Maritime Indian Hockey Association
Tournament Rules & Regulations
Updated as of January 18th, 2007 )
The following Maritime Indian
Hockey Association Rules cover all
Maritime Indian Hockey Tournaments in all age levels. These rules
were recently updated so that the great sport of hockey in our
communities can be played more fairly, with more sports@person@ship
and structured to be more organized for all.
Please abide by these rules
as they are intended to be for the protection of all players,
officials and tournament co-ordinators.
Thank you, MIHA Committee.
(Please note: We are searching for experienced, seasoned hockey
enthusiasts willing to assist in the development of the MIHA, if
interested, apply to one of the following.) ALSO, any new
coordinators that are planning to host hockey tournaments are
invited to sit on this MIHA Committee. MYRACL will also be
taking the initiative to look for ELDERS to sit on our Committee to
help with the process of improving our volunteer services as well as
guiding our process.
There have also been tournaments in Tobique, NB and Charlottetown,
PEI as well as New Glasgow, N.S. that we are trying to recruit to be
part of our process. Please contact us so that we can get your
tournament sanctioned and up to date with any rule changes that the
MIHA Committee recommends and passes through a motion.
For more information, please contact one of the following
Mr. Robert Bernard (MYRACL
LTD.) Ms. Shirley Francis (Indianbrook,
Mr. Mark Augustine (Big Cove,
NB) Mr. Buster Matthews (Membertou,
Mr. Patrick Marshall (Eskasoni,
Ms. Natalie Googoo (We'koqma'q, NS)
Mr. Levi Denny (Eskasoni,
NS) Mr. Allison Bernard (Eskasoni, NS)
Mr. Luke Morrison (Listiguj, Quebec) Ms. Michelle Marshall-Johnson (Eskasoni, NS)
IMPORTANT CHANGES/ADDITIONS TO THE MIHA RULES !!
At the most recent MIHA Tournament Committee
Meeting, a number of changes were brought up for discussion and motions
were passed to add the following to the MIHA Rules as of January 18th,
2007 to all sanctioned MIHA Tournaments for the 2006-2007 Hockey Season
and until further notice:
ALL MIHA HOCKEY TOURNAMENT GAMES (INCLUDING ROUND ROBIN, SEMI
FINAL AND FINAL GAMES WILL NOW INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
* LAST TWO MINUTES OF EACH GAME WILL NOW BE
STOP TIME - (IF THE GAME
IS WITHIN TWO (2) GOALS. Should a game
not be within two (2) goals, then it will not
be stop time and the clock will continue to
run until the teams are within two goals again.
* CHANGE ON THE FLY RULE (LAST TWO MINUTES OF A
STOP TIME GAME) -
The MIHA Committee has also agreed to start
a "change on the fly" rule for the last two
minutes of a stop time game. Any team
wanting to stall for time by making changes in
the last two minutes of a stop time game
will be assessed a minor two (2) minute penalty
for delay of game.
* NEW HALF SHIELD/VISOR RULE AS OF JANUARY 1ST,
ALL PLAYERS PLAYING IN THE MEN'S A & B DIVISIONS
- MUST WEAR A MINIMUM
OF A HALF SHIELD FOR ALL MIHA SANCTIONED HOCKEY
ALL PLAYERS 18 YRS OF AGE & UNDER MUST WEAR A
PLAYERS 35 YRS & OVER PLAYING IN THIS DIVISION
MUST WEAR HALF SHIELD!!
* 35 & OVER DIVISION - TWO 34 YR OLD PLAYERS
ALLOWED PER TEAM
MUST TURN 34 YRS BEFORE THEY PLAY - SHOW
I.D. CARD TO TOURNAMENT
ORGANIZERS AND THEY WILL BE ADDED TO THE LIST OF
PLAYERS 35 YEARS & OVER WILL BE RECOMMENDED TO
WEAR THE HALF
SHIELDS/VISORS ARE BUT WILL NOT REQUIRED.
GOALIES CAN NOW BE 25 YRS & OLDER BUT CANNOT PLAY
IN "A" DIVISION.
MIHA Rules & Regulations
1 Performance Bond:
(At the discretion of the Tournament Organizer). Performance Bonds prior to the start of tournaments
may be issued by the tournament co-ordinator to assist with
tournament costs and guarantee team participations as well by either cash or First Nation Band cheque.
Personal cheques will not be accepted. You may pre-register
by name before, but your team will be removed from the list if your
registration is not in (if required).
Retraction of Teams : Upon realizing that your team has
registered and for some reason cannot make the tournament
(we've heard them all), you have up to
four (4) days from the starting day of a tournament to withdraw your team.
Teams that withdraw by contacting the
tournament co-ordinator by person or by phone, will be refunded the
entire registration fee, less 10% (ex: $400.00 - 10% = $40.00) which
will go to the tournament committee for rink costs (icetime,
officials, etc...). Teams that fail to let tournament co-ordinators
know they will not be attending in time will not be refunded their
tournament registration. Please make sure that when you register
your team, make every effort to attend.
3 Team Rosters (All divisions): (At the discretion of Tour.
All teams must have their team rosters
accompanying their registration fees, seven (7) days prior to the
start of the tournament. PLEASE NOTE: All players on your team
roster must have their name signed by the player, or will not be
considered as part of that team. Any forged signatures will mean
immediate ejection of any team from any tournament.
Teams that have the same name of players
will be contacted along with the player to determine where they are
Size of Rosters : Maximum
twenty (20) players per roster. Each team may have three
(3) additional, non playing positions, set aside for any of the team=s
coaches/managers/trainers. Only those designated by the team to
be their representatives as designated by their team roster are
allowed at the bench area. The minimum number
of players that have to be signed per team roster is six (6),
one of which must be a goaltender. This is also the minimum
number of players a team MUST HAVE in order to play any
game. If a team fails to ice at least six (6) players, one of which
must be a goaltender that is designated to play nets, will lose
that game by forfeit.
All minor penalties will be three (3) minutes in length during
straight time and two (2) minutes in length during stop
time. Any player that accumulates three (3) penalties in one game
will be ejected for that game only.
Free Agency Rule : A player that is not signed on any team
roster in any division or a player that is signed on more that one
roster in any division is considered part of a particular team once
s/he dresses and has participated in the game by
either stepping on the ice for any team, or by sitting on the bench
representing that said team (dressed via uniform).
Should any team/coach/manager notice this,
they can protest the game and then the tournament co-ordinator /
MIHA Committee will review the incident and may award the game in
question to the opposing team. The player that has illegally played
for more than one team may be suspended for the rest of that
tournament, along with the coach of the team. The team that has
iced that player in question will lose that game by forfeit and may
lose an invitation to next year=s tournament, depending on the situation,
and after review from the MIHA Committee.
6 Protest of Games : Teams wishing to protest a game for any
particular reason can only protest once the first period has
started and before the completion of the third period by notifying
the official(s) on the ice that the game is under protest
and for what reason. Protests must be requested by the team
captain, assistant captain and/or coach.
Use of Goalies : All goalies in any of the MIHA
Tournaments must play for one team/division in the tournament. The exception is
that the goalies that are thirty five (35) years and older can also
play in the Oldtimers division. All goalies and players
in the Oldtimers division must be 35 years and older.
8 Protection of Officials : Definition - Referees /
Tournament Committee Members / Staff / MIHA Officials :
Verbal Abuse of the officials mentioned above ON or OFF the ice,
will mean Immediate Ejection from that game and depending on
the severity, a player may be suspended an additional number of
games (1-4 games) for that same or the next MIHA tournament, upon
review of the MIHA Tournament Committee / MIHA officials.
Within the last ten (10) minutes of a game, if an official is
verbally abused, the player will be suspended for the following
game. Depending on the seriousness of the verbal abuse, additional
games may result also upon review of the MIHA Tournament Committee/MIHA
If it occurs in the last game of the tournament, the suspension will
be automatically carried over to the next MIHA Tournament.
Any physical abuse to officials (as stated in #6) will result in an
automatic two (2) year suspension from all MIHA tournaments, and in
the case of a second offense, it will result in a lifetime
suspension from all MIHA Hockey tournaments in any capacity (Player,
Coach, Trainer, etc).
Fighting: All Divisions
- will automatically result in a one (1) year suspension up to lifetime
suspension for the player(s) engaged in that fight. Please note: Depending
on the severity of the fight or fights, additional or lengthier suspensions may be
given. Please read items A, B & C below. All fighting incidents will be
reviewed by the MIHA Committee. The one year period will be from the end of that
tournament to the starting date of the same tournament one year later.
Fighting / Punches thrown - with gloves off with the
intention to fight will result in a one (1) year suspension
up to a
lifetime suspension for all MIHA sanctioned tournaments, pending a
MIHA Committee review.
* Intention to fight with gloves on
- may result in a tournament ejection or an immediate ejection from
that tournament up
to one (1) year suspension, pending MIHA review and ruling.
Fighting with gloves off & no punches thrown
(Protecting yourself) - at the judgement of the referee(s), a discretionary
call. Depending on whether the player had the intention to fight or
had the intention to protect themselves,
and depending on the severity of the incident, suspensions MAY be
given upon review of the Tournament and/or the MIHA Committee.
10. Bench Brawls:
Team coaches, managers, team officials and players are all
responsible for the actions of their team both on and
off the ice at all MIHA tournaments and hockey arenas/sites. In the
event of a fight, all players on the ice at the time
of the fight, and all players that are on the bench at the time of
the fight must proceed and/or stay at their respective
Team officials and players must refrain other players
from getting involved in any fight.
involved in a bench brawl will automatically be imposed a
$500.00 fine and also all players and coaches/team officials
directly involved in the bench brawl will be suspended for one
players/coaches who do not wish to get involved / do not engage
in the bench brawl will be recognized by the Tournament
Committee & MIHA.
11. Teams, Captains & Assistant Captains / Requirements :
All registered teams participating at any MIHA Tournaments must be
represented on the ice by a CAPTAIN and an Assistant Captain for the
purpose of negotiating with the referee on
any disputed calls. Teams that do not have any of these shall
appoint them as soon as they are notified by the referee and/or
tournament coordinator by placing a
AC@ and/or an
on the chosen player=s
12. Use of Video Cameras at MIHA Tournaments
For the protection of all players, officials and fans, all hockey
games at all MIHA
tournaments will be video taped and if needed will be used for
evidence in lay courts. This is at the discretion of the
tournament organizer to use and depending upon availability.
MIHA encourages all Tournament Coordinators to use video cameras to
capture footage for their own protection, in case of injury,
incidents involving players, fans, coaches, referees, etc.
13. Match Penalties : All match penalties will be an automatic
suspension of up to one year or more depending on the seriousness of it=s
case. Match penalties will result for the following actions: Abuse
of Tournament/MIHA Officials, Stick swinging,
kicking, hair pulling, head butting, spitting, attempt to injure,
etc... Any match penalties that result in any serious injuries
can result in a multi-tournament, multi-year or lifetime suspension
from all MIHA hockey tournaments depending on the
severity of the incident.
Deliberate Attempt to Injure (Note : This
includes deliberate body checking or deliberate checking from behind
in the non-contact Senior divisions) :
Any player/coach/team representative who
attempts to injure or deliberately injures another player can
receive a suspension anywhere from one year to a maximum of life
from all MIHA tournaments, whereas the situation will be dealt with
by the MIHA Committee.
Minimum penalty: Suspension from that tournament.
Maximum penalty : At the discretion of the referee
and after the review of the Tournament Committee and the MIHA,
possibility of multiple tournament suspension up to lifetime
suspension. Note: Checking from behind - an automatic five (5)
minute major plus a game misconduct. This is for non-intentional
checking from behind. Intentional checking from behind falls into
Deliberate Attempt to Injure category above and will be reviewed by
the MIHA Committee for additional suspension consideration.
14. Suspended Players: Any team attempting to ice any suspended
players from the MIHA or from other organizations such as CAHA, will
automatically be withdrawn from that tournament and will lose an
invitation to the next MIHA Tournament that
they register in. This includes all players and coaches registered
on that team. If teams/coaches/managers are unsure, please ask the tournament co-ordinator
for more information. Teams, Coaches / Managers are
responsible to be aware of this.
15. Eligibility : All players must play in the age category that they
are in, especially from the Junior level down. The exception is in the
category where the players can vary, please read the following ;
Please Note : Players are allowed to play in more than
one age division - for example ; Player A plays on the Juvenile
team for Millbrook... s/he is also allowed to play for a Senior B
team for another team also. Players are not permitted to play on
more than one team in any one division. Players must decide to
either play in the Men's
or B Division or in the Women Division. There is no free movement here with the exception of
goalies, they can play for either Men's
A or B and then Oldtimers if they are 35 & older.
Age Restrictions :
Senior Men : All players must be the minimum of sixteen (16) years of age and
over on or before December 31st of that previous year.
Teams will be allowed to ice a maximum of two (2) fifteen (15) year
olds, ONLY with written consent forms signed by their parent(s)/guardian(s).
Maximum two (2) underage players (15 year olds) signed per team.
This applies to all Senior A, B & C men=s
divisions. Players and teams caught with underage
players may face ejection from that
tournament as well as suspensions for those players and coaches
involved. The MIHA Committee as well as the Tournament
Committee will be reviewing these incidents on an individual basis
based on information gathered and will come to a decision on the
Eligibility (Age restrictions):
All players must be the minimum of twelve (12) years and over on or
before December 31st of that previous year. Each team
will be allowed to ice a maximum of two (2) eleven (11) year olds,
ONLY with written consent forms signed by their parent(s) and / or
their guardian(s). This applies to all Senior women divisions.
Maritime Indian Hockey
Association Age Limits for all hockey tournaments :
: Age 35 + over ( two 34 yr olds allowed per team)
Goalies can be 25 yrs & older, but cannot be
playing in "A" Division
Seniors : Age 16 + over (incl. 2 - 15 yr.olds per team)
Juniors : Age 22 + under
Juvenile : Age 19 + under
Scouts : Age 17 + under
PeeWees : Age 13 + under
Atoms : Age 11 + under
Novice : Age 9 + under
Mites : Age 7 + under
Playoff Eligibility :
Please Note: All players in all divisions must play
at least one (1) regularly scheduled preliminary game for the team
that they have signed for. See tournament organizer for more information.
All players playing in the MIHA sanctioned tournaments must
have a band number and status card. Metis Cards will be
accepted as proof of Aboriginal Status.
Time of Games: All
teams have a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes from the start of the
clock to start their game. Teams will be
forfeited if they cannot ice a minimum of six (6) players for that game. All MIHA Tournaments will be allowed to
start their earliest games at 8:00am of any morning of the schedule
and with the last game of the night to start at
11:00pm maximum time.
17. Forfeit Games :
In cases of a
Ano show@ - the team that is ready to play, is on
the ice with a minimum of six (6) signed
players for that team will receive a total of 7 goals for or a +7.
Games lost or won on a called
shall be awarded a
plus / minus of 7.
Teams that do not show will lose by 7 goals
or a -7.
18. Maximum goals allowable : Teams can only claim or lose a maximum of
7 goals for or against per game. For example, if you win
by 12-1, your team can only claim a +7 for that game and if you lose
12-1, your team will be deducted a maximum
of that same number but instead a -7.
19. Registration Fees : For all MIHA sanctioned tournaments will
be set at a minimum of $300.00 and a maximum of $500.00
depending on the location and ice time availability for that
tournament and organizer. This will also be at the discretion of
the tournament organizer.
20. Choice of Home Game Shirts : The home team has choice of color -
either by home schedule or place of finish in the playoffs or
toss of coin.
Note : All hockey jerseys in all
divisions must have numbers with the names assigned to them on the
accompanying score sheets. Players on the ice with no numbers or
players that are not on the game sheet with their number will be
ejected from that game. Please come prepared to play.
LOANER SHIRTS : The new idea of
for teams that do not have either the right color shirts or enough
shirts with numbers on them has now been introduced. Depending
on the availability through the tournament coordinator(s), these
jerseys will be allowed to be used.
These will be available from the tournament officials but must be
returned in person with the same number of shirts loaned out. There
is no cost for this, but if your team does not return those same
number of shirts, they will be responsible to pay for that missing
shirt(s) or will not be allowed to use the
again. This may also cause a team to be suspended from play
until payment is made so please be respectful if loaner shirts are
on loan to your team.
21. Game Information:
Each win is worth two (2) points, each tie is worth one (1) point.
No overtime games in the preliminary rounds. All
preliminary games shall consist of three periods of fifteen (15)
minutes (minimum straight time).
These periods will run straight time, until
the last two (2) minutes of the final period, which will then be
stop time, ONLY IF the goal span is within two (2) goals. During
this stop time, there will also be a “CHANGE ON THE FLY RULE”
imposed to both teams. Referees will have the discretion to call a
minor penalty if teams do not use this “change on the fly” rule.
After all preliminary games are played and
there is a tie in the standings, the following format will be used
to determine placing:
The team with
the best +/-, or goals for and goals against will advance to the next round.
between the two teams, ex: If Team A defeated Team B in the preliminary round,
and they are tied after Round 1, Team A will advance to the next round.
The team with the least number of penalty minutes for all
The team with the most goals scored for in the tournament.
The team with the least goals scored against in the
Flip of a coin or playoff, tournament co-ordinator=s discretion depending on icetime
availability and time of game.
Playoff and Championship Games will use the following tie breaking rule(s) to determine the winner:
five (5) minute sudden death overtime period.
If the game is still tied, a shootout will occur. Each team must
select five (5) players, who in turn have a penalty shot
attempt. The total score from these five shooters will determine a
winner. If a tie remains, then each
team will alternate shooters until a winner is decided.
Or/ at the co-ordinators discretion, an additional overtime period
may be used depending on time and ice availability.
22. Helmets: All players must wear helmets with a chin strap as
they are mandatory in all divisions. Full face shields are mandatory in the Women and Juvenile age categories and under. The
wearing of BNQ approved throat protectors are mandatory for all players in the tournaments in the Women
and Juvenile age categories and
under. Half shields are mandatory for the Junior Division.
VISORS: As of January 1st, 2006 - all players playing
in the Men's A & B Divisions (including 35 & Over players) must wear a minimum of a half shield/visor. Any player that is also 18
years of age and under must wear a FULL shield or full cage for all MIHA Sanctioned hockey tournaments.
Players playing in the 35 & Over Division are recommended to wear half
or full shields but are not required. The two 34 year olds playing in the 35 & Over Division must still wear
their half shields.
co-operation will be appreciated to incorporate styles of play that are
more in tune with the current hockey philosophies of sports ‘person’
ship. Remember, these rules are developed with the intent of protecting
all of our players, officials, tournament co-ordinators and our fans.
Also, remember always that there are the little eyes of children
watching us and they learn what we do, so let=s
teach them about fair play and that winning isn=t
how you play the game and how hard you try.
Please Note : Teams, Coaches, Managers, Players and/or Tournament
that do not abide by these rules place themselves and tournament=s
at risk of not being sanctioned to play or host a tournament(s). These
rules are subject to be updated, changed or added without notice so
please make sure that as a tournament co-ordinator, coach or a player to
always be up to date with the latest M.I.H.A. rules for your personal,
team and community=s benefit. We thank you for your
continued support !
luck to all players at all tournaments, and if you have any suggestions
or comments, please forward them to the tournament officials or to the
you for your time and may everyone have a safe & enjoyable