Tournament Rules

COLT 2024 Tournament Rules

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  1. The Ringette Canada Official Rule Book are the official players rules of the tournament, except for differences indicated in these Tournament Rules.
  2. Good sportsmanship is expected, appreciated and celebrated at The City of Lakes Tournament.
  3. The City of Lakes Tournament has a zero tolerance rule for verbal and physical abuse.  Any member of a team, players or staff, as well as their spectators will be asked to leave the arena if they are verbally or physically abusive to another person (officials, players, team staff or spectators).  Players and coaches will be assessed the appropriate penalties, and the tournament has the right to ask the spectators to leave the arena should they be abusive towards another person.  When there are cases of verbal or physical abuse reported, the Tournament Chair, at their sole discretion, may impose further tournament game suspensions as appropriate.
  4. If in the second period of any game there is a seven (7) goal difference or greater, the period will change to running time.  If the goal differential drops below seven (7) then stop-time will resume.  All goals scored will be entered on the score sheet, but the maximum difference of goals that will be shown on the scoreboard and tournament charts is seven (7) more than the lowest scoring team’s goals.
  5. Teams must be ready to go on the ice ten (10) minutes before any game.  A two (2) minute warm-up will commence when the Zamboni leaves the ice surface.  Failure to start play when required will result in an automatic game default (posted score will be 7-0) unless the following circumstances apply… a) team vehicle accident; b) proof of transportation breakdown; c) cancellation or delay of transport due to weather conditions; and d) schedule change and/or error not communicated to the teams by the tournament organizers.  Should a game be un-played for one of the for one of the above reasons, the tournament organizers will make every attempt possible to reschedule to reschedule the un-played game, however, if the tournament organizers are unable to reschedule the un-played game, the game result will be recorded as a posted score of 3-3.
  6. Official game reports are to be verified and signed by one bench member staff at least thirty (30) minutes before the game time.  Captains, assistants and goal keepers must be identified.
  7. All games will consist of two (2) fifteen (15) minute stop-time periods.  There will be no overtime in round-robin games.
  8. Medals will only be awarded to teams playing in final games.
  9. In accordance with Ringette Canada guidelines, the FUN 1/2 tournament formats will be jamboree style.  This means all teams will have an equal amount of games and there will be no medal rounds. 
  10. If a final or crossover game is tied at the end of regulation play, the following procedure will apply:

The teams will immediately commence a stop-time, sudden victory period.  Possession of the ring will be determined by the tossing of a coin by an on-ice official. The team winning the coin toss will get the free pass and the other team will get the choice of ends.

  1. During round-robin play, teams will receive two (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss.  At the completion of round-robin play, teams will be ranked according to total points in all games played.  The breaking of ties in the standing at the end of round-robin play will be according to Ringette Canada rules for “Breaking of Ties in Team Standings”.
  2. All games at U12 and above will use the 30 second shot clock.  A volunteer from the home team will be required to operate the shot chock in round-robin tournament play.
  3. No game protests will be accepted.  All on-ice decisions and applications of playing rules will be final.  Player ineligibility and all other grievances will be arbitrated by the Tournament Chair, whose decisions are final.
  4. A match penalty assessed will automatically result in suspension from the remainder of the tournament.
  5. A player is only eligible to play for one (1) team in their tournament division.  When required, a maximum of three (3) players may be called up from teams within the same association, to a total roster of eleven (11) players, in accordance with the Ringette Nova Scotia Call Up Matrix and with permission of the Tournament Chair.
  6. In order to be eligible to play on a team in the tournament, the player must be on that team roster for regular league play, unless express prior permission is obtained from the Tournament Chair at the time of registration.  For example, if an association has two teams in a division in their league, but not all players are interested in attending the tournament; they are unable to combine the rosters and register one team for the tournament without express permission.
  7. Any changes to the team lists must be submitted to the Tournament Chair on or before Friday, January 12, 2024, and have the approval documentation from the governing body of their home association sent to
  8. Any over-age players on a roster must be identified to the Tournament Chair no later than Friday, January 12, 2024, and have the approval documentation from the governing body of their home association sent to
  9. It is the responsibility of the home team to declare their colours to the visiting team prior to the game.  In the event of a colour conflict, the visiting team must change colours.  The on-ice officials hold the final decision of whether there is a colour conflict and in cases where the jersey colours are difficult to distinguish, the visiting team will be asked to change. If a team only has one set of colours, the opposing team is expected to accommodate those colours in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
  10. Any team playing four (4) round-robin games will have one (1) game randomly selected to be removed (thrown out) from their round robin stats.  This will take place ten (10) minutes following the team’s final round-robin game, and will be conducted at the tournament registration/control desk.  The team’s four (4) game sheets will be placed into individual envelopes and the coach of the team will select one.  The envelope will then be opened and that game’s stats will be removed from that team’s overall stats for the tournament.  The opposing team’s stats will not be altered.



See Separate Rules for  FUN1/2 (jamboree style) and U10 Tournament Style with restrictions

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