The MGHA Way

The MGHA has adopted the following game rules: All games will be played under current USA Hockey Adult No-Check rules (pdf), with the following additions:

  1. Slapshots: No slapshots are allowed. The note from rule 621(d) will be applied: A face-off shall take place at one of the end face-off spots adjacent to the goal of the offending player’s team who, in the process of making a forehand shot or pass, raises the blade of his stick above his waist in the backswing of such shot or pass.
  2. The MGHA limits advanced players in L1 to two goals per game. If an advanced player (5 or 6 ranking or a player subbing from L2) scores a goal after reaching the limit, the goal will be disallowed and the face-off moved to the nearest neutral-zone face-off location (attacking team caused the stoppage of play). Players who have scored 7 or more goals in the season will also be subject to the two-goal cap per game in all subsequent games.

  3. The MGHA limits L2 players to three goals per game. If an advanced player scores a goal after reaching the limit, the goal will be disallowed and the face-off moved to the nearest neutral-zone face-off location (attacking team caused the stoppage of play).
  4. Protective Equipment:
    1. In addition to the protective equipment required by rule 304, the following equipment is required and shall be considered included in rule 304(a): Hockey gloves, shin pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, padded hockey pants, protective cup or pelvic protector.
    2. Facemasks: Rule 304(d) shall apply:(d) All players, including goalkeepers, in all age classifications below Adults, are required to wear a facemask certified by HECC, plus any chin protection that accompanies the facemask. (Note) Any helmet or facemask that is altered except as permitted in Rule 304(b) shall be deemed to be illegal equipment and shall not be allowed to be used in a game. (This shall include helmets from which a part has been cut or removed, facemasks from which the chin-cup has been removed or any other such alterations from the original manufacturing specifications.)
  5. Game Time and Timeouts:
    1. Game times:
      • Warmup: 4 minutes
      • Periods: 12 minutes (stop time)
      • Intermissions: 1 minute
      • Minor Penalties: 1:30
      • Major Penalties: 3:00
      • Misconduct Penalties: 6:00
      • Timeouts: 1:00
    2. The R4HC 5-Minute Rule will be used, with the exception that timeouts will be permitted: At the first stoppage of play after 5:00 or less are left in the allotted ice time: if the clock shows more than 3:00, the on-ice officials will ask [the game timekeeper] to reset the clock:
      • The time on the scoreboard clock should be reset to show 2 minutes plus the number of seconds on the clock. For example, suppose the scheduled ice time ends at 10:00 am. If the scoreboard clock shows 3:48 left at the first whistle after 9:55 am, the clock should be reset to 2:48.
      • Penalty times are not reset. The on-ice officials will notify each team that the clock is being reset.
      • [the game timekeeper] may verbally call the attention of the on- ice officials if they do not notice that it is time to reset the clock.
      • [the game timekeeper] should not reset the clock unless told to do so by the on-ice officials.

Locker Room Etiquette

  1. Assignments
    Capitol Ice controls assignments so they will not be on the website. Check the TV above the sign-in table each week to see where your team is assigned. Home and Away teams are usually split up on two separate sides of the rink. Example: LR1 & LR3 4:40, LR2 & LR4 5:50.
  2. Locker rooms are safe spaces.
    We strive to make the league a safe space for everyone, and nowhere exemplifies this more than the locker room.
    We’ve made a conscious choice as a league over the years to share locker rooms as a team. We are a league with an incredibly diverse range of bodies, body types, gender identities, sexualities, histories, and comfort levels. Know that some are comfortable getting totally naked and some won’t be comfortable in less than a t-shirt and shorts, or more. We ask that you respect each other by being discrete. The locker room isn’t the place to single out your new teammates and ask why they dress up or down.
    If you aren’t comfortable dressing in front of other people, or other aspects of the locker room, please talk to your captain or a board member about this. We can share advice, and with your captains can help figure out the best way to make you feel comfortable and safe. Accommodations can always be made.
  3. In all spaces of the MGHA, practice enthusiastic consent.
    Get permission before you hug or touch someone, and remember that many folks may be comfortable with fully-clothed hugs in the stands, but uncomfortable with *any* contact in the locker room. It’s easy and everybody gets to stake out their boundaries without having to worry about being Midwestern nice about it.

To report conduct to the conduct committee – Conduct Reporting Form