RULES for our 3 on 3 hockey

Our tournament provides for a super fun, fast game of hockey with an abundance of scoring opportunities. The game is played entirely inside the bluelines on each end, so we have two games underway on each ice sheet. The goals are set up along the side boards by the face-off circle. The games are continuous hockey, with the scoring team backing off (about 3-4m) to allow the other team to restart from their end (no face-offs). The players change ‘on the fly’, as the resting players stay just outside the blueline and enter play as a teammate comes off.

The referee/scorekeeper is just outside the blueline with the scorechart. The referee calls the team colour to declare which team takes possession when the puck goes over the glass or outside the blueline. The team who last touched the puck, loses possession, and the other team brings the puck into play immediately.

Teams are expected to play with sportsmanship and fair play, so referees are rarely needed to make a call. If there is overly aggressive play or a penalty-type infraction, the referee will blow his whistle. The referee can call a penalty shot – if the infraction had denied a scoring chance, or stop the play and give possession to the other team for less serious penalties. Players should play respectfully and enjoy the game with no body contact, hooking, slashing or aggressive stick work. The referee has the authority to ‘sideline’ a player (to calm down) for either 2 or 5 minutes (the team would not be short-handed)

The tournament has 26 teams – with four groups of 6 or 7 teams. From each group, after their set of round robin games, the top two teams advance to the single knockout playoffs. Eight teams make the playoffs. The top two teams of each group are based upon 2 points for a win and one point for a tie. Game scores provide for a plus-minus score as a tie breaker. In any game, the maximum goal difference is 5 goals, so that a team does not ‘run up’ the score. It is all about good sportsmanship and fun, friendly competition!