Wisconsin Club High School Hockey League
Rules of Play
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||Registration & Eligibility:
- The ability to play in WCHSHL is limited to High School 1 or 2,
and U-16 teams and players rostered by member organizations. USA
Hockey and WAHA rules and guidelines will be used to determine
player eligibility, unless noted in the WCHSHL By-Laws or Rules of
- Each member organization shall mail, fax, or e-mail their
current team(s) roster to the league commissioner by
November 30th. All teams must mail, fax, or e-mail their
Official U.S.A. Hockey rosters by December 31st or as soon
as they are available. No player(s) shall be allowed to float
between league teams after December 31st, except for the
- In case of injury, severe illness, or misfortune, a goalie
may float between league teams only with prior notice
and approval from the League Commissioner.
- In case of injury, severe illness, or misfortune, a
player not able to complete the season may be dropped
from the team roster for the remainder of that season
and replaced by another player. The replacement
player is "frozen" to that team, and not allowed to float
between another team.
- No teams will be allowed to add players to their roster after
December 31st of the current season, except as noted above.
The league Commissioner will determine the appropriateness
and eligibility of any player moving in from another area,
transferring from one team to another, or any other player
- Each association, team manager and coach shall be responsible for
the conduct of its coaches, players, team officials, parents, and other
team representatives at home and away games before, during, and
after the game. The WCHSHL promotes the Zero Tolerance Rule.
Any infraction of this rule may subject a team or its representative to
disciplinary action by the local association and the WCHSHL.
- Each team manager and coach shall be obligated to assist game officials and others involved in controlling spectators traveling with
the team or when playing at their home rink. Lack of such action could
subject the coach, manager, or team to discipline and loss of the game
- When the conduct of a spectator interferes with the progress of a
match, the referee may invoke penalties as called for in USA Hockey
and/or WAHA Rules of Play.
- Each association/team shall have an official discipline authority
committee. It is their responsibility to protect the integrity of the
association and WCHSHL by seeing that all imposed penalties are
- The official committee shall notify the Commissioner within there (3)
days of the action taken.
- This action will be reviewed by the Commissioner, who may impose
additional disciplinary action.
||Season and Schedule:
- For the inaugural WCHSHL season, league teams will play each other
team once. There will not be a "home and away" scheduling format
for this season; each team will schedule an equal number of home and
away games, independent of whom the opponent is.
- After the first season of WCHSHL play, league teams will play teams
in their division twice, and may use a "hub weekend" or "home
and away" scheduling format. League play will typically begin in
November, and end no later than the last weekend before the Cofrin
and Mc Guire Cup tournaments.
- Scheduling and playing WCHSHL games should take precedence over
other games. Teams shall fully participate in league and championship
- Each team shall have at least one (1) scheduler present at the
scheduling meeting. A fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) will
be deducted from the performance bond of each team absent from the
- Schedule Changes:
- No one is authorized to change schedules without notifying the
league scheduler. All changes, including the rescheduled date
and time, must be reported to the league scheduler, at least two weeks prior to the regularly scheduled game.
- In the event that a team desires to cancel a game, the cancelling
team must contact the opposing team scheduler at least two (2)
weeks prior to the regularly scheduled game.
- Cancelled games shall be rescheduled within two (2) weeks
of the original date of the game. The team cancelling shall
have the greater responsibility to make concessions to the
convenience of the non-cancelling team, and make every effort
to play the game where originally scheduled. If teams are not
able to agree to reschedule the cancelled game, the cancelling
team must notify the League Commissioner, and a fine of
one hundred twenty five dollars ($125.00) will be deducted
from the performance bond of the cancelling team. The
Commissioner will determine the party that failed to cooperate,
any additional fines, and whether a game forfeit is indicated.
- No shows (a team not showing up for a scheduled game) for
any reason are the responsibility of the team involved, and
will result in the team being fined two hundred fifty dollars
($250.00). This fine will be used to pay for ice and referee
fees for no shows games, or travel costs for the visiting team
if the home team is the no show. The team that shows will
automatically win and receive 2 points in the standings.
- When a game must be rescheduled due to inclement weather,
teams shall reschedule within two (2) weeks of the original
date and every effort shall be made to play the game where
originally scheduled. Both coaches must confirm in writing to
the league office, the action taken. If one coach is not willing
to play, he will forfeit the game. If a mutual agreement by the
two coaches is reached not to play the game, the game will be
recorded as a tie. If no agreement is reached, the game will be
recorded as a zero in the standings.
- If a game must be ended before the mid point of the second
period due to injury or other delay not caused by slow play, the
game shall be declared no contest and replayed with the home
and visiting teams staying the same. If the game clock is after
the midpoint of the second period and the game must be ended,
the scorekeeper will note the time remaining on the score sheet.
The visiting team coach will have the choice of concluding the
stopped game prior to the start of the next regularly scheduled
game between the two teams, or rescheduling with the home
team at another time.
- Playing time is three (3) fifteen (15) minute stop-time periods. It
is recommended that the ice be resurfaced between each period,
however, the ice may be resurfaced before the game and once during
the game if time does not allow for resurfacing after every period.
- A six (6) goal deficit will result in running time any time during the
game, except when both coaches agree to continue to play the game
at stop time. Running time shall be stopped for penalties, injuries, and
official time-outs, and started at the ensuing face-off. The game will
revert to stop time any time there is not a six (6) goal deficit.
- One (1) time-out is allowed per game.
- No overtime played for league games.
- Score Sheets:
- The home team must mail, fax, or e-mail all score sheets to the
WCHSHL League within 48 hours of each game. A twenty
five ($25) dollar late fee will be assessed from the performance
bond for each late score sheet. USA Hockey Score Sheets must
- Only USA Hockey or State Association (WAHA/MAHA) registered
Officials may officiate Varsity or JV games.
- At least a two man referee system (one referee and one linesman) will
be used. A three-man system may also be employed.
- No parent or child may referee a game in which their child or sibling
is a participant. If a team uses a referee that is related, the offending
team will forfeit the game in question and the team may be expelled
from further play in the WCHSHL. "Referees" are all on ice officials,
linesman, and referees. If a team violates this rule, they will forfeit
their performance bond.
- Due to geographical or population limitations, a team may use a
referee for a game, in which the referee's child is a participant, only
with the prior approval of the league Commissioner. If a team violates
this rule, they will forfeit the game, their performance bond, and may
be subject to other discipline determined by the league Commissioner.
- If no game official shows up, the coaches may choose a mutually
acceptable official (in this case only, a parent may officiate a game
which their child is playing in). The score sheet shall be signed by
both coaches prior to the game stating that they consent to the official
(stating his/her name) who will be used. If a mutually acceptable
official is not found, both coaches shall state on the score sheet that the
game is "no contest". The teams shall be responsible for ice time and
officials to replay the game.
- Each team will handle his or her own; however a copy of the score
sheet must be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the league office showing
that the suspended player served his/her games. Any suspension may
be subject to review by the Commissioner.
- A player who receives a penalty in a league game for fighting or
fisticuffs shall be suspended from the teams next three scheduled USA
Hockey sanctioned games
- A player who receives a match penalty in any game is immediately
suspended from further league play. Player re-instatement must be
granted by the league Commissioner, and may be considered only after
the suspended player's league president, and the suspended player,
submit their own request for re-instatement in writing to the league
- Cases reported where suspensions are not served, according to USA
Hockey, WAHA, and WCHSHL rules, will result in forfeiture of the
game the player should have sat out.
- Rules of Play can be waived or modified by a three-quarter majority
vote of the league team's representatives when it is determined to be in
the best interest of the WCHSHL or its individual members.
- There will be no fees for league games. The league Commissioner
will determine admission prices for the Cofrin and Mc Guire Cup
|Articles IX and X will be re-written after additional discussion at league meetings.
The information below is from past seasons.
||Conference Champion Determination:
- Champion determined by counting 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie,
and zero points for a loss in contests that make up the adopted
- Tie breaking procedures will be as follows:
- Head to head competition
- Goal differential of games with each other
- Win loss record within the division
- Win loss over all record in league
- Total goals scored in league
- League will send out all-conference nomination forms in late January.
All-Star player nominations must be post marked by February 1, on
the forms furnished by the league. League office will send out master
lists and ballots to member teams. All ballots must be postmarked by
February 14, and returned to the league
- Voting Procedure:
- Teams can not vote for their own players.
- Players shall be ranked by position.
- Pick 2 goalies, rating them 1-2, with 1 being the best.
- Pick 4 defensemen, rating them 1-4, with 1 being the best.
- Pick 6 forwards, rating them 1-6, with 1 being the best.
- The All-Conference Team will consist of two goalies, six
defensemen, and nine forwards per team.
- The Cofrin and McGuire Cup Championships will be played during
the last weekend of February. Any player who has not participated in
at least sixty percent (60%) of their team league games is not eligible
to participate in the Cofrin or McGuire Cup Championship games.
- The WCHSHL will begin in November and all league games must be
played by the Sunday prior to the Cofrin and McGuire Cups.
- League Championships: (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
- League Season Championships will receive a trophy (1st & 2nd
place). The best overall league record will determine league champions.
- The top 4 teams in each division will go to the Cofrin and McGuire
Cup finals. The Cofrin Cup, McGuire Cup and League trophies shall remain on display at the rink of the team who is the winner of
the Cup until the Annual Fall Meeting.