Snowflake Tournament Rules



2023 Sudbury Girls Snowflake Challenge Rules

OWHA Sanction #2324102

  1. Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex (AKA Countryside Arena in Ramp) is the Official Tournament Headquarters.

  2. All House League games will consist of 3 periods (10-10-12 minutes), stop time periods. U-9 House League and Competitive jamboree games will be played on ¾ ice pad at Northern Hockey Academy (NHA) and consist of 2 - 23 minute periods. These will be full ice games at NHA.

  3. There will be a 3 minute warm-up prior to each game. All games begin immediately upon completion of the 3 minute warm up. The clock will not stop at the opening mark but will continue until the first stoppage of the game.

  4. All teams MUST be available to play up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

  5. One team official must verify the roster via RAMP prior to the game start.

  6. Hockey Canada and OWHA rules shall apply. The OWHA minimum suspension guidelines will be strictly enforced according to the current OWHA Constitution, By-laws, and Regulations & Rules.

  7. Players will shake hands after each game with GLOVES ON.

  8. If the goal spread at any time of the third period reaches 5 goals, the clock will run until the spread is reduced to 3 goals, then stop time will resume. The clock may be stopped at the Referee’s discretion for injury or for intentional delay of game.

  9. One - 30 second timeout will be allowed for each team ONLY during Quarter, Semi-Final, and Championship games. Overtime is NOT a new game. There is NO TIMEOUT in Round Robin Games.

  10. A maximum 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders may be registered with each team.

  11. All players and team officials must be signed in on the RAMP app by the team manager. Players may only participate with 1 designated team in a tournament and may only participate in 1 tournament on any date.

  12. To be eligible to participate in the tournament, the participant’s name must appear on the official OWHA team roster. Changes to the roster must be made in writing and will not be permitted after registration prior to the first game. The use of an official OWHA Pickup can only be accessed inside your teams RAMP account, paper copies are no longer accepted. Failing to do so may result in forfeiture of games. Players on Ontario teams must be registered with the OWHA.

  13. Teams will be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss.

  14. Standings after the round robin will be calculated on the basis of the points awarded as per rule # 13. In the event of a tie, the following criteria will be used to break the tie:

    1. Number of wins

    2. Winner between the tied teams when they played head to head. (Applies to 2 way ties only, 3 or more teams tied start with tie breaker 14c.

    3. Percentage as calculated by dividing team’s total “Goals For” by the SUM of the team’s “Goals For and Goals Against”. TGF / (GF+GA) = % (See Chart )

    4. Fewest Goals Against.

    5. Most Goals For.

    6. Fewest Penalty Minutes.

    7. Coin Toss.

    Follow tie breaking rules in order. Once a tie breaking rule has been used or is not applicable, it cannot be used again.

  15. For any misconduct, game misconduct or gross misconduct, ten (10) minutes will be utilized towards the PIMs for the particular game the offence occurred.

  16. In U9 divisions - teams will play 4 round robin games. No championship finals as per Hockey Canada.

  17. In 4 team divisions - all teams advance to semi-finals.

  18. In 6 team division - two pools of three, teams will play 3 round robin games, crossing over to play the opposing pools. For playoffs, teams will revert back to their own pool for both the quarter-finals (3rd place vs 2nd place), with the winner playing 1st place team in same pool in semi-final. Winners of semi-finals advance to championship final.

  19. In 8 team division - two pools of four, teams will play 3 round robin games within their own pool. For playoffs, teams will cross-over pools for quarter finals (4th in B vs 1st in A, 3rd in B vs 2nd in A, 2nd in B vs 3rd in A, and 1st in B vs 4th in A etc.) Winners advance to semi-finals.

  20. Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Championship games are played to a winner. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, a sudden victory 5-minute overtime will commence. Teams will play 4 on 4 plus Goalies (see format for rules). Players may be changed at any time. Goalies may be “pulled” at any time and a substitute player from the bench may be used. If still tied, a shoot out will occur

  21. Shootouts: Teams do not change ends for Overtime or Shoot Outs. Each team must designate 3 shooters (S1, S2, S3) onto the shootout sheet provided by the Timekeeper/Arena Convenor prior to the start of the game. Any player serving a penalty at the end of overtime will not be eligible to participate in the shootout and will remain in penalty box. All players except shooter and goalies will be on the bench. Once a player has shot, they will go to the penalty box. Shooters from both teams will shoot separately starting at centre ice. The visiting team will shoot first. This is a best of 3 shootout. If still tied, each team will designate one shooter at a time until there is a winner (sudden victory). A player may not shoot for a second time until all players on the official game sheet (except goalies & players serving penalties) have shot.

  22. Home teams must wear light-coloured jerseys where possible. In the event of a conflict, the Home team must change their jerseys. Visiting teams will advise opposing team of any conflict 30 minutes prior to game.

  23. The tournament schedule will be uploaded into RAMP; all game codes will be found on each teams respective RAMP login. If you are unsure how to locate/access RAMP, please ask your Association Registrar or Administrator for assistance. Do not call the OWHA requesting access. Your Association has been provided with access information for all teams. Teams are responsible for ensuring they indicate players and bench staff participating in every game within RAMP as well as ensuring jersey numbers are noted (if not showing). Goal scorers and penalties cannot be entered if jersey numbers are not showing in the system.

  24. At the end of the game, the referee must sign the RAMP gamesheet.

  25. Flooding of the ice will occur at the end of each game or between periods as required and may be deferred at the Tournament Officials discretion.

  26. It is the team’s responsibility to ensure a clean dressing room is left upon completion of their game. All teams are requested to vacate the dressing room 30 minutes or less after their game is completed.

  27. Any team who creates a disturbance either inside the rink or outside the rink, (i.e., Hotel) that is reported to Tournament Officials, will be subject to disciplinary action. All teams are reminded that they are ambassadors in the community, representing not only their particular team but the SDGHA, their Home Association and Female Hockey in general.

  28. The decisions of Tournament Officials are final with no appeals.


The SDGHA Tournament Committee reserves itself the final word

on the interpretation of the rules.

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