League House Rules
YK REC HOCKEY LEAGUE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES - Updated Dec. 2023
The following are considered minimum guidelines and the league will consider further
discipline if recommendations are forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee.
All Hockey Canada (HC) rules as outlined in the current rule book will apply if not
1. BODY CHECKING:
Rubbing out a player along the boards is permitted as long as the puck is being played.
A deliberate open ice hit or a hit along the boards, regardless of whether or not the
puck is being played, shall result in a Minor Penalty being assessed, or, per HC
guidelines, at discretion of referee based on degree of violence of the impact or injury,
a Major penalty and Game Misconduct penalty being assessed.
A Major Penalty plus a Game Misconduct Penalty shall be assessed to any player who
fights. (See HC rules for definition of fighting.) Per HC guidelines, referees are provided
very wide latitude in penalties that may be imposed under this rule.
In addition, players who fight will receive the following suspensions:
- 1st Incident Three (3) games
- 2nd Incident Five (5) games
- 3rd Incident Ten (10) games
- 4th Incident Ejected from the League for the remainder of the season or fifteen (15)
games, whichever is greater.
3. THIRD (3rd) MINOR PENALTY IN ONE GAME TO THE SAME PLAYER:
The player is subsequently ejected for the remainder of the game
- A Double Minor counts as one penalty in this ruling.
- If the third (3rd) Minor Penalty is called within the last ten (10) minutes of the game,
then they will be suspended for the following game.
4. MAJOR PENALTY:
Any player who receives a Major Penalty (other than fighting) will also receive the
- 1st Incident no suspension, unless infraction occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of
the game, then they will be suspended for the following game.
- 2nd Incident Two (2) games;
- 3rd Incident Seven (7) games and will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee to
determine if further suspension is required.
Any player assessed a 10 minute Misconduct Penalty during the last ten (10) minutes of
a game will be suspended for the following game.
6. GAME MISCONDUCT:
Any player assessed a Game Misconduct Penalty during the last ten (10) minutes of a
game will be suspended for the following game.
7. GROSS MISCONDUCT PENALTY:
Any player who is assessed a Gross Misconduct Penalty will be suspended as follows:
- 1st Incident Four (4) games
- 2nd Incident Seven (7)games
- 3rd Incident Reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee
Any player assessed a Gross Misconduct Penalty during the last ten (10) minutes will
also receive an additional one (1) game suspension.
8. MATCH PENALTY:
- 1st Incident Seven (7) games minimum, automatic ejection from the game and
Reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee
- 2nd Second Incident, automatic ejection from the game and Suspended as levied by
the Discipline Committee.
- Any Match Penalty assessed within the last ten (10) minutes of a game will also
receive an additional Game Misconduct and an additional one (1) game suspension.
9. STOP TIME:
The last three minutes of all games will be stop time if:
Goal differential of two (2) or less;
Providing there are timekeepers available
No person can act as a player and an official in the same game.
10. PLAYING WHILE UNDER SUSPENSION:
Any player that knowingly plays while under suspension shall receive the following:
He/she shall serve the remainder of the original suspension;
An additional seven (7) game suspension for the first incident;
Any other incidents will go to the Disciplinary Committee for their recommendations;
If a team plays with a player while under suspension they forfeit the game.
A Minor or Major or Match Penalty, at the referees discretion, shall be assessed to any
player who cross-checks and opponent;
A Major or Match penalty shall be assessed to any player who cross-checks a
goaltender while they are in the crease.
12. GAME SHEETS:
All team players and officials on the bench must be properly identified on the game
sheet prior to the start of the game. A team captain, rep or coach must sign the game
sheet prior to puck drop to verify the players are properly identified. If a team lists a
player not registered with the league, the team is fined $150.
The following rules also apply:
Any member of the YK Rec League who is asked to leave the game as an off-ice
official (timekeeper) will have their timekeeping efforts stricken and the team will be
fined. Members who do not sign the sheet will not be credited with timekeeping and
the team will be fined.
All teams need to appoint a Captain, or at least one Alternate Captain. The Captain will
be identified with a 'C' and up to three Alternates with an 'A' on their jersey. These
players have communication privileges with the referees, but this privilege is not
granted if this player receives a penalty.
14. ABUSE OF OFFICIAL GAME MISCONDUCT ACCUMULATION:
Any player who is assessed a Game Misconduct Penalty for abuse of an official will be
suspended as follows:
First Incident Remainder of the game and the next two (2) games;
Second Incident Remainder of the game and the next five (5) games;
Third Incident Remainder of the game and the next seven (7) games or the season,
whichever is longer.
Any Player receiving a Third Abuse of the Official Game Misconduct within the same
season will be under review for the period of the entire following season. Any further
Abuse of the Official Misconduct during any form of league play will result in an
automatic 1 year suspension.
(An incident is deemed to only occur in one game in one call. A player cannot be
assessed more than one abuse of the official in more than one incident for the purpose
of this rule)
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