GHGHL League Play Rules

GHGHL League Play Rules: 

  1. Schedules: 

(a) A minimum of 2 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 centres 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 or early February. (Reviewed yearly) Season will consist of the following: 1. Novice - Starting 2019 - Will play half ice until Jan 15. After 15th league action begins, full-ice, keeping score and participate in Super Sunday. 2. Atom - 16 games 3. Peewee - 20 games 4. Bantam - 20 games 5. Midget/Intermediate - 20 games 

(e) Playoffs start the 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 regular season play will based on Hockey Canada mandate for 2019 -20 season and beyond. For Super Sunday then place into pods. 

(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. 

(g) New****Novice and Atom players are limited to 3 goals per game all season, playoffs and Super Sunday. Once a player has 3 goals their goals will not count. 

(h) Novice to Midget/Intermediate will be attending Super Sunday 


  1. Team Rosters 

(a) Association representatives are to provide a copy of OWHA certified team rosters for each GHGHL team prior to league play. Note Official roster is needed, not unsigned waivers to participate in League play. Any changes that occur later, have updated roster sent in asap.

(b)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 team's 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 other bench staff is to attend an injured player unless a trainer requests help. 

(c) No overage players will be allowed in any division of this league 


  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. Pick-up players or goalies may not drop down to play. Association with no lower division to pickup players may ask another Association for players as needed.

(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 a team will be permitted to Pick-Up enough players to achieve 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 as PU well before the game is played. Do not notify just before game time. 

(b) Use of the same Pick-Up player limited to 3 times per season and playoffs. 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. No pick-up players for Super Sunday. 

(c) The 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 representatives. 

(d) There will be NO lateral movement of players, for any reason during the regular season, playoffs and Super Sunday or within the league. No player may play for more than one team in her center. Exemption to this would be goalies. Goalies rostered to a higher level can not be brought down as a pick-up player even if their age is the same. Example: Intermediate goalie can’t play for the Midget team even if she is the same age because she is registered to a higher division (Intermediate) 


  1. Game Sheet, Time Clock & Curfews 

(a) In Arenas where the assigned game time is subject to curfew a rostered member of the coaching 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 checkmark on the OTHER box. If no curfew time is assigned or initialled 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 game sheets. Note all 3 Penalty Rule for the all-league play games and includes playoffs. Coaches or Timekeepers are to add the 3 penalty rule to the game sheets 

(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, GHGHL penalty and suspension tracking. Home teams should also forward or submit the copy original copy online at the GHGHL website when filling in the online game sheet. 

(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. Copy of the game sheet uploaded also to the website. 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. 

(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. 

(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 Representative (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. 

(g) Forfeit Games: Forfeit team must reimburse the host Association for cost of referees and timekeepers if they choose 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. 

(h) 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. As a reminder have bench staff and timekeepers write the rule on the game sheet so the referees know. 


  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 

Revised: April 24, 2019



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