Inline Hockey League Rules

The following constitute the official league rules (the “Rules”) applicable to all games conducted by the Top of Virginia Hockey Alliance (the “League”).   It is intended that these rules will generally follow the AAU’s Official Rules of Inline Hockey, most recently dated 2015-2017, but with minor adjustments to suit the League; also known as League "House" Rules. Click on the AAU Rules link below and read the "House" Rules.

AAU Rules


League "House" Rules

Effective August, 2019
 
GAME CLOCK RULES
1. Game Times:  Divisions will have three (3) 10-minute periods for each game with 2-minute breaks between periods and a 5-minute warm up before each game.  
2. The game clock will be continuously running and, unless otherwise stated in these Rules, will only stop for timeouts or injuries, as determined by the Chief Referee.
3. Each team will be granted one (1) team timeout per game.  Timeouts do not carry into overtime and there will be no timeouts granted during an overtime period.
4. Penalties will be enforced using the AAU Official Rules of Inline Hockey and as described in this document.  The game clock will stop during penalties to ensure the penalty assessed is enforced for the duration of the penalty.
 
4 GOAL RULE
1. No individual player may score more than four (4) goals in any one game during the regulation period for that game.  If a player scores more than 4 goals, each successive goal will be disallowed, and the offending player will receive a 2-minute penalty for each occurrence, to be served by the offending player. 
2. If the game goes into an overtime period, including shootout or sudden victory periods, any player that has scored 4 goals during regulation will be allowed to participate and score during such overtime periods.  
 
OVERTIME RULES
1. If a regular season game is tied at the conclusion of the game, a single shootout period will occur.  During the shootout period, each team will be permitted to choose three (3) players to use as shooters, and all shooters will be permitted to attempt to score during the shootout period.  Any one or more of the 3 players chosen may include any one or more of the players who played during the overtime period.  Each shooter will have one opportunity to score, with teams alternating one shooter attempt until all six shooters have attempted to score.  Once all six players have made a scoring attempt, the shootout period will end.  The team which has scored the most goals at the conclusion of the shootout period will win the game.  
2. If a playoff game concludes in a tied score, the teams will play an overtime period, which will consist of a single 5-minute period.  During the overtime period, each team will be permitted to have up to four (4) players play, and a goalie will count as one of the four players.  All other game rules applicable to the regulation period will apply during the overtime period, unless otherwise specifically modified in these Rules for the overtime period.  The first team to score during the overtime period wins the game.  
3. If the playoff game is tied at the conclusion of the overtime period, a single shootout period will occur.  During the shootout period, each team will be permitted to choose three (3) players to use as shooters, and all shooters will be permitted to attempt to score during the shootout period.  Any one or more of the 3 players chosen may include any one or more of the players who played during the overtime period.  Each shooter will have one opportunity to score, with teams alternating one shooter attempt until all six shooters have attempted to score.  Once all six players have made a scoring attempt, the shootout period will end.  The team which has scored the most goals at the conclusion of the shootout period will win the game.  
 
SCORE/TIMEKEEPER RESPONSIBILITY
1. The team designated as the “HOME TEAM” for each game will supply an individual to serve as the Score/Timekeeper.  The Score/Timekeeper will be responsible for operating the game clock, completing an official Score Sheet, and delivering the official Score Sheet to coaches in order for coaches to file with the League.  In the event a coach disagrees with the accuracy of a Score Sheet or wishes to dispute the conduct of the Score/Timekeeper during a game, that coach shall file their grievance in writing with the League.  Any decisions made by the League as to a Score/Timekeeper grievance shall be final. 
2. The Score/Timekeeper will operate the game clock to show the remaining warm-up time during the warm-up period.  Prior to the commencement of a game, there shall be time permitted for team warm-ups.  Team warm-ups will start prior to the scheduled start of that team’s game, and it will end at the direction of the Chief Referee.  All teams will have at least a 5-minute warm-up period prior to the start of their game.  If a game was played immediately prior to a scheduled game, and the prior game ended at or following the scheduled start time of the following game, then the warm-up time will be 5 minutes in duration, with the warm-up period starting at the conclusion of the handshake from the previous game.
3. The Score/Timekeeper will set game clock to the appropriate period, and period length for the age division playing.
4. The Score/Timekeeper will not stop the game clock unless the Chief Referee instructs the Score/Timekeeper that there has been a timeout acknowledged or an injury.   Coaches cannot tell the Score/Timekeeper or other off-rink officials they want a timeout.  It is the coach’s responsibility to raise the attention of a referee in order to call a timeout.
5. If the game clock is stopped for an injury, the game clock shall restart when the Chief Referee blows their whistle acknowledging teams to return to play, not when the puck is dropped following return to play.  The Score/Timekeeper shall also reset the game clock to a different time, as directed by the Chief Referee.
6. The Score/Timekeeper will stop the clock in the last 2-minutes of any game’s 3rd period only if the score is at a differential of two (2) goals or less.
7. In the event of a game clock failure, the Score/Timekeeper shall keep time for the remainder of the game on a stopwatch, cell phone, or other time-keeping device which can calculate time to the second.  In that event, the Score/Timekeeper shall notify both coaches and referees when there is one-minute remaining in the period. 
 
SEASON STANDINGS – TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES
If two or more teams are tied in points during the regular season, seeding for any postseason play shall be determined in the following order:
1st - Points:  The team with the higher number of points earned.
2nd - Games Won:  The team with the greater number of games won.
3rd -   Head-to-Head:  The team with the greater number of points earned in games played between the tied clubs
4TH -   Goal Differential - The team with the greater differential between goals scored upon an opposing team and goals scored upon by an opposing team for the entire regular season
 
PLAYOFF ELIGIBLITY
1. A player must participate in at least 60% of the regular season games to be eligible for the playoffs.  Such a determination will be made by reviewing the regular season’s official score sheets.
 
RULES FOR SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS
1. A “Substitute Player” shall be any player who plays for a team for which they are not registered as being a member by the League.  
2. In order to be an eligible Substitute Player, the player must be registered with the League and all required fees must be paid for the applicable season.
3. A coach must request the use of an eligible Substitute Player in writing to League Director three (3) days before a game.  The use of an eligible Substitute Player will only be permitted in extreme cases (i.e. expected elongated absence (2 games or more) of registered team member).  Decisions concerning Substitute Players must be approved by the League Director in writing with copy to the Board of Directors and other league coaches at least 24 hours before the schedule game.
 
CHECKING
1. The League is a no-checking, minimal body contact league.  Any player’s attempt to intentionally check another player will result in a minor penalty or major penalty if the intention was to injure another player, as determined by a referee.  A second attempt by the same player, as determined by a referee, will result in a game misconduct penalty and may be subject to League suspension.
 
PROFANITY & UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT BY PLAYERS
1. The League has a zero-tolerance policy for profane and/or abusive language and gestures.  If at any time during a game, or League-sponsored event, an on-rink or off-rink official hears profane language or witnesses an obscene gesture from an individual who is not a player or coach, the individual exhibiting such language or gesture shall be given a verbal warning.  A second occurrence by the same individual will result in that individual being asked to leave the premises.  If a player or coach exhibits such profane/abusive language or gesture, that player or coach shall immediately be assessed a 2-minute minor unsportsmanlike penalty.  A second offense by the same player or coach will result in a 5-minute major unsportsmanlike penalty.  A third offense by the same player or coach within a game will result in an immediate ejection from the game, a 10-minute unsportsmanlike penalty will be assessed, and the team will have to serve a second 5 minute major unsportsmanlike penalty.  Any player or coach who is ejected from the game will be required to leave the premises and may not return for the remainder of the game.  The ejected player or coach will require a face to face meeting with the League Director prior to participating again.
2. Coaches shall refrain from criticizing on-rink and off-rink officials in the presence of players or spectators.  If a coach has a disagreement over a ruling or judgement of an official, the coach may file a formal grievance in writing with the League, and the League will investigate the matter with the League’s decision being final.
3. Professional respect before, during, and after a game must be mutual between the teams and officials.  There shall be no demeaning dialogue or gestures between or among any official, coach, or player.
4. Coaches shall not incite players or spectators or attempt to disrupt the flow of the game.
5. Coaches are expected to exhibit good sportsmanlike conduct and be an example to players and parents.  At the discretion of the officials, if a coach is determined to have violated any of the above rules, they may be asked to leave the bench and must comply or face suspension.