Rules and Regulations Updated 2022

Southwest Saskatchewan Hockey League

Rules and Regulations 2012-2013


AMENDED 2014/2016, AMENDED 2020, AMENDED 2022




All hockey teams in the SSHL shall be affiliated with Hockey Saskatchewan (Hockey Sask).  It shall be the duty of each club member to forward a sum required to affiliate or register the team with Hockey Sask.


1)  The League will register with Hockey Sask.  Teams violating player eligibility rules as established by Hockey Sask will forfeit all points for games that the ineligible player has played in.


2)  Each team will submit to their commissioner a copy of their Hockey Sask team roster before their first league game.  A copy of the Hockey Sask Addition and Deletion must be sent to the commissioner with the affected score sheet.  Stress this point.


3)  Each team shall post a performance bond ($200/division) with the Treasurer of the League before such team can participate in any scheduled league games.


4)  Each team shall pay a $175.00 fee per team annually; payable at the Fall Meeting.  It is MANDATORY that game sheets are to be entered by the home team within 72 hours.


5)  The amount of a fine assessed against any team, coach, manager or player for infractions of any rules, foul play, etc, by the League officers or Commissioner shall be taken out of the Performance Bond so posted by the team and said amount shall be replaced with the League Treasurer with notification to League Secretary, before that team can participate in any further scheduled hockey games.


6 (a)  Postponement or rescheduling of scheduled league games, except in the case of adverse weather conditions are subject to the following conditions:

  • The postponement must be agreed to by both teams. If no agreement is reached the game will be played as scheduled.
  • Postponed game shall be rescheduled at a mutually agreed date and time.
  • The Division Commissioner and Website Administrator must be immediately notified of the postponement and advised of the new game time.
  • Disagreement regarding postponement or rescheduling may be appealed to the Division Commissioner. The following reasons will not be considered:
  • Attendance at an exhibition game or tournament.
  • Lack of players for any reason, unless less than 6 players are available.



 6 (b)  In case of postponement due to adverse weather, the game shall be rescheduled to a mutually agreed date and time.  If agreement cannot be reached the Division Commissioner shall direct the time, date and place for the game.  The decision of the Division Commissioner is final.


6 (c)  A team not appearing for a scheduled or rescheduled game shall forfeit the game with a recorded score of 7 to 0.  If the offending team is the visiting team they shall pay the cost of ice and officials to the home team.  Failure to pay will result in immediate suspension and forfeiture of all scheduled games until the debt is paid.


7)  All regular season games are to be played or the teams involved do not participate in the SSHL playoffs subject to review of the Executive.  In the case that a fine is to be assessed, the amount will be $500.00.


8)  The management of each team shall make every effort to prevail upon rink management to improve facilities and conditions of skating rinks where it is deemed necessary for the safety and comfort of players and spectators.


9)  There shall be no overtime played in regular season games that end in a tie at the end of regulation time.


10)  At the completion of all League games, the teams, the number of which shall be agreed upon at the Fall Meeting, shall commence their play-off games without any delay.  A 10-point spread mercy rule will be in effect for play-off games that are in a 2-game-total-point format IF agreed upon by both parties.




Hockey Sask playoff overtime format will be followed.


12)  League play-off formats will be established for the coming year at the League Scheduling Meeting and sent to all teams by December 1 of the current year.


13)  All teams participating in the SSHL must have the approval of the League executive to participate in tournaments during the time frame of League play-offs.  Any team not having approval for tournament entry during this time will forfeit their bond and the possibility of removal of the team from League participation for the next season will exist.


14)  In case of a tie in team standings at the end of the regular League games, ties shall be decided as per the Hockey Sask handbook.


15)  The team finishing in a top position shall have the choice of playing the first play-off game at home and if an odd game is necessary to declare a winner, this too shall be played on the home ice of the team in the top position.


16)  Clubs may sign players from their immediate rural area or from adjoining centers who are not signed with any other club, provided that center does not have a team in the classification or division of hockey which his age is allowed.  The only exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  • A player of U18 age or younger may also be eligible to play with the senior club in his center.
  • A player residing in a center with a club entered in the SSHL may, without affecting his status in the League, play for a team of another center in a League of a higher classification.                              


17)  All games played in the League will be officiated using the most recent guidelines implemented by Hockey Sask.


18)  U9 and U7 balance of teams by Hockey Sask ruling.  The President shall approve U9 league set up.


19)  It shall be the duty of the home teams to insist the rink management assure fan control to the extent that there will be no involvement or altercations between the fans and the players, referees, and any team officials.


20)  Overage players up to a maximum of 2 players overage to be voted on and approved by the Executive.

**Only written requests with complete rationale for overage players that are submitted along with the OA request form at the fall meeting.  They will then be   discussed and voted on the  Executive Committee.  Overage players must be 1 year    older than the age group, but not have a team in his age group in that center, to a maximum of two players, except Swift Current.  Swift Current will evaluate their players        in the prospective division to determine any players based on ability and/or safety.  No   player fitting into the division below may be in the top 1/3 in ability and must be noted on all score sheets.  Female players may play one division down pending ability, and must be noted on the score sheets as 1st or 2nd year OA.  In the U18 division there is a three year age span, so there will be no overage players allowed to play in the U18 division. Exceptions to be voted on, if needed, at the Fall Meeting.


21)  Scheduling meetings shall be held in a central location to be decided by the President.

  • Meeting first order of business is to determine Number of teams, Games to be played, League start & finish dates, Play-off format and start & finish dates.
  • The U18, U15 groups will schedule first, followed by the U13, U11 @ a later date. The U9, U7 will schedule last.
  • Members & prospective Members shall inform their intent to the President 7 days prior to the Scheduling meeting.
  • Teams will draw numbers for order of scheduling, I.e. 1,2,3,4,4,3,2,1.ETC.
  • Teams choose the team they would like to schedule with & book both home & away games at that time.
  • ALL Double away games to be scheduled first, then singles.


22)  SSHL would encourage fair play among all.



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