CSYHA Tournament Rules


  • Teams Makeup:
    • Teams must place 6 eligible players, one of which may be a goalie, on the ice for the start of each game.
    • No more than 20 players, which may include a maximum of 2 goaltenders, may be on the roster for any given game.
    • Teams in violation will automatically forfeit the game.
  • Head coaches and assistant coaches MUST SIGN EACH GAME SHEET to be eligible to be on the bench during each game.  No more than four coaches (and 1 trainer when applicable) are allowed on the bench for any game.
  • No player or coach will be considered eligible if suspended or serving a suspension from a game prior to this tournament.


  • All games will consist of three stop time periods.
    • 12 Minute Periods: Squirt
    • 15 Minute Periods: Pee Wee, Bantam & Midget
  • There will be no overtime play in round robin games.
  • There will be no curfews on round-robin games; all will be played to completion.
  • Mercy Rule- The clock will go to running time during the third period of any game where the goal differential is 6 or more goals. Stop time will resume only if the goal differential becomes less than four (4) and also as determined by the referee for injuries.
  • All teams MUST be prepared to begin warm-ups 15 minutes before their scheduled game times. Games will start early if possible.


  • USA Hockey rules will govern all tournament play except for those rules contained here within.
  • All eligible players must be listed on their team's USA Hockey T-1roster or Canadian equivalent.
  • The assigned home team shall wear white or light jersey color. Visiting team will wear dark colored jerseys.
  • A 3 minute warm-up will precede each game. Following the warm-up each team must be ready to begin play immediately.


  • Protests of games shall not be accepted or considered for any reason. Decisions of on-ice officials are final.
  • Decisions by the Tournament Committee related to game suspensions and tie-breakers as outlined in these tournament rules are final.


  • Minor penalties will be two minutes.
  • This is a USA Hockey sanctioned tournament.  All USA Hockey rules for penalties shall apply.
  • Game misconducts will result in a one game suspension.
  • Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in that player being suspended for the remainder of the tournament.  If an on-ice official assesses a fighting penalty to any player on the score sheet it will not be disputed for any reason.
  • Any Match or Gross misconduct penalty will result in expulsion for the remainder of the tournament.


  • Each team will be required to provide a parent or coach to staff their penalty box for each game.


  • All teams will play a minimum of four games.
  • Four Team Format: 
    • Each team will play the other three teams within their division once in round robin play.
    • The two teams with the most points subject to tie breakers below will play each other for the divisional championship. 
    • The two teams with the least points subject to tie breakers below will play each other in the consolation game. 
  • Five Team Format: 
    • Each team will play the other four teams within their division once in round robin play.
    • The two teams with the most points subject to tie breakers below will play each other for the divisional championship. 
    • No consolation game will be played in the five-team divisional format.
  • Six Team Format:
    • Teams will be randomly divided into two three (3) team divisions. 
    • Each team will play the three (3) teams from the other division in the round robin play. 
    • After round robin play the teams will be ranked within each division and will play their last game in the following format:
      • 1st Place Division 1 vs. 1st Place Division 2
      • 2nd Place Division 1 vs. 2nd Place Division 2
      • 3rd Place Division 1 vs. 3rd Place Division 2
    • Teams will the most points in each pairing will play as the home team


All round robin game points shall be awarded as follows:

  • 2 points for a win.
  • 1 point for a tie.
  • 0 point for a loss

Tie breaking formula (for teams tied in points in round robin play)

  1. Head to head result
  2. Goals Against
  3. Goals For
  4. Least Penalty Minutes
  5. If after applying the formula above and the tie still exists, the results of all the games played by the teams tied in following order:
    1. Most periods won
    2. Quickest first goal
    3. Coin toss (if two teams remain tied). Roll of the dice (if three or more teams remain tied)


  • The mercy rule will remain in effect.
  • ONE 60 second time out per team is allowed including any overtime.
  • Any championship or consolation game that ends in a tie at the end of regulation play will be decided as follows:

1.      4 on 4 sudden death for 5 minutes

2.      3 on 3 sudden death for 5 minutes

3.      Shootout- A 3 player alternate shot shootout will apply with higher seeded (home) team having the right to choose who shoots first. If there is no winner after the 3 player shootout, the shootout will continue in a sudden death format. Players are not allowed to repeat as shooters until all eligible players on one team have shot. At that point, both teams shall start again at the top of their shooter list.


The Tournament Director reserves the right to make decisions regarding the interpretation of   the tournament rules, objections, and protests. All decisions made by the Tournament Director are final.