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CCWHA Handbook & Bylaws 

(revision 9/2021) 

PURPOSE 

This handbook contains the bylaws for the CCWHA and is intended as an instructive reference guide for all CCWHA teams. Inside you will find helpful information with respect to League administration, procedures and rules & regulations. It is NOT a substitute for either the ACHA, NCAA or USA Hockey rulebook, but rather a supplement to them. If a member or a team has questions regarding the CCWHA, they may consult this handbook to find the answer, or find out where to go for further help. 

An electronic copy of this handbook shall be posted on the League’s official website: www.CCWHA.net. If a team does not have access to the website, a hard copy may be requested. 

THE CCWHA ORGANIZATION 

What is the CCWHA? The Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association (CCWHA) is a 501©3 non-profit organization that was formed in 1996. As of the 2021-22 season, there are 21 teams divided into two divisions (DI and DII). We are the largest ACHA women’s collegiate ice hockey league in the country. 

The purpose of the CCWHA is to encourage and improve the standard of ice hockey for women; to develop and encourage sportsmanship among all players for the betterment of their physical and social well-being; and to conduct an organized League wherein women may learn and enjoy recreational and competitive ice hockey. The CCWHA is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). 

Who can Play? Teams are comprised of players from their respective colleges or universities, generally between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. Players must be students at their school/college/university and meet all other ACHA eligibility requirements. 

Men’s Hockey vs. Women’s Hockey The fundamental difference between the male game and the female game is that no-checking is permitted in women’s hockey. Make no mistake . . . women’s hockey is very physical; however, a blatant body check is penalized. The result of this no-checking rule is the female game is played with an emphasis on overall skill, i.e. skating, passing, stick-handling, and shooting. 

Where is CCWHA Hockey Played? The teams in the CCWHA are located throughout the Midwest and Ontario. Each team is responsible for booking and paying for their own ice for home games and practices. 

When is CCWHA Hockey played? The season begins the week of Labor Day and runs through mid-February, concluding with the annual League tournament. Teams that complete the season with a high enough ACHA ranking are invited to participate in the ACHA Nationals. The winners of the CCWHA League tournament receive an auto-bid to ACHA Nationals. 

How to Join? Contact the League Commissioner. Interested teams must submit an application before January 15th to be considered for acceptance the following season. 

CRITICAL DATES 

JANUARY 15TH: Potential new teams must submit their application to be considered for the following season. Note that all teams applying to the CCWHA must already be accepted into the ACHA. 

FEBRUARY 

  • CCWHA League Playoffs are typically held at the end of the month 

o League playoffs must be completed prior to the final ACHA ranking, as the winner of the CCWHA League is automatically included in the ACHA Nationals. 

o Game results from the playoffs are also included in the ACHA rankings for the National Tournament. 

o Annual League meeting takes place in person during the end of the season CCWHA League Playoffs. Each team MUST have a representative at the meeting. Players from each team are also encouraged to attend. 

  • League Executive Officers are decided for the following season. The position begins Monday following the end of the CCWHA League Playoffs. 

END OF APRIL/BEGINNING OF MAY: The ACHAAnnual Meeting occurs each spring in Naples, Florida. Attendance is not mandatory, but highly encouraged so that our teams and League are well represented. 

JULY 15TH: CCWHA tournament hosting proposals are due in order to be considered for the following season. 

AUGUST: MANDATORY CONFERENCE CALL FOR ALL TEAMS! 

LABOR DAY: Teams may officially take the ice to start the season. No on-ice player/coach interaction may take place before this date. 

SEPTEMBER 30th: ACHA Dues are due. 

OCTOBER 30TH: The first half of CCWHA League dues are due to the treasurer. There will be a $100 late fee assessed to a team, if the payment is late. 

JANUARY 15TH: The second half of CCWHA League dues are due to the treasurer. There will be a $150 late fee assessed to a team, if the payment is late. 

CCWHA Bylaws 

Article I: General League Information 

DEFINITIONS: 

ACHA” – American Collegiate Hockey Association. CCWHA’s governing hockey body. See the Contact List at the beginning of this handbook for contact information. 

Regular Season” – The regular (“playing”) CCWHA season begins the week of Labor Day and ends with the conclusion of the CCWHA League Playoffs. 

Division Descriptions. The ACHA divides college club teams based both on skill and the student status at their respective school. The following is a brief description of the ACHA divisional structure. 

“ACHA Division I (WI)” – Annual membership dues are set by the ACHA. Each team plays a minimum of 18 games against 8 ACHA Division I teams to be eligible for the National Championship tournament. First year teams are not eligible for the National Championship tournament. Teams are ranked throughout the season. Players must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, and have 5 years of eligibility. Games are a minimum of 3 periods at 20 minutes with a 3 v 3 format 5 minutes stop- time OT in the event of a tie in the regular season. 

“CCWHA Division I (DI)” – CCWHA DI teams also pay an annual membership fee to the CCWHA which is used for the League Tournament. Starting with the 2021-22 season, the twelve CCWHA D1 teams are divided into six team “pods” – East and West. Each team plays the five other teams in its own pod twice and then plays two of the other pod’s six teams twice for a total of 14 CCWHA games. The cross-pod rotation is created by the league and is posted on the League’s website. 

“ACHA Division II (W2)” – Annual membership dues are set by the ACHA. Each team plays a minimum 12 games against 6 ACHA Division II teams to be eligible for the National Championship tournament. First year teams are not eligible for the National Championship tournament. Teams are ranked throughout the season. Players must be enrolled at school, but don’t have to be degree seeking. Players must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have 6 years eligibility. Games are a minimum 3 periods at 20 minutes with a 5 minutes stop-time OT period using 4 v 4 format during the regular season. 

“CCWHA Division II (DII)” – CCWHA DII teams also pay an annual membership fee to the CCWHA which is used for the League Tournament. Each CCWHA DII team is expected to play a minimum of two (2) games against other CCWHA DII teams for a total of 16 games. 

AFFILIATIONS: The CCWHA is a league member of the ACHA and the ACHA is a partner with USA Hockey (USAH). ACHA rules govern the organization of teams and leagues and in compliance with USAH rules and regulations. Games for the CCWHA (and ACHA Nationals) are conducted using NCAA rules. 

Article II: Policies and Procedures 

GENERAL OPERATING RULES 

The CCWHA is an incorporated non-profit corporation with the State of Michigan and is organized under Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and as may be amended in the future. The By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation for the CCWHA are available on the CCWHA website. A hard copy can be provided to any team or individual upon request. 

APPLICATION TO THE LEAGUE

  1. All teams interested in being admitted to membership in the CCWHA must also be approved by the ACHA. 
  2. All teams must complete and submit a New Team Application to the CCWHA Commissioner by January 15thin order to be considered for membership for the following season. 
  3. Entry into the League must be approved by a majority vote of the League members in the Division in which the applying team intends to play. 
  4. New teams that have been awarded membership in the league shall be accepted on a probationary status for one (1) season and must pay a $1000 retainer during that first season. This is in addition to the League determined dues for that particular season. The following season, if the team is fully accepted to the League, the retainer will be applied to those season dues.

LEAGUE FEES: 

  1. League fees are set each year by each Division during the pre-season annual meeting. 
  2. All of the money paid by the teams to the League for dues is put directly towards the end of the season tournament and other League incidentals. It pays for everything: the ice, officials, trophies, scorekeepers, website dues, etc. 
  3. League fees should be sent to the League Treasurer or designee. Make all checks payable to the CCWHA. 
  4. League fees are due October 30th and January 15th
  5. You may pay all at once or divide the dues into two payments. All payments must be received by the due dates or the late fees will apply. 
  6. If a team does not pay all League dues one week prior to the end of the season tournament, they will not be allowed to participate and their membership in the League will be evaluated. 
  7. Failure to pay the League fees will result in a late fee. The first late payment will result in a $100 fee. The second late payment will result in a $150 fee. 

NOTIFICATIONS AND ADDRESSES: 

  1. All League notices/announcements will be distributed to each team via email. 
  2. ONLY the people listed as designated team representatives will receive notifications from the Commissioner /Assistant Commissioners regarding CCWHA matters. It is the responsibility of these team representatives to share any information with their team. If your email address changes, please notify the Commissioner immediately.

MEETINGS

All League members are required to have representation at the two annual meetings – one preseason each year and one held in conjunction with the CCWHA League Tournament. 

Each team is required to have at least one representative in attendance at each of these meetings. 

At the League tournament meeting, volunteers will be solicited for vacant positions. The League members will then vote. Election results will be announced at the meeting and posted on the website after that date. New Board assignments take effect following the adjournment of the February meeting. 

Article III: Rules & Regulations 

RULE INTERPRETATIONS: 

  1. An electronic copy of the CCWHA Handbook will be available on the League website. If you do not have access to the website, you may request a hard copy. Every team will be responsible to review the handbook and abide by these bylaws. 
  2. If there is any question about any rule, consult the rulebooks for clarification. NCAA rules should be followed for play, except where specified by the ACHA and USA Hockey. 
  3. If a question occurs during a game, the referees are responsible for making the final decision. Referees are required to follow NCAA rules in all games. 
  4. If there is still a question concerning a rule, you may bring it to the attention of the CCWHA Board and the matter will be looked into further.

COMPLAINTS

  1. Any team, member or team official may file a complaint regarding any player, team, team official or incident arising from participation in CCWHA events.
  2. The party filing a complaint must do so by emailing the Commissioner with a detailed account of the grievance, along with information about all parties involved. The CCWHA complaint shall contain the individual names of at least two (2) team officials from the filing team, along with email address, and telephone numbers of each team official. Specific information (i.e. player names or #’s, referee names, actual acts on/off the ice), regarding each specific incident should be included on the complaint form. 
  3. All grievances will be handled by the Board of Directors, plus one appointed committee member, within 10 days after receipt, or at the next League meeting, whichever time is appropriate. The Board will then gather information and conduct its investigation by contacting each party involved. If further review is necessary, a special meeting shall be called by the Board and the team manager and/or coach and/or offending parties involved shall be contacted and notified of the meeting at which time an informal hearing will be held. It is the responsibility of the Board to schedule this meeting in a timely manner.
  4. Written notification of the Board’s decision will be sent to all parties concerned. Prior to deciding, the Board may request that all concerned parties appear for a hearing. Any decision made by the Board is final.

SCHEDULING

  1. The CCWHA season runs from Labor Day to the CCWHA League Playoffs. All League games will be scheduled within this time frame.
  2. The Master schedule shall be final. Each team’s representative is responsible to check its correctness and inform the League of any errors, discrepancies, or changes to the Master schedule, prior to the start of the season. This schedule is also posted on the website. 
  3. A schedule change may occur only when two teams agree on an alternative time and date for the game. This change must be submitted to the affected teams and the Commissioner in writing prior to the originally scheduled games.
  4. Any “misunderstandings” as to game times, locations or dates will result in a forfeit by the team at fault with the Master schedule and the forfeiting team shall be responsible for the costs of the officials and scorekeeper of the forfeited game. 
  5. The Master schedule, as posted on the League website, is considered to be commitment by the member teams to make every effort to play the entire schedule. 
  6. The time listed on the official schedule needs to identify if it is the the first time that teams will step onto the ice for warm-ups or the official puck drop. If a team uses a rink that lists game times as puck drop time, this must be noted on all schedules PRIOR to the beginning of the season. 

LEAGUE GAMES RESPONSIBILITIES

Home Team – The Home team shall furnish game pucks, a scorekeeper, and at least 1 hour and 50 minutes of ice time, with adequate dressing room facilities for each team and an official ACHA Scoresheet. The home team is also responsible for providing on-ice officials. 

Officials – The Home team shall provide either a two person system (two (2) referees) or a three person system (one (1) referee and two (2) linesmen). 

Cost of Home Game – The Home team is responsible for all costs of a home game, which include the following: 

  1. The ice rental fee; 
  2. The payment of referees; and 
  3. The payment of a timekeeper who has been trained to operate the time clock at the home rink.

Uniforms – In the event of uniform color similarities, the Visiting team will defer to the Home team. It is suggested that the teams discuss this ahead of time. 

Participants – Per USA Hockey rules, only players in uniform and Coaches shall be permitted to occupy the bench during games. Please refer to ACHA handbook, by division, for number of dressed participants. [Note: USAH/NCAA/ACHA all allow a roster of 30 athletes, dressing 20 per game. The usual division is 18 skaters and 2 goalies. ACHA allows for no more than 19 skaters if a team chooses to dress only 1 goalie. ACHA D2 allows for dressing 19 skaters and 2 goalies per game.] Any person on the players’ bench during a League sanctioned game must be registered with USA Hockey and must be on the ACHA roster . This includes coaches, managers or any other team official. 

Time – All League games will consist of three (3)- twenty (20) minute, stop-time periods. Where there is not sufficient time to finish a stop-time period due to curfew, the referees may decide to run the clock for the remainder of the game. A game counts if it has completed more than 10 mins of the third period. 

Conduct – The head coach and/or team official(s) shall be responsible for the conduct of their team before, during and after League games. Coaches and/or team officials shall be held responsible for any misconduct of his or her team. 

Spectators – Each teams’ head coach and/or team official shall act to ensure that spectators are not abusive to officials, players, other team coaches or team officials or other spectators. Failure to do so may result in team suspension or game forfeiture. 

Curfew Arenas: The Scorekeeper shall note in writing on the front of the scoresheet if the arena is a curfew arena. b. The Scorekeeper shall list the allotted number of minutes that are in the curfew (i.e. 50 minutes, 60 minutes, etc.) 

  1. The Scorekeeper shall denote start and stop time of the game by the time on the curfew clock, or if no curfew clock is visible, by the time of day. 
  2. The Scorekeeper shall obtain the signature of the visiting team’s official on the scoresheet prior to the start of the game, acknowledging the game is being played under curfew. 
  3. Any game curfewed after 10 mins in the third period is counted. Games curfewed before this cutoff are considered a forfeit against the hosting team. 

OFFICIALS

  1. All League games must be officiated by a minimum of two (2) level 3 USA Hockey certified officials. The preferred officiating system is a three (3) person (Level 3 or higher USA Hockey certified officials) with on (1) referee and two (2) linesman. 
  2. If no referees show up for a scheduled game, the Home team must make a reasonable attempt to reschedule. If the rescheduled game can only be agreed upon at the originally scheduled Visiting team’s home ice, then the originally scheduled Home team assumes the costs for the referees and scorekeeper. 
  3. If there are serious objections to an individual official or officials by a team, either request that your Scheduler of Officials not have this person be scheduled for your games –OR- put your complaint in writing and send it to the CCWHA Board for review. 
  4. No referee shall officiate a CCWHA League game in their own division in which their father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband or wife is a coach, manager, team official or player of one of the participating teams without notifying the opposing team of this relationship and obtaining agreement to play the game from both teams, in writing, prior to the start of the game (i.e. by signing the scoresheet). (In cases of tournaments or playoffs, this can be done on a blanket basis by all teams, in writing, prior to the start of play). 
  5. It is PROHIBITED for an official who is otherwise involved in the CCWHA as a coach, player or manager to be an official of a game. Officials are required to be the first and last persons on the ice at all games. It will be the responsibility of the Home team to remind the officials of this requirement. Only the playing captain or any alternates, may talk or confer with the referees. 

NOTE TO COACH/TEAM OFFICIAL: 

It is up to YOU to take an active role in the communication process with your officials. TALK TO THEM. Talk to them about the League, its rules and women’s hockey and any conflicts or questions that may arise. Contact your local Scheduler, along with the CCWHA provided Referee-in-Chief with information regarding any issue. Your local Scheduler should be your first contact, if the problem continues, please involve the CCWHA Referee in Chief. In a perfect world, all officials would be competent and fair. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Having an open dialog with the officials that work your games can only help you. 

STANDINGS.

Standings in each division shall be determined by a point system as follows:

  1. Win = 2 points; Tie = 1 point ; Loss/forfeit = 0 points 
  2. In the event of a tie in points, standings will be determined in the following order: 
  3. Win/loss record between teams involved. 
  4. Total goals against in games between the teams involved. 
  5. Total goals for in games between the teams involved. 
  6. Whichever team has the least penalty minutes shall prevail. 

Article IV: Penalties & Protests 

Note: CCWHA games are expected to be played within NCAA and ACHA rules and regulations. Please know these rules before your team begins play. The following information is for clarification or is additional information that relates to the CCWHA. 

Definitions: 

On-Ice Infractions – Generally speaking, on-ice infractions, such as minor penalties, 

accumulation of penalties, game misconduct, and any other issues not covered directly by the CCWHA rules and bylaws shall be governed by ACHA and USA Hockey rules. 

CCWHA additional guidance about On-Ice Infractions: A second Major penalty to the same player in one game, a Game Misconduct, or Fighting infraction carry a suspension for the balance of game, plus the next scheduled League game. Any player who receives three (3) fighting majors in one season shall be immediately suspended from further play, and shall come before the CCWHA Board to explain their circumstances and receive additional disciplinary action from the Board. 

Off-Ice Infractions – Off-ice infractions refer to conduct/behavior exhibited by players, managers, coaches, team officials and teams. Players, coaches, managers, team officials and teams may be cited at League and non-League functions. “Good Sportsmanship” is expected from anyone representing the CCWHA, and members shall conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. 

  1. Reporting Period for Suspensions – All penalties incurred in League games which carry any suspension for future games must be reported by the team incurring such penalty to the Commissioner within 24 hours of that game (if a team incurring such penalty is schedule to play another game within said 24-hour period, such penalty shall be reported prior to that team’s next scheduled game). All additional steps that occur with a suspension infraction shall follow the rules of the ACHA and USA Hockey or their affiliates. 
  2. Suspensions: 
  3. Any player receiving a suspension for which there are not enough regular season League games left will miss the necessary CCWHA Tournament games or following season League games to complete their suspension.
  4. Any suspended player must leave the ice surface or bench immediately and go directly to the dressing room. 
  5. A suspended player is not permitted on her team’s bench and is not permitted to be a minor official (i.e. penalty box worker, scorekeeper, timekeeper) for any League game. The suspended player’s name must be listed on the next game(s) scoresheet with “game # of # game suspension” written beside it. The suspended player does not have to attend the game to get credit for serving a game suspension.
  6. Any suspended coach/manager is not permitted on his/her team’s bench, in the locker room, and is not permitted to be a minor official for any League games.
  7. If a player or coach is removed from a USA Team Roster Registration Form for disciplinary reasons, the Commissioner must be notified within 24 hours of removal.

Match Penalties – All “Match” penalties must be reported by the referees and coach or team official (i.e. team captain) to the appropriate local USA Hockey affiliate and to the CCWHA Commissioner by the offending team’s representative within 24 hours. All additional steps that occur with Match penalty infractions shall follow the rules of the ACHA and its affiliates. The CCWHA Commissioner may further penalize a player cited for a “Match penalty” up to and including suspension for the remainder of the season. 

Ineligible/Illegal Players: 

  1. A coach, manager or team official who allows the participation of an ineligible player or coach in any game may be subject to a suspension of not less than one (1) year. 
  2. A player, coach, manager and/or team official who knowingly participated in game as an ineligible player or coach, manager and/or team official, shall be suspended for not less than thirty (30) days. 
  3. Review – the Board of Directors will periodically review the number and type of penalties accumulated by a player or team and may, in the interest of sportsmanship and safety, take whatever action it deems necessary to eliminate such problems in the future. 

PROTESTS:

  1. A protest may be lodged prior to a game, during a game, or within fifteen (:15) minutes after the completion of a game. Notice of protest must be reported to the ACHA and CCWHA League Commissioners within 24 hours of said game.
  2. A protested game must be noted immediately to the opposing coach or team official, scorekeeper and game officials. If a protest arises, the original scoresheet must show the following: 
    1. The words “Game Protested” on back of original scoresheet; 
    2. Proper signatures by the coaches and referees involved. 
  3. Within 48 hours after the completion of a protested game, the protesting team must mail the official scoresheet and a formal written account of the protest to the ACHA and CCWHA League Commissioners. 
  4. The ACHA and CCWHA shall rule on the protest within ten (10) days after receipt of the scoresheet. 

Article V: Cancellations and Forfeits 

RESCHEDULING AND CANCELLATIONS. 

NOTE: If rescheduling or canceling a game, do not assume that e-mail notification, without a response, is sufficient. FOLLOW-UP WITH A TELEPHONE CALL. If a dispute arises as to a cancellation, back up will be required. 

Rescheduling – Rescheduling under mutually agreed upon conditions will be the primary method of resolving conflicts. 

Cancellations – When a team cancels a game: 

  1. 72 hours’ notice must be given to the opposing team and Commissioner (see exceptions below); 
  2. Both teams must make a reasonable attempt to reschedule; 
  3. The game must be rescheduled within a reasonable time of cancellation. 
  4. The cancelling team is liable to the non-canceling team for all expenses incurred for referees and scorekeepers. Monies owed to a team for a cancellation shall be paid within 10 days

Exceptions to the 72-hour rule: 

Extreme weather: A Traveler’s Advisory broadcast by the National Weather Bureau for either the home or visiting team’s area 

Arena closure: Foul weather, mechanical breakdown or loss of power; or 

Personal tragedy: Injury accident en route to the rink, or death of a team member within 72 hours. 

NOTE: If an “exception” occurs, the team not able to participate in the game must contact the opposing team representative as soon as it is determined that the canceling team is unable to make the game. If a team representative is unreachable in person, messages must be left via e-mail and via telephone to the opposing team representative. If there is an alternate team representative, efforts to reach the alternate must be made in the same manner. If no team representative is reachable in person, a message must be left at the appropriate ice arena. Notice of contact attempts by the cancelling team must be given to Commissioner as well, via email or via telephone call. 

FORFEITS: 

A game will be considered a forfeit if: 

  1. An ACHA D1 team dresses fewer than the minimum of 10 skaters and 1 goalie or if an ACHA D2 team dresses fewer than the minimum of 6 skaters and 1 goalie. 
  2. A team plays an ineligible, suspended, or non-registered player. 
  3. A team plays with an ineligible, suspended or non-registered coach or assistant coach performing in his/her capacity at the player’s bench.
  4. Notification of cancellation/rescheduling occurs less than 72 hours before the originally scheduled game time (see exceptions in V.1.3 above).
  5. The canceling team is given rescheduling options but cannot agree on a rescheduled date  
  6. A team cancels a game in the last 2 weeks of the season.

FORFEIT PENALTIES

  1. The forfeiting team is liable to the non-canceling team for expenses incurred for referees and scorekeepers. Monies owed to a team for a forfeit shall be paid within 10 days. 
  2. The forfeiting team will receive a loss in the League standings. 
  3. The non-forfeiting team will receive a 1-0 win in the League standings. 
  4. After three (3) forfeits, a team will be immediately suspended from the League. Their remaining games will be canceled, and prior games will be omitted from the League standings. Their League application fee will be forfeited. Exception to this rule will only be made if the team in question can present evidence to the Board that reasonable attempts had not been made by opposing teams to reschedule games, or that extenuating circumstances, approved by the Board, have occurred.

Article VI: Scoresheet and Scorekeeping Expectations 

THE HOME TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING AT LEAST ONE PERSON TO WORK AS A TIMER/SCOREKEEPER. THE SCOREKEEPER IS CONSIDERED TO BE A MINOR OFFICIAL. 

SCORESHEETS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY: 

Before the game starts, make sure the team names, as well as date, location and division have all been included. If the game is a make-up or reschedule, please indicate the original date of the game and that it is a “reschedule” with the new date of the game.

Only players who are participating in that game may be listed on the scoresheet. The coach/team official of each team should review the list of players and make the necessary changes before signing the game sheet.

(i) Cross out any players names that are absent for that particular game. 

(ii) If using a label, add any players name that is not on the label. 

(iii) If there is a change in the jersey number for any player, make sure that is noted. 

(iv) Identify the team captain and alternates by placing a “C” or an “A” next to the 

respective names.

The coach(s)/team official(s) should then sign the completed scoresheet PRIOR to the beginning of the game.

SCORESHEET MUST BE LEGIBLE:

Any scoresheet which is not legible or is not properly completed will NOT be counted as an official scoresheet and, therefore, will result in a forfeiture of the game by the HOME team, as it is the home team’s responsibility to provide a COMPETENT scorekeeper.

When a goal is scored, the scorekeeper must make sure that the jersey number given by the referee of the goal scorer, and assister(s), if any, is on the scoresheet, along with the period and the time in which the goal was scored.

If a penalty is assessed, the scorekeeper must make sure the jersey number, along with penalty code, given by the referee, period and time at which the penalty was incurred, along with penalty duration (i.e. 2:00; 4:00, 10:00, etc.), are all marked clearly on the scoresheet. If the scorekeeper cannot hear the referee, or does not understand him or her, THEY SHOULD ASK FOR CLARIFICATION. If any game misconduct penalties are assessed, the scorekeeper must make sure the referee indicates the number of games on the scoresheet. 

THE REFEREES MUST SIGN THE SCORESHEET AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE GAME.

THE HOME TEAM is responsible for entering the score sheet results on the ACHA website by Sunday at midnight for weekend games. If a suspension occurs, it must be reported to the league Commissioner within 24 hours after the game.

THE “WHITE” SCORESHEET SHALL BE THE OFFICIAL RECORD: 

The scoresheet (white copy) of each game will become a permanent league record and must be signed by the referees and scorekeeper immediately following the game. Nothing may be added or deleted from the record copy (white copy) of the scoresheet unless witnessed and initialed by the attending referee(s).

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS contained in this Scorekeeping section will result in the forfeiture of the game for the winning team or home team in the event of a tie. The Board of Directors also reserves the right to assess further disciplinary action for violation of these expectations.

NOTE TO COACHES/TEAM OFFICIALS: 

(i) It is up to YOU to make sure your timekeeper is competent and knows how to properly keep time and fill out a scoresheet. 

(ii) It is up to YOU to go to the scorekeeper to verify and sign the scoresheet. 

(iii) It is up to YOU to make sure that the game sheet is accurate and legible at the conclusion of the game and that the referees sign it. 

(v) IT IS UP TO YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS AND TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE WITH REGARD TO SCORESHEETS AND SCOREKEEPING PROCEDURES. 

Article VII: League Tournament 

League playoffs must be completed prior to the final ACHA ranking, so game results can be included in ACHA rankings. The winner of each CCWHA division’s league playoffs receives an auto-bid to the ACHA nationals.

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

Affiliation – NCAA, ACHA and CCWHA rules govern the play of the tournament, except where noted. 

Team Registration: 

(i) Teams must register at the host arena no less than one hour prior to their first scheduled game, and must be prepared to present USA Hockey / ACHA official roster for all players. At this time, you will receive any additional tournament information. 

(ii) Players and coaches must sign in prior to the first game and will be asked to show picture ID before their first game. 

(iii) Teams are responsible for turning in locker room keys & for cleaning up the locker rooms after each game.


GAMES:

  1. Home teams will wear white or light jerseys.
  2. Games must start on time. All members are asked to be in their locker rooms thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled game. If a team is not ready to play at the start of their game, they may forfeit the game. 
  3. All teams must be dressed and ready to play 15 minutes before your scheduled game time. Games will start early if the game ahead of your game is completed early. 
  4. All preliminary games will consist of three (3) twenty-minute stop time periods. 
  5. The number of games played by any player or team on one day shall not be more than two with a minimum of four hours between the finish of the first game and the start of the second and twelve hours between games played on consecutive days. NOTE: The Tournament Coordinator(s) reserve the right to modify this rule in order to accommodate the scheduling of all games with respect to time constraints and ice availability for the tournament. 

DI TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

The top three teams of each Pod (East and West) will comprise the (6) six D1 teams competing in a single elimination League Championship. The 1st place team in each pod has a bye in the first round of play. The 2nd and 3rd placed teams in each pod will play a crossover game (2E vs. 3W, 2W vs. 3E) Winners of the cross-over games will play the 1st place team in the opposite pod. If both winners of the 2nd/3rd crossover games are in the same pod, the highest ranked 1st place team will play the lowest remaining seed.

Seeding of Teams. Teams are seeded based on the total number of points earned during the regular season as compiled using the official scoresheets as follows: Two (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss. In the event of a tie in points, standings will be determined in the following order:

Win/loss record between teams involved. The team with the most wins (or fewest losses) wins this tie. 2. Total goals against in games between the teams involved in their two league games. 3. Total goals for in games between the teams involved in their two league games.

Whichever team has the fewer penalty minutes in CCHWA games this season shall win the tie.

Game Tiebreaker: At the end of regulation time there will be a brief break, goaltenders will change ends and there will be a (5) five-minute sudden-victory OT period played 3 vs. 3. The 5 minute, 3 v 3 OT format will continue until a winner is decided. Goaltenders will change ends with each 5-minute period. 

Other Rules

(i) Teams will be allowed one (1) one-minute time-out in all games. 

(ii) All divisions are non-checking. This, as well as all penalties will be strictly enforced. (iii) Minor penalties will be two (2) minutes. Major penalties will be five (5) minutes. 

(iv) Any player or team official receiving a match penalty or a fighting major will be immediately suspended for the remainder of the tournament. 

(v) Protests: On-ice judgment calls will not be subject to protest. The only basis for protest will be a question concerning player eligibility and rule interpretations. All protests must be made within fifteen (15) minutes following the conclusion of the game. 

(vi) The League Commissioner, or their designee, shall have the authority to waive any of the rules or provisions of the tournament in the event of an emergency situation that may warrant such action. The League Commissioner, or their designee, reserves the right to make all decisions regarding rules, protests and/or player eligibility. 

(vii) All complaints must go through the League Commissioner, NOT the rink personnel or the team representatives working the registration tables. 

DII TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

Tournament Pool will include the top 4 teams in the league at the time of the tournament

Seeding of Teams. Teams are seeded based on the total number of points earned during the regular season as compiled using the official scoresheets as follows: Two (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss. In the event of a tie in the standings, the following procedure will be applied:

Win/loss record between teams involved. The team with the most wins (or fewest losses) wins this tie. 2. Total goals against in games between the teams involved in their two league games. 3. Total goals for in games between the teams involved in their two league games.

Whichever team has the fewer penalty minutes in CCHWA games this season shall win the tie.

Preliminary Rounds Game Format: Teams are initially seeded based on League standings. Teams will play a round robin format of 3 games. Games may end in a win, loss or tie. Seeding for the final game will use the same tie breakers as above (4.B) involving only the games played in the tournament. 

Final Game Tiebreaker: At the end of regulation time there will be a brief break, goaltenders will change ends and there will be a (5) five-minute sudden-victory played 4 vs. 4. The 5-minute, 4 v 4 OT format will continue until a winner is decided. Goaltenders will change ends with each 5-minute period. 

Other Rules

(i) Teams will be allowed one (1) one-minute time-out in all games. 

(ii) All divisions are non-checking. This, as well as all penalties will be strictly enforced. (iii) Minor penalties will be two (2) minutes. Major penalties will be five (5) minutes. 

(iv) Any player or team official receiving a match penalty or a fighting major will be immediately suspended for the remainder of the tournament. 

(v) Protests: On-ice judgment calls will not be subject to protest. The only basis for protest will be a question concerning player eligibility and rule interpretations. All protests must be made within fifteen (15) minutes following the conclusion of the game. 

(vi) The League Commissioner have the authority to waive any of the rules or provisions of the tournament in the event of an emergency situation that may warrant such action. The League Commissioner reserve the right to make all decisions regarding rules, protests and/or player eligibility. 

(vii) All complaints must go through the League Commissioner, NOT the rink personnel or the team representatives working the registration tables.