Tournament Rules, Oktoberfest Tournament (Kitchener Minor Hockey)

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KITCHENER MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

46th ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST INTERNATIONAL ATOM TOURNAMENT

October 25-27, 2019

 

Follow tournament news and scores on the KMHA website at

www.kitchenerminorhockey.comThere are 95 Teams participating.

 

This Tournament is dedicated to the memory of Mr. T. Graham (d. 2019)

who was the President of KMHA and Oktoberfest Tournament Director.

 

The objective of the Oktoberfest International Atom Tournament

is to provide exciting, fun-filled and competitive hockey for all participants,

teams and fans.

Kitchener Minor Hockey Association firmly believes that all players,

coaches and team officials have the right to participate and compete in

a tournament free of harassment.  Therefore the Tournament operating

committee will not tolerate any abusive or unsportsmanlike behaviour

directed at any individual involved in the Tournament.

It is the responsibility of each Coach and Coaching Staff to ensure that

all team members behave in a respectful manner at all times while

at the Tournament.  Parents and fans will also be held to a high standard

and shall be required to act in a Sportsmanlike and respectful manner.

We thank all participants for taking part in this 46th annual event. May you

all leave this Tournament weekend with great memories filled with lots of

new and lasting friendships.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

This Tournament is for minor Atom age 2006 2010 Boys, Atom age 2005 2009 Boys

 and Atom age 2009/2010 Girls.

The Boys Divisions will comprise AAA, AA, A and Minor Development/AE.

The Girls Division will comprise Girls B/C.

 

Boys

Atom AAA consists of 10 Teams in 2 Groups.

Atom AA consists of 15 Teams in 3 Groups.

Atom A consists of 16 Teams in 4 Groups.

Atom MD consists of 6 Teams in 1 Group.

mAtom AAA consists of 11 Teams in 2 Groups.

mAtom AA consists of 16 Teams in 4 Groups.

mAtom A consists of 7 Teams in 1 Group.

mAtom MD consists of 9 Teams in 3 Groups.

 

Girls

Atom B/C consists of 5 Teams in 1 Group.

 

Hockey Canada and Alliance Hockey Official Rules will be in effect

for all Tournament games. See also local tournament rule(s) herein. 

 

All Coaches and team staff are encouraged

to review Hockey Canada and Alliance Hockey Official Rules prior to the

start of the Tournament.

Each participating team must be registered with Hockey Canada or

USA Hockey.

All teams must provide Tournament officials at the time of registration

a Travel permit, and official Team Roster and their approved Affiliate

player lists prior to playing your first game of the Tournament.

Each team must provide a contact person and a cell phone number

to be contacted by Tournament officials during the Tournament.

The Tournament office at each of our facilities will post team Dressing room

assignments.  All team coaches and managers must sign Game sheets before each game.

Team managers must obtain dressing room keys from the Tournament office

leaving vehicle keys as a deposit.

Dressing room keys must be returned to the Tournament office

within thirty minutes following the end of the game. Dressing rooms must

be free of any refuse by placing it in the containers provided.

Teams will be responsible for any damages or littering to Dressing

rooms and any other Arena facilities.

 

ARENAS:

All teams will play at one or more of the City local arenas listed.

The Activa Sport Twin-pad Complex

Don McLaren Arena (KCI)

Grand River Arena

Lions Arena at Rittenhouse Dr.

The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 3-pad Complex

The Sportsworld Crossing-Twin-pad Complex

Cambridge Mall,  (355 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge) Cambridge

 

RULES AND FORMAT

The games schedule and scores will be posted at the Activa Sport Complex

and on the website at www.kitchenerminorhockey.com

The Preliminary Round games will begin on Friday October 25th

and will continue through Saturday October 26th, 2019.

Playoff and Championship games will be played on Sunday October 27th.

All teams are guaranteed (4) games.

Teams will play two (2) games on Friday and two (2) games on Saturday during the Preliminary Round.

The maximum number of games a Team could play in the Tournament will be seven (7).

All teams must be prepared to start their games up to (15) minutes

prior to the scheduled start time.  Teams not ready to play at scheduled start time will

be subject to local rules penalty at direction of the Tournament official present.

Two (2) points will be awarded for each WIN and (1) one point for each TIE

in the Preliminary Round. There will be No Overtime played during

Preliminary Round games. 

All Preliminary Round Tournament games will be three (3) periods of stop-time hockey

(10-12-12), with a 5 goal differential mercy rule applied to the 3rd period per local rules.

 All playoff and final games will be three (3) periods of stop-time hockey

(10-12-12) with NO mercy rule applied.  There will be a flood before each game.

There will be a (2) two minute Rest Period between the second and

third period in all Tournament games.

Teams are not allowed on the ice surface until the Zamboni doors are closed

and a coach is present and on ice Officials are present (no exception).

Teams must have two sets of game Jerseys.

Boys -  The team listed as Home team will wear Dark colored jerseys.

Teams listed as Away or Visitor will wear Light colored jerseys.

Girls - The team listed as Home team will wear Light colored jerseys.

Teams listed as Away or Visitor will wear Dark colored jerseys.

In the event of a color conflict or dispute the

Tournament official present reserves the right to make the final decision.

 

As a sanctioned Hockey Canada, Alliance Hockey, and OWHA event, any intentional

or careless body checking is prohibited.  Incidental contact while

establishing position, taking away the lane, or battling for possession

is acceptable within reason. Referee judgment will prevail.

 

APPROVED NECK PROTECTORS ARE MANDATORY for all players participating in this Tournament. (exemptions as made by Hockey Canada with appropriate paper work considering home jurisdiction rules).

 

Mouth GUARDS THOUGH 0PTIONAL, ALLIANCE HOCKEY STRONGLY RECOMMENDS ALL

PLAYERS “WEAR” A Mouth Guard.

 

TIE BREAKING PROCEDURE FOLLOWING PRELIMINARY ROUND:

In the event two or more teams are tied in total points for determining 1st Place in a Group

and where applicable – 2nd Place in a Group or any Wildcard position(s) in the Division at the end of the Preliminary Round,

the following procedure will be instituted in the order listed below to break a tie or ties:

 

1.        The higher ratio of “(Goals Scored For)/(Goals Scored For + Goals Scored Against)” using all

Preliminary Round games.

If 1. does not resolve the tie -

2.        WINNER OF HEAD TO HEAD GAME BETWEEN 2 TEAMS (will only apply when there are 2 teams in a tie breaker and they have played each other in the Preliminary Round and a winner was declared, otherwise proceed to 3.).

If teams are still tied -

3.        The team with the MOST ‘WINS’ using all Preliminary Round games.

If teams are still tied -

4.        The team with the LEAST AMOUNT OF ‘GOALS AGAINST’ using all Preliminary Round games.

If teams are still tied -

5.        The Team with the MOST GOALS ‘SCORED FOR’ using all Preliminary Round games.

If teams are still tied -

6.        Team with the ‘LOWEST NUMBER of penalty minutes’ using all Preliminary Round games.

If teams are still tied -

7.        A COIN TOSS BY THE TOURNAMENT CHAIR or designate.

 

For greater clarity, where multiple teams are involved in a tie breaking procedure, individual teams can be eliminated from the tie as the procedure continues from the above 1. and so on.

 

PLAYOFF AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES:

Playoff games consist of Quarter-finals (in the Boys AAA Divisions) and Semi-finals (all Boys Divisions) and Finals (all Divisions) which are to be played on Sunday October 27th, 2019.

 

In the Boys AAA Divisions, two Quarter-final games will be played by Teams finishing 2nd and 3rd in each Group, with winners proceeding to Semi-final games (SF) against Group winners.  Teams losing the Quarter-final games are eliminated.

 

In all Boys AA, A and MD Divisions, winners of Semi-final games will proceed to the Championship final.  Teams losing the Semi-final games are eliminated.  The Semi-final teams will be seeded as 1, 2, 3 and 4 based on highest to lowest point total and Tie-breaking formula from Preliminary Round play.  Seed 1 will play 4 and 2 will play 3.  If the Semi-final opponents 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 result in match-ups that have already met in the Preliminary Round, the Tournament Director at his sole discretion may determine that Seed 1 will play Seed 3 and Seed 2 will play Seed 4 if by these match-ups no teams have met in the Preliminary Round. 

 

In the Girls Division, the 1st and 2nd Place Teams following the Preliminary Round will proceed to the Championship final.

 

The highest seed shall be designated the Home Team in all Quarter-final, Semi-final and Championship games.

 

Overtime will be played, if necessary, in all Play-off and Championship

games.  All Play-off and Championship overtime play will be Sudden Victory.

OVERTIME FORMAT:

If tied after 3 periods of play, games will consist of (1) one (10) ten minute stop-time period

 of (4 on 4) four on four Sudden Victory overtime. 

Teams may substitute players freely during the overtime period.

 

IF THE GAME IS NOT DECIDED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TEN (10)

MINUTE OVERTIME PERIOD: A (3) THREE PLAYER NHL STYLE SHOOT- OUT

WILL TAKE PLACE.

The Team that scores the MOST goals during the shoot-out will advance.

IF THE TEAMS ARE STILL TIED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FIRST

SHOOT OUT ROUND:

A SUDDEN VICTORY SHOOT-OUT, WILL TAKE PLACE UNTIL ONE

TEAM HAS SCORED (1) ONE MORE GOAL THAN THE OTHER TEAM.

A PLAYER MAY NOT SHOOT AGAIN UNTIL ALL PLAYERS

ON EACH TEAM, EXCLUDING GOALIES, HAVE HAD AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SHOOT.

RNAMENT RULES

GAME OFFICIALS:

All games will be officiated by registered HOCKEY CANADA,

OHF and ALLIANCE HOCKEY officials.

Referees shall judge all goals from the ice.

All Tournament games will be officiated by a two (2) person officiating crew.

PLEASE NOTE:

Spectators are not “PERMITTED” to enter the change areas or

DRESSING ROOMS at any time. It is the duty of Team mangers to respect

this rule at all times.

There will be NO TIME OUTS permitted in the Preliminary Round or Quarter-final or Semi-final

games in this Tournament.  Each Team in the Championship Final game

will be permitted one (1) TIME-OUT of 30 seconds.  No additional time-outs will

be allowed should the Championship Final game proceed to overtime.

Game times will commence with a Three (3) minute warm-up, beginning

when the Zamboni doors close.

The timekeeper shall signal the end of the warm-up and commencement

of first period of play by sounding the buzzer and re-setting the game clock.

A maximum 19 players including up to 2 goalies in full uniform and

team officials (up to a MAXIMUM OF 5) will be permitted in the

players bench area during game play.

 

Local Rules of Tournament

 

1.        5-goal differential mercy rule – During Preliminary Round games where there is a 5-goal

differential at any point in the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period (eg. a score of 6 -1), the time clock will run straight time for the remainder of that game,  regardless of whether the goal differential becomes less than 5 (eg. a score of 6 – 2).

During straight run time, the referee at their sole discretion may instruct the timekeeper to stop the clock for a player injury.  All minor penalties occurring during straight run time will be of 3-minute duration.

 

The 5-goal differential mercy rule does not apply to Quarter-final or Semi-final play-off or Championship-final games.

 

2.        Game start time – the game start time is listed in the tournament program and on the

tournament website.  The listed game start time may be moved ahead by up to 15 minutes

upon prior notice by the on-duty Tournament official to the coach or manager of each team.

In the event the Tournament is behind schedule, the on-duty Tournament official will make

best efforts to determine a new game start time and notify the coach or manager of each

team. Teams who are not ready to participate at the game start time can forfeit their 3minute

warm-up period. The Tournament official present in consultation with the referee may

impose further sanction to a team that is not ready to participate at the game start time such

as assigning a minor penalty for delay of game.

 

3.        Forfeit – in the unlikely event that a team forfeits a game (excluding a force majeure event in 4.i below), that team will be registered with a 2-0 loss and their opponent (provided they are ready and able to play) will be awarded a 2-0 win.

 

4.        Force majeure – in the event of: i) OPP closure of Provincial Highway 401 within 90km of Kitchener that results in a team arriving late to play a scheduled Preliminary Round game, or ii) a power outage at the arena facility or iii) the City of Kitchener declaring a concern with playability of the ice surface; the Tournament Director at his sole discretion may elect to delay the start time and play the game in its’ entirety, or shorten the allotted game or reschedule the game to a later time that day – subject to ice availability and opponent’s schedule, or declare the game to be a 1-1 tie.

For the Tournament website, please visit  www.kitchenerminorhockey.com

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