Tourney Rules

The following two Participant Waivers, 1 for Vail Resorts and 1 for the 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament itself, must be completed in full for each team member and returned at check-in. No participant will be allowed to play without these two forms. In addition, a copy of the 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament rules are available for download below as well. It is encouraged that the rules be reviewed by all participants prior to the tournament as there have been a few changes made for this year.

9280 Pond Hockey Participation Waiver

Vail Resorts Participant Waiver

9280 Pond Hockey Tournament Rules

Referee in Chief:

Two (2) USA Hockey certified referees will be on site for all games to act as Referee(s) in Chief for the entire tournament. These Officials will oversee all Game Monitors, see below, and will review and adjudicate all disputes and rules infractions. It will be up the judgement of these individuals to dole out punishment including, but not limited to, goals being awarded, teams playing short handed, and players and/or teams being expelled from the tournament.

Game Monitors:

Each game will be staffed with a volunteer Game Monitor. These volunteers act as scorekeepers and game monitors. They are NOT trained ice hockey referees meaning the players will be responsible for calling infractions during the game. This is meant to be a gentleman's game, so let's act like "gentleman" and gentlewomen. Be warned that the Referee in Chief will seek counsel on all infractions that are under dispute and will most likely side with the game official so treat them with respect or you will be asked to leave the tournament.

9280 Pond Hockey Tournament Rules:

A copy of all Tournament Rules will be included on the 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament Participant Waiver that every player must accept and sign prior to participation in the tournament. No player will be allowed on the ice until their signed waiver has been turned in. Failure to abide by the stated tournament rules will subject a player, or a team, to expulsion from the tournament. No refunds will be given for expelled players or teams.  

  1. All players must wear helmets and skates. Other protective equipment is optional but strongly recommended.
  2. No goaltenders, goalie sticks or goaltending equipment, are allowed at any times.
  3. All teams must have matching sets of light and dark jerseys.
  4. The winner of a captain's coin toss will determine which goal to defend. All games are self-started and teams will switch goals after first half.
  5. There will be one off-ice 9280 PHT official to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset, and arbiter of infractions).
  6. Penalties will be called for rule infractions. Penalties called on honor system. A minor penalty will result in a goal awarded to opposing team as well as possession of puck.
  7. Any major penalty, which includes any action that could possibly injure another player, will result in ejection from the tournament. The team that received the ejection will play the remainder of the tournament short-handed (3 vs. 4). A designated off-ice 9280 PHT official will determine major penalties.
  8. Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing, or arguing about calls.
  9. No slap shots allowed. A minor penalty will be called in the event of all slap shots.
  10. No checking is allowed at any time. All such incidents will result in a minor penalty to be called unless said action is deemed by the off-ice official to be serious enough to warranty a major penalty.
  11. Players cannot fall or lay down on the ice in an effort to protect the goal. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
  12. Players cannot lay their sticks down in front of the net to protect the goal. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
  13. Goaltending is not allowed. A player may not patrol, camp out or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender. A defender may deflect the puck in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area. The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending four feet from the outside corners of the goal. Off ice scorekeeper will make all calls for goaltending. Goaltending is a minor penalty and will result the opposing team a goal.
  14. Contacting the puck with the stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.
  15. Intentional raising the puck, other than direct flip or saucer passes, will result in a loss of possession.
  16. If a puck travels out of bounds, the last team to touch the puck will forfeit possession. During the restart, the defender must give the opponent at least a two-stick length free zone.
  17. There are no offsides or icing calls.
  18. All goals must be scored from the offensive half of the ice.
  19. Scorekeepers will call out the score after each goal. This includes goals scored by players or awarded from minor penalties.
  20. Teams must give opponents 1/2 ice after a goal is scored or an infraction takes place. Once attacking team begins forward motion, defending team may once again advance.
  21. Each game will consist of two (20 15-minute run time halves with a 2-minute half time break.
  22. Game will be decided in regulation during the round robin play. In the Championship Round, teams will play a 3-minute overtime with the team that scores the most total goals during that time declared the winner. If the score remains tied after the 3-minute overtime, the play will continue with the next goal winning the game, in Golden Goal format.
  23. In the event of a tie (record) going into the playoffs, the differential will be decided by goals against.
  24. No drinking while playing. Must be 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages.
  25. Players can only play on one team per division.
  26. Both teams must shovel the rink together after each game in preparation for the following teams.
  27. Team captains are the only players to discuss disputes with head scorekeeper.
  28. Team captain from each team must sign scorecard after each game.
  29. Teams are limited to 6 players max per adult team, and 8 players max per youth team.
  30. No coaching allowed above the Youth U8 level.
  31. No shoulder pads allowed above the Youth U10 level.

Keystone Lake, Keystone Village & Vail Resorts Regulations:

  1. You must be at least 21 yrs old to drink alcohol at the tournament.
  2. No outside alcohol will be permitted on ice surface.
  3. Lost and Found is located Keystone Lake Adventure Center.
  4. EMTs will not be on hand during tournament play. A 9280 PHT official will assist in contacting Emergency personnel if the situation warrants. The local EMTs have been notified that the tournament is taking place.
  5. Dress appropriately for mountain weather and altitude. Weather can range from below zero to mid 30s.
  6. Drink plenty of water and be sure to stay hydrated. The altitude makes a big difference to while undergoing physical effort, such as hockey. If at anytime you or anybody on your team feels sick, please notify 9280 PHT staff.