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  24 games. League games will begin October 2, 2023. All league games shall be completed by 11:59 pm, February 11, 2024. No games shall be scheduling Dec 24th to Jan 1st.  Failure to complete a game prior to the end of season as approved by the league executive shall result in forfeit by the offending team and league fines shall be imposed per league policy.

2b. U9 MD will consist of 12 cross-ice games and 12 full-ice games.  Cross-Ice games will be scheduled Fri Oct 2nd, 2023 to Jan 14th, 2024.  Full-Ice games will be played Jan 15th, 2024 to March 31st, 2024.


3a. Game lengths are per OMHA regulation 10.2, table 10.2b (page 142/143 Manual of Operations);

A Division
U10/U11 Section B - 10-10-15 (No Flood)
U13/U14 Section C - 10-15-15 (No Flood)
U15/U16/U18 Section D - 15-15-15 (Flood)

Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3
U11 Section B - 10-10-15
U13 Section C - 10-15-15
U15 Section C - 10-15-15 (Flood)
U18 Section D - 15-15-15 (Flood)

Each game will have a minimum 3-minute warm-up but cannot exceed 5 minutes.

No Curfews as per OMHA Reg 10.3

Where ice time for a game has evaporated due to things such as equipment failure, injury in an earlier game, etc. The process of OMHA Reg. 10.3 will be followed to get them game in while the players are at the arena to mitigate re-scheduling and the travel involved.

3b. There is to be no flood in any curfew game and refer to OMHA regulation 10.3 (page 143) 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: U9 & U11 prior to 7:45 pm; U13 & U15 prior to 8:45 pm; and U18 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. 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.


6. 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.)


7. Referees

A Division
Referees for all games must be carded as per OMHA rules for the respective age Divisions.
U10 to U15 – Two Man System is required as a minimum.
U16 – Three Man System is to be used as a minimum. (A Four Man System is highly recommended).
U18 – Three Man System is to be used as minimum (A Four Man System is highly recommended).
As per Reg 18.5, Note 2:  OMHA Officials shall not officiate in a “one official” system.

Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3
Referees for all games must be carded as per OMHA rules for the respective age Divisions.
U11 to U13 – Two Man System is required as a minimum.
U15 – Three Man System is to be used.
U18 – Three Man System is to be used. (A Four Man System is highly recommended).
As per Reg 18.5, Note 2:  OMHA Officials shall not officiate in a “one official” 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. All game changes or cancellations shall be completed between the two Shamrock Centre Reps prior to inputting that information into The OneDB data base.


13. 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. Refer to the Play Off Structure Tab for details related to Playoffs and Championships.


15. 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