Tournament Rules

Official Rules and Guidelines

  1. Each team will play a minimum of four games including the playoffs during this event.
  2. Games will be two periods of fifteen minutes stopped time with shot clock, except U10 division where no shot-clock will be used throughout the tournament.  Pre-game warm ups will be two minutes continuous time. No overtime at the end of regulation time during the preliminary rounds.
  3. One 30 SECOND time out per team per game will be permitted
  4. No game protests will be accepted.
  5. Minor penalties will be 2 minutes and Major penalties will be 4 minutes.
  6. Each team should be at the rink 1 hr before the game and ready to play 15 minutes PRIOR to their scheduled start times. The coach/manager needs to REPORT BEFORE EACH GAME to the tournament registration desk . 
  7. If a difference of seven goals or more exists from the beginning of the second period, the remainder of the game will be played with running time, but will revert to stop time if the gap becomes less than 7.
  8. PLAYOFF FORMAT:
    • Each playoff game will consist of two 15 minute periods stopped-time. There will be an overtime period followed by shootouts until there is a winner and a loser.
    • The following overtime rules will apply:
      1. “One-3-minute” sudden death period will be played with the usual number of players. Penalties being served at the end of regular game play will continue to be served. A coin flip will be used by the officials to determine ring possession at the beginning of the overtime period.
      2. Shootout: Three penalty shots are given each team (the shooters and their order of shooting must be indicated on the score sheet prior to the start of the game). Should a tie persist after the first round of shooters, teams alternate shooters until there is a winner. The ring will be placed inside the centre circle, in the half closest to the net where they are shooting. The goaltender must remain on the goal line until the whistle is blown to signal the shooter to begin.  If the player misses picking up the ring, the shot is finished.  There are no rebounds.  Players will shoot one at a time with the team that did not start the overtime with the ring starting.  Also, a continuous movement must be used, no stopping, no circling around the net is permitted and a player cannot go back from where she came from.  If the goaltender deliberately commits a foul which warrants a penalty, a goal is awarded.
  9. STANDING RANKINGS
    a) The point system for teams ranking in the standings will be as follow: 2 points for a WIN, 1 point for a TIE, & 0 point for a LOSS.
    b) No matter what the score ends up, a team cannot get credited more than a 7 goal difference.
  10. TIE BREAKING RULES
    When two or more teams have an equal number of points after completion of the round robin games, the host is responsible to determine the rankings. When two or more teams have an equal number of points after completion of the two ranking tournaments, the following will determine the rankings. 

    NOTES: The maximum goals for per game is seven (7) more than the goals against.

    If a team(s) has forfeited a game, that team(s) will be ranked the lowest position(s) amongst the tied teams.

    Clarification on the process: As soon as a step is completed and one or more teams are ranked as a result of fully completing that step; go back to the top of the ranking of tied teams process. For example: If 4 teams are tied, a tie between all 4 teams could be broken in step 9. If the tie is only broken between two teams at the end of step 9, then go back to step 1. The ranking of the tied teams will be determined in the following order:

  11. 1. If one of the tied teams has beaten all other tied teams, in every game played between the tied teams, rank that team highest. Note: In a Split Round Robin format, all games count as Round Robin games. In the Split Round Robin format, team “x” is considered as an outside team and their results don’t count for ranking or tie breaking.

    2. If still tied and all tied teams have not played each other equally go directly to rule 7.

    3. If still tied, rank the teams in order of wins between only the tied teams.

    4. If still tied, rank teams in order of the plus/minus (goals for minus goals against) only in games between the tied teams.

    5. If still tied, rank teams using the following formula only in games between the tied teams: Goals For + Goals Against Goals Against (With the highest value being the higher ranked team)

    6. If still tied, rank teams in order of the most goals for only in games between the tied teams.

    7. If still tied, rank the teams in order of wins between all teams.

    8. If still tied, rank teams in order of the plus/minus (goals for minus goals against) in games between all teams.

    9. If still tied, rank teams using the following formula in games between all teams: Goals For + Goals Against Goals Against (With the highest value being the higher ranked team)

    10. If still tied, rank teams in order of the most goals for in games between all teams.

    11. If still tied, rank teams using the least fully served penalty minutes in all games between all teams.

    12. If still tied, rank teams using least penalty minutes in games between the tied teams.

    13. If still tied, rank teams using least penalty minutes in games between all teams.

    14. At this point, if still tied, the following may be considered to break the tie:  a) Coin Toss b) Draw from a hat. 

  12. PLAYERS’ ELIGIBILITY & ROSTERS. All eligible players must be entered on the first game score sheet. The roster must include a unique jersey number for each player. Teams
    must provide a final official game roster entered on S2S prior to the start of the FIRST game with no additions being allowed from then on. The exception to this rule is that injured, sick, or unavailable goalies may be replaced with the assistance/approval of
    tournament organizers.
    A player can only play for one team in a specific age category during this tournament weekend. Players can be called up to a higher age category team, if necessary, with the tournament being advised in advance of the call up. Playing for more than one team in a specific age category will disqualify said player and the games played for the teams will be forfeited.
  13. The team’s manager/coach/responsible must CHECK IN 45 min before each game with the tournament desk.
  14. Teams will be responsible financially for any damage to dressing rooms. Each team should leave the dressing room 25 min. after each game.

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. Team’s OFFICIALS are responsible for their actions and those of their parents and players.  Aggressive or abusive behavior on the part of any player, team official, coaching staff or parent may result in your team being suspended for the balance of the tournament and subsequent participation in the Capital Ringette Classic At all times, the committee of this tournament reserves the right on final interpretation of the rules and has the right to change or alter these rules without any prior notice to act in the best interests of the tournament.

Updated May 8, 2019