Tournament Rules, 2017-18 Chicago Regional, Central Region, 2017-2018, American Regionals (International Silver Stick)

This Tournament is part of the 2017-2018 season, which is not set as the current season.
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Tournament Information

All teams are guaranteed 4 games

-Play 12-12-12 minute stop time periods
-No Checking
-No Slap Shots
-No Delayed Offsides
-Top 2 Teams in each Pool advance to Semis (remaining teams play one final consolation game)

-Play 13-13-13 minute stop time periods (Consolation Game is 12-12-12)
-No Checking
-No Delayed Offsides
-Top 1 Team in each Pool advances to Semis PLUS 1 Wild Card Spot to top finisher from all remaining teams! (remaining teams play one final consolation game)

-Play 13-13-13 minute stop time periods (Consolation Game is 12-12-12)
-Checking is allowed
-Delayed (tag-up) Offsides is in effect

-Top 2 Teams advance to Championship (remaining teams play one final consolation game)

Teams must be prepared to play FRIDAY MORNING

Sunday Championship games will be complete by 4:30 pm

Schedule will be released 10 days prior to the tournament start date

Silver Stick Tournament Rules and Policies

1.      All teams must be properly registered with USA Hockey. Team Manager/Head Coach must submit your USA Hockey Team Roster Registration that has been approved/signed by your District Registrar prior to your 1st game of tournament play-NO exceptions!

2.      All USA Hockey rules shall apply, except where noted. Tournament Directors reserve the right to modify & apply any rule/ruling for the betterment of the tournament and its participants.

3.      Sportsmanship is the primary focus of the Silver Stick Tournament and therefore absolutely no fighting, taunting or abusive language will be tolerated from players, team officials, parents or fans during the games, in the facility, in the Hotels and neighboring communities. Players & team officials will be assessed penalties in accordance with USA Hockey’s ZERO TOLERANCE philosophy. Spectators guilty of the above will be asked to leave the facility.

4.      Any player or team official assessed a Fighting Major penalty will be suspended for the remainder of the tournament.  These suspensions shall be reported to the USA Hockey District and the home league of the player or team official.

5.      Only team players & a maximum of four (4) team officials (names must be on the roster) will be permitted in the player’s bench area.

6.      Home team is expected to wear a light colored jersey and the visiting team is expected to wear a dark colored jersey. Neck guards and mouth guards are mandatory. BUT, home team has the option to pick dark if desired.

7.      No Protests will be accepted.  All decisions made by on-ice officials are final. 

8.      Tag-up off sides is only played in the Bantam division.
9.      Players and coaches should report to the arena at least one hour prior to each game
10.    All teams must be prepared to begin any game 15 minutes ahead of schedule


1. All Tournament officials are current members in good standing of USA Hockey and are deemed qualified to officiate at the level of play assigned.

2. A zero tolerance for verbal abuse is in effect and will be enforced for all team officials, players, and spectators.

3. Appropriate penalties will be assessed for disputing or arguing a decision of the officials, any visual demonstration of dissatisfaction, or for the use of obscene or vulgar language to anyone at anytime during the tournament.

4. Please keep in mind that the tournament director does not have the authority to reverse the decisions of the game officials.


1. Three (3) minute warm up period prior to each game and teams need to be ready up to 15 minutes prior to their scheduled game start.

2. If there is a five (5) goal lead in the third period, a running clock will be applied in the 3rd period. Stop time will resume if lead is reduced to 3 goals.
3. During a Running Clock - The clock will stop only if directed by an on-ice ref (i.e. to set a penalty or for an injury, etc...) and will be restarted at the next puck drop.
There is NO maximum goal differential in effect.
5. NO time outs in round robin play
6. One (1) minute time out will be allowed per team in Semi-Final and Championship Games.


Squirt                                              Pee Wee/Bantam         

  Minor = 1.5 Minutes                           Minor = 2 Minutes    

Major = 5 Minutes                             Major = 5 Minutes     

Misconduct = 10 Minutes                    Misconduct = 10 Minutes

1. Anyone receiving a game misconduct must sit the next game.

2. Anyone receiving a match penalty is disqualified from further play in the tournament.

3. The tournament director reserves the right to take measures necessary to ensure a safe tournament for the participants including the modification of any rule(s) herein which is deemed by him/her to be in the tournament's best interest. Decisions of the tournament director are final.


Teams are awarded two (2) points for a win and one (1) point for a tie. No points are awarded for a loss.  Standings are based on wins, losses and ties. Advancement to the Semi-final round is based solely on points for victories and ties, and tiebreakers if needed. 

In the case of two (2) or more teams being tied in the standings, these tie-breaker rules will be applied in the following order:

1.      Head to Head results of the tied team's games played vs each other (If multiple teams are tied and they have not all played each other, the head to head tie-breaker cannot be applied, move to #2)

2.      Most Wins

3.      Highest Goal Average (Determined by dividing the Total Goals For (No Maximum per game) by the sum of the Total Goals For plus the Total Goals against (TGF ÷ (TGF + TGA))

4.      Fewest Goals Against

5.      Fastest Goal Scored in the 1st Game of Tournament

6.      Least Number of Penalty Minutes for all Round Robin Games

7.      Coin Toss

In the event that three or more teams are tied, and one or more of the teams are eliminated as a result of any tie-breaker, any tie remaining between the remaining teams shall be broken by following the procedure beginning with #1, and if necessary #2  through #6. Simply put, each time a team is eliminated or multiple teams are eliminated while applying the same tie-breaker, the remaining teams will “take it from the top” to further break their tie.  Conversely, if multiple ties are broken at the same step, then that shall be the final order for those non-tied teams.

It is the responsibility of the team manager and/or the coach to verify the tie-breaking results with the Tournament Officials.



If a tie exists after regulation time, a five (5) minute four on four (4 V 4) sudden death overtime period will be played (same penalty rules apply as in regulation play).  If a tie still exists after the overtime period, the teams will compete in a three (3) man shootout. 


If a tie exists after the completion of the three (3) man shootout, a sudden death shootout will follow.  Teams must exhaust their entire roster of skaters before any shooter can be repeated.  All players are eligible to participate in the shootout unless they are serving a ten (10) minute misconduct or have been ejected from the game for any reason.


When regulation time ends and the teams are 5 on 3, teams will start the overtime 5 on 3. Once player strength reaches 5 on 4 or 5 on 5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4 as appropriate.