stick
- Skates (expect goalie) in good condition and correct size
- Official numbered game shirt (except goalie)
- Chest protector (goalie only)
- Protective leg pads (goalie only)
- Strongly Recommended:
- Mouth guard and cup or pelvic protector
Penalties for equipment
The first time a player on a team
is called for an equipment violation, the team will be issued
a warning and the player will be removed from the game in
order to correct the problem. As soon as it is corrected,
the player may return. The second time any player on that
team is called for an equipment violation in the same game,
the team will be issued a penalty. After that, any further
equipment infractions will result in penalties.
help to ensure the players are well-protected and correctly
wearing the specified equipment above. If any coach or parent
has questions pertaining to the equipment rules or to the
proper wear or use of said equipment, please ask a league
official for clarification or assistance.
Proper care of the equipment:
It is important that the equipment
provided by the league is properly cared for. Most of the
equipment has been purchased through the donations of businesses
and individuals. How we take care of the equipment is how
we thank these people. Coaches should make sure that the equipment
is well-cared for and returned to the equipment trailer promptly
after the game and in a neat manner.
- No equipment should be checked out of the trailer more
than ten minutes prior to a game or practice.
- Equipment is to be worn by LPD League members only and
only at appropriate times.
- Equipment should be returned to the trailer immediately
after each game.
- Any players, coaches and parents involved in the first
or last games of the day are expected to help setup or tear
down and store the Border Patrol systems.
Each team will be required to supply
one person to either keep score or run the clock per game. If a team can not supply
one person to perform these duties, they will be charged with the following:
Delay of Game Penalty counting toward their penalty count for the game
Automatic Penalty Shot.
This will take place before the game clock is started.
Each game will consist of three
15-minute periods. There will be a two-minute break in between
periods. (The 8 and under age division also known as division
“A” will be the only division that will play three 12-minute
periods. The clock will stop every 2-minutes for a “complete
line change expect for the goalie.) The clock will be on running
time and will be stopped only for:
- Official time outs
- Injury time outs
- Penalty shots
- Rules clarifications
- Equipment delays allowed by the referees
- Any time the referees deem it necessary
Stop time will occur in the final
two minutes of the third period of any game when the game
is within two goals. The clock will stop for example when
the goalie freezes a puck and will start up again when the
team with possession of the puck starts play again.
Each team will be allotted one
1-minute time out to be used during the game as wished. The
timeout must be called by the coach during a stoppage in play.
If a team is unnecessarily delaying the game and a delay of
game penalty has already been issued, the team may lose it’s
time out as compensation for the long delay. Referees may
call time outs for injuries and in other warranted instances.
Regular season games that are tied
after three periods of play shall end in a tie.
Division finals (playoffs) games
that are tied after three periods of play shall enter a shootout
phase as follows:
Phase One (1):
Four players from each team shall be selected to participate
in a series of penalty shot attempts. The players from each
team will alternate attempts with the visiting team having
the first attempt. Teams may change goalkeepers only at the
beginning of the shootout or if a goalkeeper is injured during
the shootout. The goalkeepers shall not change goals for the
shootout. Whoever scored the most goals in the shootout will
win by one goal. (For example, if the two teams are tied 3-3
going into the shootout and Team A wins the shootout 3 goals
to 1, Team A will win the game by a score of 4-3.)
Phase Two (2):
If the game is still tied after phase one, the teams will
do another shootout. The home team will have the first attempt.
The teams will select four players to participate in this
shootout. If both teams have at least four
players who did not participate in the first shootout, then
different players must be selected for phase two. If one or
more of the teams must use players who have already participated
in phase one, then both teams may repeat players. The scoring
and the results work in the same manner as in phase one.
Phase Three (3):
If two teams are still tied after two shootout rounds, a modified
sudden death phase will result. The teams will line up at
the center red line in the order that they will shoot. A coin
flip will decide who goes first. A round consists of one player
from each team shooting. If both score or neither score, the
next two shooters will attempt shots. If only one player scores,
that player’s team win the shootout. The round proceeds until
this latter event takes place.
Number of players and minimum
number of players:
Teams will play four to a side.
Any team that does have at least seven players including a
goalie will forfeit the game to the opposing team 1-0. The
games are often played in extreme heat and humidity. Seven
players allows for only two substitutions in a four-on-four
situation. Anything less in unacceptable. No players will
be allowed to play on teams other than their own due to a
shortage of players unless arrangements are made at least
one full day before the game. (It is advisable for coaches
to talk to players well ahead of time to determine who will
be playing in the next game.)
*The arrangement of using substitute players must have the
consent of the coaches involved in the game and league officials
and can only be made if the substitute player(s) is or are needed
to meet the minimum requirement rule. Players may not be added
to make teams of more than seven players.
- A player may be allowed to substitute up an age division
in which they play in. No player may substitute down or
parallel to an age division in which they play in. (The
8-under division may substitute in the same age division
in which they play in.).
- Team member(s) that show up after a game has started shall
immediately replace sub(s).
- A team that is not able to start a game with at least
5 original team members shall forfeit the game.
Penalties and Violations:
- Goalie crease - No opposing player may
enter the crease before the ball. If this occurs, the referee
will give the other team possession at the center line.
Any goal scored with a player in the crease will be negated
if the player reached the crease before the ball. The other
team will gain possession at the center line.
- Hand pass - A hand pass is only considered
legal when a player hand passes the ball to a teammate and
the pass is “initiated and completed” in his or her defending
zone. If the goaltender throws the ball forward toward the
opponent’s goal and it is first played by a teammate, play
will stop and loss of possession will occur.
- Out of bounds - If the ball is hit or
deflected out of play, the last team to touch the ball will
lose possession. The other team will gain possession at
the point it was last touched.
- Penalty shot - A penalty shot will occur
when a defending player other than the goalkeeper picks
up the ball in the goal crease from the playing surface
with the hands or holds or “freezes” the ball while it is
in the goal crease.
Playing the ball with a high stick –
A player is not to play the ball with a stick higher than
the shoulder. Loss of possession will result unless the
ball is batted to an opponent (and the opponent plays the
ball), in which case play shall continue. Any goal scored
employing a high stick above the crossbar will be negated.
On the junior rink, a slap shot will be considered a high
stick and loss of possession will result. (A shot is considered
a slap shot when, in the back swing, the stick comes above
an imaginary line parallel with the playing surface.)
- A penalty shot will occur during a breakaway if all
the following conditions are met:
- No defending player is between the player on the
breakaway and the goalkeeper.
- The player on the breakaway is fouled directly from
behind resulting in the loss of a reasonable scoring
- When a penalty shot is awarded, no minor penalty
will be assessed or tallied.
- Abuse of an official and other misconducts
– Any player or coach who challenges or disputes the ruling
of an official, attempts to incite an opponent, or creates
a disturbance during the game shall be penalized. An official
is given great latitude when assessing penalties for “abuse
of officials and other misconduct”. This is to allow the
official to penalize a player or team according to the severity
of the infraction.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct – Involves a
player or (in extreme situations) a fan receiving a minor
- Bench minor – A minor penalty assessed
to players or team officials in the vicinity of the bench.
- Misconduct penalty – Involves the removal
of a player other than the goalkeeper for a period of ten
clock minutes. A misconduct penalty will not be tallied
as a team penalty. A misconduct by the goalkeeper shall
be server by another player who was on the rink at the time
the penalty was committed.
- Game misconduct - A team official may
receive a game misconduct if he or she persists in any course
of conduct for which the team official has previously been
penalized. A team official receiving a game misconduct will
be suspended for the balance of the game and must leave
the bench area.
- Butt-ending - Striking an opposing player
with the butt end of the stick.
- Charging - Skating with excessive force
into an opposing player.
- Change of players - Players may be changed
at any time from the players’ bench, provided that the player
or players leaving the playing surface are within 5 feet
of the players’ bench and out of the play before the change
is made. If, in the course of making a substitution, either
player deliberately plays the ball while the retiring player
is still on the playing surface a bench minor penalty for
“too many players” shall be assessed. If in the course of
the substitution either player is accidentally struck with
the ball, the play shall not be stopped and no penalty shall
- Checking - Using the body to impede the
progress of a player with the ball.
- Cross checking- Gripping the shaft of
the stick with both hands and forcing it into an opponent
while no part of the stick touches the ground.
- Delay of game - Any tactic that purposely
or negligently interrupts the game.
- Delay of game by the goal keeper - The
goalkeeper may not cause a stoppage of play by freezing
a ball that is behind and imaginary line extending from
either end of the goal line, unless some part of the goalkeeper’s
body is in contact with the crease. This violation will
result in a minor penalty for delay of game.
- Elbowing – Using the elbow in a threatening
way to strike an opponent.
- High sticking – Hitting an opposing player
with a stick above the shoulders.
- Holding - Grabbing an opponent in order
to impede his or her progress.
- Hooking - Using the stick to impede the
progress of an opposing player.
- Interference - Using the body to impede
the progress of any player that does not have possession
of the ball.
- Roughing - Pushing or using undue force
against an opposing player.
- Slashing - Forcefully striking or slashing
an opponent with the stick.
- Tripping - Employing the stick or foot
to trip an opponent.
Penalties will be tallied by the statistician. When any team
reaches three penalties, the opposing team will be awarded a
penalty shot. The shot must be taken by a player on the rink
at the time of the penalty. Any penalty after three will also
result in a penalty shot. If two teams have two or more penalties
and each team is assessed a minor penalty simultaneously, the
penalties will be considered offsetting and no shot will be
awarded. (See major penalties for other instances.)
A major penalty may be called by
a referee when:
- He or she thinks a penalty occurred with intent to injure.
- Extreme disrespect is aimed at an official by a player.
- Any player engages in a fight.
A major penalty by any player will
result in a game ejection. If the major penalty results before the half way mark of the 2nd period
the player is only out for that game. If it is after the half way of the 2nd period, the player is ejected for that game and the next.
A major penalty will always result
in a penalty shot by the opposing team unless there are offsetting
major penalties called at the same time. Major penalties will
be counted on the total penalty tally. During the playoffs,
two major penalties will result in removal of the player for
the remainder of the playoffs.
Face-offs and change of possession:
A face-off will occur:
- If the ball comes to rest on top of the goal frame (play
will stop immediately)
- At the beginning of each period.
- A violation or penalty is called.
- After any goal is scored during regulation time.
- When the ball is lodged for more than three (3) seconds
on the back or sides of the goal.
- When it is unclear which team last touched a ball that
- When the ball becomes lodged under a barrier.
- Any time a referee deems necessary.
During a face-off, two opposing
players face each other with sticks about 16 inches apart
tip to tip. (The referee’s feet or skates are approximately
18 inches apart in stance during a face-off.) Players must
be on the side of the ball closet to their own goalie. If
a face-off is deemed unfair by the referee, it will be done
again. Any player who does not cooperate during a face-off
may be ejected from the face-off by the referee and replaced
with another player.
Change of Possession:
The ball will be awarded to a given
- That team’s goalie holds the ball for a whistle.
- The ball is knocked out-of-bounds and the other team touched
- A violation or penalty is called.
- The opposing team must give the team that gained possession
at least 10 feet of space (about two hockey stick lengths).
The opposing team may attack the ball as soon as it is touched
by a player on the team gaining possession. If an opposing
team attacks to soon, the other team will restart the change
of possession. If it happens again on the same possession,
a delay of game penalty will be assessed on the guilty player.
It is important
that coaches model good sportsmanship to his or her players.
Bench minors may be assessed on any coach who exhibits poor
sportsmanship. Coaches will be issued a copy of these rules
and should be familiar with them. Coaches must attend mandatory
coach’s meetings. Coaches need to hold weekly practices –
notify the rink manager to schedule a time.
Referees will be required to obtain
and read these rules and make calls according to them. Referees
need to be impartial and fair and keep an even temper. No
referee is to call a game in which a son or daughter is playing
unless no other referee is available. No player in any age
group may be the sole referee in a game in that age group.
The other referee must be an adult. Referees should attend
any mandatory referee meetings. The referee(s) shall have
full authority and final decision in all matters of dispute.
These decisions are not subject to appeal during the course
of the game.
It is important that line changes
be instituted frequently. A line change may take place during
play or while there is a stoppage of play. Players should
not be on the rink more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time, especially
in hot weather. Coaches should institute line changes in order
to give all players approximately equal playing time.
End of game:
Players and coaches from both teams
will shake hands at the end of a game in order to promote
Regular season points:
Points will be awarded to teams
- Two points for a win
- One point for a tie
- No points for a loss
Seedings for the playoffs:
Seedings for the playoffs will
be established by the points earned during the regular season.
Tie breakers are as follows:
- Greater number of wins
- Least number of goals allowed
- Least number of shots allowed
- Coin flip
Seedings will result in the following:
- First place plays fourth place
- Second place plays third place