Policies

Utah Inline Hockey League (UIHL) Policies and Procedures

UIHL has adopted the rules and guidelines put forth by USA Rollers Sports (USARS) as it pertains to penalties, conduct, equipment guidelines; however, any UIHL specific policies or procedures listed below will supersede those listed in the USARS Official Rules of Inline Hockey Rulebook.

Standard Game Format and Operating Procedures:

  • Checking-In: Players are responsible for checking-in with the scorekeeper before the game. This helps ensure accuracy of statistics.
    • Express jersey number and last name to the scorekeeper
    • Players without a jersey number will be ineligible to play
  • Warm-Up: Each team will be given a minimum of a 3-minute warm-up (additional time added if the game is running ahead of schedule).
  • Start time: Games should start on time. Staff should be prompt and not hold up games to wait for goalies or players.
  • Periods: Games are three 11-minute periods.
  • Intermission: There will be a 30 second intermission between periods.
  • Overtime: In case of a tie at the end of regulation the game will go to an immediate (no intermission) overtime.
    • Overtime will be played 2-on-2 in a 3-minute sudden death format.
  • Shootout: In case of a tie at the end of overtime the game will go to an immediate (no intermission) 3-round shootout.
    • In case of a tie after 3-rounds the shootout will continue in sudden death format.
    • Players cannot shoot twice in a shootout until each player on their team has an opportunity to shoot.
  • Run-Time: Games are always run-time with a few exceptions:
    • The last four minutes of the 3rd period will be stop-time.
    • If there is a 3+ goal differential in the game no exceptions will be made and the clock will continue to run.
    • The scorekeeper will stop the clock at the beginning of a penalty, but the clock will continue to run during the penalty unless a previous rule supersedes (i.e. the game is within 4 goals during the last 4 minutes of the final period).

 

Code of Conduct:

All UIHL Participants must abide by the following:

All participants will seek to foster an environment of sportsmanship, fairplay, competition, and mutual respect.

UIHL will have a zero tolerance policy for the following offenses:

  • Abuse (verbal) of Officials: Any perceived verbal abuse of an official will result in an immediate 4 minute minor unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. To help draw the line, anything outside of asking a question respectfully may be perceived as verbal abuse. Subsequent verbal abuse will result in a game misconduct, in which the offending player will be removed from the remainder of the game. Verbal abuse will be left to the discretion of the referee and league officials.
    • Officials include: Referees, Scorekeepers, facility employees, facility guests.
  • Abuse (physical) of Officials: Any perceived physical abuse of an official will result in a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct plus an additional minimum 2 game suspension, in which the offending player will be removed from the remainder of the game plus at least the following two games. Physical abuse will be left to the discretion of the referee and league officials.
    • Officials include: Referees, Scorekeepers, facility employees, facility guests.
  • “Fighting”: Fighting of any kind will not be tolerated. Any participants involved in fighting during a UIHL event will be assessed a game misconduct as well as a minimum suspension of 2 additional games. Fighting will be left to the discretion of the referee and league officials.
  • Continued Misconduct: An automatic game misconduct plus an additional 1 game suspension will be assessed to any player that receives 3 penalties in a game.
  • Excessive Misconduct: Any player that receives 3 unsportsmanlike conduct or physical play major penalties will be placed under league review and receive a minimum 2 game suspension. Subsequent misconduct may result in a full season suspension or longer.
  • Team Penalty: An automatic 4 minute major penalty will be assessed to any team receiving their third misconduct or physical play penalty. Any subsequent physical play or unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will cause an automatic forfeit and end the game.

Physical Play:

The UIHL understands this is hockey and physical contact will occur; however, this is a non-check league and the following actions will be assessed the appropriate penalty (at the referees discretion):

  • Lowering the shoulder to lay players out or otherwise intentionally making contact, having no intent to play the puck, but rather make contact with the opposing player shall result in a minimum 4 minute major penalty.
    • Even when attempting to play the puck, any contact the referee witnesses that puts any players safety should be penalized according to the referee’s discretion
  • Going for the body of an opposing player rather than play the puck.
  • Pushing or Shoving an opponent with the arm, stick or in any way rather than play the puck.
  • Any incidental contact with the goalie may cause a stop in play and a center rink face-off will be the result. By default, we encourage referees to error on the side of goalie safety.

    • If as a result of incidental contact with the goalie a goal is scored, the goal will be waived off and a center rink face-off will be the result. Any exceptions to this are outlined in the USARS rulebook such as rebounds or a scramble in the crease for example.
    • Any perceived intentional contact with a goalie will result in a minimum of a 2-minute minor penalty.

 

Rosters and Substitutes:

    • Rosters must be submitted prior to the start of a season by team captains.
      • A roster includes:
        • First name, last name, jersey number, and position.
    • Rosters may be changed during the regular season, but such changes  must be approved by league officials.
    • Players may not skate out on two teams in the same division; however, they are permitted to play on two teams in different divisions. Goalies are not under this restriction and may support any number of teams.
    • To be eligible to play in the playoffs, a rostered player should have played in a minimum of 3 regular season games. Exceptions fall under the substitute players rule.
    • Substitute players will be permitted only if the opposing team captain gives their approval. Opposing team captains have full authority to allow or disallow any sub according to their own discretion during any regular or playoff game.  Previous “one size fits all” attempts failed to handle each valid case for a sub. Each captain views and prefers to handle subs differently, and with this current policy they have full league support and control to do so. Here are a few examples that show how some captains handle subs. This is not an exhaustive list, it simply highlights how each captain may have a different preference or point of view:
      • Some prefer to allow any sub to join in for any game.
      • Some only allow subs they believe would not affect the overall outcome of the game.
      • Some only allow a sub if the team only has 2 or 3 skaters.
      • Some prevent subs altogether.

 

Playoff Seeding:

Playoff seeding will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. Points (2 points for a win, 1 point for an overtime/shootout loss, 0 points for a regulation loss)
  2. Head-to-Head Matchup
  3. Goal Differential
  4. Goals Against (the team with fewer goals against will be given the higher seeding)

**If one of the steps cannot be used (i.e. head-to-head because there are more than 2 teams tied, or the teams have the same head-to-head record) the next step will be the determining factor.**

 

For any information that has not been listed in the UIHL Policies and Procedures, please refer to the USARS Official Rules of Inline Hockey for clarification.