Rules of Operation (Shamrock Hockey League)

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1. Registration fees shall be determined on a yearly basis, established after the year-end financial statement and thus set at a per team amount to cover anticipated expenses for the up coming season. All team entries are to be submitted by September 15 of the current season. Only teams registered with the OMHA are eligible for membership in the Shamrock League.

League scheduling for each team shall consist of no less than 18 games and no more than 20 games.  All league games shall be completed by 11:59pm Dec 23 of each year. In exceptional circumstances, where a game has been cancelled after Dec 1st, the league executive may permit games to be scheduled between Dec 23rd and the league seeding deadline of Dec 31.  Failure to complete a game prior to the Dec 23rd, or Dec 31st as approved by the league executive shall result in forfeit by the offending team and league fines shall be imposed per league policy.Standings as of Dec 31st 11:59pm of the current season shall be used for all Playdown and Playoff Seeding except as noted in the case of a round robin preliminary series.


3. Game lengths are per OMHA regulation 10.2, table 10.2b; which are for Novice and Atom see section B - 10,10,15; for Peewee and Bantam see section C -10,15,15; and for Midget and Juvenile see section D - 15,15,15. There is to be no flood in any curfew game and refer to OMHA regulation 10.3 in relation to curfews. For curfews; the game sheet must be initialed by both coaches prior to the start of the game.


4. The suggested starting times for games are as follows: Novice and Atom prior to 7:45 pm; Peewee and Bantam prior to 8:45 pm; and Midget and Juvenile prior to 9:30 pm. No game can be scheduled to start after 9:30 pm on any day or before 6:15 pm on a weeknight unless agreed to by both Centres.


5. Admission price for all Shamrock League and League playoff games is:

Adults $4.00; Students and Seniors $2.00; Children under 14 Free.


6. The home team must supply referees, game sheets, an official scorer, and a competent timekeeper. The visiting team has the right to put someone in the timer's box before the game begins.


7. The coaches should ensure the game sheet is fully completed. The home team coach shall be responsible for all additional information pertaining to the game sheet (e.g. game number, date, curfew, etc.)


8. Referees for all games must be carded as per OMHA rules for the respective age divisions. Bantam and Midget must use a three-man system.


9. All game changes, scores and cancellations shall be completed using The OneDB data base and follow the policies set out by the SHL. Any game cancellation other than for weather or unforeseen circumstances must be completed at least 7 days prior to the scheduled date and a rescheduled date must be set and agreed upon within 14 days. Games cancelled due to weather or arena breakdown require reasonable notice. Contact persons are responsible for all cancellations and rescheduling.


10. All players and officials must be on a roster, which has been submitted to the OMHA for approval prior to the first league game.


11. A team entering a protest must do so in writing by electronic mail, facsimile, courier or personal to the League President with copies going to the appropriate contact person. The document must be received within 48 hours of the start of the game. Teams wishing to file a defense must do so within 36 hours after being notified of the protest by the President. The executive committee will rule on the protest. Any financial awards are due within fourteen (14) days or funds will be taken from the bond account. The Centre must reimburse the bond account by the end of the current season or face suspension. See the SHL policies for more details and fees.


12. The contact person is to ensure that game sheets are forwarded promptly.

  • All game sheets (white copy) to OMHA Convener (designated at the beginning of each season)
  • All Additional Entry (Atom to Midget) game sheets (white copy) to OMHA Convener (designated at the beginning of each     season)
  • All Juvenile game sheets (white copy) forwarded as determined by League (notification before start of season)
  • All green copies are to be retained by the home center until April 30th of the current season. If the league requires a hard copy of a game sheet, the home center will be contacted to provide the green copy to the league.Game sheets (white copy only) sent directly to OMHA Executive Member by the referee (i.e. match penalties)

13. All game changes or cancellations shall be completed between the two Shamrock Centre Reps prior to inputting that information into The OneDB data base.


14. All league games must be played. Any league game not played by one week after the schedule has been completed will result in a fine. The League Executive will mediate any rescheduling difficulties where applicable.

The Shamrock Hockey League defines "Playoffs" as Shamrock Hockey League games for League championships. Round robin preliminary series are permitted for Playoffs.  However, for Bantam and above, only one team may advance to the Final from any preliminary round robin series. All other series shall be 4 or 6 point series in accordance with OMHA rules.  Where necessary, preliminary round byes shall be given to the highest seeded teams until sufficient teams are eliminated to establish a balanced draw. Teams shall be seeded according to win percentage in all regular season games.  The team earning the highest win percentage shall be seeded first and seeding shall follow thereafter. Home ice advantage will be determined by the seeding rank as determined above with the highest seed having home ice advantage.  


16. All league playoff series and classifications will be set in February of the current season. Any team not wishing to compete in league playoffs must inform the league secretary by this date. Failure to meet playoff commitments will result in discipline by the league. Playoffs will follow the same rules as OMHA play downs. All series require a contract to be signed prior to the start of the first game and all game sheets are to be sent to the appropriate playoff statistician promptly.



Fines: Please refer to the Policy section on the League Web site