U9 Game Play Rules & Guidelines
Game Play Rules & GuideLines
➢ 4 vs 4 player format and one goaltender for each team.
➢ Three-minute warm-up.
➢ Rink set-up: one set of barriers
➢ Game length – 44 minutes post warm-up.
➢ 44 minutes, 2 x 22minutes periods..
➢ Shift length – 90 seconds in duration with an automatic buzzer or whistle sounding to indicate player change. The clock continues to run through the 22-minute half.
➢ Both games synchronized, and officials work together to ensure that happens.
➢ Players change on the fly at the buzzer or whistle.
➢ If there are fewer than four players on the bench, the active player designated to stay out for the following shift must tag up at the bench prior to continuing play.
➢ Two face-offs during the game. • The first face-off will start the game. • The second face-off will start the second half
➢ On the buzzer/whistle sounds, players must relinquish control of the puck immediately and vacate the ice. The new players enter the ice immediately.
➢ Failure to immediately relinquish control of the puck or new players entering the ice surface prematurely may result in a penalty for the offending team. Change of Possession
➢ Goaltender freezes the puck – the official blows the whistle to indicate the attacking team backs off and defending team gets possession.
➢ Puck shot out of play – the offending team backs off and the official gives the non offending team a new puck.
➢ One official per game. Coaches/Trainers must remain on the bench.
➢ Penalties shall be called in accordance with the Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) standard of play, within a learning environment where new officials are learning how to apply the rules.
➢ Minor penalties are noted with the official briefly raising their arm to indicate a penalty will be assessed. At the end of the shift, the official notifies the coach of the infraction and the number of the offending player.
➢ If the offending team controls the puck after the infraction, the official blows the whistle and calls for a change of possession; the non-offending team is given room to play the puck (three-metre cushion). ➢ The offending player will sit out the next shift, but the team will play even strength.
➢ Should an infraction occur that would normally require a player to be ejected from the game (game misconduct, gross misconduct or match penalty), the player will be removed from the remainder of that game. Even under these circumstances, teams will not play short handed.
➢ For major penalties assessed to players and bench staff, the Minor Code of Discipline will apply.
➢ Game scores will not be recorded. Game sheets may be used to capture major penalties to players or bench staff in-game.
➢ When the puck enters the goal, the official will blow the whistle and signal a goal, retrieve the puck from the net. They will drop the puck after each goal at the center of the half ice.