POTOMAC VALLEY AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION, INC. RULES & REGULATIONS Amended and Adopted August 9, 2022
11.0 Playing Rules and Games
11.6 Minor Penalties (USA Hockey Rule 402) The length of minor penalties for all Youth/Girls’ and High School games shall be pro-rated as follows:
a) For 12U and below, games with period lengths of 12 minutes or less, the length of minor penalties shall be 1:00 minute;
b) For 12U and below, games with period lengths of more than 12 minutes but less than 17 minutes, the length of minor penalties shall be 1:30 minutes;
c) For all Youth/Girls’ games played at 14U and older and High School games, the length of minor penalties shall be 2 minutes. The length of minor penalties for any Adult game remains at 2 minutes.
11.7 Major Penalties (USA Hockey Rule 403) The length of major penalties for all Youth/Girls’ and High School games will be 5:00 minutes. For the first MAJOR penalty in any one game, any player, except for the goalkeeper, will be ruled off the ice for five minutes during which time no substitute shall be permitted. For the second MAJOR penalty in the same game to the same player or goalkeeper, the game misconduct penalty assessed shall cause the player or goalkeeper to be suspended for their team’s next two games. This two-game suspension is in addition to any other required suspensions incurred during the same incident.
11.8 Misconduct Penalties (USA Hockey Rule 404) A MISCONDUCT penalty involves the removal of a player, other than a goalkeeper, from the game for a period of 10 minutes with immediate substitution taking place on ice. A player whose misconduct penalty has expired shall remain on the bench until the next stoppage of play. For the second MISCONDUCT penalty assessed to the same player, during the same game, a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to that player in lieu of the second misconduct penalty. A GAME MISCONDUCT penalty involves the suspension of a player or Team Official for the balance of the game with immediate substitution taking place on ice. A player or Team Official incurring a game misconduct penalty shall also be suspended for his team’s next game (the game already appearing on the schedule of that team at the time of the infraction), except that when such a penalty is imposed under Rule 403(b) (Second Major in Game) there shall be a minimum two-game suspension.
11.9 Match Penalties (USA Hockey Rule 405) A MATCH penalty involves the immediate removal of a player or Team Official for the balance of the game and a five-minute time penalty shall be assessed. A player or Team Official incurring a match penalty shall be suspended from participating in any USA Hockey games and practices until his case has been dealt with by the proper authorities. 35 Po