Playing rules

• This is a full slapshot, NO CHECK league playing by USA hockey rules.

• Fighting will not be tolerated, and will result in expulsion from the game (game misconduct), and expulsion from the league.

• To speed up the game, Blue line icing will be in effect.

• RULE 601 - Abuse of officials and other misconduct
(a) - Any player who challenges or disputes the rulings of any Official or endeavors to incite an opponent (including taunting) or create a disturbance during the game shall be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. If the player persists in such challenge or dispute, he shall be assessed a misconduct penalty, and any further dispute by the same player will result in a game misconduct penalty being assessed.

LAHPA Modification - Any player who receives a second penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ejected from the game. This applies to both a second unsportsmanlike penalty assessed during the same incident, or a seperate incident later in the game. This ejection is not considered a Game Misconduct and does not carry an additional suspension. At the referee's discretion, a Game Miscoduct may still be assessed. Note: A goalies first penalty will be served by a player, the second will result in the ejection.

Other examples of unsportsmanlike conduct will also be covered by this rule, intentionally shooting the puck away from an official, throwing sticks or other objects out of the rink, not proceeding directly to the penalty box when instructed, etc.

For a full definition of this and other rules the USA Hockey Rule Book is available as a PDF online at USAhockey.com.

Equipment requirements

• Full hockey equipment is required.
• Helmets must have at least a half face shield.

Games/Overtime

• Unless otherwise noted, games will be 3 - 18 minute running clock periods.
• Stop time will be allowed in 1 goal games in the final 2 minutes of the game.
• Playoff tied games will have a 4 minute, 4 on 4 sudden death overtime period. If no winner is decided, a best of 3 shoot-out, and then sudden death shoot-out.
• There are no overtimes during the regular season.

Rosters/Substitute Players

• Scorekeeper will have team rosters prior to game.
• A team can use subs from the same league as long as their total number of skaters does not go past 7, 8 if you count the goalie. The meaning behind it is to have 1 forward sub, and 1 defensive sub.
• If you feel you need additional subs beyond that number, you need to petition the other team captain and refs, prior to the game. If the other captain agrees, they have removed all chance for objection.
• If additional team players arrive late to the game, the subs have to leave, unless their staying is approved by the opposing team captain.
• If additional subs show up during the game. They need to be approved by the opposing teams captain and the refs.
• Any person, friend, or relative, who is not signed up in the league in which your game is being played, or not registered with USA hockey, is not allowed to play.
• If you do not disclose the use of subs to the other team, or if you allow a player that should not be allowed to substitute as described as above, it is the same as stacking your team, and you will forfeit the game.
• Goalie subs have to be from the same league as well, and if one cannot be obtained non-league goalie subs would be assigned by the league. (Non-league, meaning other levels of play, or other USA hockey registered goalies that have been displaced from the league. We give some flexibility with the goalies, not much of a game without them.) Click here for goalie subs.
• No substitute players are allowed during the playoffs.

The goal here is to have good competitive games...

Player/Referee Code of Conduct

All participants in the LAHPA agree at all times to abide by USA Hockey’s Codes of Conduct to:
• Promote safety and sportsmanship.
• Play for fun.
• Work hard to improve your skills.
• Be a team player - get along with your teammates.
• Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
• Be on time for practices and games.
• Learn the rules and play by them. Always be a good sport.
• Respect your coach, your teammates, your parents, opponents, and officials.
• Never argue with an official’s decision.
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LAHPA rules from registration form

1. I must be at least eighteen (18) years of age (unless waiver from parent playing in the league)
2. I hereby absolve and release the LAHPA, its officers, players, ice rinks (including Iceland Sports Complex), rink staff, and management, and all others involved in any way with this league from liability for any injury to person or property incurred by or as a result of my participation in this league.
3. I acknowledge that I play completely at my own risk!!!
4. I understand that this is a full slapshot, NO CHECK league with the following major rules of play:
a. No checking / hitting on open ice or against the boards, no carrying someone into the boards.
b. Contact is to be avoided, recognizing that "incidental contact" in unavoidable.
c. Avoiding injuries is foremost in everyone's mind. Everyone has fun and returns to work on Monday morning.
d. Players may "rub another off the puck" if their position allows.
e. Players along the boards may "contain" each other, pinching them off.
f. Play in front of the net must exclude slashing, crosschecking, hooking, etc.....
g. USA Hockey rules and regulations will be followed.
h. Facemasks are mandatory (half-shield minimum)
5. I agree that fighting will not be tolerated, and will result in expulsion from the game (game misconduct), and expulsion from the league.
6. I agree at all times to abide by USA Hockey’s Codes of Conduct for Players listed below
• Promote safety and sportsmanship.
• Play for fun.
• Work hard to improve your skills.
• Be a team player - get along with your teammates.
• Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
• Be on time for practices and games.
• Learn the rules and play by them. Always be a good sport.
• Respect your coach, your teammates, your parents, opponents, and officials.
• Never argue with an official’s decision.