Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC) shall abide by the
guidelines set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA),
with the exceptions dictated in the following:
A. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
A student-athlete shall not be eligible for participation in the MCHC
if the individual received pay for participation in the sport.
2. Student-athletes who have played professionally, including Major
Junior A hockey, shall not be eligible for competition in the MCHC.
3. Student-athletes shall utilize one year of MCHC eligibility for
each year of competition at a junior college.
4. No MCHC player may be added to a team roster after January
5. MCHC student-athletes shall be required to sign a player eligibility
form at the beginning of each season. If a player's eligibility is
challenged by another team, the MCHC reserves the right to petition
the registrar of the player's university to verify the eligibility
of that player.
student-athletes shall be degree seeking according to that school's
definition of degree seeking and carry a minimum credit requirement
of nine (9) semester hours (or the equivalent quarter hours) for undergraduates
and six (6) semester hours (or the equivalent quarter hours) for graduates.
2. Special student-athlete cases must have certification of full-time
status from the Dean and/or the school registrar.
3. MCHC student-athletes must successfully complete the minimum requirement
of credit hours (or equivalent quarter hours) as stated above (B1)
to be eligible for participation in the following semester.
4. MCHC student-athletes shall have five (5) years of MCHC
eligibility. If, however, the student athlete was on an NCAA
roster at any level, at any time, the student athlete is restricted
to four (4) years of MCHC play minus the time at the NCAAA level.
5. MCHC student-athletes must maintain a minimum semester grade-point
average of a 1.7 at the end of each semester to be considered eligible
for participation. Student athletes must maintain a cumulitive
GPA of at least a 2.0 by the beginning of a student athlete's second
year of eligibility.
6. Two year colleges may elect to abide by the National Junior College
Athletic Association's eligibility rules.
7. Any player who submits a grade of "INCOMPLETE" or "I"
which affects their eligibility will be deemed ineligible until that
grade is officially changed and the player provides proof of such
a change. The MCHC requires an official letter or another copy of
the student transcript with the letter grade change. Until received
by the MCHC the player is considered ineligible for competition.
8. PASS/FAIL OPTION - A grade of "Pass" will be counted
towards the minimum credits per semester but will not count towards
the student's GPA. A grade of "Fail" in a course will affect
the number of credits that the player successfully completes, as well
as the player's GPA.
9. CREDIT FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS - Credits earned at an institution
other than the institution that the player is now enrolled in will
be used to determine eligibility status under the 2.0 GPA and credits
10 .CHANGE IN ELIGIBILITY STATUS - If at any point during
the season a player's eligibility changes as to render that player
ineligible, it is the responsibility of the member institution to
keep that player out of MCHC competition until the player regains
satisfactory status. THE DIRECTOR OF ELIGIBILITY MUST BE NOTIFIED
IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY CHANGE IN STATUS. ANY VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN
A FORFEITURE.INJURY AS IT APPLIES TO ELIGIBILITY: a) It is not necessary
for the incapacitating injury or illness to be a direct result of
participation) A player who is injured in the first half of a season
may be eligible for an injury waiver. If the player returns in the
second half of a season after the injury will be charged with a full
year of eligibility regardless of the number of games played.c) The
Twenty Percent calculation shall be used to determine a waiver. It
is used as follows: (1) Any competition of 20% limitation that results
in a fractional portion of an event shall be rounded to the next whole
number (i.e. 20% of an 16 game schedule, 3.2 games, is considered
four (4) games); (2) Thus, a player who plays exactly four (4) games
or less will be granted a waiver.
11. INELIGIBILITY: OBLIGATION OF THE MEMBER INSTITUTION - If a player
is ineligible under MCHC guidelines, it is the responsibility of the
institution, or its representatives, to withhold the player from all
conference competition. INELIGIBLE COMPETITION: If a player competes
in any games while ineligible, the player forfeits the present year
of eligibility as well as the next year. All games in which the ineligible
player participated in shall be declared a forfeit.
MINIMUM PLAYERS NEEDED: For a game to start, each team needs
a minimum of 10 players and 1 goaltender. No skater will be
allowed to participate with figure skates or goaltender skates. In the
event that a team does not have a sufficient number of players, that
team will forfeit the game. The governing board may review the teams
2. GRACE TIME FOR LATE TEAMS WITH EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES: A thirty
minute grace period will be given to a team to be on the ice when they
are late to a game. The team is expected to contact the rink and the
opposing team, if possible, explaining the extenuating circumstance.
3. TEAM UNIFORMS: All teams players must have identical jerseys, hose,
pants and helmets. Goaltenders may have a different colored helmet/mask
but must have an identical jersey. A player out of uniform cannot play.
There will be no exceptions.
4. OFFICIAL SCORER AND TIMEKEEPER: The home team must provide a minimum
of one timekeeper and one scorekeeper. The maximum number of persons
allowed in the scorer's box will be three (3) staff members from the
home team and one (1) member from the visiting team.
5. HOME TEAMS RESPONSIBILITY: 1) It is the home teams responsibility
to provide a scoresheet, penalty sheet, and 10 MCHC Logo pucks
to the official scorer's table prior to the pre-game warm-up period.
Game pucks should be frozen (iced) prior to the game.
2) At the conclusion of the game, it is the responsibility of the home
team to ensure that the bottom copies of the score sheet and penalty
sheet are given to the visiting team. The middle copy is retained by
the home team. And, it is the home teams responsibility to send the
top copies (white copies) of both teams rosters, the official scoresheet,
and the penalty sheet to the Conference Office. AT NO TIME IS A REFEREE
TO KEEP ANY PART OF A SCORESHEET! The scoresheets must be received by
the MCHC within a week from the game date. Failure to send in scoresheets
will result in fines. See the section entitled payment and fines. 3))
The home team must submit the game score to the MCHC by use of the MCHC's
web page submission form within twenty-four (24) hours of the game.
Failure to submit scores will result in fines. See the section entitled
payment and fines.
6. GAME PLAYER ROSTER FORMS: Each team is to complete a game player
roster form and provide the official scorekeeper with the form by the
beginning of the warm-up period. The visiting team is required to hand
in their roster prior to the home team. Each team will be provided with
a copy of their opponent's roster.
7. A team reserves the right to challenge another team's roster to verify
player eligibility. The team challenging the roster shall advise the
officials, who will then request identification (i.e., drivers license,
official college identification card) from each player on the team.
The official will check each player against the submitted game roster.
A report will be provided to the MCHC's board of directors for final
8. FORFEITURE: In the event that a forfeit is awarded, the governing
board shall review for possible further action.
9. MERCY RULE: A game must be terminated at such time as one team is
ahead by ten (10) or more goals and at least 2 full periods have been
10. COACH EJECTED FROM A GAME: If a coach is ejected from a game, an
assistant coach must take their place. If there is no assistant coach
on the bench, the game will be forfeited by that team. Furthermore,
the governing board will review each case for possible additional sanctions.
A referees report is to be filed within five days of the game.
11. SHORTAGE OF TIME: If there is not enough time to complete the full
twenty (20) minute third period, the following is to occur; (1) eliminate
the ice cut, (2) the remaining ice time is to be halved and that will
be the third period's length. Coaches have no options on the above.
12. GAMES ENDING IN A TIE: In the event that the score is tied at the
end of regulation time, each team shall designate five (5) players,
who will participate in a shoot-out. The visiting team shall begin the
shoot-out by attempting to score on a breakaway. Both teams will alternate
until all ten players have had an opportunity to score. If neither team
scores, or if the score remains tied, after all ten players have had
their attempt, the game will officially end in a tie. [Note that if
after regulation time the game is tied, both teams shall be awarded
one point for the time. If a team defeats another team during the "overtime
shoot-out" that team shall be awarded with a bonus point in the
Outside Competition Rule -
A Player shall not
participate in any organized outside competition as a member of
another National Tournament-Bound Ice Hockey Organization as
recognized by any of the following: NCAA, NJCAA, ACHA, USA Hockey or
any of their subordinate organization
RULE BOOK: It is each teams responsibility for obtaining their own
copy of the 2008 NCAA Ice Hockey Rule Book and to have one present
at each contest.
2. DISQUALIFICATIONS: 1) The following penalties will automatically
result in a game disqualification: FIGHTING, KICKING, KNEEING, BUTT-ENDING,
SPEARING, DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO INJURE (min. 3 game suspension), and
ABUSE OF AN OFFICIAL. 2) Players who receive a disqualification will
be penalized as follows: (a) 1st Offense = immediate ejection from
the game and a minimum of a one game suspension. (b) 2nd Offense =
immediate ejection from the game and a minimum of a two game suspension.
(c) 3rd Offense = immediate ejection from the game and a suspension
for the remainder of the season. 3) Each team is limited to a total
of three (3) disqualifications per season without a fine. Each disqualification
above three (3) will result in a $25 fine per occurrence 3) A player
who receives a suspension and can not complete the suspension during
the current season (including playoffs), will be required to complete
the suspension the following season. In the event that the player
is a graduating senior, or does not return to the team the following
season, the team will be charged with one disqualification the following
3. MISCONDUCTS/GAME MISCONDUCTS: Each team is limited to a total of
four (4) misconducts/game misconducts per season. Anything over that
total will result in a $25 fine per occurrence. A total of four (4)
misconducts/game misconducts by any singe player will constitute a
disqualification for that player.
4. CANCELING AND RESCHEDULING GAMES: (A) CANCELLATIONS: In the event
that a team needs to canceled a schedule game, the team is to; (1)
contact the opposing team; and (2) contact the MCHC Commissioner by phone
and in writing pertaining the circumstances surrounding the situation.
The home team must inform the referee assignor of the cancellation.
(B) RESCHEDULING: To reschedule a game, the team requesting the change
must contact the other team with a selection of dates for the opposition
to choose from. This must occur within ten (10) days. If the team
who requests the rescheduling does not provide dates with ten (10)
days, that team will be fined $50. After thirty (30) days, the team
will be fined $250 and the game will be forfeited. The MCHC
must be notified of rescheduled games both verbally and in writing.
5. MAKE-UP GAMES: Make-up games during the last two weeks of the season
will be determined by ice availability, with the final decision made
by the governing board.
APPEALS DEFINED: Appeals will be allowed on calls involving multiple
suspensions and rule interpretations. No appeals will be accepted
for calls or rules that are considered judgment calls.
2. APPEAL PROCEDURES: A $25 check or money order, made payable to
the MCHC, must be sent along with a copy of the scoresheet and explanation
for the appeal to the President. Appeals must be postmarked within
seventy-two (72) hours of the incident. The appeal must be ruled upon
within ten (10) days of receipt.
LEAGUE FEES ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 25,2008. (1) Payments not received
by October 26 - $50 late fee (2) Payments not received by November
15 - additional $100 late fee. (2) Payments not received by November
30 - additional $125 late fee.(3) Payments not received by December
12 - games forfeited.
2. ELIGIBILITY PAPERWORK: (1) The Roster Form must be downloaded from
the MCHC's "Coach's Only" section of the website and must
be completed and e-mailed back to the MCHC by
10/15/08. (2) The Roster
Form and all transcripts must be received by mail by the Director
of Eligibility by 10/15/08. (3) Players may be added to the a team's
roster only with the permission of the Director of Eligibility. (4)
Penalties are as follows: (a) roster not emailed on time = $25; (b)
Transcripts not received by 11/01/08 = $25 per week late; Transcripts
not received by 12/01/08 = Games Forfeited; Player added to roster
without permission of the Director of Eligibility = Each game that
the player played in is forfeited.
3. MISSED LEAGUE MEETINGS: (1) Missed Meetings = $150 plus a loss
of voting privileges. (2) Missing two consecutive meetings = subject
to review by governing board. *To regain voting privileges, a team
must attend two consecutive meetings.
4. SCORESHEETS: (1) Scoresheets not received within: one week = $100
fine; two weeks = $150 fine; four weeks = $300 fine + 1 DQ. (2) Unofficial,
Incomplete, and/or Illegible scoresheets will carry a $25 fine per
5. SUBMITTING SCORES: Failure by the home team to submit the score
of the game within 24hrs. will result in the following: (1) First
offense - $50 fine; (2) Second offense - $100 fine; (3) Third offense
- $150 fine.
Governing Board shall determine the structure of the Playoffs.
2. The Conference Structure shall be determined by the Governing
Board. Team standings and other statistics will be maintained by
3. Playoffs - Qualifying:
The divisional winners will all receive byes in the first round of
the playoffs and will host a second round game. The final bye will
be given to the team with the most total points regardless of
division. The playoffs will be made up of, 5 teams from the Empire
Division, 4 teams in the Garden Division, and 3 teams from the
Constitution Division. After the top 4 seeds, the remaining 8 teams
will be ranked 5-12 based on total points regardless of divisions.
The playoff schedule will be as follows 5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs.
10, and 8 vs. 9 in the first round. The winner of the 8 vs. 9 game
will play the #1 seed in round two. The winner of 7 vs. 10 game will
play the #2 seed. 6 vs. 11 winner will play #3, and finally 5 vs 12
winner will play #4 seed. The semi finals will be the following
weekend with the highest seed playing the lowest seed remaining.
In the event that
two or more teams have the same number of points at the end of the
season, the following, in order, shall determine the higher seed:
1. The team with the most wins; 2. The team with the most head to
head wins; 3. The team with higher total of goals for minus goals
against; 5. Coin Toss.