Rules, RELM Spring Cup - Girls & Boys House League, 2022-2023, Tournaments (RELM Sports)





May 12-14, 2023


Team Managers are asked to register their team 45 minutes prior to the start of their first tournament game.




  1. Hockey Canada rules will govern all games with the following additional rules for the tournament operation. 

  1. Team must register at the Tournament Office prior to their first gameTeams are to present their Approved Roster at check-in, 

  1. All teams are guaranteed 4 games. 

  1. Only players on the approved roster are eligible to play in the tournament. 

  1. Teams must be prepared to play up to 15 minutes before their schedules start time. 

  1. Home jerseys will be white (or lighter colour). If a colour conflict arises, the home team will be asked to wear their alternate set. If the home team does not have an alternate set, the visiting team will be asked to wear their alternate set. 

  1. If there is a 5-goal spread in the 3rd period, the clock shall become run time until the spread is reduced to less than 5 goals. If during the run time a penalty is assessed, 2-minute penalties will be posted as 3-minutes and 5-minute penalties will be posted as 7-minutes. Teams will not be credited with a score greater than 5 goals.   

  1. No time outs in the preliminary games. One 30 second time out per team, per game, in all semi-final and championship games. 

  1. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make decisions regarding interpretation of the rules, objections and protests. All decisions are final. 

  1. Team association rules in effect for all equipment requirements including mouthguards and neck guards. 

  1. There will be no protests entertained on referee’s decisions. All other decisions on rules, protests and conduct will be made by the Tournament Committee and are final. 

  1. It is the responsibility of the coaches and team officials to ensure that there are 2 team officials (or designated parents) in the dressing room with the players at all times, from the time the players enter the room to the last player leaving. Dressing rooms are to be cleared, inspected and keys left in the dressing room door within 30 minutes of the game ending. The bench and dressing room is to be cleaned by departing team. Any damage found by arriving team is to be reported to the tournament office. Any damages that occur will be the responsibility of the team and bills for damages will be assessed and could result in the team being expelled from the balance of the tournament. 

  1. Game duration: stop time in minutes

U9 = 10-10-10
U11 = 10-10-10
U13 = 10-10-15
U15/18 = 12-12-12

  1. Pre-game Warm-Ups: 

  1. The warm up will be 3 minutes  

  1. The handshake will take place at the end of the game in a timely manner. 

  1. Ice will be flooded prior the start of each game. 

  1. The tournament photographer is authorized to access to the player bench and penalty box to take photographs during play, the photographer assumes all liability. 


Tie Breakers

Following are the tie breaking rules for determining Division standings and Wild Card Teams “in order” (once a tie breaking rule is used or not applicable, it will not be used again) 

  1. Most Points (2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) 

  1. Winner of head-to-head game (only if two teams are tied) 

  1. Goal Differential: 

  • Goals For ÷ (Goals For + Goals Against) 

  1. Fewest goals against 

  1. Fewest penalty minutes in all games played 

  1. The team that scored the earliest goal in their round robin game involving the tied teams 

  1. Coin flip (team from farthest away will call the flip, winner of flip gets higher position) 



Overtime Rules

  1. No overtime in round robin games. 

  1. Semi Final and Championship games:  

  1. if tied a 3 minute 3 on 3 over time will take place (teams do not change ends).  

  1. In the event the game remains tied after 3 minutes a best of three alternating shootout will occur, with the home team shooting second. If still tied a sudden victory shootout will commence with the rest of the team’s players. No player may shoot twice until all players on the team (except goaltenders) have had a turn.

Skills Competition

 Please see the document for information on the Skills Competition