MIDDLESEX YANKEE CONFERENCE GIRL'S LEAGUE
RULES AND POLICIES
Section 1: Teams ** NEW
1. ** All teams must be registered with Massachusetts Hockey and USA Hockey. An official USA Hockey roster for U10, U12 and U14 teams, signed and stamped by your District Registrar or online link, must be submitted to the Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls League by December 15 of the current season. Supplemental rosters or online links should be submitted immediately upon receipt from your District Registrar. Birth certificates of all players must be made available to the MYC League upon request. U16/18 rosters are due October 1.
2. A roster will consist of a maximum of 18 players excluding goaltenders. Exceptions to this must be requested in writing to the MYC League for approval.
3. A minimum of six (6) players is required to be dressed for a game.
4. Player eligibility dates for team rosters will be in accordance with USA Hockey. Player must be league age as of 12/31 of the current season. U16/18 - Eighteen years or younger; U14 - Fourteen years or younger; U12 - Twelve years or younger; U10 - Ten years or younger.
5. The MYC will permit players, legally rostered, to play for their town and another town team as well as independent teams. If the town and independent teams end up in the same division or could possibly play against each other, the player must choose one team at the beginning of the season and stay on that roster for all games in which the two teams meet. Playdown games included. This will be granted on a case by case basis and only with prior league approval.
6. The divisions will be U10, U12, U14 and U16/18. The MYC will permit players to play on a team one age division up within their town program. For example, if a town needs players on their U12 team, U10 players can play on both teams as long as the U10 players are age appropriate. U12 players cannot play down on U10 teams unless they are U10 age appropriate. This rule applies to U12 players to U14 teams as well. All players must be legally rostered on both teams. Girls playing on youth teams cannot play for an MYC team unless they are on your USA Hockey roster.
7. ** All players must have legal equipment. CHIN STRAPS are required at all levels. MOUTH GUARDS are required for U12 and older. It is strongly recommended that mouth guards be used at the U10 level, but not required. A six-minute misconduct penalty will be charged if, after a warning, players are not in compliance. One warning per bench.
8. Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must be USA Hockey patched in accordance with the new USA Hockey Coaching Education Program and completed all age-appropriate modules. Patched coaches must record their certification number on all gamesheets along with their signature.
9. This is a girls only league and, as such, boys (illegal players) are not allowed to play under any circumstances. Any coach who disregards this rule will be given a game misconduct and the game will be a forfeit.
10. ** If a player is feeling ill and decides to stay home, the team is still responsible for playing the game. If a player decides to submit to a covid test, the team is still responsible for the games scheduled until we receive the test results. If a player tests positive for covid, the team’s games will be removed for the subsequent 14 days along with the opposing team’s games. It is the responsibility of the adults to ensure the players and all contacts are quarantining safely and to inform the league of any further tests or results. If all is negative, games will resume after the quarantine is finished.
Section 2: Playing Rules **NEW
** During these Covid times and for the duration of this 2020/21 season, all individual rink protocols must be followed and sign-in sheets completed until such time as the restrictions are lifted by the Commonwealth of MA. It will be up to our programs and teams to adhere to these rules.
1. Unless otherwise specified in the Rules and Policies of the MYCGL, the playing rules will be guided by the current USA Hockey/Massachusetts Hockey rulebooks.
2. All teams should be ready to take the ice five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of their game and will take the ice immediately at the request of the game officials.
3. A three-minute warm-up shall be allowed at the start of the game. Teams that are not prepared to play after the conclusion of the warm-up period will be given a Delay of Game penalty.
4. MERCY RULE: Any game where the score differential is five (5) goals in the third period, running time will commence only after both coaches agree. If both coaches want stop time despite the score rather than running time, stop time will resume. If the score reverts to less than five (5) goals, stop time will resume.
5. Any game in which there is a combined penalty total of 14 or more will be played in running time for the remainder of the game.
6. Any penalty called after the whistle is blown may carry a misconduct penalty.
7. Any penalty called during the post-game handshake will carry an automatic game misconduct.
8. Any player incurring four (4) penalties in one game will be immediately ejected from the game and receive a game misconduct which must be served at the next scheduled MYCGL game.
9. The exchange of fists (fighting) on or off the ice between players will carry an automatic misconduct penalty with a one-game suspension. See Rule 11.
10. Any team receiving a total of 15 penalties in one game shall forfeit the game, pay a double charge and the Head Coach will be suspended for the next MYCGL game.
11. Any game misconduct with ejection assessed to a player in the Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls League, or, MYCGL must be served in the next MYCGL game.
To satisfy USA Hockey rules, the player must sit out the next game when assessed a game misconduct penalty with an ejection and noted on the scoresheet.
A coach or player who knowingly violates this rule will be subject to a one (1) year suspension from MYCGL for using an illegal player.
12. Any coach or team official who receives a game misconduct with ejection will be required to sit out the next two MYCGL games and noted on the scoresheet. Any coach or team official who knowingly violates this rule and refuses to sit out will be suspended from the MYCGL for the remainder of the season.
Minor: 2.0 minutes (double minors are considered two penalties)
Major: 5.0 minutes
Misconduct: 10.0 minutes
Game Misconduct: Ejection and one game suspension
14. All MYCGL games are played under a curfew, therefore, under USA Hockey rule 637e, there will be no timeouts permitted, except for the end of season Championship Playoff games where one (1) timeout per team is permitted.
15. The Head Coach is responsible for the behavior of players, parents and spectators. Any parent or spectator who, after being warned by a league official, ie: Referee, persists in conduct which is detrimental to the play of the game, will be ejected from the rink. If the individual(s) refuses to leave the area, players will take their benches and running time will commence until offender leaves the premises.
16. If a player is injured, coaches are not allowed onto the ice until the Referee signals them.
17. Parents are not allowed on the ice or in the vicinity of the Referee’s locker room or scorekeeper's box.
18. To be eligible to play in the end of season playoffs, a player must appear on that team’s official USA Hockey roster with the proper stamps and signatures, on file with the MYCGL, and will have played at least ten (10) games with player’s name appearing on the gamesheets.
19. Two (2) points are awarded for a win, one (1) point for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss in the league standings.
20. Roster questions (player eligibility, gender, etc.) will be directed to the MYCGL home office at 4 Leslie Rd., Waltham, MA 02451 accompanied by a check made out to the league for $100. At no time is a team official allowed to question referees about rosters. A bench minor will be assessed to the team if a coach questions the eligibility or gender of a player. If a coach persists after the bench minor is assessed, the penalty will escalate including ejection from the game.
Section 3: Schedules, Postponements, Cancellations and Make-ups
1. Every effort will be made by the MYCGL to issue schedules in a timely manner.
2. All requests for special scheduling must be made four weeks prior to the end of the current schedule. Any changes needed after that date are the responsibility of the team/program.
3. In case of inclement weather, unless instructed by the MYCGL that the game has been canceled, teams should call the rink. If the rink is open, the game should be played. If the two teams decide not to play, the make-up game is the responsibility of the teams/programs.
4. Teams/Programs needing to request a change in the schedule must do so three weeks prior to the scheduled game. Every effort will be made to accommodate a game switch, but if it is not possible because other teams are unavailable, the team requesting the change must either play or make up the game.
Canceling team will have 30-days to provide a sheet of ice, two referees and one timekeeper for a makeup game at their home rink at their cost as well as pay a $100 fine. If the non-canceling team refuses a makeup date, only one more offer of makeup ice is required from the canceling team. If the second offer is refused, the game is entered as a 0-0 tie and with no makeup. If no makeup ice is offered by the canceling team by the end of the season, the game is entered as a forfeit and the canceling team will play a double game charge. If no ice is available, the league will supply ice and charge the team requesting the cancellation.
5. All make-up games must be completed before end of the season. A double-charge per game will be billed for programs not completing makeup games.
6. Coaches/Team Reps will have 48 hours after the completed game to either enter game scores on the website, or email the scores to the league followed by mailing the white gamesheet. The white gamesheet is the responsibility of the winning coach/team rep. In the case of a tie, the home team's coach/team rep should mail the gamesheet.
Section 4: Amendments
The Rules and Policies of the MYCGL may be amended, repealed or revised at any time.
Revised September 2020.