Rules & Regulations

  1. All players must be thirty five (35) years of age by December 31st of the playing season and no person may accrue seniority for hockey purposes until attaining the age of 35.
  2. The League will be divided into as many Divisions as deemed necessary by the Directors.
  3. All players must be residents of Burlington and the surrounding area as per the Constitution.
  4. Participating players must have paid, in advance, by May 1st each year, the specified registration fee, and be in good standing with no arrears outstanding for a prior year or years. Also, players must have signed the waiver, which states the League will not be responsible for injuries to players participating in any game. “Failure by a playing member to register and pay the required dues by May 1st will result in his relegation to the player pool for one full year. However, provided registration and payment is made by Sept 1 of the same year, there will be no loss of seniority”
  5. Discipline    
    1. “Any member of the BOHC who in the opinion of his Division Convener(s) and a majority of the Division captains conducts himself in a manner having little or no regard for the safety and well being of other players or members of the BOHC, or conducts himself in a manner not keeping with the purpose of the BOHC will be subject to a disciplinary hearing. Such hearings may result in short term suspension, long-term suspension or expulsion from BOHC.
    2. If a player, in the opinion of the Divisional Convener and VP of Hockey, plays at a level unrelated to Discipline that adversely affects the game and the playing experience of the other players, that player may be removed from full-time playing status. The procedure will be as follows:
      1. The Divisional Convener, after consulting with the Division Captains will advise the VP Hockey that a player move is required. The request will be in writing (or email) and will identify the reason for this decision.
      2. If the VP of Hockey supports this change, the Convener will call a meeting with the player and the players current Captain as well as the VP Hockey. The player will be advised and be moved to the Pool or Social Status. The player may also choose to voluntarily change status when advised of the meeting.
      3. If the player so chooses, after a minimum 16 games in the Pool the player may petition, in writing, the VP of Hockey and the Convener to be re-instated. A decision to re-instate the player will be at the VP Hockey’s discretion. If the player wishes to apply for full-time playing status in subsequent years, that player must submit a petition to the VP Hockey in the same manner and under the same guidelines.
      4. The Board will be advised at the first Board Meeting following an involuntary change in player status and must ratify the change for it to continue to be in effect.
  6. Mandatory Equipment:
  1. Goalie Masks:


The League will participate under the C.A.R.H.A. rules.

  1. All games being played using stop time, except if the game is running late, running time shall be utilized in lieu of stop time subject to the referee’s discretion. However, if possible, the last five minutes of any game will be played in stop time. The centre red line will not be used in all games. Running time will also start if there is a 5-goal lead and only 3 minutes remaining in the game. The time will not stop until the end of the game regardless of any goals scored
  2. Icing the puck will only be called when the defending player shoots the puck from behind his own blue line across the opposing team’s goal line with no player from either team making contact with the puck. The referee may waive off the icing call if, in his judgment, the puck could have been contacted by a defending player but, due to the lack of effort by the player, no contact was made.
  3. League games will consist of two (2) periods:
  4. There will be a two (2) minute warmup. Referee to give a 30 second warning at which time the Captains are to get pucks picked up and starting line up onto the ice. If a longer than normal delay is encountered during a stoppage (etc. injury, broken glass, etc.) app. 30 seconds then the timekeeper will be instructed by the referee to start the clock running until play is ready to resume.
  5. The minimum number of players to start a game is eight (8). You can start the game without the goalie.

Games ending as a tie:

Determining Divisional Champions:

  1. At the end of the regular season, the team with the greatest number of points is declared the Divisional Champion.
  2. If two teams are tied in total points, the Divisional Champion is the team which has the greatest number of head-to-head wins during regular season play.
  3. If still tied, or more than two teams are tied, the Champion is the team with the most wins throughout the season.
  4. If still tied, the Champion is the team with the fewest losses throughout the season.
  5. If still tied, the Champion is the team with the most goals for.
  6. If still tied, the Champion is the team with the fewest goals against.


Minor Penalty:

Major Penalty:

Match Penalty:

Misconduct Penalty (All references to Misconduct Penalties to be read Game Misconduct Penalties)


Discipline Committee Members: 

(A) Roughing -  A major penalty or at the discretion of the referee a Major penalty and a Game Misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who is guilty of unnecessary rough play.

  1. Roughing shall be interpreted as a shove/push or attempted blow.
  2. Any player who having been struck, retaliates with equal or greater force shall be assessed a minor penalty.
  3. Any player who is identified as being the instigator or the aggressor, shall be assessed an additional minor penalty.

(B) Fighting - A match penalty shall be assessed any player or players who fight.

  1. Fighting shall be interpreted as throwing a punch or punches with vengeance/force so as to cause physical harm to an opponent.
  2. Any player who retaliates, after being struck with a forceful punch or punches, shall be assessed a fighting penalty.
  3. Any player who is identified by the Referee as the instigator or the aggressor in a fight will be subject to additional penalties.


  1. After being assessed minor penalties for roughing, a fighting penalty will be assessed if participants continue to, or attempt to, carry on the roughing incident.
  2. Game Misconduct penalties will be assessed to a third man entering an altercation (roughing or fighting) plus any other penalties he might incur under the rules.
  3. Any player who refuses to follow the Referee’s instructions to proceed to a neutral zone during a roughing or a fighting incident shall be assessed a Game Misconduct Penalty.
  4. The Referee shall submit a full report of the incident to the Referee in Chief and the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.

(C) Use of wrist shots only. No slap shots are permitted. A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player using a slap shot and if in the attacking zone, the face off will take place at the nearest neutral zone face-off spot.

(D) No body checking of any kind will be tolerated, including playing the man, under any circumstances. A minor or a major penalty at the discretion of the Referee, based upon the violence of the impact with the opposing player, shall be assessed any player who intentionally pushes, shoves or stands in front of and does not avert body contact with an opponent. 

(E) Referees are to whistle the play dead immediately when they lose sight of the puck, when held or smothered by the goaltender. Under no circumstances shall an opposing player slash at or poke at the goaltender when he has possession of the puck. A penalty for roughing is to be assessed if required.

(F) Referees are instructed to drop the puck immediately if they suspect one team, coach or player is deliberately stalling or causing unnecessary delay of the game and a bench minor penalty will be called against the offending team. If sufficient time is not available, that is, the last 2 minutes of the game or in any overtime, to serve ‘delay of game’ penalty in its entirety then a penalty shot shall be called in lieu of the penalty.

(G) Every team captain appointed by the Convener shall appoint one assistant captain. A second assistant captain shall be elected by the team members. Not more than two (2) assistant captains per team and no goaltender can be the captain or assistant captain of any team. Only the captain or alternate captain on the ice can discuss (politely and within reason) rule interpretations or penalties imposed with the referee. Any captain or alternate captain will lose his privilege as a captain or alternate captain when assessed any penalty.

(H) All officials on the ice are empowered to call penalties. A full report of undesirable incidents is to be made by the Referees and given to the Referee in chief immediately following the game.

( I ) No protest of games played or officiating will be allowed under any circumstances.

(J) No profanity will be tolerated on the ice or from the bench. Such language will incur an automatic misconduct penalty. Any further profanity from the same player or coach will result in a disciplinary hearing for further action.

(K) Spearing or butt ending - suspension from that game and no further playing until a disciplinary hearing has been held and penalty has been assessed by the Disciplinary Committee. (Match penalty to be assessed.)

(L) Tripping - Accidental tripping is a minor penalty; however, intentional tripping is a very serious offence and will warrant a major penalty. It should be kept in mind that this is Recreational Hockey and deliberate tripping can cause serious injuries. A defending player will be assessed a major penalty for causing to trip by sliding along the ice and attempting to block the puck or shot if contact is made with an opposing player.

(M) High Sticks - Sticks are not to be carried above the shoulders. Contacting the puck or making a play to contact the puck with a high stick will result in a minor penalty to the offending player. A Minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who checks an opponent or intimidates an opponent while carrying their stick above the WAIST height of their opponent. 

(N) Any player, coach or team official yelling at game officials will incur a personal or bench penalty (to be strictly enforced).

(O) Coincident major or minor penalties do not require the teams to play shorthanded. Penalties will be assessed to any player/players, whose action after the final whistle of a game may cause injury to any person.

(P) Molesting Officials - Any player or team official who threatens or attempts to strike a Referee during or after a game shall be assessed a Match Penalty and immediate suspension shall occur. A Disciplinary Committee shall be convened as soon as reasonably possible to determine further action as required.

(Q) Unnecessary Nuisance 

  1. A bench minor penalty shall be assessed a team where any player or team official on the bench bangs the boards or ice surface with a stick or any object in protest of an official’s ruling.
  2. When a player on the ice commits the infraction (1) unsportsmanlike conduct penalty shall be assessed.
  3. A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who challenges or disputes the rulings of an official during the game or who displays unsportsmanlike conduct.
  4. If the person persists, after being assessed the minor penalty, he shall be assessed a Game Misconduct penalty.

(R) Sliding: Any sliding is a minor penalty. This includes the goalie once they leave the crease to challenge a player coming to take a shot or breakaway. If in the act of sliding the player contacts a player and trips the opposing player it is a 5 minute major. All major penalties result in an ejection from the game and a 1 game suspension. Note that sliding must be intentional and not from falling down and sliding. Blocking shots is allowed if not sliding, sliding requires movement along the ice. (S) Penalty for contact with the head will follow CARHA rules. Single minor for accidental, double minor for intentional and a 5 minute major at referee’s discretion if the hit is excessive.

(S) Penalty for contact with the head will follow CARHA rules. Single minor for accidental, double minor for intentional and a 5 minute major at referee’s discretion if the hit is excessive.

Double Minor Penalty 

  1. A Double Minor penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who uses the shaft of the stick above the upper hand, to hold or hook an opponent, or who attempts to butt-end an opponent.
  2. Boarding and Body contact. In the event that a player, by committing an infraction of the rules, causes an opponent to collide with the boards, the Minor penalty normally assessed under the rules will be waived, and a Double Minor penalty shall be assessed.


  1. A Referee is not required to assess a minor penalty before assessing any Game Misconduct penalty.
  2. Any suspension not served during the current playing season will be carried forward to the Year End Tournament and/or the next playing season to ensure the full suspension is served.

(T) Roughing After the Whistle

(U) Entering the Crease


  1. Players who miss four consecutive games without notice or who are habitually absent, may, at the option of the Board of Directors or an assigned Convener of the League, be removed from a house league team to the player pool and a player pool member be moved on to the team in his place.
  2. Any player drafted to a regular position on a house league team who:
  1. opts to leave the house league team and join the player pool or become a non active member at any time following the pre season player draft, or,
  3. is removed from a house league team for cause as outlined in league operating procedures, must remain a member of the player pool or a non active member for a minimum period of 16 consecutive games (or the remainder of the season, whichever is of shorter duration), commencing with the first scheduled game of the regular season or the date of transfer to the player pool (or non active list). This ruling does not apply to players becoming non active members for medical reasons. During this 16 game period, the player will not be considered for placement to any team as a permanent or full time temporary player regardless of seniority. The player will, however, be eligible to participate as a pool player at any time beginning with the date of transfer to the player pool list. At the end of the 16 game period the player will again assume all normal rights and privileges.
  1. Player movement the Conveners may move players from team to team or from division to division at anytime they feel it is in the best interest of the league. We ask for your complete co operation.
  2. A player who cannot make a game is expected to advise his captain well in advance so that a pool player gets a chance to lace ‘em up.
  3. Pool players who when called habitually refuse to play may be relegated to a non-active playing status for the remainder of the season.
  4. Both the number and severity of penalties an individual player receives will be monitored and further disciplinary action may be warranted.
  5. Players are representing the entire Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club to the community each time they step on the ice. Foul and profane language on the bench, on the ice or in the penalty box is not appreciated by spectators, timekeepers, officials, or arena staff. Penalties can and will be assessed.
  6. Any member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club Inc. reported to be consuming alcohol in the dressing rooms or in any other part of the arena during our scheduled time periods will be required to appear before the discipline committee. If found guilty of the policy violation, the member will be subject to the following:
    1st offence in a Calendar Year:
    The member(s) will be suspended from league activity (playing, coaching or refereeing) until a Discipline hearing has been held to discuss the situation. The Discipline Committee will set the length of suspension(s) for a period of 4 games minimum to 16 games maximum. If no individual(s) from a team can be determined then the Team(s) will be suspended for a period of 1 game minimum to 4 games maximum. Discipline Committee to set length of suspension based on info given by the Convenor, Captain(s) info provided during investigation. City of Burlington may ban any player or team if found guilty of the policy violation to a longer suspension from all city property. All games missed by Team(s) suspended will not count in regular season standings. If Team(s) Suspension is during Round Robin all games missed or played during Round Robin will not count in the standings. Team(s) that was suspended during Round Robin may not participate in Championship games.
    2nd offence in a Calendar Year:
    The member will be suspended from league activity (playing, coaching or refereeing) for a period of 5 games minimum to 16 games maximum. If no individual(s) from a team can be determined the team(s) will be suspended for a period of 3 games minimum to 10 games maximum, Discipline Committee to set length of suspension based on info provided by the Convenor and Captain(s) during investigation. City of Burlington may ban any player(s) or team(s) if found guilty of the policy violation to a longer suspension from all city property. All games missed by Team(s) suspended will not count in regular season standings. If Team(s) Suspension is during Round Robin all games missed or played during Round Robin will not count in standings.

    3rd offence in a Calendar Year:
    The member will be suspended from league activity (playing, coaching or refereeing) until a discipline hearing can be held. Discipline Committee to set length of suspension for a period of two years minimum, 5 years maximum. The member will be required to put in writing reasons why he should be allowed to return to B.O.H.C., and hand letter to V.P. of Hockey. If V.P. of Hockey agrees with member, he shall bring member’s name to board for board approval before member can rejoin B.O.H.C.


The following points should be kept in mind for each coach/team captain:  

    1. The purpose of the Oldtimers’ Hockey is to provide recreation and enjoyment for its members and, as such, each coach should endeavour to provide equal Ice time for all members of his team. The name of the game is FUN for all members.
      Winning is secondary.  
    2. When a goalkeeper is absent from his regular team; replacement should be obtained from his division pool. If no pool goalie is available, another goalie from his own division may be used. Failing this, another goalie from the next division may be used.
    3. No player, coach or manager may participate in any game if he is under the influence of alcohol.
    4. Any suspended player may not participate in on the ice or bench activities with his League team in any way during his suspension.
    5. A penalty may be assessed to any player, coach or manager whose conduct, in the opinion of the League Executive, or Directors, is not in keeping with Oldtimers’ hockey. Ungentlemanly conduct on behalf of anyone will be at least a one game suspension, however, the Disciplinary Committee may assess additional game suspensions if, in its opinion, further suspension is of benefit to the League.
    6. The above rules are to be STRICTLY enforced and all players, coaches and managers should keep in mind that an offending player faces the possibility of ejection from the League if, in the minds of the Executive of the Association, it is felt the player’s actions and attitude is not in keeping with the purpose of the Association.


  1. Each team captain must register the names of ALL players who will participate in the tournament prior to the first game.
  2. Only full time players registered on that list will be allowed to play on that team during the Round Robin.
  3. No player may play for more than one team during the tournament except a goaltender in cases of injury. When a pool goaltender is not available the Divisional Convenor will appoint the replacement goaltender from that Division.
  4. Pool players may only be used if a team cannot ice 13 regular skaters. (Excluding goalies). Pool players will be assigned on a “game to game” basis by the divisional convenors as requested by the captain.
  5. No pool player may play in the championship game without having participated in at least two of the division games during the Round Robin.
  6. Each team is guaranteed 5 group games and the two teams with the highest number of points will play for the championship for their division.


Tie Breaking Procedure

If after the group games, there is a tie in points, the teams to advance to the championship will be determined as follows:

Three or more teams

If 3 or more teams are tied at the completion of the round robin, their ranking will be based on their head to head games (mutual games played against each other).

The tie breaking criteria for the head to head games will be:

Two teams tied for second