Tournament Rules & Info 

The Lake Effect Tournament Series (LETS) events are sanctioned by USA Hockey through the Erie Youth Hockey Association (EYHA) and will be conducted under the rules of both USA Hockey and EYHA.

  1. All players, coaches, managers and teams from the United States participating in the Lake Effect Tournament Series must be registered with USA Hockey.  Proof of registration must be presented to the tournament director prior to the start of play.  All players in the tournament must also complete a ’consent to treat’ form and waiver of liability prior to the start of play.  Canadian players from OWHA / CHA teams must have valid proof of registration with OWCH / CHA and a travel permit.  Official rosters for all organizations must be submitted prior to specific dates provided by LETS director.

  2. Submission of team rosters:  Each team must forward their official roster to the tournament director or his/her designee, at least 3 weeks prior to the start of play.  For teams registered with USA Hockey, a formal Membership Application and / or Official Team Roster must be submitted.  Non-electronically registered teams must present a copy of manual Individual Membership Registration forms for ALL players.  All players and team officials participating in the tournament MUST be on the official roster or team roster addendum.   Roster labels Must also be provided by coach or team manager prior to the start of the first game.  We recommend Avery® 5163 labels.

  3. A player may only play on one (1) team within a division.

  4. The Tournament Director and Committee requires that each team properly present their credentials prior to the start of tournament play when signing in for their first scheduled game.  Teams must complete registration and sign in one (1) hour prior to the start of their first scheduled game at the designated site of said game and each subsequent game.

  5. The following arenas may be used for Lake Effect Tournament Series events:  Erie Bank Sports Park (EBSP), Erie Insurance Arena (EIA), Mercyhurst University (MIC), Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC), John M. Cochran Arena (JMC) and Northwest Arena (NWA) in Jamestown, NY.  

TOURNAMENT FORMATS:

  1. Divisions:  Mite (Half Ice) 

      Girls 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 19U – Rec, Tier 2, Tier 1.  

      Boys 10U, 12U, 14U, 15U, 16U, High school, Middle School – Rec, A, AA, AAA 

        See individual tournament schedules for final division details and levels of play.

  1. 4 game guarantee for all divisions except Mite, which is a 5 game guarantee. 

  2. 4 team division:  Each team will play the other (3) teams.  The top teams (#1 and #1) will advance to the championship game.  Teams #3 and #4 overall will play a consolation game.

  3. 5 team division:  Each team will play the other (4) teams in a Round Robin format.  The tope two teams (#1 & #2) will advance to a Championship game.

  4. 6 team division:  2 brackets of (3) teams.  Each team will play the (3) teams, in the other bracket in a Round Robin format.  The top teams (#1A,  #2A, #1B, #2B) in each bracket advance to Semifinals.  #1A vs #2B, #1B vs #2A.  The winners advance to Championship game.  Third place teams in each bracket play a Consolation game.  #3A vs #3B.

  5. 8 team division:  2 brackets of (4) teams.  Each team will play the other (3) teams in their bracket.  The top teams (#1A,  #2A, #1B, #2B) in each bracket advance to Semifinals.  #1A vs #2B, #1B vs #2A.  The winners advance to Championship game.  Third place & fourth place teams in each bracket play a Consolation game.  #3A vs #3B, #4A vs #4B. 

  6. 9 team division: 2 brackets one of (4) teams & one of (5) teams. Five team bracket will play 4 game Round Robin.  Four team bracket will play 3 game Round Robin.  Game 4 will be seeded. #1 vs #4, #2 vs #3.  The top teams from each bracket advance to Championship game. 

  7. 10 team division: Divided into 2 brackets of (5) teams each.  Each team will play the other (4) teams in their bracket in a Round Robin.  The top teams from each bracket advance to Championship game.

Tournament Point Structure:

  • 2 points for a regulation Win 

  • 1 point for a Tie

  • 1 point for overtime or shootout Win

  • 0 points for a Loss

Tournament Tie Breakers: 

  1. Head to Head record

  2. Most wins in Regulation

  3. Most wins in OT

  4. Most wins in Shootout

  5. Fewest Goals allowed

  6. Most Goals for (Max 7)

  7. Goals Average Formula:  Dividing the total number of Goals Against into the number of Goals For with the highest percentage advancing. i.e. GF=10 GA=14 Average: 10/14=.714.   

  8. Least Penalty Minutes

  9. Flip of the coin

Time Structure: 

  1. Mite Half-Ice games will consist of 2 x 22 minute periods with horn sounding every 2 minutes for line changes.

  2. All games in the 10U division(s) will consist of 3 ten (10) minute stop clock periods. 

  3. All games in the 12U division(s) will consist of 3 twelve (12) minute stop clock periods

  4. All games 14U, 15U, 16U, 19U will be 3 fifteen (15) minute stop clock periods. 

  5. A curfew clock will be imposed for all games with the exception of championship games.

Mercy Rule: 

At any point in the 2nd or 3rd period of any preliminary game, quarter/seeded, or semi-final game should the score be 6 or more goals, clock shall be a running clock.  Stop time shall commence if the trailing team closing the score to within 4 goals.  There will be no mercy rule in any championship game. 

Playing Rules: 

The official rules of USA Hockey will be used for all tournament games. 

  1. The home team will be noted on the score sheet on the day of the game.  Teams are required to bring two (2) sets of jerseys-one (1) light and one (1) dark.  In the event of conflicting colors, the home team will be required to change jersey colors or wear an overlay with a number.  If a team owns only one (1) set of jerseys, this must be indicated to the Tournament Convener at the time of registration.  

  2. All teams must be ready to start their game 30 minutes prior to their scheduled game time. Time Outs: 1 time out of 1 minute will be allowed per team in Semifinal and Championship games ONLY. 

  3. Slap shots will not be permitted in the 10U division and will result in a 2 minute penalty. 

  4. 10U and 12U will play automatic offsides.  14U, 16U and 19U will play delayed offsides.

  5. All players on the bench and penalty box must wear a protective helmet and face shield while in those areas. After a warning by the on-ice official, a misconduct shall be assessed to the offending player of this rule. 

  6. The Tournament Director will be the final authority in all matters pertaining to the conduct and the governing of this tournament.  NO PROTESTS WILL BE ALLOWED.  All decisions of the Tournament Director and/or Committee are final. 

  7. Lake Effect Tournament Series will not be responsible for any refund due to a team's inability to participate in the tournament unless the team withdraws within 30 days of the tournament.  Teams withdrawing less than 30 days will only receive a refund if the tournament slot vacated is filled with another team. 

  8. Everyone is required to have a great time, cheer loudly and positively for all. 

Ties: 

Overtime play will be used to break ties at the end of ALL games.

At the end of the 3rd period there will be 1 minute rest.

For Pool play and Semi-Final games:

  1. Overtime will be a 3 minute 3 on 3 and will be played to a "Sudden Victory" conclusion. 

  2. If the game is still tied, there will be a 3 round player shootout.

  3. If the game is still tied, the teams will go through the complete bench until “Sudden Victory” goal is scored. Once one team has gone through their complete bench both teams may reuse shooters. 

For Championship games:

  1. The 1st  Overtime will be a 5 minute 5 on 5 and will be played to a "Sudden Victory" conclusion. 

  2. The 2nd Overtime will be a 3 minute 4 on 4 and will be played to a "Sudden Victory" conclusion.

  3. The 3rd Overtime will be a 3 minute 3 on 3 and will be played to a “Sudden Victory” conclusion. 

  4. If there is still not a victory, there will be a 3 round  player shootout.   

  5. If the game is still tied, the teams will go through the complete bench until “Sudden Victory” goal is scored. Once one team has gone through their complete bench both teams may reuse shooters

Protective Equipment: 

Face masks certified by HECC and internal mouth guards are mandatory for all USA Hockey registered players in all divisions and levels of tournament play.  Canadian teams will abide by the equipment requirements of their governing organization. In the event that a team refuses to comply, the team will forfeit the game and no tournament fees will be refunded. 

Penalties: 

  1. All minor penalties will be 2 minutes in length. 

  2. All major penalties shall be 5 minutes in length. 

  3. Misconducts shall be 10 minutes in length.  A game misconduct penalty will involve the suspension of player, coach, or manager for the remainder of the game and the next full game of the tournament. Suspended participants may not be on the bench. 

  4. Game misconducts issued in conjunction with a major for fighting, stick major, or a check from behind will automatically carry a suspension of the player for the remainder of the tournament.  The player will not be allowed on the bench. 

  5. In the case where a match penalty is assessed, the incident will be reviewed by the Tournament Committee, which has full power to invoke further suspensions.  This incident will also be reported to the player's/Coach's home association and the District. 

  6. No checking will be strictly enforced in non-checking divisions. 

  7. Zero Tolerance will be strictly enforced.  Any spectator, player, team official, or parent who violates this policy will be removed from the rink for the remainder of the game and potentially the remainder of the tournament.  Each team is responsible for any damage that might be done by any of its players, parents, or to dressing rooms, rink facilities or any hotel facilities used by the team during the tournament.  The Tournament Convener requests that the coaches, managers, and players cooperate in keeping the rink facilities clean, orderly, and in good condition. Some rinks will require inspection of the facilities used before key deposit is returned. 

Team Responsibilities: 

  1. If an injury occurs on the ice a coach MUST request an EMT (through the referees) if one is needed.

  2. Teams are responsible for providing an individual to run the penalty box during their games.

  3. Player of the game pucks will be given by each teams head coach to an opposing teams player at the conclusion of each game.  Coaches are to receive POG pucks at the time of score sheet sign in prior to the start of each game.

  4. Tournament MVP Award for each division will be given after each Championship games.  The recipient will be chosen by the winning teams Head Coach.

Tournament Lodging:

Lodging for the tournament is NOT required to be made at the designated tournament host hotels, however, significantly reduced rates have been negotiated on the tournaments behalf at a variety of properties that are conveniently located near Erie Bank Sports Park, the Tournament Headquarters.