GHGHL League Play Rules



GHGHL League Play Rules

  1. Schedules:

(a) A minimum of 4 weeks notice is required for any Regular season game to be rescheduled. Teams taking part in tournaments during the playoff season must declare these tournament dates prior to Playoff scheduling. There will be no rescheduling of Playoff games unless mutually agreed upon by both Associations.


(b) No games will be played during the Christmas Break, March Break or Easter Weekend. The March break duration is typically a period of 9 days beginning the weekend before March Break week and ending the weekend after March Break week. GHGHL does not prohibit games from being played during this period, and centers can schedule games during this period if both teams agree.


(c) No games are to be canceled or rescheduled except in cases of extreme weather situations. Association Contacts are to manage all extreme weather situations and game cancellations.

(d) The Regular season will start in October and end January. (Reviewed yearly) Season will consist of the following:

  1. Novice - 20 games - Staggered season starts Nov 1
  2. Atom - 14 games
  3. Peewee - 16 games
  4. Bantam - 18 games
  5. Midget/Intermediate - 20 games


(e) Playoffs start the first Saturday in February and end either the end of March or early April depending on the year. All divisions except Novice will be placed in playoff pods base on regular season points, play 6 playoff games and Super Sunday. Novice plays straight regular season games then place into pods at Super Sunday.


(f)Mandatory for teams or Association Representatives to attend the scheduling meeting knowing their ice times. Calendars and forms for scheduling will be distributed to each Centre Convenor prior to the scheduling meeting.


  1. Team Rosters
  • Association representatives are to provide a copy of OWHA certified team rosters for each GHGHL team to the Executive by Nov 15th. Note Official roster is needed, not unsigned waivers to participate in League play. Any changes that occur later, have updated roster sent in asap.
  • Trainers - You must have a female trainer on your bench, if you do not have a female trainer you may use a male trainer however if there is an injury on the ice the female trainer from the other team and the male trainer from your team will both attend to the injured player on the ice. If your team does not have a carded trainer present at a game - your team must ask to use the opposing teams trainer and he/she must sign both sides (both teams) of the game sheet as per OWHA guidelines. Only Trainers attend to injuries on the ice.
  • No overage players will be allowed in any division of this league unless approved by the Executive.


  1. Pick-up Players:


A Pick-Up player/goalie must be from a lower division within the same Association, however with exceptions noted for goalies and during playoffs. Again some exceptions may apply for goalies.


(a) No Pick-Up players are to be used in league games unless a team has less than 10 skaters and 1 goalie. In this case they will be permitted to Pick-Up enough players to provide them with a maximum of 10 skaters and 1 goalie. Impacted Association must notify the other Association of Pick-Up players and ensure it is noted on the game sheet. Only may Pick-up maximum of 3 players. Limit the use of the same is 3 times during the regular season.


(b) Use of the same Pick-Up player limited to  3 times per season.  Use of Pick-Up players must be done in accordance with OWHA rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and must be clearly marked on the game sheet as PU.


(c) Use of other Association goalies is permissible during regular season and playoffs. This should be applied only when the impacted Association cannot acquire a Pick-Up first from within their own Association. When a goalie from another Association is to be used, permission is required by the affected Association House League Convenors as well as the GHGHL Executive.


(d) There will be NO lateral movement of players, for any reason during regular season, playoffs and Super Sunday or within the league. No player may play for more than one team in her centre


  1. Game Sheet, Time Clock & Curfews

(a) In Arenas where the assigned game time is subject to curfew a rostered member of the coach staff from both teams are required to initial next to the curfew notices on the game sheet prior to the start of the game. There should also be a check mark on the OTHER box. If no curfew time is assigned or initialed on the game sheet and the game was, in fact, subject to a curfew then the game can be subjected to be replayed at the home team's expense if so directed by the GHGHL Association Representatives.


(b) A three minute warm-up shall be set and run on the score clock at the beginning of each game.


(c) Bench Staff must print names, sign all game sheets and write their teams OWHA number on the game sheet. OWHA stickers or Association stickers can be used.


(d) Referees and timekeepers must print and sign their names (referee’s #’s) on all gamesheets. Note all 3 Penalty Rule for the all-league play games and includes playoffs


(e) All regular season and playoff games will consist of 3 stop time periods (10 - 10 -12) and possibly subject to a curfew time.


(f) Team officials are required to keep a copy of all played games in case of scoring discrepancies. Home teams should also forward or submit the copy original copy online.


(g) Games will only be played with Two Referees - No game in the GHGHL shall be played if there are less than two referees present. If only one referee or no referees show up, no official game will take place. In the case of a game delay (waiting for officials), teams must remain as long as possible in the interest of completing the game. If there is only one referee, he or she will be required to leave the ice and not take part in any on ice activity. The game will be considered a No Show…


  1. Reporting of Games Results

(a) Home teams are responsible for inputting game results on the Greater Hamilton Girls Hockey League website at, with the visiting team then confirming the game report. Game reports include final score, player's goals and assists and penalty minutes as well as goalie stats (if possible). Associations are responsible to submit team rosters with player numbers for each team playing in the GHGHL prior to the start of the season.


(b) Each Association controls access for their teams to input scores. They will also decide if this will be controlled by their House League Rep or designate. However, it is the responsibility of the Home team to have the game report filed in a timely manner. Coaches (or designated scoring submitter) are to submit scores online within 72 hrs after the game was played. If the Home team has not reported the score on the GHGHL site after a period of 72 hrs, a $25 fine will be assessed to the Home team.


(c) All regular season scoring discrepancies must be reported before confirming the game report online. A copy of the game sheet(s) are required to prove accurate scores for all disputes.


  1. d) Game Changes - teams must give at least 72 hrs notice of a cancellation & must agree to a reschedule date within 1 week (home team will offer 2 ice slots - visiting team may also offer ice) - must both agree to date. If no agreed to reschedule date - contact your GHGHL Rep. If a team is a “no show” they will incur the costs of referees and timekeepers (up to $100) & they will forfeit the game.

**NOTE: Do not use player absenteeism as a reason for last minute cancellations - use the “Pick up” player rule. As per OWHA rules a 5-0 loss for forfeits and GHGHL President notified. (OWHA Forfeiture Policy 4-19 6.) Insufficient players (fewer than a goaltender and three (3) other players.


(e)League Cancellations Due to Weather - GHGHL President or Executive member is to be informed, Association Contacts are to manage all extreme weather situations and game cancellations. Re-book in the allowed time frame.


(f) All playoff scoring discrepancies must be reported to your Associations Convenor (or designated scoring submitter) before confirming the game report online. A copy of the game sheet(s) are required to prove accurate scores for all disputes.


(f) Forfeit Games: Forfeit team must reimburse the host Association for cost of referees and timekeepers if they chose to forfeit. Associations can also workout alternative arrangements or reschedule to avoid a forfeit. Forfeit team will receive 0-5 loss as per OWHA Rules and GHGHL President will be notified.


(g) There shall be no more than a five (5) - goal spread posted on the scoreboard during any game in this league.


  1. OWHA Rules and Regulations will apply to all other situations.


  1. If there is a tie in points after the regular season or when establishing pods for playoffs the following criteria shall be used to break the tie:

(a) Number of wins

(b) Fewest losses

(c) Head to Head

(d) Fewest penalty minutes during season

(e) Goals scored minus goals against during season

(f) Coin toss


  1. Three Penalties Rule

Any player who receives 3 (three) minor penalties in one game will be ejected. This game ejection is only for the remainder of that game when the third minor penalty is accessed.


  1. Player Suspensions

"All Suspensions or Misconducts under the direct jurisdiction of OWHA and must be managed in accordance with OWHA protocol". This includes: players, coaches, trainers and managers. GHGHL reserves the right to add additional discipline measures on top of but can’t overturn or reduce OWHA rulings.

All GM’s, MP’s, and GRM’s will be reported first to the OWHA as mandated within 24hrs and then to Discipline at within 72hrs. Information collected will be used to keep track of, maintain a list of repeat offenders and all suspendable offenses to help shape or recommend further discipline measures. Failure to not report suspendable offenses will adhere to a fine as noted in the League Operational Manual

GHGHL Playoff Rules


  1. Each game will consist of two 10-minute stop time periods and one 12- minute stop time period, subject to curfews, which must be noted on game sheet.


  1. Points will be awarded as follows: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss.


  1. Home team must report score to within 24 hours of the game. Subject to $25 league fine.


  1. Forfeit Games: the away team must reimburse the host Association for cost of referees, ice time and timekeepers. Associations can also workout an alternative arrangement. Forfeit team will receive 0-5 loss


  1. If there is a tie in points after the round robin games, the following criteria will be used to break the tie:

(a) Number of wins

(b) Least number of losses

(c) Head to Head

(d) Fewest penalty minutes in round robin play

(e) Goals scored minus the goals against in round robin games

(f) Coin toss

  1. One 30 second timeout per team will be allowed Championship Final games only.




  • Games will consist of 10 - 10 -12 minute stop-time periods, SUBJECT TO CURFEW. This will be reviewed annually and subject to change based on available ice times.
  • If a goal differential of 5 (or greater) is reached during the game, run-time will be in effect until the differential is reduced to less than 5 or until the game is complete.
  • If the game is tied at the end of regulation, shootout will take place immediately after the regulation time. Teams will not switch ends at the end of the 3rd period. This will be reviewed yearly and is subject to change depending on ice availability.
  • Each team will designate their shooters and the order that they will shoot before the start of the game (entire team).
  • The first three shooters from each team will shoot, one from each team simultaneously, total goals for all three shooters.
  • If still tied a sudden death shootout will take place.
  • No one can shoot twice until all players have shot once.
  • No player serving a penalty will be allowed in the shootout, her spot in the pre-assigned shooting order will be taken out and all other players will move up one spot.
  • No changes in the order will be allowed once the game has begun.


  1. Teams must be at the arena at least 1 hour before their scheduled game time and prepared to go on the ice 1/2 hour before the scheduled game time if requested to do so.

  1. Playoff Pick-Up

(a) No Pick-Up players permitted for Playoffs nor Super Sunday exception

is for Goalies only which the GHGHL Executive will review.

(b) All Pick-Up goalies must be clearly marked on the game sheet as PU.

(c) Any team found to be using Pick-Up player(s) and not following these

guidelines will forfeit all games (0-5 loss) that an unauthorized player(s) have been used in.


*3 Penalty Rule still applies - Player receiving three individual penalties of any kind will be removed for the rest of the game.



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