1. NIHL MEETINGS
Requirements and guidelines are contained in NIHL
Constitution Articles V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XV, XVII, and
2. MONETARY MATTERS
Upon approval of the membership
in the NIHL, each member association shall post a
$ 250 cash bond for one team and $500 for two or more
teams as a guarantee of their participation in scheduled
games, proper filing of game results, and other
participatory requirements which may be established by
the Board of Directors. Performance bonds shall be place
Annual Administration Fee:
shall be assessed an annual fee of $80 per year
as a participating member of the NIHL.
Each team shall be assessed an
annual fee of $600. If a team does not make the
playoffs, $100 will be returned to the team.
All performance bonds and fees are payable in U.S. funds
and are due by December 1st.
e) The Board of Directors will review all performance bond
requirements and fees annually prior to the Annual
Meeting and make adjustments as needed for the following
season. The Board of Directors will also review currency
differences and adjust or modify rates for Canadian
teams as needed so that their charges and fees are in
balance with those assessed U.S. members.
3. SCHEDULE: CHANGES, POSTPONEMENTS, CANCELLATIONS, AND
NIHL game schedules shall be
developed at the Scheduling Meeting. The
divisions, number of games within divisions, and
schedules shall be agreed upon by the consent of the
Board of Directors at the Scheduling Meeting. Any
scheduling not completed at the Scheduling Meeting must
be finalized within 30 days of the meeting. Each team
must provide a copy of their confirmed schedule to the
NIHL Vice Commissioner/Statistician for recording and
posting on the NIHL web site. All league games shall be
completed by January 31st unless approved by the
Changes to Schedules:
The coaches or team
representatives that wish to change games on the
schedule shall work together to determine acceptance
dates and times for rescheduled games. Upon agreement of
the teams, they shall notify the Commissioner and Vice
Commissioner/Statistician for approval and posting of
the revised schedule. If an agreement
cannot be reached, the Commissioner and NIHL Directors
of the associations involved in the conflict may be
asked to mediate as needed.
Number of Games:
Each team shall play a minimum
four games with each team in their division. Two
games are to be scheduled at home and two away games in
the opponentís arena.
Divisions with seven or less teams will play in one
conference. Divisions with eight or more teams shall
play in two conferences. Divisions with four or five
teams may play six or eight games with each team in
Postponement of Games:
Scheduled games may be postponed
if necessary for reasons of severe inclement
weather, an accident, or other disruptive or calamitous
conditions which a reasonably prudent coach would not
have foreseen. Postponed games shall be rescheduled as
soon as possible using the procedures specified in
Changes to Schedules. If it is determined that the games
were postponed for arbitrary or frivolous reasons, the
offending team shall be subject to a penalty by the
Forfeiture and Cancellation:
NIHL teams, whether
home or visitor, shall be deemed to have forfeited a scheduled game if they fail to appear and
play such game, due to any circumstances which were not
reported in a timely manner, and subsequent official
postponement not obtained.
Failure to Play:
Any NIHL member team which fails
to appear for a scheduled game will be fined for
each game at which they fail to appear. This fine will
be used to cover the cost of the home teamís ice time
and the fees for referees who had been contracted to
officiate the game. The fine will be withdrawn from the
associationís performance bond and the association will
be required to restore their performance bond to the
original level. If fines exceed the performance
bond, none of the associationís teams will be allowed to
compete in the league until the full amount of the
performance bond has been restored. All fines must be
paid by January 31st
to be eligible to compete in the league playoff
4. RINK OR ARENA REGULATIONS
The home team is responsible for all expenses related to
ice time, referees, and officials.
There shall be no gate charge allowed for regular season
Ice resurfacing shall be undertaken after two
consecutive periods of play.
In the event that an arena is running behind schedule,
the arena manager may shorten periods of play or
institute running time periods providing that all game
officials and both team coaches have been so notified.
5. GAME OFFICIALS
a) The home team shall provide
on-ice officials consistent with USA Hockey or Hockey
b) The home team shall provide
sufficient competent and unbiased officials present in
the scorekeeperís box to properly time and record game
information and operate the penalty boxes.
6. GAME REGULATIONS
a) Games shall be played under current USA Hockey, MAHA,
and Hockey Canada game regulations.
Each team competing in the NIHL shall designate a
contact person who will communicate game results to the
Vice Commissioner/Statistician. This contact person
shall communicate games scores for both home and away
games to the Vice Commissioner for posting on the NIHL
web site. In the event of a conflict in reported
results, the Vice Commissioner/Statistician will resolve
the difference immediately and may ask to see a copy of
the game score sheet.
All games shall consist of three 12-minute periods of
stop-time play, with a minimum three-minute initial
warm-up and a minimum two-minute rest times between
periods. It is recommended that all PeeWee, Bantam,
Midget, and Girls games consist of three 13-minute
periods of stop time play.
Equipment and playing rules shall be enforced using USA
Hockey rules for U.S. teams and Hockey Canada rules for
7. LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The League Championship in each division will be
declared on standings determined by points at the end of
the regular season. Points will be awarded as follows:
Win = 2 points, Tie = 1 point, and Loss = 0 points.
There will be no overtime games in the regular season.
In the case of a positional tie, final standings will be
determined by the current USA Hockey Annual Guide,
Method of Determining Champion.
A banner, suitable for arena display, shall be provided
for the league champion in each division.
8. LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
League playoffs shall be scheduled on an annual basis
for the top four teams in each division
In the event of an uneven number of games played by
teams in a two-conference arrangement within a division,
final standings for the division shall be determined by
percentage. The percentage shall be calculated by points
earned divided by the number possible points (i.e.
number games played times 2 points per game).
c) The playoff format will be a three-game round robin
followed by a third place and championship medal games.
There will be no overtime games in the round robin
phase. During the round robin phase of the playoffs 2
points will be awarded for a Win, 1 point for a Tie, and
points for a Loss, to determine seeding for the medal games.
In the event of a positional tie after the round robin
phase, USA Hockey Procedures for Tiebreakers shall be used
to determine final seeding. The teams with the highest and
second highest points will compete in the championship medal
game. The teams with the third and fourth highest points
will complete in the third place medal game.
All medal games shall be played to a decision. An overtime
followed by a shootout shall be used as needed.
e) A banner, suitable for arena display, shall be provided for
the playoff champion in each division.
Individual medals shall be presented to members of the
playoff champion, runner-up, and third place team in each
9. CODE OF CONDUCT
All team members, coaches, officials, and parents shall
abide by the published USA Hockey or Hockey Canada Code of
10. PROTESTS AND SUSPENSIONS
Any formal protests must be reported to the Commissioner
within 72 hours of the competition of the game in question.
The protest must include day, date, and location of the
game, teams involved, and an explanation of the protest.
Protests will not be considered if based solely upon the
judgment call of a referee.
c) Only protests of
actions or circumstances which directly affected the outcome
of a game (win/loss/tie) will be accepted.
d) The Commissioner shall act upon the protest by consultation
with other Officers and Directors, or by calling a special
meeting to decide the matter. A final decision on a protest
shall be made within two weeks and the petitioner duly
Any player suspensions will follow the appropriate USA
Hockey, State Associations, and Hockey Canada process for
team members involved in the incident.
11. AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS
These By-Laws may be amended by a minimum 2/3 favorable vote
of the Board of Directors at either the Annual Meeting or
the Scheduling Meeting provided that notice has been given
to each Director at least 10 days prior to the meeting and
posted on the NIHL web site.
Dated: August 25, 2012