New House League Policies
The NMHA has updated the house league policies with additional new policies.
Go to House League policies page now to review these new policies.
House League Sort Outs
House League sort outs will begin the weekend of September 9th and 10th. Division directors will be emailing out sort out times approximately a week before. Please do not contact your divisional director inquiring about your sort out unless you have NOT heard from them by September 6th. Inquiries about sort out times will not be responded to prior to then.
Also any High School Volunteers looking to earn volunteer hours by helping out both on and off the ice during sort outs are asked to contact Helen Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Round Robin Format - House League
The top four teams from the round robin playoff games will advance to the semi finals. In the case where teams are tied in points, the tie is broken and position determined by the following rules:
Round Robin Tie Breaker:
- Most points, if tied then,
- Most wins, if tied then,
- Head to Head, if tied then,
- Most Goals for, if tied then,
- Least goals against
Tie Breaker Policy
If two or more teams are tied in points at the conclusion of the round robin, ties will be broken in the following order of precedence: (once a tiebreaker has been applied it will not be revisited)
- Team with most round-robin wins overall;
- Winner of Head to Head (applicable if only two teams are tied; If three teams are tied it will be the team with the best point record in round robin games among the tied teams only)
- Team with best Goal Differential in Round Robin play: goals for (GF) divided by goals for (GF) plus goals against (GA)
- Team with most goals for (GF) in round robin play;
- Team with least goals against (GA) in round robin play;
- A single coin toss
NMHA House League Eliminates Bodychecking
The NMHA Board of Directors passed a motion to eliminate bodychecking from all House Divisions, effective the 2012-2013 season.
The Board did so for the following reasons:
- Lack of interest by NMHA members: Unlike prior years, in 2011-2012, in Bantam and Midget, it was very difficult to find enough players for bodychecking teams. Some of these teams fell to 11 or 12 skaters on their roster. With the amount of ice available, all House teams must have at least 15 skaters per team. By contrast, the non-bodychecking divisions at these age levels were overfull.
- Lack of House bodychecking programs within the HEO Minor: Only two Districts out of 10 maintain bodychecking at House and there is a motion under consideration in one of them to remove all bodychecking divisions in their House League. On top of that, Kanata has eliminated bodychecking, so the interlock agreement with them must not include any of our bodychecking divisions.
- Removal of House bodychecking outside of the HEO Minor: The OHF, with almost half of the hockey players in Canada, banned bodychecking in all of their House Leagues, affecting nearly 200,000 players.
- Lack of bodychecking tournaments: These tournaments have been hard to find, due to the changes noted above. Within the HEO Minor, a number of tournaments switched from bodychecking to non-bodychecking during the season, due to lack of interest.
The NMHA has tried different configurations of bodychecking divisions with little success over the past 5 years. These included A divisions only, A and B divisions, and split A and B divisions. This has been very difficult and stressful for our volunteers, making it all that much harder to find convenors and directors. It was time to make a decision and establish some stability in our Bantam and Midget House divisions.
It is the unquestioned right of any member to bring a motion to the floor of the AGM to change our rules and regulations. It is also important that the NMHA Board ensures that decisions on any motion are well-informed.
The HEO Minor, our Branch governing body, adopted Regulation 13 in 1999 for all people on ice during practice.
Approved helmets are mandatory!
Coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, managers, and any parent volunteers must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet and it must be fastened correctly. There are no exceptions to this rule.
- First Offence - Any on-ice participant found to be in violation of this regulation will be given a warning by a person in authority. This warning may be verbal or written, and shall be reported to the District Chairperson.
- Second Offence - An automatic suspension from all hockey activities until a formal hearing is held by the District’s Discipline and Appeals Committee.
- Third Offence - An automatic suspension from all hockey activities until a formal hearing is held by the HEO Minor Discipline and Appeals Committee.