Tournament Rules, Oktoberfest Tournament (Kitchener Minor Hockey)

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KITCHENER MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION  

47th ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST INTERNATIONAL U10/U11 TOURNAMENT 

October 22 - 242021 

 

Follow tournament news and scores on the KMHA website at 

www.kitchenerminorhockey.com.  There are 85 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 U10 and U11 Tournament ito 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 47th 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 U10 age 200Boys, and U11 age Boys. 

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

 

Boys 

U11 AAA consists of 10 Teams in 2 Groups. 

U11 AA consists of 15 Teams in 3 Groups. 

U11 A consists of 16 Teams in 4 Groups. 

U11 MD consists of 6 Teams in 1 Group. 

U10 AAA consists of 11 Teams in 2 Groups. 

U10 AA consists of 16 Teams in 4 Groups. 

U10 A consists of 7 Teams in 1 Group. 

U10 MD consists of 9 Teams in 3 Groups. 

 

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 manage your electronic 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. (unless a COVID protocol requires earlier.)  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 Sportsplex 

Don McLaren Arena  

Grand River Arena 

Lions Arena at Rittenhouse Dr. 

The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (Kinsman, Kiwanis, Dom Cardillo) 

Sportsworld Arena  

 

All arenas have varying Covid protocols please visit the tournament COVID page for details.) 

 

 

RULES AND FORMAT 

The games schedule and scores will be posted at the Activa Sport Complex and on the website at www.kitchenerminorhockey.comWe ask that spectators use the website to check statistics in order to minimise points of contact.  

The Preliminary Round games will begin on Friday October 22thand will continue through Saturday October 23th, 2019. 

Playoff and Championship games will be played on Sunday October 24th.  

 

All teams are guaranteed (4) games.  

 

To the best of our ability 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 six (6). 

 

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 the 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 (10-10-12), 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 gamesTeams are not allowed on the ice surface until the Zamboni doors are closed and a coach is present and on ice Officials are present (nexception). 

 

Teams must have two sets of game Jerseys. 

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

Teams listed as Away or Visitor will wear Light 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, OHF, and Alliance Hockey 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. 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 2.). 

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

Preliminary Round games.  

 

This will be displayed on the website at www.kitchenerminorhockey.com 

 

If 1 or subsequently 2. does not resolve the tie  

 

-The team with the MOST WINS’ using all Preliminary Round games 

 

If teams are still tied - 

  1. The team with the LEAST AMOUNT OF GOALS AGAINST using  all  Preliminary  Round games. 

 

If teams are still tied - 

  1. The Team with the MOST GOALS SCORED FOR using all Preliminary Round games. 

 

If teams are still tied - 

  1. Team with the LOWEST NUMBER of penalty minutes using all Preliminary Round games. 

 

If teams are still tied - 

  1. 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 2. and so on. 

 

PLAYOFF AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: 

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

 

In all Boys AAA, 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.   

 

The highest seed shall be designated the Home Team in all, 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.  Each Team in the Championship Semi Final and 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. 

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. Force majeure – in the event ofi) 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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