Boys Hockey - Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

To help ensure all coaches understand the new “unlimited” non-school contact rules, listed below is a checklist and a detailed explanation with examples on how to proceed to ensure that you are not violating or circumventing any of the rules.  

NOTE:  Coaches still have five(5) days of unrestricted school coaching contact. The head coach can communicate directly with your team on what those dates are. You can utilize school funds and utilize school transportation for these five(5) days of unrestricted coaching contact. 

Checklist for UNLIMITED NONSCHOOL COACHING CONTACT

1.     Find a non-school organization to work with to set up your unlimited summer contact schedule.  This is important as point 2 will detail all the work required of the non-school organization to ensure you as the coach are not circumventing the “unlimited non-school coaching contact” rule requirement.

a.      Most people will use their booster club.  It does NOT have to be your booster club.  If you have differences with the people on your booster club, find another non-school organization to work with.  It is highly encouraged, and most likely will be required by your local school district, that the non-school organization that you work with must have liability insurance to book your facilities.

b.     If you own a non-school entity that has liability insurance and files tax returns, you can act as an agent of your own a non-school entity and do everything outlined in letter a. But we highly recommend you use your non-school entity email, documents, phone line, etc. to communicate the following items.

Example:  An individual owns a business that has liability insurance and is the current head coach.  They can act as the agent of their business to complete the items in point 2.  We encourage you to avoid using a personal business if possible to eliminate unnecessary questions from your community or school district.

2.     Once you have located your non-school organization, we strongly recommend the coach find an individual(s) (not required) in the organization that will do the following tasks:

a.      Reserve facilities for your program events.

b.     Set your summer schedule and communicate to your program members and community.

c.      Set summer team tryout dates.

                                               i.     Communicate that being a part of this team has no bearing on students making a school team or on team status next season.

                                              ii.     All players in your community and non-community are allowed to try out.

d.     Name you as the coach of the summer team.

                                               i.     Once you are named as the summer team coach, you can then run the tryouts and select your team.

1.     We strongly encourage that you have a tryout procedure in place.  An example is enclosed.

e.      Submit entries for all summer events with payment.

                                               i.     If you have been using high school activity accounts and are not comfortable handling money, please work with your school district and the organization you are going to work with to figure how to transfer the money to the non-school entity to pay for those events.

                                              ii.     Have all money collected from families be made payable to the non-school organization you will be working with.

f.       YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO ANY OF THE NON-SCHOOL EVENTS.

3.     Items to make sure you do when organizing workout sessions.

a.      The organization you are working with must do the following:

                                               i.     Post the dates

                                              ii.     Again, reserve the facility

                                            iii.     DO NOT LABEL THEM AS OPEN GYMS

                                            iv.     Identify you or members of your staff as the instructors

b.     Coaches can now coach their players on AAU/club teams but cannot start coaching them until the school year ends.

c.      ABSOLUTELY NO COACHING DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR OUT OF SEASON.

QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES

Can a booster group or individual purchase ice to run “practices” for a high school team all summer long?

A two-part response to this question:

First, yes, any non-school organization can purchase ice time.  NO school monies or resources can be used and schools cannot sponsor the events/activities.  A booster club is considered to be a non-school organization.  **Note—Schools can use school funds for use of facilities during the five-day unrestricted summertime period beginning with the first day of summer and ending July 31.

Secondly, regarding practice during this rented ice time.  The period when this can occur must be between the first and last day of summer vacation.  The sessions must be open to any and all interested students in the community and other communities and be voluntary.  

Can the coach of that high school team coach the kids outside of the 5 contact days?

If the high school coach is employed by the non-school organization, that coach is allowed to coach/instruct students participating in that rented ice session.  These sessions cannot be mandated for participation by a coach, nor can a coach determine who may or may not participate in the non-school activity.

Can the practices be exclusively for members of the high school team or high school co-op team?

No, sessions must be open to any and all interested students in the community and other communities, be voluntary, and may not be mandated for participation by a coach, nor can a coach determine who may or may not participate in the non-school activity.

Can a coach compete with and against players from a team he/she will be playing against during a non-school summertime hockey league?

Coaches can continue to compete against players they will be coaching in the next WIAA high school hockey season.  However, they are not allowed to play “with” a player they will be coaching during the next season, nor provide instruction to a player as a competitor.

Coaches are only able to provide instruction to players they will be coaching in the next WIAA high school season by being a coach hired to coach by a non-school organization.  Coaches are not able to provide instruction as a competitor playing on a different team during the summertime period.

Tom Shafranski, CAA

WIAA Assistant Director

April 24, 2015


Rule Changes

3-4-4  Description of a proper tooth and mouth protector language was updated.

4-10-2  All penalties, served or not, shall be recorded on the scoresheet.

5-2-2  Officials shall wear all required equipment for both the warm-up and the game.

5-3-1b  Officials are responsible for having access to an NFHS Ice Hockey Rules book during games

6-4-1  First-level penalty for Boarding is a MAJOR.

6-4-2   Flagrant Boarding acts shall be penalized a minimum MAJOR and MISCONDUCT. Official has discretion to issue a GAME DISQUALIFICATION for such acts.

6-7-2   First-level penalty for Checking From Behind is a MAJOR.


2014-15 Points of Emphasis (complete discussion pg 72)

Player Safety/Dangerous Hits
Concussion Recognition and Management
Sportsmanship and Your Role
Proper Equipment

2014-15 NFHS ICE HOCKEY RULES INTERPRETATIONS

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.

*NOTE:

The following are clarifications with the “Summary of Penalties” in the 2014-15 NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Book:

• Boarding (6-4-1) and Checking from Behind (6-7) should no longer be affiliated with a minor penalty. Both infractions result in at least a MAJOR penalty. If either infraction is flagrant, it will result in a MAJOR and MISCONDUCT or  GAME DISQUALIFICATION.


SITUATION 1: Teams are skating at equal number of players. The referee signals a delayed minor penalty to TEAM A. Before play is stopped, TEAM B scores. RULING: The signaled penalty is assessed; however, the penalty time is not served and the penalty is recorded on the scoresheet. (4-10-2)


SITUATION 2: Teams are skating at equal number of players. The referee signals two delayed minor penalties to TEAM A. Before play is stopped, TEAM B scores. RULING: The first signaled penalty is assessed; however, the penalty time is not served. The second signaled penalty time is served. Both penalties are recorded on the scoresheet. (4-10-2)


SITUATION 3: TEAM B is short-handed. The referee signals one or more delayed minor penalties to TEAM A. Before play is stopped, TEAM B scores. RULING: The first signaled penalty is assessed; however, the penalty time is not served. The second signaled penalty time is served. Both penalties are recorded on the scoresheet. (4-10-2)


SITUATION 4: TEAM A is short-handed. The referee signals a delayed minor penalty to TEAM A. Before play is stopped, TEAM B scores. RULING: The minor penalty then being served is terminated. The signaled penalty is assessed and penalty time served and recorded on the score- sheet. (See Rule 4-2-2). (4-10-2)


SITUATION 5: TEAM A is short-handed. The referee signals two delayed minor penalties to TEAM A. Before play is stopped, TEAM B scores. RULING: The penalty then being served is terminated. Both signaled penalties are assessed, recorded on the scoresheet and penalty time is served. (See Rule 4-2-2). (4-10-2)

SITUATION 6: Player A1 contacts Player B1 away from the boards. The violent contact throws Player B1 into the boards. RULING: Penalty for boarding must be assessed. Official’s discretion: (a) MAJOR, (b) MAJOR AND MISCONDUCT OR (c) GAME DISQUALIFICATION. (6-4-1)


SITUATION 7: A1 is stick-handling the puck along the boards toward his attacking zone. B1 comes up from behind and pushes A1 with both forearms below the shoulder blades. RULING: Penalty for checking from behind. If the player is checked toward open ice – MAJOR. If the player is checked into the boards – MAJOR and MISCONDUCT or if flagrant, GAME DISQUALIFICATION. (6-7-1)


Printable Version - Please print and place in your rules book for reference.


2014-15 Rule Differences (posted 12/4/14)

Cash Flow Bulletin (April, 2011) 

MRSA Information

Goalie Glove Specifications

On Ice Positioning

WIAA Line Change Procedure


Game Scoresheet

Available for purchase  Hockey Score Sheets in Triplicate

25 sheets for $5.00 plus $3 to handle shipping (whether you order 25, 50, 75, etc). Contact Deb Lepak at the WIAA office.

Renew Efforts to Eliminate Checking from Behind

Tournament Assignments will be available via The Arbiter.

Arbiter Online Help for Officials

Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis


Hockey Videos

Checking From Behind Videos

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