The Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC) shall abide by the guidelines set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) with the exceptions dictated in the following:
1. A student-athlete shall not be eligible for participation if the individual received pay for participation in the sport
2. Student-athletes who have played professionally, including but not limited to Major Junior A hockey (OHL, WHL, QMJHL), shall not be eligible for competition in the MCHC.
3. "Played Professionally" is defined as meeting any of the following criteria:
a. The student-athlete signed a contract with a professional team, including Major Jr A and equivalent;
b. The student-athlete received money for playing hockey;
c. The student-athlete was on a roster in a regular season game for a professional team (i.e., any team where players are eligible to be paid), even if no pay or reimbursement for expenses was received by the student-athlete.
1. MCHC student-athletes shall be limited to ten (10) semesters of eligibility. If, however, the student-athlete was on an NCAA or Canadian University (CIAU) roster at any level, at any time, or an ACHA Men’s Division 1 or 2 roster at any time, the student-athlete is restricted to the following number of semesters of MCHC play, minus his time with the prior NCAA, Canadian University (CIAU) or ACHA program.
a: NCAA/CIAU - eight (8) semester’s
b: ACHA Division 1 - eight (8) semesters
c: ACHA Division 2 - ten (10) semesters.
2. Student-athletes shall utilize a year of ACHA eligibility for each year of competition at a junior college, as well as any college program (ACHA D1, ACHA D2, ACHA D3, non-ACHA, club, NCAA, NAIA, etc.).
3. A player that participates in a semester of play at the collegiate level shall be deemed to use a semester of eligibility. This would include non-ACHA teams, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), NCAA.
4. Outside Competition Rule - A Player shall not participate in any organized outside competition as a member of another National Tournament-Bound Ice Hockey Organization. Organizations are recognized as any of the following: NCAA, NJCAA, ACHA, USA Hockey or any of their subordinate organizations.
1. MCHC student-athletes shall be enrolled in a degree seeking program of study leading to a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree as determined by the regulations of the university or college.
2. Special student-athlete cases must have certification of full-time status from the Dean and/or the school registrar.
3. Student-athletes must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours (or the equivalent of quarter hours) for undergraduates, or 6 credit hours (or the equivalent of quarter hours) for graduates during each semester of competition. A player who drops below the minimum credit hours during a semester becomes immediately ineligible to continue competition. The Director of Eligibility must be notified immediately upon any change in status. It is the responsibility of the member institution to keep that player out of MCHC competition until the players regains satisfactory status. If a player competes in any games while ineligible, the player forfeits the present year of eligibility as well as the next year. All games in which the ineligible player participated in shall be declared a forfeit.
4. Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 by the beginning of a student-athlete’s second year of eligibility.
5. Student-athletes must enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of nine (9) credits each semester for associate and baccalaureate degree students or six (6) credits each semester for masters, doctoral or professional degree students, to be eligible for play in the following semester. An equivalent standard shall be applied to institutions utilizing a quarter systems
6. MCHC student-athletes must successfully complete the minimum requirement of credit hours (or equivalent quarter hours) and maintain the cumulative GPA as stated above to be eligible for participation in the following semester.
7. Two year colleges may elect to abide by the National Junior College Athletic Association's eligibility rules.
8. A senior in the last semester or quarter prior to graduation is not required to meet the required semester or quarter hour minimums
1. MCHC student-athletes shall be required to sign player eligibility form (see "Coaches Only" Section) at the beginning of each semester. This form must be completed by the school's registrar and submitted to the MCHC. Fall Semester - The form must be e-mailed to the Director of Eligibility by the first game of the term or no later than October 6, 2016 and must be received via mail by October 15, 2016. Spring Semester - The form must be e-mailed to the Director of Eligibility by the first game of their term or no later than January 23, 2017 and must be received via mail by January 31, 2017. Failure to submit this documentation on a timely basis will result in fines and possible forfeitures. See the section on payments and fines for specific fines.
2. No MCHC player may be added to a team roster after January 31st 2017.
3. Players may be added to the team's roster only with the permission of the Director of Eligibility. Added players may fill out the above MCHC form or may instead submit their cumulative academic transcripts. No new players are eligible to compete in an MCHC contest until all of the proper documentation is completed and approved.
4. Any new players which have transferred in from another institution must supply a copy (official or unofficial) of their transfer transcripts to assure that they are academically eligible to play.
A. GAME PROCEDURES
1. MINIMUM PLAYERS NEEDED: For a game to start, each team needs a minimum of 5 players and 1 goaltender. No skater will be allowed to participate with figure skates or goaltender skates. In the event that a team does not have a sufficient number of players, that team will forfeit the game. The governing board may review the teams’ situation.
2. MAXIMUM PLAYERS SUITED: Each Team may dress Players not exceeding the following: 1) Maximum of 19 Skaters (excluding Goalies); 2) Maximum of 3 Goalies (with 18 Skaters); 3) Maximum of 21 Players (Skaters + Goalies).
3. GRACE TIME FOR LATE TEAMS WITH EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES: A
thirty minute grace period will be given to a team to be on the
ice when they are late to a game. The team is expected to
contact the rink and the opposing team, if possible, explaining
the extenuating circumstance.
6. HOME TEAMS RESPONSIBILITY:
a) It is the home teams’ responsibility to provide a score sheet, penalty sheet, and 10 pucks to the official scorer's table prior to the pre-game warm-up period. Game pucks should be frozen (iced) prior to the game.
b) All home teams will provide their opponents with 20 practice pucks for pre-game warm-ups.
c) At the conclusion of the game; it is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that the middle copy (yellow) of the score sheet and penalty sheet are given to the visiting team. The white copy of the score sheet remains with the home team, the last copy (pink) can now be discarded. The league no longer requires the home team to send the any copies of the score sheet to the Conference Office.
d) The 4 white score sheets (score sheet, penalty sheets and both team rosters) must be faxed to the league, so that the league statistics can be updated on a timely basis. The fax must be received by Monday afternoon for all weekend games. The league fax number is 914-559-2525. Failure to fax the score sheets will result in fines. See the section entitled payment and fines.
e) The home team must submit the game score to the MCHC by use of the MCHC's web page submission form within twenty-four (24) hours of the game. Failure to submit scores will result in fines. See the section entitled payment and fines.
7. AWAY TEAMS RESPONSIBILITY:
a) For the purpose of getting the most accurate information in rating our officials and as a good check and balance, we ask that the away team submit the score as well and please rate the officials. This can be done with 48 hours of the game. This is not a league requirement, and is completely optional.
8. GAME PLAYER ROSTER FORMS: Each team is to complete a game
player roster form and provide the official scorekeeper with the
form by the beginning of the warm-up period. The visiting team
is required to hand in their roster prior to the home team. Each
team will be provided with a copy of their opponent's roster.
12. COACH EJECTED FROM A GAME: If a coach is ejected from a
game, an assistant coach must take their place. If there is no
assistant coach on the bench, the game will be forfeited by that
team. Furthermore, the governing board will review each case for
possible additional sanctions. A referees report is to be filed
within five days of the game.
14. GAMES ENDING IN A TIE: In the event that the score is tied at the end of regulation time, a five minute, four on four sudden death overtime shall be played. If the game remains tied at the end of the five minute overtime, the teams shall proceed to a three (3) player shootout. Each team shall designate three (3) players, who will participate in a shoot-out. The visiting team shall begin the shoot-out by attempting to score on a breakaway. Both teams will alternate until all six players have had an opportunity to score. If neither team scores, or if the score remains tied, after all six players have had their attempt; the teams shall proceed to a single player, sudden death shootout. No player may shoot twice until all players on the team, with the exception of goaltenders, have shot once. The team with the highest number of goals scored at the end of the sudden death round shall be declared the winner. The score shall be reported with one goal added to the winning team’s end of regulation score. [Note that if after regulation time the game is tied, both teams shall be awarded one point for the tie. The team which wins the "overtime shoot-out" will be awarded with a bonus point in the standings.]
The ACHA does not follow this rule – their rule is simple – 5 minute overtime – no shootout. Please keep this in mind when reporting a score to the ACHA. In their eyes the game is officially over after the 5 minute overtime, even if our rule is different.
15. PLAYER CONCUSSION RULE:
During any game or practice, a Team Official who suspects an
Athlete has incurred a concussion, must remove the Athlete from
the game or practice and have the Athlete evaluated. The Athlete
is not permitted to return to any game or practice until written
clearance is received by the Team Official from a Licensed
During any game or practice, a Team Official who suspects an Athlete has incurred a concussion, must remove the Athlete from the game or practice and have the Athlete evaluated. The Athlete is not permitted to return to any game or practice until written clearance is received by the Team Official from a Licensed Physician.
B. PLAYING RULES
1. NCAA RULE BOOK: It is each team’s responsibility for
obtaining their own copy of the current NCAA Ice Hockey Rule
Book and to have one present at each contest.
6. GAMES CANCELLED WITHIN A UNREASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME: If a game is cancelled with 24 hours of the scheduled start time, the team cancellation the game will be fined $1000: $500 will go to the opposing team; $ 500 will go to the MCHC. The above may not apply to games cancelled because of weather conditions or other MCHC issued cancellations, however all games cancelled within 24 hours of the initial game start time, will be subject to review by the MCHC Executive Board.
1. APPEALS DEFINED: Appeals will be allowed on calls involving
multiple suspensions, rule interpretations and academic
hardship. No appeals will be accepted for calls or rules that
are considered judgment calls.
D. PAYMENT AND FINES
ALL LEAGUE FEES ARE DUE BY October 31, 2016. (1) Payments not
received by Nov 1 - $100 late fee. (2) Payments not received by
November 15 - additional $125 late fee. (3) Payments not
received by November 30 - additional $ 125 late fee. (4)
Payments not received by December 11 - games forfeited.
3. MISSED LEAGUE MEETINGS: (1) Missed Meetings = $150 plus a loss of voting privileges. (2) Missing two consecutive meetings = subject to review by governing board. *To regain voting privileges, a team must attend two consecutive meetings.
4. FAXED SCORE SHEETS: (1) Unofficial, Incomplete, and/or illegible score sheets will carry a $25 fine per deficiency noted. A score sheet will be deemed incomplete if it fails to list any goaltender statistics. Score sheets must be faxed by Monday afternoon for a weekend game. Fax not received by the MCHC by Monday night, $25 fine per offense. 914-559-2525
5. REPORTING SCORES VIA THE WEBSITE: Failure by the home team to submit the score of the game within 24 hours will result in the following: First offense - $50 fine; Second offense - $100 fine; Third offense - $150 fine. If a team submits a score to the league website which different than the faxed score sheet, this is also considered a fineable offense - $50 fine.
6. REFUND/FORFEITURE OF ESCROW: Once a team has left the MCHC, they must submit a request to the league via e-mail to receive back their escrow balance. A departing team has a maximum of 4 years to request their funds back. If no contact is made within 4 years, the escrows will be forfeited and credited back to the league.
1. The Governing Board shall determine the structure of the
1. It is the responsibility of the Referee-in-Chief (R.I.C.) or a designated MCHC Assigner to select and assign qualified officials to all MCHC league games.
2. All on ice officials assigned to MCHC games are required to:
A) Conduct themselves in a businesslike, professional manner at all times.
B) Have a thorough working knowledge of the current NCAA Playing rules and their application.
C) Have a thorough working knowledge of the MCHC By - Laws and their application.
D) Be in the arena no less than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game start time.
E) Be on the ice during the pre - game warm - up.
3. Should either team not be in the rink at the game start time, officials are required to follow the MCHC By - Law covering extenuating circumstances, with the following addition; The Referee(s) are required to immediately contact the Referee - in - Chief (or a designated MCHC Board Member) by cell phone before any decision on playing or not playing the game can be made. NO on ice official can leave the rink until instructed to do so by the Referee - in - Chief under these circumstances.
4. Officials are not permitted to take the official MCHC score sheet with them after a game. They can request a photocopy from the home team provided it can be reproduced in the rink.
5. All disqualification penalties MUST be reported to the Referee - in - Chief by cell phone, text message or email within 12 hours of the completion of the game in which they occurred. The information required is: player's school, name & number; period & time of the infraction(s) and the penalties assessed. The Referee - in - Chief will notify the referee(s) if a game report is needed.
6. Should a game report be required, it MUST be submitted to the Referee - in - Chief in the body of an email (NO attachment documents will be accepted). The email report must be submitted within 48 hours of the request. It is the Referee - in - Chief's responsibility to notify the MCHC Officiating staff of any supplemental disciplinary actions taken by the MCHC Board against any player, coach or team prior to that player, coach or team's next MCHC game.
7. Game officials are required to print and sign their names in the designated boxes on the official score sheet after checking the score sheets for accuracy. FAILURE to both print and sign their names on the score sheets shall result in a $ 10 fine.
8. ANY incident that occurs at an MCHC game (in or outside the rink) which results in the arrival of first responders (police, fire dept., EMS, etc.) MUST be reported to the Referee - in - Chief by cell phone, text message or email immediately (within 12 hours) after the game in which such an incident occurs. All game or incident reports shall be circulated to the MCHC Board by the Referee - in - Chief immediately upon receipt of such reports from the Referee(s) .
9. Failure to comply with these By - Laws or MCHC Guidelines may result in disciplinary action from the Referee - in - Chief , including - but not limited to - fines , loss of assignments or removal from the MCHC Officiating Staff .