HOCKEY RULES

GENERAL

I. These regulations are in constant evolution and can be changed or adapted at all times if LFA Management deems it necessary.
II. These Hockey Rules (HR) must be considered in conjunction with the Administrative Rules (AR).
III. The rules must be respected by all players. The rules will be applied by the President, except when exempted by Management.

HR-01 – THE SPIRIT OF THE LIGUE FÉDÉRALE DES AS (LFA)

I. The Ligue Fédérale des As is a non-contact hockey league. Slapshots are allowed.
II. II. LFA will not tolerate “gratuitous violence" of any nature whatsoever or any inappropriate behavior and reserves the right to suspend or ban anyone who does not comply with its regulations, the fundamental values of sportsmanship and good conduct whether on the ice during a game or at any other time and place.

III. The President and the Disciplinary Prefect reserve the right to expel and suspend anyone either on the spot or after investigation, and that,

-regardless of the decision(s) made by the referee(s) during the game.

-for acts committed out of sight of the referee(s).

-following a formal complaint corroborated by witnesses and / or video.

** Any gesture or behavior deemed excessive is subject to suspension, depending on the nature and severity, at the discretion of the LFA Management.

*** If League Management was to ban or definitely expel a member, the League will decide of the right to get a refund and of the amount refunded according to circumstances, ( RA-09.1)

IV. -Any Player ejected from a game will automatically be subject to suspension for the following game. Each case will be analyzed by LFA Management and the Disciplinary Prefect while taking into consideration the referee’s report, that of witnesses and upon viewing the video.The history of the player will also come into play.

V. Any player banned from the league will be refunded.

VI: It is strictly forbidden for any player (except the Goalies) to put a skate on the ice before the access door of the ice-resurfacer (Zamboni) is COMPLETELY CLOSED. Any player not respecting this rule will be given a minor penalty effective at the start of the game. In the event that a penalty would be given to each team, the 2 players will be penalized but the play will stay 5 on 5.

HR-02 – JERSEYS and SOCKS

I. The jerseys and socks are the property of the League and are loaned to the players for the hockey season only. Each player is responsible for the care of the jersey and the socks provided to him. In order to prolong the lifespan of these items, follow the guidelines for care indicated on the garment. These items should never be put in the dryer.
II. Each player is responsible for the jersey that is lent to them and will pay, if necessary, the cost of replacement in case of loss, theft or damage caused by negligence or accident outside of activities related directly to a league game.
III. Only the jerseys provided by the league may be worn during games.
IV. The jerseys numbered 12, 13, 14, and 15 are reserved for substitute players.

HR-03 – PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

I. Players must wear all equipment deemed mandatory by the rules of the Fédération de Hockey sur glace du Québec. The league will not be held responsible if a player gets injured because of his negligence. We strongly recommend the use of a full facial protective gear.

HR-04 – ALCOHOL/DRUGS

I. Any player who comes to play a game under the effect of alcohol or drugs can be prevented from playing by the President, if the player is deemed to be a risk to the safety of the other players in the game.

HR-05 - ABSENCES

I. Any player who plans to be absent from a game must inform the President as soon as possible.
* See also Administrative Rules RA–06, RA–07 and RA–08.

HR-06 - SUBSTITUTES

I. The President is responsible for selecting Substitute players. Every effort will be made to avoid giving an advantage to a team missing a Regular Player. The team’s rank in the standings must not have an impact on the skill level of the substitute to be selected.
II. If a Player decides to reverse his decision after advising the President that he will be absent for a game, he must receive permission from the President. For example, if a Substitute has been confirmed for a game and cannot be reached in order to cancel his attendance, the Regular Player must give up his spot in that game.
III. Only Substitutes having played at least 3 regular season games are eligible to play in playoff games. In the case of new players only, known "SUBS" will be eligible to play.

HR-07- PLAYER TRADES

I. The only objective of a Player Trade will be to resolve the problem of a major imbalance in the league standings.

II. No trades between teams can take place prior to November 1 or after December 15. The only kind of trade permitted between these dates is a trade to replace a Regular Player.                                                                                                                                  

III. The president is ultimately responsible for trading players to maintain the balance between teams.

HR-08 - REFEREES

I. Referees have the right to make errors, and refereeing decisions will be respected by all players. Any player who regularly mouths off, argues with or interferes with the referees’ work will be instructed by the Disciplinary Committee and the president to change his behavior. A bad attitude is a waste of everyone’s time and goes against the purpose of the LFA.
II. Only the Captain or his Assistant have the privilege to speak to the referee, and in a polite and appropriate manner.
III. It is the responsibility of the President to handle any case of referee incompetence.

HR-08.1 : HARASSING OF OFFICIAL OR PERSISTENT DISPUTE OF A VERDICT OF THE REFEREE :

A minor penalty (unsportsmanlike or game delayed) will be imposed to any player which defies or disputes the decisions of the referee after being warned once.

If a player or a goalkeeper persists and continues despite everything, he will receive an additional major misconduct penalty (5mins) and if the persistence of dispute continues afterward, an additional extreme misconduct penalty (10mins) will be imposed on the player 

HR-09 – PENALITIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Note: the following applies to pre-season, regular season and playoff games.

I. Minor penalties are 2 min in stop time

IA. For 5 minute penalties, the player (or his replacement) must serve the full time of the penalty even if the opposing team scores a goal.

IB. The face-off following a penalty will take place in the defending zone of the offending team. Any action or conduct has degrees of severity that can be at their extreme limits liable for suspension and this from the first offense, verbal or physical. Just as a cross check, slashing, tripping or roughing may be considered an «attempted injury» if made intentionally or at a moment and with abusive force resulting in potential injury. The LFA will also adopt a zero tolerance policy regarding verbal abuse (like racist comments or other degrading and disrespectful language as well as physical threats of any kind. ) 

** A penalty for “attempted injury" results in an eviction from the game and an automatic suspension for a minimum of 3 games. The Disciplinary Prefect and the President reserve the right to extend the suspension according to the seriousness of the gesture.

HR-09.1 : PROTECTION AND GOALIE OBSTRUCTION :

Any player that (regardless if voluntary, pushed or accidental) goes under a collision with the goalie and is not making any attempt to avoid the collision will receive a minor goalie obstruction penalty, regardless if the goalie is or not in his crease.

If the puck was to penetrate the goal under such conditions, the goal would not be granted.

The LFA takes to heart the protection of its goalies and reserves the right to crack down against those who act irresponsibly by charging the net and endangering the goalies unnecessarily.

HR-09.2 : PENALTY FOR DELIBERATELY SHOOTING THE PUCK OUT OF THE RINK :

If the referee judges that a player, including the goalkeeper, draws, strikes or shoots intentionally the puck outside the rink, a minor game delay penalty will be imposed, regardless in which zone the infraction occurred.

Important remark: The LFA do not apply the same NHL rules, which systematically penalized a player shooting the puck outside the rink from the defensive zone. 

HR-09.3: THE PUCK REMAINS IN PLAY EVEN IF IT TOUCHES THE PROTECTIVE NET BEHIND THE GOALS

As proposed by the IIHF for 2018, the LFA is moving forward with this new regulation to maximize your playing time so henceforth the referee will not stop the game when the puck touches the protective net.

HR-10 – GAME RUNDOWN

I. Each game has three periods of 22 minutes in running-time with the last minute of play in stop time. The warm-up before the game is 5 minutes.
II. Teams are allowed one time-out a game,
III. 3 points for a regulation time win
     2 points for winning in a shootout
     1 point for the loosing shootout team

HR-10.1 : CHANGE UP  

The league encourages Changes on the fly in order to maximize our ice time and the flow of the game. You are allowed to change at the stoppage of play (except if your team ices the puck (*RH-10.2) and the referee will wait 5 SECONDS once at the face-off before putting the puck back into play. If a team delays the match and is not ready after the 5 seconds they will receive a penalty after the referee's third warning. And another if the team continues to delay the game according to the judgment of the referees.

  • Important Notice: Captains, assistants and regular players are responsible to warn any substitute’s players of this regulation before each game. 

HR-10.2 : NO PLAYER CHANGE ALLOWED FOLLOWING AN ILLEGAL ICING FOR THE FAULTY TEAM :

Following an illegal icing, the faulty team will see itself refused any change of players. The referee will notify the faulty team bench by raising his arm to indicate this prohibition.

After ONE (1) verbal notification made by the referee by team and by game, a minor game delay penalty will be automatically imposed if players have changed.

HR-11 – GAME RUNDOWN, PLAY-OFFS & FINALS

I. For the final, the length of the periods and the type of time-keeping (running- or stop-time) will be decided by the President with the approval of the founding members, depending upon the ice time available.
II. The referees have the option of stopping the game clock or of adding time to the game clock (if ice-time permits) to account for injuries, intentional delay of game (also incurring a minor penalty) and any other circumstance the referee judges to be appropriate.
III. A one minute time-out will be awarded to each team in the playoffs if needed.
III A. Two pools will be created with the team finishing first playing against the number 8,6 and 4 team and the team having finished in second place playing the teams having finished in 7,5 and 3rd place in a mini-round robin. After that, the best two teams from each pool with the most points will play in the sudden death semi-finals.
IV If a semi-final game between ends in a draw, a 5 minute 4 on 4 overtime period will be added. If there is still no winner, a shoot-out round of 3 penalty shots will be held, followed by sudden-death rounds of one penalty shot for each team until one team is the winner.
V. If the championship game ends in a draw a 20-minute overtime period will be added. If there is still no winner, a shoot-out round of 3 penalty shots will be held, followed by sudden-death rounds of one penalty shot for each team until one team is the winner.

HR-12- SHOOTOUTS DURING THE REGULAR SEASON

If a game finishes with a tie, we will immediately have a shootout to determine a winner. Three shooters per-team who will have been selected by the captain prior to the game will take part in the shootout. If still tied after 3 players, a forth player from each team will shoot, followed by a fifth….., etc, until a winner is determined. The winners will have 2 points while the losers will have 1 point.

HR-13- STANDINGS FOR THE REGULAR SEASON 

I. The team ranking for the regular season is determined by:
• Number of points in the standings
• Number of wins (those obtained in regulation time having more weight)
• Head-to-head results between teams
• Goals for and against differential

HR-13A PLAYOFFS (8 TEAMS)


HR-14- SUMMER HOCKEY

The summer season of the LFA applies the same regulations as the regular season. In the playoffs, a 5-week round robin will determine the 4 best teams that will compete in the semifinals following the RH-13 rules of points accumulated in the playoffs. The 1st place team will play against the 4th and 2nd against the 3rd to decide who will play the championship game the following weekend.