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RSHL Season 23 Rules

League Setup

Structure

The Realistic Subspace Hockey League (RSHL/MSHL) is run by a League Commissioner (LC) who is the Executive of the Office of the League Commissioner for each respective league. All rules governing the hierarchy and staff of the League are established and governed by the Director of the Zone. The league runs seasons on a regular basis, and each season is independent of the others (rules, franchises, etc. may change between seasons.) The season itself is broken up into four parts: Off-season, Pre-season, Regular-season, and Post-season.

Preseason

When preparations are announced for a new season (during the off-season), teams will have a couple of weeks to organize and submit their rosters (or whatever is required to be considered for a spot in the league) to the league coordinator. Preseason games will be scheduled for all candidate teams and the preseason may be used to make a final judgment of teams to drop before the start of the regular season. Teams that demonstrate stability, depth, and skill will generally be allowed into the RSHL if there are open spots.

For Season 22: Preseason begins on Feb 26th and will end on March 20th. Teams will play between 2 and 3 games each.

Regular Season

The Regular Season immediately follows the Preseason, with a schedule that is released at least a week prior to when teams are scheduled to play. There may be breaks for holidays, all-star events, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

For Season 22: The Regular Season begins on March 22nd.

Rosters are locked between the midway point and the end of the regular season. The date for the lock is announced with plenty of notice, because there are no exceptions. Conferences & Schedule

The RSHL will use one conference for all 11 teams taking part. Teams will play each other twice for a total of 16 games.


Teams will receive the following points for regular season games:

  • Regulation Win: 2 points
  • Regulation Loss: 0 points
  • Overtime Win: 2 points
  • Overtime Loss: 0 points
  • Overtime Tie: 1 point.

Teams will be ranked by their total number of points and in the event that teams are tied, the following tiebreakers are used to determine the higher seed.

  • Most Total Wins
  • Fewest Forfeits
  • Head to Head Record (Among tied teams)
  • Head to Head Goal Differential
  • Overall League Least Goals Against
  • Overall League Goal Differential (Goals against subtracted from goals for)
  • Shoot-out. The format and schedule for this shoot-out will be determined by the league coordinator should the need arise.

Postseason

8/11 teams will make the Blackie Cup Playoffs.


The Blackie Cup Playoffs (BCP): Teams seeded #1, #2, #3, and #4 will receive home ice advantage against their first round opponent--note that the highest seeded opponent throughout the playoffs will hold home ice advantage. See Tie-breakers above regarding how to break ties with the same number of league-points, tie-breakers will also apply if two teams of equal seeding face each other in the Blackie Cup Finals.

There will be three rounds within the Blackie Cup Playoffs post season: the Quarterfinals (best of 3), the Semifinals (best of 3), and the Blackie Cup Finals (best of 5).

The Blackie Cup Quarterfinals will occur in a reseeding bracket format where the #1 seed plays the #8, #2 vs #7, #3 vs #6, #4 vs #5. The winners then advance to the semifinals where the highest remaining seed will play the lowest seed, with the two middle seeds playing the other Semifinal.

The winners of each Semifinal will then play each other in the Blackie Cup Finals, this will decide the Blackie Cup Champions of the RSHL Season.

Offseason

During the offseason there may be events and tournaments that have no direct impact on the RSHL.

Schedule

The RSHL/MSHL Preseason, Regular Season, and Post Season schedules will be posted by the League Scheduler every two weeks. This schedule will take into consideration the availability of the teams, and will normally be released a week prior to games being played. The league referees will then either sign up or be scheduled by the Head Referee.

Postponements

Each team may use up to two postponements in the regular season, and up to two postponements in the post season. No postponements are permitted in the preseason save for extraordinary circumstances. Unused postponements do not carry over between the different phases of the season. A postponement may be used by a team for any reason by posting on the Captains Forum (or whatever other procedure the league coordinator requests, such as notifying the league through the Center Ice system.) at least 68 hours prior to the time a game is scheduled to start, or less if circumstances meet within the LC's approval (however such exceptions are extremely rare and should not be relied on). A postponement results in a scheduled game being rescheduled at a later date. The Scheduler will then schedule the makeup game.

No Shows

Failure to show enough players to play a scheduled game is unacceptable, and results in an automatic forfeit. Refer to game procedures for details. Additionally a team may be penalized a postponement for a no-show: teams are expected to use their postponements if there is a problem beforehand, as well as take responsibility to have enough backups to play a game.


Rosters and Suspensions

Allowances

Teams are allowed 15 players on their roster in the RSHL. A team must have a minimum of 10 players on the roster to compete in the RSHL.

During the Offseason and Preseason players may join and leave any RSHL team without being subject to any penalties.

During the Regular Season, players, as well as captains, will be subject to the following rules for leaving/joining a team:

Any player that was not on an RSHL roster prior to the first game being played of the RSHL regular season may join any RSHL team without receiving a suspension.

A player is allowed to occupy only one league spot on one team no matter how many different accounts he has. Players may not share accounts during the season, even accounts that are not being used on league rosters, otherwise those players may be subject to suspensions or be considered Double-Squadding. If a player has relatives/friends that use the same computer or connection as them, those players must be authorized by the League Coordinator and Zone Sysop before they are allowed to play, failure to get authorization will cause all parties to be treated as Double-Squadding. Double-Squadding at any time during the season will result in a suspension from the league for one year, a ban from the zone for one year, and any games won by a team which had a double-squadder play in may be overturned.

Drops

If a player leaves an RSHL team or gets axed from an RSHL team and she/he joins another RSHL team; then that player will receive an automatic suspension that counts for 30% of the total games in the league they end up in. This suspension should not carry over into the post-season.

During this period, the player is able to change between teams without incurring a new suspension (see Suspension Semantics below.) The suspension starts when the player is dropped from their original team, not when they are added to a new team.

For example, if Joe Q. Public leaves Team A, joins Team B, and then sits out two games on suspension, then joins Team C, his suspension will be adjusted to reflect what would have happened if he joined Team C in the first place and never joined Team B. So if Team C played 3 games since Joe left Team A, he would have 3 games served on his suspension, and if Team C had only played one game in that time, he would only have 1 game served on his suspension. Note: Suspension adjustments in this case may not be automatically reflected correctly on rosters. Please contact the League Coordinator or Appeals Coordinator to have your listed suspension corrected.

If a player voluntarily quits a team that is removed from the league before it successfully completes two games (forfeiting not counting as a completion,) that player may instead be subject to a suspension of 55% of the regular season, rounded up, starting from when he left that team. This suspension can carry over into the post-season.

If a player is active and supportive of his/her team, but the team is removed from the league, the player may instead be suspended for only 10% of the season, rounded up, and this suspension would count from the last successfully played (not forfeited) game by the disbanded team. To qualify for this exception, the player must be showing to scheduled games, otherwise the normal 30% suspension will be applied, starting from the last successfully played game.

Suspension math for Season 22: Teams will play 16 games, 30% rounded down will result in a 4 game suspension for squad-hopping.

A player who leaves an RSHL team during the regular season cannot rejoin that same team during that same regular season. Do not remove players from your roster that you might want back later, and do not leave a team that you might want to rejoin later.

Suspension Semantics

All suspensions are served according to the number of games the player's current team has played since the suspension was applied. If the player changes teams, the suspension will be changed to reflect the number of games the new team has played since the suspension was applied.

In case of an error on the roster that causes a player to be listed as unsuspended when they should be suspended, then that player and their team's captain is responsible to have said player sit out the games they should be suspended. Failure to do so may result in a longer suspension, and possibly any games they illegally played will have their results overturned into forfeits against their team.

If captains abuse postponements in an attempt to have a player unsuspended for a particular matchup, the player's suspension may be transferred from a current game to the makeup game in question; this transfer is not automatic and therefore difficult to monitor so captains must be vigilant.

Roster Lock

Rosters are locked at a point where all normal team-changing suspensions will be finished before the postseason starts, and after the midway point of the season. No additions to the roster are permitted, under extreme circumstances a player could be removed with League Coordinator approval. Changes to captain status at this time also require League Coordinator approval. The date will be announced by the League Coordinator.

Suspension Appeals

The Appeals Coordinator will allow players, with his own set of rules, to appeal automatic suspensions given to players as required by league rules. Other suspensions that are explicitly given out by the League Coordinator or other officials are generally not subject to appeal, but extreme circumstances may require otherwise. Reductions in suspensions are given as the situation warrants it, at the Appeals Coordinator's judgment.

Expansion and Contraction

Teams will be admitted into the RSHL/MSHL during the Offseason only. Prospective teams will have to follow whatever guidelines the LC issues at the beginning of the offseason. Those teams will then be scheduled into the RSHL/MSHL preseason and must show to every game, appear competitive, show an understanding of the rules, and conduct themselves accordingly.

Teams will be removed from the league by the LC if they fail to meet a basic level of competitiveness. Guidelines which teams should follow to avoid being removed from the league are as follows:

  1. Teams should maintain a roster above 10 players.
  2. Teams should avoid No-shows. Specifically, 2 no-showed games may result in immediate removal. (A no-show is when a team fails to show 4 or more players to a properly scheduled game). Additionally, forfeits caused by players quitting in the middle of the game are unacceptable.

In the event that a team is removed from league during the preseason: No negative action will take place, players and captains are free to join any other team, barring special exceptions such as the team being removed for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In the event that a team is removed from league during the regular season: The LC and BoD will determine whether or not games/wins/stats should be removed from/added to the record. A team that had mostly losses on their record will generally be regarded as having forfeited the rest of their scheduled games, where as teams that were more competitive but disbanded anyway may have all games played by them removed from the records.

If a team drops during the postseason, further action may be taken for the next season for responsible parties.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct (ALR)

Any team, player, or captain, will be subject to serious punishment for any actions deemed unsportsmanlike during the course of their time spent in the Zone (actions outside of league games are included).

Referees will submit to the League Coordinator an instance of unsportsmanlike or disruptive behavior. The League Coordinator along with the Board of Directors will investigate whether a suspension is warranted. If the League Coordinator decides to issue a suspension, it will be announced and explained publicly.

Automatic suspensions given out in rare (but documented situations) should also be announced and explained publicly.


League Game Procedures

Pre-game Procedures

All games are played on SSCE Hockey/Football Zone's main server. If server conditions are unplayable, the zone sysops, league coordinators, or referee if applicable may move the game to an alternate server if one is available. Otherwise the game will be postponed at the referee's discretion.

If the home team has an activated team arena in the zone, the referee will load the game in that arena. Otherwise the league referee will load games in the "rshl" arena or "mshl" arena.

Teams are expected to be ready at their scheduled time. However, teams may wait until 10 minutes after the scheduled time in order to finalize ship registrations, lineups, and resolve any problems with being able to get into the game. If after this delay the team does not have a full lineup the ref will start the game anyway, and will call a forfeit if necessary. In the case of the game starting a few minutes late, the referee may require captains to get their players in more quickly.

Responsibilities

Referee
The referee drops the puck, runs the clock, watches for violations, and makes all official calls. The referee is appointed by the Head League Referee. In the event that the appointed referee is absent, a substitute referee that is online at the time of the game will host the game. The referee must keep a log of each game, with kill messages in the log.
Only the referee in charge of the game will make official calls. League referees will usually follow majority vote of the goaljudges barring extreme circumstances.
Goal Judge
Non league-referee goal judges should be approved by both teams. However, a team may not wait until a vote is being or has been conducted to request a goaljudge to be removed. Ultimately captains must be reasonable about these requests, a referee will not be obligated to remove an excessive amount of goaljudges. League referees may only be removed if the referee running the game agrees.
It is discouraged to have more than two players from the same team on the goaljudge frequency at once, and the league referee should substitute goaljudges to avoid this situation if possible.
In case of no acceptable goaljudges being available, the captains may agree to let the league referee make calls on his or her own. If they will not agree on this, the referee must not let the game continue, and will either stop the game and wait or postpone the game to have it finished later.
Goaljudges are expected have a stable connection to the server. Any goaljudge that exceeds the posted lag limits should be removed. Goaljudges should be substituted if ones with better connections are available.
The referee may remove any goaljudge for any reason, and the league coordinators and zone sysops may permanently bar someone from being a goaljudge. Abuse of the goaljudge position, included but not limited to vote abuse, being a goaljudge in your own game, or other circumventing the rules for goaljudges will be severely punished.
Captains
Captains will be the only players from their respective teams that will communicate with the refs during the game. They will choose the home team's side, call timeouts, dispute calls in a sportsmanlike manner, and ask for rule clarifications. Any captain who badgers the refs will receive a public warning; a repeat offense will result in a silencing, or trigger a rule violation.
Home team captains will choose which side they will play on for periods 1 and 3 before the first period starts.
Players
Players will be responsible for themselves and for registering their positions. Any badgering of the ref will also result in a public warning, and any repeat offense will result in a silencing or trigger a violation.
Players will register up to one skater ship (1-6) and up to one goalie ship (7-8) before they can enter the game. As long as they have not accumulated any amount of ice time in a ship, they may switch to another ship.

Timeouts

Each team is allowed to take one 60 second timeout per game. Timeouts may only be taken during stoppages of play, before the referee drops the puck. The referee will announce when the timeout begins and ends. In the event a game is postponed part of the way through the game and completed later, teams use of timeouts will reset during the makeup portion.

Verify Player Amounts/Faceoffs

The referee should make sure both teams have five field players and one goalie, if capable, before dropping the puck. The referee should allow a short period of time for a player to enter but will drop the puck if one doesn’t enter within a reasonable amount of time.

In the case of a player lagging out while the referee is in the process of dropping the puck, or a long delay in teams substituting players, the referee should proceed to drop the puck.

If a player encroaches to stop the drop to allow a player to enter, the referee may force the team to call a timeout if one remains, or if not, assign a delay of game penalty. The intent of this ability is only to prevent teams from delaying the game; otherwise the referee should be generous and allow permitted substitutions.

Considering the critical nature of the goalie position, the referee should avoid dropping when a goalie is unintentionally not in play, and should not penalize for delays unless they are truly excessive; teams are expected to substitute their goalie if he is unable to enter.

Regardless of the players on the ice before or during the drop, play commences once the puck is dropped and the clock is started. In the case of a face off violation by a team whose goalie just lagged out and reentered the game, however, the referee is encouraged to not penalize, and to restart the play.

Replays and Close Calls

Replays may occur during any stoppage of play, during an intermission, or after the game. Replays will never occur during a play. The replay will also be used in order assist in making calls; to break a tie vote among goal judges should the referee not feel confident enough to break the tie himself.

Replays can be used for assisting in making calls if the referee chooses, so long as the replay is not being used to judge whether lag due to spike or due to phase impacted a play. Instead referees should err to the side of calling lag if it is not clear.

Judging whether a bullet was tanked, shielded, or whiffed is a valid use of replays.

Use of replays to judge whether a player shot a goal or caught a shot from inside the crease is heavily discouraged.

Judging whether a defensive crease stopped a sure goal is a valid use of replays.

Replays may be used for other situations as the need arises.

Referees should err towards calling clean if crease vs. clean is not clear, calling lag if lag vs. clean is not clear, and no-defensive-crease vs. defensive-crease if it is not clear.

This section is just advisory, and referees will always use good judgment to make a call. Replays should never be taken to contradict what was watched and noticed by the referees/goaljudge's during actual gameplay.

Gameplay

Basics

Regulation time will consist of three twelve-minute periods. Teams switch sides after the end of the 1st and 2nd period.

Preseason and regular season: If after the three regulation periods, the score is equal, one 12 minute period will be played as sudden death overtime. If one of the teams scores, the game will count as a win for the team that scored, and an overtime loss for the team that was scored against. Overtimes are played 5v5 (total player count including goalies.) At the end of overtime, if neither team has scored, the game will end in a tie.

Postseason: An unlimited number of standard length periods will be played as sudden death overtime. Teams will play 6v6 until a clean goal is scored. Sides will be switched before all overtime periods except the first.

The clock will stop after any goal, violation (except delayed penalties, see the Delayed Penalties section), or for any other unforeseen reason (such as massive lagouts).

Two minute breaks are given between periods for warm-up and any substitutions.

Arguing a call: Only captains may dispute a call with a referee. If a captain badgers the referee he will be given a public warning, and any repeat offensive will be punished with a silence or a penalty. Players also have the right to debate most calls by the referee; however, if a player from a team has already received a public warning, any further repeat actions by his teammates will result in a silencing or bench penalty. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.

Faceoffs

A face-off will be conducted at the beginning of each period, and after each stoppage of play. One player from both teams will enter the safety tile in the face-off circle. The rest of each team will line up on their respective sides of the face-off circle. The ref will then retrieve the puck, and drop it at center by going to spectator mode while holding the puck.

A face-off is won by the team that first has possession of the puck after it leaves the faceoff circle, meaning that they either were carrying the puck as it left the crease or were the last player to touch the puck when it left the crease.

If a player encroaches in (jumps) the faceoff and wins it, then that player will be penalized: (refer to the #Penalty Chart.)

If a player jumps and loses the faceoff, play continues as normal.

If a player is slightly offsides but their team loses the faceoff, play will continue as normal. If the player is significantly offsides, a penalty will be called regardless of who wins the faceoff. In general, the referee will warn players and captains to get onsides before forcing this situation.

Lagouts

All players are subject to the arena lag limits. A player who falls above the lag limits will be removed from the game, and may not reenter until they fall below the lag limits again. However, if a player is constantly lagging out, they may be locked into spectator mode by the ref until their connection is more stable.

Mass Lagouts
If at least three players are specced due to lag, or if the server is experiencing an overwhelming surge of latency, this situation constitutes a mass lag-out and the game will be stopped immediately. Any goals or violations that occurred before the mass-lag out will remain intact. Goals or violations that happened after the mass-lagout will not count. Team captains and referees can then discuss to continue, postpone the game, or move to another server. The referee will make the final decision.

In the case that a player lags out during a stoppage of play, the ref will provide ample time for a substitution to be made. If a player lags out just as the ref is about to drop the puck, players must expect play to resume anyway.

If a goalie lags out before the drop, the referee should be notified via private message. A team may also stand where the referee is dropping to get his attention. If the puck is dropped anyway, the clock may be quickly stopped to allow a goalie substitution (and any faceoff violation will be cancelled.) Once play has started teams are expected to play on. Teams are expected to have a goalie backup ready to enter the game.

During play, if a player lags out, and a mass-lagout is not called, teams are responsible for what happens next. If their goalie lags out and a goal is scored, then the goal will stand if a mass-lagout did not occur.

Miscellaneous

Substitutions
The arena will be kept open to allow teams to substitute freely. If goalies sub in across their blue-line and interfere with the play, they will receive a penalty (refer to the #Penalty Chart.)
Own Goals
Any and all own goals will count as a goal for the opposing team (assuming that the goal was not caused by lag, or by the goalie being killed inside the crease.)
Puck Lost
If the puck should leave play or be respawned at center ice due to any abnormal activity (such as a bug in the server software), the referee should immediately stop the clock, discount any goals that are scored or violations that happen because of this occurrence.
Post Game
The referee will award a first, second, and third stars, announced publically, to the three best skaters of each game. He'll then perform his normal referee duties designated by the Head Ref (ie: procedures for posting of games onto CI).
Game Appeals
After the game has been completed, a team may contest the result of the game. The League Coordinator will evaluate the result of the game and they will verify the submitted result of the game is correct, and then forward the matter to the Appeals Coordinator.

Appeals should be used if there is a reasonable claim that a mistake in running the game significantly impacted the final result. Conditions include ineligible or suspended players playing in the game, calls mishandled, vote abuse, or referee misconduct. The Appeals Coordinator will decide whether the results will be changed, overturned, or if the game in question will be replayed. Games will either be completely replayed or not at all, individual periods or minutes in the game may not be redone.

Forfeiture/Mercy

A team will forfeit and/or concede a match and declare “mercy” if any of the following situations occur:

  1. Less than four players show up to the game or are in game. (Forfeit / No-show)
  2. A team with 4 players falls behind a team with 6 players by two goals. (Mercy)
  3. A team falls behind by ten goals in a game. (Mercy)

The referee may override these rules if:

  1. A team intentionally keeps players out of the game to avoid causing a mercy.
  2. A team temporarily falls under the required player count to continue due to lag outs.
  3. A team is running up the score by allowing an opponent to score to keep them from reaching a mercy.

If during a stoppage a team temporarily has fallen below the number of required players to avoid a forfeit or mercy, the referee may stall the game momentarily to allow the players to reenter the game. However, if the players do not enter or are not able to stay in the game, the referee will call the game.

When a forfeit is called, if the forfeiting team was also not losing the game, the score will be set so that the winning-by-default team scored 1 more goal than the defaulting team. Otherwise the score is not modified.

A mercy condition being met will have no effect until a stoppage occurs, a mercy does not itself create a stoppage. A forfeit condition can be called at any time, even not during a stoppage, at the referee's discretion. Note that a mass-lagout will not immediately trigger a mercy or forfeit.


Calls and Violations

Goal Area Violations

Lag
Goals that are caused by lag (puck phase, spikes by involved players, delay release, illegal tanks) as determined by the goal judging frequency will not count. Shots that lag, passes to the shooter that lag, or any scoring opportunity caused by lag may have the goal negated.
Crease
A crease goal will be called, and the goal negated, if any part of the shooter's ship is past the red inner-crease line. The inner-crease line is the red 1-pixel thick line between the crease tiles and the goal.
Defensive Crease
Any defensive player who catches a shot or pass from the opposing team (or who has the puck lag through them) inside their own team’s crease will be assessed a defensive crease penalty (DC) with the following exceptions:
  1. No defensive crease will be assessed if there is no goalie ship in the crease, and the person who caught the puck was the only one from the defending team in the crease. This does not apply when more than one defender is in the crease. There is no longer a first-in exception.
  2. No defensive crease will be assessed if the puck was shot from within the defender's crease.
  3. No defensive crease will be assessed if the puck in question is already a "dead shot" by bouncing off of a wall or post, with the following conditions:
    1. The puck hit the goal post and ricocheted away from the net afterwards (this does not include if the puck hits the inside of the post, only JUDGE SHOTS).
    2. The puck bounced off a wall that exists behind the red line aligned with the goal posts (extended goal line.) Only the area that is touching the goal post or behind it (the side furthest from the blue line) is considered for this condition.
    3. The puck bounced off of ANY wall after it was shot from behind the red line aligned with the goal posts (extended goal line.) Only the area that is touching the goal post or behind it (the side furthest from the blue line) is considered for this condition.
  4. No defensive crease will be assessed if lag caused the defensive crease, either by the pass lagging or any other situation which would result in a goal on the same shot being called lag instead.
Note that the position that the player is in counts, not the position of the ball when it is picked up. For this rule, catching a live ball that is in the crease is legal, catching a live ball while inside the crease is not.
A defensive crease will be deemed a blatant defensive crease (BDC) if it stops a sure goal. A sure goal is one where the referee determines with absolute certainty that the puck was heading into the net as opposed to hitting the post and bouncing away or flying wide of the net altogther, and the goalie had absolutely no chance of stopping the puck based on position and momentum. Refer to the penalty chart.
Further Clarification of Lag and DC:
  • If the defensive player is in the crease and catching the puck would cause a DC, but instead causes the puck to phase on its way to the net, the penalty for defensive creasing will still be assessed. Refer to the #Penalty Chart.
  • A lag goal through a Defensive Crease (DC) which would have surely otherwise resulted in a goal will be called: No Goal. Blatant Defensive Crease on the BDCing player.
  • A lag goal through a Defensive Crease (DC) which would have been a defensive crease (not a sure goal if the DC didn't happen) will be called: No Goal: Defensive crease on the DCing player.

Open Ice Violations

Killing

Any non-goalie player is considered open to being killed at any time by anyone, within limit.

Goalies inside their own crease may not be shot with few exceptions outlined below. Any player shooting a goalie in his crease will draw a general public warning or an immediate penalty if the goalie is killed as a result, or play was substantially affected by the bullet hitting the goalie. Each team will receive one warning, meaning that if Team A shoots the goalie in the crease, Team B is not warned for it until they would commit such act. Any subsequent shooting by a player of a goalie will result in a penalty.

Killing a goalie in the crease will always result in a penalty. Any goals scored as a result of a penalized check/kill of the goalie in the crease will not count. Refer to the penalty chart.

Shooting the goalie penalty should not be assessed if a player is attempting to make a play for the puck that was possessed by a non-goalie within an immediate period of time and shooting the goalie is seen as inadvertent or unavoidable.

Note that the killing the goalie rule will still apply, however, any team that attempts to exploit this killing the goalie exception, for any reason, will be charged a delay of game penalty.

Example: A player is in the crease passing back and forth with their goalie to kill time. If either is killed while delaying the game in such a way then a “Killing the goalie” penalty will be waived and a delay of game will be assessed instead.


Respawn-killing
A player killed more than twice in five seconds has been respawn-killed.
A penalty will be assessed if the respawn-kills were viewed as not being “in the play”.
If any excessive subsequent kills occur then upon ref discretion an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty may be assessed as well.
In the play is subjective in nature and not easily defined and may be called differently from ref to ref. Examples of in the play include, but not limited to:
  1. If the third or subsequent kills occurred while the player killed was in possession of the puck (excessive ballkilling could still result in a penalty, see below).
  2. If the third or subsequent kills occurred while the player killed was imminently about to receive the puck. Please differentiate this from a player being able to receive a pass; in other words you cannot respawn-kill a player that could score a goal prior to his teammate actually passing the puck. If the pass was made and then you kill the player it will be viewed as “imminently about to receive the puck” and no penaly will be called.
  3. If the third or subsequent kills occurred while the player in question was attempting to kill a player that was right next to or on top of the player who had possession of the puck.
Using a ballkill on a player does not grant you automatic immunity from a respawnkill penalty; if a player is being ballkilled intentionally and repeatedly (at least 3 times in 5 seconds), a respawnkilling penalty may be called.
Offsides
If any player on the team is not the player taking the face-off lines up on the wrong, is inside the face-off circle (past the face-off circle titles), or across the center ice line, a penalty will be assessed.
Offsides will not be assessed if a player is barely offsides and their team loses the faceoff. A face-off is won by the team that exits the face-off circle with the puck or shoots the puck out of the face-off circle. A penalty will be assessed if the player was significantly offsides regardles of who wins the faceoff.
Face-off Encroachment (Jumping the Faceoff)
When the referee drops the puck if a player taking the faceoff for their team is not on their team’s “safe-zone”, or said player is in motion, then a faceoff violation will be assessed for encroachment (jumping).
If the player is encroaching off of the faceoff pad, near where the referee is trying to drop, the referee may require another teammate take the faceoff instead. The referee, however, should first look to see if the player was trying to have a player substitute in, if reasonable no penalty will be called in this situation.
No penalty for jumping will be assessed if the player’s team loses the faceoff. A face-off is won by the team that leaves the face-off circle with the puck or shoots the puck out of the face-off circle.

Miscellaneous Violations

Delay of Game
Any intentional delay of game, as deemed by the referee, will be penalized. Refer to the #Penalty Chart.
During a stoppage of play (excluding breaks), a player should not touch the puck, unless to pass it to the referee who just passed it to him. Failure to comply may result in a Delay of Game penalty.
Unsportsmanlike Team Misconduct
Should any team act in a manner that is deemed inappropriate and childish, the team in question will be accessed a Delay of Game 1st violation penalty and the player selected will be at the discretion of the Referee. If the team fails to adhere to the Head Referee’s warning, the game will be ended immediately and the team in question will be reported to the LC for further disciplinary actions.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Any player who uses inappropriate language or has an inappropriate attitude, as deemed by the referee, will be given a public warning. If the player continues or repeats an offense, the referee will silence the player.
Illegal Ship
Each player may only use one goalie ship and one non-goalie ship per game. The first ship of each type used by the player will be the one he must use for that game. If he uses another ship for any duration of time, a penalty will be assessed. Refer to the #Penalty Chart.
Bug Exploitation
Any form of exploitation of bugs in the current version of Continuum or the server is a violation. Refer to the #Penalty Chart.
Goalie Across Blue Line
As long as the goalie is not interfering in the play across the blue-line or making plays that involve crossing the blue-line then they may cross their team's blue line. Otherwise play will be stopped and a penalty will be assessed.
Interference includes but is not limited to:
  • Catching or carrying the puck over the blue-line. Note that passing the puck prior to and then going over the blue-line will not be considered interference unless the goalie used momentum to make the pass that forced him to cross the blue-line, or one of the other conditions is then satisfied.
  • Shooting at a member of the opposing team (even non-kills are considered interference)
  • Causing players, especially the ball carrier, to have to move in order to be open to make or receive a pass.
  • Causes an opposition ball carrier or opposing player to take evasive action
  • Shields a teammate from an opponent's attempt to check
Refer to the #Penalty Chart. Note that the first violation for this rule should have the penalty assessed against another teammate at the captain's discretion.

Types of Penalties

Penalty Procedure

When a rule violation has occurred, the referee will stop the play (except in the case of Delayed Penalties, see below.) Any significant events that happen after a rule violation and before play is stopped (such as a goal, or another rule violation) will still be counted.

If a clean goal is scored after a rule violation but before the penalty is assessed, both the penalty and goal will count. Referees should process events in the order they happen: if a Respawnkill occurs, then a Defensive Crease, then a goal, the referee should issue penalties first for Respawnkill, then for Defensive Crease, then call the goal.

Exception: If a team commits a violaton and proceeds to score a goal (not an own goal, though,) that goal will not count if the violation is penalized. There is no option to negate a penalty or allow the goal regardless in this situation.

Effectively, minor penalties will not be served if a goal is scored against the offending team right after, but the penalties should still be assessed so that they go on the record and will count as an infraction when considering future penalties for the same foul.

Fouls that occur near the end of the period will still have penalties assessed after the period ends, including after the end of regulation time if necessary.

Delayed Penalties

The play will be stopped to evaluate a violation or assess a penalty only when one of the following conditions has been met:

  • The puck is not in the offending team's defensive zone (the puck is not behind the blue line on their side of the rink) UNLESS the foul was committed outside of this area AND the puck has not been in this area since the foul was committed AND the puck is being progressed forward to this area.
  • The offensive momentum by the non-offending has been stopped: puck is not being held by or passed to an offensive player, and no offensive player has an immediate chance to steal/check the defender or pick up the puck (i.e. a ballkill by the offensive team may occur without stopping momentum. any turnover to the defensive team will not immediately cause momentum to have stopped, only if there is no imminent chance for the offense to take the puck back.)
  • More than one violation has occurred.

Penalty Shots

When a penalty shot is assessed, all players except the goalie and shooters must remain at center ice or in the spectator mode until the penalty shot has been completed.

A penalty shot is initiated when the goalie is ready, and when one of the shooters touches the puck.

The goalie must be in the crease when the penalty shot begins. If the goalie is not inside the crease when the penalty shot begins, unless a clean goal is scored on that try, the penalty shot will be redone.

If two MiPS are assessed for different penalties, then two MiPS will be taken, not one MaPS.

Only players that were on the ice at the time of the rule violation may participate in the penalty shot, including shooters and goalies. The goalie for the offending team in the game when (or immediately before) the violation happens must be goalie on the penalty shot.

If a goalie expected to take a penalty shot leaves the game for any reason and either is unable to or refuses to reenter the game, the team may be additionally assessed with a Delay of Game penalty.

If the team had no goalie during or immediately before the violation, any player who was in the game at the time of the violation may shipchange to their goalie ship for the penalty shot.

Penalty shots will be redone in these situations:

  • The goal was called lag because the shot lagged through a shooter, or one of the shooters was the cause of the lag. (Lag Goal/Redo) This only applies once, if on a redo after this exception is invoked, a shooter causes lag, the penalty shot is over and no goal is scored (Lag Goal/End Penalty Shot)
  • Any penalty shot participants (goalie or shooters) leave the rink due to lagging out before the penalty shot has begun. (Stop Play/Redo)
  • A mass lagout occurs during the penalty shot. (Stop Play/Redo)

Penalty shots will not be redone in these situations:

  • The goal was called lag because the shot or a pass lagged through the goalie. (Lag Goal/Save)

Exception: If the goalie begins lagging extremely such that it disrupts the play and causes a lag goal, a redo will be permitted. (Lag Goal/Redo)

  • The goal was called crease. (Crease Goal/End Penalty Shot)
  • Any penalty shot participants (goalie or shooters) leave the rink after the penalty shot has begun. (Continue Play)
  • A ship legitimately survives a shot from the goalie, not a lag/tank (Dud/Continue Play)

Penalty shots automatically result in no-goal by the shooters in these situations:

  • On a MaPS, one of the shooters shoots the goalie when the goalie is in the crease. (No penalty for attacking a goalie in the crease will be assessed, however violations for delay of game, unsportsmanlike conduct, and other misconduct may still be assessed.) (Stop Play/No Goals Count/Save)
  • 15 seconds elapse from the start of the penalty shot. Goals that go in after time is called will not count. (Stop Play/No Goals Count/Save)
  • The puck hits the back wall. (Stop Play/No Goals Count/Save)
  • The goalie catches the puck (Stop Play/Save)

Exception: If the goalie begins lagging extremely such that it disrupts the play and causes a save, a redo will be permitted. (Redo)

Minor Penalty Shot (MiPS)

One shooter gets an attempt to score on the goalie. Once the puck leaves his ship, he cannot regain the puck and try again. The puck will be set on the blue line before the penalty shot begins.

Major Penalty Shot (MaPS)

Two shooters working together at once get an attempt to score on the goalie. The puck is set on the blue line before the penalty shot begins. Shooters may pass to each another. The puck may not bounce off the back wall (walls in the corner or the top/bottom sides are okay), and the goal must enter the net before 15 seconds elapse.

Box Penalties

Minor Penalty (MiP)

The offending player is moved into their team's penalty box, and their team must play with one less player than normal for two minutes of gameplay. If a clean goal is scored against the offending team, one minor penalty (with the least amount of time remaining, if there is more than one, and the first one assessed if the penalties were assessed at the same time) will be automatically ended.

Note that when less than two minutes remain on the clock in the third period (or fourth period when not in playoffs,) MiPS will be assessed instead of MiP.

Major Penalty (MaP)

The offending player is moved into their team's penalty box, and the team must play with one less player than normal for five minutes of gameplay. No major penalties will be removed when a goal is scored against the team.

Note that when less than five minutes remain on the clock in the third period (or fourth period when not in playoffs,) MaPS will be assessed instead of MaP.

Game Misconduct Penalty (GaM)

The offending player is removed from the game and may not reenter at any time. A teammate that was in the game at the time of the violation, of the offending team captain/acting-captain's choice is moved into their team's penalty box, and the team must play with one less player than normal for five minutes of gameplay. No game-misconduct penalties will be removed when a goal is scored against the team.

Note that when less than five minutes remain on the clock in the third period (or fourth period when not in playoffs,) a MaPS will be assessed instead of boxing a player (but the offending player will still be removed from the game.)

Penalty Variations

Substituted Penalties

Captains may optionally substitute a penalty against a player who was in goalie ship at the time of the violation, with another player who was in the game at the time of the violation, for the following penalties only:

  • Respawnkilling MiP
  • Respawnkilling MaP
  • Goalie Susbtitution Delay MiP
  • Goalie Susbtitution Delay MaP
  • Goalie Across Blue Line MiP

These exceptions are provided to allow for competitive play even through accidental violations. Other penalties against the goalie may be substituted at the referee's discretion. The goalie is still expected to adhere to sportsmanlike and orderly conduct, and should not expect to avoid sitting in the box if he or she is not. In the event a goalie is boxed, the goalie must sit in a non-goalie ship or spectate.

Designated Penalties

Some penalties may apply to a team in general as opposed to an individual player, but a player must still be boxed for these penalties. The captain of the penalized team may choose the player to box on the following penalties:

  • Goalie Substitution Delay MiP
  • Goalie Substitution Delay MaP

Additionally another player may sit in the box while a penalized player is substituted out--the penalized player must remain in spectator mode or the box, the substitute may sit in the box until the penalized player enters the game. The referee will decide who to box on the following penalties if a specific choice is not clear from the violation:

  • Delay of Game MiP
  • Delay of Game MaP
  • Unsportsmanlike Team Conduct MiP

Double Penalties

Should a player have two or more box penalties assessed against him at the same time, another player that was on the ice at the time of the violation must be boxed instead for one of the penalties (unless the exception in the next paragraph is invoked). The captain of the offending team will choose the substitute. The offending player should be boxed for the most amount of time in the case of one MaP and one MiP.

In the situation of two MiP being assessed to one person at the same time, the captain may opt to have only the offending player boxed, but for four minutes instead of two, to serve both penalties consecutively. Any clean goal scored by the opposing team will reduce this penalty by 2 minutes. This exception is only available to combine two MiP against one player, and only if the violations occur during the same play, a player earning one penalty and then later earning another penalty when he is still penalized is not eligible to have penalty time added on.

Penalty Chart

Table of Punishable Actions and the Associated Punishment Type (All suspensions are automatic suspensions)

Violation 1st Violation 2nd Violation Subsequent Violations
Attacking Goalie in the Crease MiP MiP MaP + Suspension
Blatant Defensive Crease MaP MaP + MaPS MaP + MaPS + Suspension
Bug Exploitation † MiP MaP MaP + Suspension
Defensive Crease MiP MiP MaP
Delay of Game MiP MaP MaP + Suspension
Delay of Game in Overtime †† MaP MaP + Suspension MaP + Suspension
Faceoff Violation MiP MiP MaP + Suspension
Goalie Across Blue Line MiP MaP MaP + Suspension
Goalie Susbtitution Delay MiP MiP MiP
Illegal Ship MiP MaP MaP + Suspension
Respawnkilling MiP MaP MaP + Suspension
Unsportsmanlike Conduct † MiP GaM GaM + Suspension
USL Conduct Team † MiP (see above) (see above)

† Note: Any penalties marked “†” will become subject to review by the Office of the League Commissioner after the game is played within a 72 business hour period.

†† Note: Delay of Game in Overtime penalties also count the number of violations committed for regular Delay of Game.

All penalties are assessed as a team. i.e., if one commits a penalty for the first time, but it is his team's third penalty of that type, he will be assessed the third-time penalty.

Penalties at or near the end of the game:

Any penalties committed at or near the end of the game will be reviewed by the Office of the League Commissioner within a 72 business hour period.

Should any minor penalty or violation be committed within the last two minutes of the third period, a minor penalty shot will be assessed instead of a 2 minute penalty. For a major violation, a major penalty shot will be assessed during the last five minutes of the third period. On a Delayed Penalty, the time the penalty is ultimately assessed is what decides whether a penalty shot or a box penalty is used, instead of the time of the violation.

Note: During preseason and regular season overtime, penalties are assessed as normal (not penalty shots) until the last 2 and last 5 minute thresholds are reached, at which point penalties are treated like it were the third period. During the postseason no penalties are converted from box penalties into penalty shots at all during overtime.

For example: a goalie crosses his blue line and interferes in the play while across three times.

  • On the first time, the offending team will be assessed a minor penalty.
  • On the second time, the team will be assessed a major penalty.
  • On the third time, the offending team will be assessed a major penalty and the offending goalie will get an automatic one-game suspension to be served on their next game.

Disclaimer

These rules are subject to change when circumstances require it. These rules are meant to be guidelines to the referees and players but under special circumstances the Board of Directors, League Coordinators, Zone Sysops, or Referee may announce an alternate ruling.

SuperDan - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 - 21:11:56
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