1a. There are no time outs allowed during regular season games.

1. All teams must be registered with Massachusetts Hockey or a USA Hockey Affiliate District.  Official USA Hockey rosters must be submitted to the appropriate district/select/club registrar by the applicable deadline.  “NEHL” Rosters must be submitted to the “NEHL” office prior to October 1st.  Birth certificates of those players on the roster must be made available to the league officials upon request.
2.  The playing rules of the league will be guided by the current USA Hockey rule book with the exception of the fighting rule as so stated in item rule 12.

3.  A roster will consist of a maximum of 20 players.

4.  A minimum of 6 players may be dressed for a game in an emergency only. 

5.  All protests must be made to the League Commissioner within 24 hours by phone and 48 hours in writing, or before the next game.  Note: Judgment calls of officials are not grounds for protest.

6.  Player eligibility dates for team rosters will be in accordance with USA Hockey guidelines.  Players must participate in a minimum of 10 League games in order to be eligible to participate in playoffs.

7.  Complete uniforms and helmets are mandatory for play.  All players must wear only USA Hockey approved helmets.

8.  A player from a team at a lower level may be carried as an alternate.  Each alternate may play only ten (10) games for the team above.  If a player participates in an eleventh (11th) game, he or she will not be allowed to play for the team below.  Each time an alternate player plays he or she must sign the score sheet prior to the start of the game otherwise the game will result in a forfeit. *
Any player movement outside of the above criteria requires permission from the league office.

9.  In case of inclement weather teams should contact their opponent they are scheduled to play.  If the rink is open the game should be played.

10.  Postponement forms will be issued to each program representative.  These forms must be filled out and returned to the League office within 7 days of any cancelled or postponed game.  Both the home and visitor coaches are required to submit these forms. Forfeits and credits will be awarded only if these forms are received prior to the aforementioned deadline.

11.(a)  Opponents requesting postponement of scheduled games must make arrangements with the opponent and submit a league score sheet within 30 days of the originally scheduled game date. 
11.(b)  All game sheets for postponements must be received on or before the last regular season game in that teams particular division.
Approved USA Hockey Officials must officiate and sign the game sheet.  The above is required in order for any makeup game to count toward league standings.  Any makeup games score sheet received after the aforementioned deadline will not be accepted and a forfeit will be awarded.  The League is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of a postponed and rescheduled game, unless such a postponement is initiated by the league.

12.  Fighting or attempt to injure/match penalty will result in expulsion from the league.

13. Teams requesting postponement with other teams due to inclement weather are responsible for the full cost of the regularly scheduled game, unless the game has been cancelled by the Home team”.

14. Players, including alternates, must wear the same jersey number throughout the season.  (No Duplicate numbers on Game Sheets.)

15. Each team’s coach is responsible for the actions of his players on and off the ice.  The condition of league facilities are maintained for the comfort and convenience of all league members, abuse of these facilities will be dealt with severely by the league commissioner.  If your locker room is dirty or damaged report it to the league commissioner and include a brief note in the comments section of the official game sheet.

16. The regular season team standings will be computed by a points system, Win = 2 points, Tie = 1 point, Loss = 0 points. 

Standings Tie Breaker -
-Head to Head results against teams tied
-Goals Differential Head to Head between teams tied
-Most Wins
-Goals Differential in all games

17. All rosters must be on a “NEHL” form with goalies indicated.  The commissioner reserves the right to check signatures and declare a forfeit if any discrepancy exists.

18. No coach will be allowed on the ice to aid an injured player until the referee requests help.

19. Please instruct parents to stay off the ice. Non compliance will result in suspension of that parent’s child from the league.

20.  Any and all complaints, written or otherwise, by directors, coaches or parents will not be accepted unless they have been approved by the board of directors of their program.

21. This game is a sport, and the rules of fair play and sportsmanship are mandatory in the “NEHL”.  We are guiding and teaching the young leaders of tomorrow.  They will emulate our actions.

              -Any coach who forgets he or she is teaching young children and behaves in a less than gentlemanly manner either during,   
                before or after the game, will receive a suspension from the league.

                -Any parent acting in the same manner will cause their child to be suspended.

                -Suspended coaches or players will not be allowed to participate in league competition for a period of time as determined by
                the League Commissioner

22.  Any coach, manager or trainer ejected from a game will automatically receive a one game suspension from the New England Hockey League game.  Repeat offenders can be suspended permanently.

23.  Any player that receives 5 penalties in a game, including misconduct penalties, will be suspended from that game and the next scheduled New England Hockey League game.

24.  Any player assessed a game misconduct penalty while playing in a New England Hockey League game shall be required to serve the game misconduct in their next scheduled New England Hockey League game.

25.  Teams should be ready to play 5 minutes prior to the scheduled game time.  A warm-up period of three minutes shall be allowed prior to the start of each game.  Teams not prepared to play after the warm-up period will be assessed a minor penalty for delay of game.

26.  Penalty Times:
                All divisions - Minor ()   Major ()   Misconduct ()

27.  There are no running time situations in the NEHL games.    
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