|Date||Time (First Game)||Time (Last Game)|
|January 13, 2022||4:30PM||9:00PM|
|January 14, 2022||9:00AM||7:00PM|
|January 15, 2022||9:00AM||7:00PM|
|January 16, 2022||10:00AM||1:30PM||*Playoffs all day|
|LOCATION: Camp Manitou – 850 Green Oaks Lane, Headingley, MB.|
Additional event information will be sent to participating teams closer to the event dates.
GRAND PRIZE: The winning team of both the Open and Women’s categories at the Ducky Pond Hockey Classic will win a berth and an all-expenses paid trip to the World Championship in Plaster Rock, N.B. the following year.
EVENT INFO: The tournament site will feature a large tent with a beer garden, DJ entertainment, food trucks, 50/50, Jets Alumni appearances, prizing and giveaways, and a Jets Game Viewing Party on Saturday night. Additional event information will be sent to participating teams closer to the tournament dates.
HOTEL INFO: There is a Best Western located 2 kms from the tournament site. Ducky Pond Hockey Classic participants receive a Special Event rate. Further information will be sent to registered teams.
2022 TOURNAMENT RULES
The Ducky Pond Hockey Classic in partnership with the World Pond Hockey Championships is designed to provide participants with an invigorating and enjoyable experience. We do not use typical referees; instead we prefer to call them “game monitors”. They, along with the participants, are there to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment, and as with “real” Pond Hockey, common sense, cooperation and the spirit of the game are paramount. Teams that attempt to influence monitors decisions will be sanctioned.
- All games are 30 minutes in length consisting of two 15-minute halves with a 5-minute break in between.
- Teams are comprised of a maximum 5 players (4 on 4, no goalies). The spare player may be utilized as a sub each game. Player changes allowed only during stoppages in play. (After a goal is scored). Injuries, illness or other reasons do not allow the addition of more players to the roster during the tournament. Players may only play for one team.
- Games are played on an ice surface measuring approximately 110′ x 55’’.
- The nets or goals are reduced in size. They remain the standard 6 feet in width but are only 10 inches high.
- All players are required to wear hockey skates (no figure skates, goalie skates or long bladed skates). Helmets are optional, but highly recommended. Other types of equipment such as shin pads, elbow pads and hockey gloves are recommended also.
- No goalie sticks or goaltending equipment permitted.
- Teams are required to have both home (white) and away (dark) jerseys.
- Face-offs will be used to start games and second halves. All other instances (goals scored/penalties) will see the appropriate team taking “half”. Both teams must move quickly so that the game is not delayed. The defending team returns to their side of center before the attacking team advances. Once the puck or the attacking team crosses center, the defending team may pressure or engage in play.
Penalties will be called for rule infractions –
- Minor penalties will result in a goal being awarded to the opposing, non-penalized team as well as puck possession for taking half
- Major penalties or any action that jeopardizes the safety of players, volunteers or spectators will result in that players ejection from the tournament with no substitution allowed for that player’s team. In extreme instances or actions involving more than one player from a team, the entire team can be ejected from the tournament. That team or any of the individual players will never be granted entry into the tournament again.
- General hockey infractions such as tripping, hooking, slashing, elbowing etc. are considered infractions at this event as well (minor penalty).
- Any abuse of officials (monitors) will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling/swearing and excessive arguing about calls.
- No body checking.
- No slap shots. Stick blades must remain on the ice (minor penalty).
- No contacting the puck with your stick above the waste (minor penalty).
- No player can fall/lay/slide on the ice to protect the goal area or drop/lay your stick in a position to protect the goal area (goaltending) (minor penalty).
- No intentional lifting of the puck. “Flip” or “saucer” passes are permitted if both teams agree; however, shots that are intentionally lifted into the air can cause injury to players and spectators alike. The resulting action without due care and attention = (minor penalty).
- All minor penalties can be upgraded to major infractions.
- There will be no off-side or icing calls.
- Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice. The maximum +/- awarded for any game, regardless of score will be a +10 or a -10 (May become relevant in tie breaking purposes for playoffs).
- Pucks that leave the playing area result in possession being awarded to the opposing team who in-bounds the puck at a point near to the location that the original puck left the surface. The defending team must give two stick lengths to in-bound the puck. (The assigned official will have extra pucks and will spot a puck at that location. Puck chasers are provided to retrieve errand pucks).
- The organizers reserve the right to prohibit any player from participating in a game should they be deemed a safety risk to themselves or anyone else.
- The organizers reserve the right to add or delete rules as identified in this document. If changes are made, teams will be informed prior to any games played.
PLAY OFF FORMAT
- Open Division (may change based on # of teams) – The top 2 teams in each division (10 divisions, 20 teams) will make it to Sunday’s Championship day. The bottom 8 teams will play 1 play in game to advance to top 16, the top 12 will have a bye to the top 16. Seeding determines your Sunday opponents and it is a single elimination format in the Round of bottom 8 and Round of 16 playoffs moving forward. Winners advance to the semifinals and then the finals.
- Women’s Division (may change based on # of teams) – The top 8 teams will make playoffs. Seeding will determine your Sunday opponents and it is a single elimination format throughout playoffs. Winners advance to the semifinals and then the finals.
Payments are required in full to secure your team’s entry into the tournament. In the event of team cancellations, 50% of the fee will be refunded up until 30 days prior to the event. After 30 days prior to the event, each cancellation will be dealt with on an individual basis if injuries or compassionate reasons apply, otherwise no refund is guaranteed.