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Valley Hockey League
X-Ice Format & Rules

The VHL Mite Hybrid Division for the 2020-21 Season will be:

  • Divided into three geographic regions (North, South and Central) to minimize travel
  • Each region will be divided into multiple tiers (Elite, AAA, AA, A) to maximize parity
  • Teams will play a 25 game regular season schedule that will consist of

Games will be played as follows:

  1. Format is 4 on 4 plus goaltender
  2. 1 on-ice official per each half-ice game
  3. On-ice official maintains score
  4. Game result reported by referee to director/timer immediately after the game
  5. Game is (2) Two - 24 minute halves running time with a 90 second intermission
  6. Buzzer every 2 Minutes for line change
  7. No offsides or icing
  8. Faceoffs at Center ice after every Goal
    1. Players do not need to be perfectly lined up
    2. Intent is to:
      1. Avoid unfair advantage or breakaway after a goal
      2. Ensure the goal is recorded properly and both teams are aware that a goal was scored.
  9. Faceoff at center ice after every Buzzer
    1. Faceoff should not burn too much time and players do not need to be perfectly lined up
    2. Intent is to avoid unfair advantage or breakaway off a buzzer/player change
  10. Faceoff to the side after each goaltender tie up.
    1. Faceoff should not burn too much time and players do not need to be perfectly lined up
    2. Intent is to avoid pile ups in front of goaltender and avoid unfair advantage or zone change as result of shot on goal.
  11. Penalties
    1. Penalties are to be called for blatant rules infractions that significantly affect play
    2. Penalties are to be called for any rules violations that are dangerous in nature (i.e slashing, checking, hit from behind, cross check, etc..)
    3. Any player that is called for a penalty will serve the remainder of the current shift as well as the next 2 minute shift.  Team will be shorthanded for the entire time player is in penalty box.