Tourney Format

Tournament Format:
The tournament will utilize a round-robin format with each team guaranteed four games minimum. All games will be held on a 112’ x 64’ regulation-sized pond hockey rink, complete with a set of 18" tall Nice Rink custom dasher boards and custom metal pond hockey nets, and feature a two-minute warm-up, two 15-minute running time halves and a 2-minute half time intermission. USA Hockey playing rules will be followed.

Each team will be randomly placed into a pool within your division and play a minimum of 4 games in the round robin pool. After the round robin play is complete, the top teams from each pool will move on to the Playoffs, as outlined below. In the event of a tie, the team with the least 'Goals Against' will advance. If it is still tied, the teams will have a shootout which will include 3 players per team. The team with the most goals wins. A puck will be flipped to decide which team shoots first.

A team whose opponent does not show up will receive a win. They will also receive the average winning team goal differential of 5 GF. The opponent has until half time to show, after the first half is over, the team will be awarded a forfeit win. The rink will be cleared and used for maintenance opportunities.

Playoff Seedings:

  • All games will be decided in regulation during round robin play.
  • In the Playoffs, teams will play a 3-minute OT - the team that scores the most goals during the OT will be declared the winner.
  • If the score remains tied after the 3-minute OT - play will continue until one (1) final goal is scored, in a Golden Goal format.
  • In the event of a tie (record) going into the playoffs, seed placements per division will be determined by:
  1. Record (W-L)
  2. Least goals against
  3. Head to head

Playoff Qualifications:
Total number of teams from each division will be finalized after registration is closed and the final schedule is confirmed. This will be done the week prior to the tournament and will be predicated on total number of team registered per age group & division. It is expected that a minimum of 4 teams from each group will proceed to the playoffs.

Team Check In:
Each team manager must check-in a minimum of one (1) hour before your first scheduled game at the 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament Registration Center.  The 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament & Keystone Resorts (Vail Resorts) waivers must be completed, and turned in at time of check-in, before your team can participate in the tournament.  Team Managers/Captains will receive their team bag gift bag at this time.