(EFFECTIVE JULY 26)
Rink #2: Charles Gorman Arena
MEN'S MASTERS 34+:
MEN'S LEGENDS 44+:
Competition Rules and Regulations
1. MASTERS NATIONALS – AGE ELIGIBILITY
NEW Men’s - Masters Division Teams are permitted players 34 years of age and over. Legends Division
Teams are permitted players 44 years of age and over. Women’s - Masters Division Teams are permitted
players 34 years of age and over. Legends Division Teams are permitted players 44 years of age and
over. If a player is turning 34 or 44 in the year of the event they will meet the eligibility requirements for
each of the two Divisions being offered. All players will be required to provide government issued photo
identification prior to their first game to verify their age.
2. PLAYER & GAME ROSTERS
Teams are permitted to register a maximum of 25 players and minimum of 15 players for Men and 12
players for Women from any registered team in their province. A $500 fine and one year suspension will
be applied for a regular club roster (entire) if the minimum is not met. You will receive a Team Package
prior to the event. The package will include a Team Roster Form that must be completed and submitted
to their Provincial Association for approval fourteen days prior to the event. Seven days prior to the event
the Provincial Association must submit the final roster to the CBHA for review. Any changes after this
date must be approved by the Provincial Association and forwarded to the CBHA for approval. No further
changes will be allowed to rosters after the Coaches Meeting.
Game rosters may not exceed 22 players, two of which must be dressed goaltenders. If a second goalie
is not dressed, an additional runner is not permitted, and the team will not receive injury time to allow
another player to dress as a goalie if their only goalie is injured during the game. If two goalies are
dressed, and both are injured, injury time, per the CBHA rule book shall apply. No penalty shall apply if
starting lineup differs from first six players listed on game roster.
Suspended players from provincial play may not participate in regional play until their suspension has
3. OUT OF PROVINCE PLAYERS
For Men’s A, Masters and Legends Nationals out of province players are not permitted for ‘A’ level
provinces (Ontario & Quebec). ‘B’ provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba & Newfoundland) are
permitted a maximum of 3 players provided they have minimum of 15 players attending from their
province. ‘C’ provinces (Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) are
permitted a maximum of 5 players provided they have minimum of 15 players attending from their
Province. The maximum amount of Out of Province pickups for Women’s A, Masters and Legends
Nationals is 5 players and the Province must meet a minimum of 10 players from their own Province
before being able to pick up from Out of Province. There will no longer be a classification of A and B
Provinces for Women’s CBHA Events. The Legends Nationals will allow for Regional Teams to be
assembled in order to help get the event off the ground.
Any players 35 years or older, based on year of birth, are eligible to be picked up by another province.
Players must apply for approval from their Provincial Association and CBHA. C-Province teams will be
contacted and offered the players services first prior to the release being approved.
4. MINIMUM PLAYERS TO START GAMES
All games shall start promptly on time. Five minutes of warm-up shall be provided before each game.
Teams must have a minimum of 12 players dressed for the start of a game.
5. PLAYER RESIDENCY
A registered player must be a citizen or a resident of Canada with legally recognized status by July 15th in
year in which he/she is registered in his/her province to be eligible to play.
Eligibility to Participate at CBHA Events
The principles and objectives of CBHA events are as follows:
• To provide fair and equal competition for all participants.
• To foster the growth of the sport in smaller provinces.
• To observe the right for all capable athletes to compete.
• To market the sport at its greatest level of competition.
1.0 General Eligibility
1.1 Athletes, coaches, managers and teams shall meet all criteria established by the sport
governing body and prescribed in the Canadian Ball Hockey Association Regulations for the
sport in which they are competing.
1.2 Athletes, coaches and managers shall be registered members in good standing of the
Provincial Sport Organization in the current season of when the CBHA event is occurring
(example for Nationals and Regionals held in July/August participants must be registered in
that summer season with their PSO).
1.3 Athletes, coaches and managers shall be registered with the PSO and Canadian Ball Hockey
Association no later than July 15 in order to be eligible to.
1.4 Team registration forms to be completed and forwarded to Canadian Ball Hockey Association
by July 1st in the year in which they are participating.
1.5 The CBHA encourages participation in Provincial qualifiers or selection competition and
ensures that as many Provinces as possible send a competitive team representing the sport
to the National Championships.
2.0 Athlete Eligibility
2.1 Once an athlete has been named to a Provincial or Qualified team for Nationals, s/he is not
eligible to participate with a team from another province. Qualified teams are to name their
preliminary roster by July 1st and supply copies of PSO registrations for each player. Players
cannot be dropped from this roster without valid reason. If it is deemed that a player was
maliciously listed and then dropped after July 1st to prevent their participation with another
team, the CBHA has the right to enforce the loss of a roster spot for that team and further
disciplinary action against the manager, which may include a fine and/or suspension. Any
players added just prior to the event must be have a copy of PSO registration in order to be
2.1a However, if an athlete is not named to a Provincial/Qualified team for Nationals after the
registration deadline s/he can participate with a team from another province (excluding A
Provinces for men- ON, QC) by following the procedure outlined in section 2.2.
2.1b If a province is not participating at the Nationals and if an athlete so chooses, s/he can
participate with another province (excluding A Provinces for men- ON, QC) by following the
procedure outlined in section 2.2.
2.2 For sections 2.1a and 2.1b, an athlete must receive the proper release from his/her own PSO
to play with another province. The athlete in question must request this action in writing and
the PSO shall respond in writing with copies being forwarded to CBHA.
2.3 B-Provinces (NL, MB, BC, AB) are restricted to a maximum of three out of province players for
Men’s A and five for Masters. C-Provinces (SK, NB, NS, PE) are restricted to a maximum of
five out of province players on any Provincial/Qualified team for Men’s and Masters
Nationals, however the team must have a minimum of number of registered players
(Men=15, Women=10) from their own province before being eligible for any out of province
2.4 Note: CBHA High Performance Director will assist teams needing players to contact capable
athletes listed on the Team Canada depth charts.
3.0 Primary Residence
3.1 Primary residence is defined as follows:
• The location, community, town or city in which the athlete resides.
• The issuing province of their driver’s license.
• The place of residence for income tax purposes.
• The place of principle residence.
• The province in which their automobile insurance is intended to cover as their principle
• Over-riding clause permits the CBHA to apply any and all of the above to determine a
residency claim, and in further the CBHA has the right to dispute any and all of the above if it
is deemed that such were obtained solely for the purpose of abusing the intent of the
residency rules of the CBHA.
3.2 Athletes attending school on a full-time basis, or playing junior hockey, outside of the
province in which their primary residence is located shall be able to compete for their home
province. Athletes employed on a seasonal basis are only eligible to participate for the
province in which they are currently registered with the PSO of the league in which they play,
i.e. home residency does not apply.
4.0 Ineligible Players (defined as a player not playing under an assumed/false name)
4.1 In the event that a team used an ineligible player in a game, which had been brought to the
attention of the CBHA, and the ineligibility of the player has been confirmed, the offending
team will automatically forfeit the game or games in which the ineligible player participated,
and any points involved will be awarded to the non-offending team(s).
4.2 If both teams are at fault in game, no points will be awarded to either.
4.3 A request for a ruling on the eligibility is not considered to be a “protest”.
4.4 The ineligible player or players will be dropped immediately and further disciplinary action to
the offending team(s) will be decided in accordance to CBHA regulations, and/or tournament
disciplinary committee if necessary.
5.0 Illegal Players (defined as listed on roster/gamesheet under assumed/false name)
5.1 In the event that a team used an illegal player in a game, which had been brought to the
attention of the CBHA, and the ineligibility of the player has been confirmed, the offending
team will automatically forfeit the game or games in which the ineligible player participated,
and any points involved will be awarded to the non-offending team(s). The team will be
immediately removed from further competition in the tournament and any subsequent
games shall be scored as forfeits to the non-offending teams.
5.2 If both teams are at fault in game, no points will be awarded to either.
5.3 A request for a ruling on the eligibility is not considered to be a “protest”.
5.4 The ineligible player or players will be dropped immediately and further disciplinary action to
the offending team(s) will be decided in accordance to CBHA regulations, and/or tournament
disciplinary committee if necessary. The minimum penalties shall apply: $500 team fine; one
year suspension of the illegal player; and one year suspension of the team representative
who signed/verified the roster for the tournament.
6.0 For the purposes of the CBHA Event Eligibility regulations herein described the following
exceptions and notations shall apply:
6.1 It is a known fact and accepted that cross-border play exists between provinces with
neighbouring towns/cities. The provinces where possible should acknowledge this
agreement in a formal document defining the eligibility of the subject players/teams in
representing the provinces at CBHA events, generally as based on where they are registered
to play unless expressly permitted otherwise.
6.2 In the case where cross-border play involves foreign athletes, the players are eligible to play
in provincial leagues, however they are not eligible to compete at any CBHA events.
6.3 In the application of these new regulations effective 2010 it is noted that three athletes have
competed at Nationals for three years or more for A-Province teams outside of their province
of residence and these players are hereby Grandfathered and exempt from these regulations
regarding residency only in the case where they continue with the same team.
Teams are expected to carry two sets of long sleeved jerseys. The visiting team will be required to
change in case of any colour conflict. All uniforms must be comprised of matching jerseys, pants and/or
shorts with socks/shin guards. See Shin Guard regulation for color requirements.
Fines will be imposed for violations. Captains and Alternates must have lettering as per rulebook on
Teams are required to send photos of their jerseys and provide the name of their team to the CBHA for
approval by May 15th. If the association deems the logos or names to be offensive in anyway, teams will
be asked to change what they plan to wear and what they will be called or they will not be able to play.
Face shields – Men’s & Women’s Events - All players under age of 18 must wear full facial CSA approved
face shields. Players over 18 are not required to wear them, however, if they wear any type of facial
protection, it must be CSA approved.
Helmets - Players must wear CSA approved helmets. Painted helmets are prohibited, as they have lost
their CSA approval once painted. Goalies must wear CSA approved helmets/face masks. "Cats Eye" facial
protectors are prohibited, unless they are the new CSA approved models. Chin straps must be properly
Shin Guards - Use of shin guards is mandatory for all CBHA events. All shin guards, with the exception of
soft covered or the approved hard shin guards such as Knapper brand, must be covered by socks.
Gloves - The use of gloves is mandatory. Wearing ice hockey gloves or CBHA approved Knapper gloves is
recommended. The use of palm-less gloves is not permitted. Gloves may have worn palms from normal
wear, provided fingers are not exposed. Finger portions may be repaired with tape to cover any
exposure on the under-side. After one warning by the referee, a minor penalty shall be imposed for
illegal equipment. Gloves may not be altered in any way to leave the wrists exposed. Gloves that are
equipped with laces or other forms of enclosure to provide coverage of the writs MUST have the laces
present and fastened securely to provide protection to the wrists. Absolutely no modifications to a glove
will be deemed permissible.
*Please consult the CBHA Rulebook for additional information on equipment. Contact the CBHA at
email@example.com if you have any questions/concerns prior to the event.
8. GAME RULES
Men’s & Women’s A - Games will be three 15 minute stop-time periods in length with 2 minute
intermissions. Men’s & Legends - Games will be three 12 minute stop-time periods in length with 2
minute intermissions. There will be a 5 minute 4 on 4 overtime in round-robin play with 3 pts for a
regulation win, 2 pts for an overtime win, 1 point for an overtime loss or 1 point each for an overtime
tie. All Quarter Final, Semi Final & Bronze Medal games will be 3 regulation periods with 1-10 minute
sudden death overtime as 4 versus 4. Goalies will not change ends. If no winner is declared it will then
proceed to a shootout. Championship Game will be 3 regulation periods with a 10 minute sudden death
overtime as 4 versus 4. If no winner is declared there will be a 2nd overtime as 3 versus 3. Goalies will
change ends for the 2nd overtime period. If there is still no winner it will then proceed to shootout.
NOTE: If there is a penalty assessed during overtime at no point will a team play with less than 3
1. Shootouts shall consist of a best of 5 format with teams taking alternate shots;
2. If still tied after 5 shooters from each team have shot, then teams shall alternate shots
in a sudden victory format;
3. The home team has the choice of shooting first or second in the shootout;
4. Teams will defend the same nets as at the end of regulation or any played overtime;
5. The procedure governing the taking of the shot shall be as set out in Rule 35 (penalty
6. No player may shoot more than once until the entire game roster of his or her team
(aside from goaltenders) has been exhausted (* see below);
7. Players serving any type of penalty which has not expired at the conclusion of regulation
time or overtime, shall not be eligible to participate in the shootout;
8. Prior to taking a shot, players shall turn their back to the scorekeeper so their number
may be properly recorded;
9. Ineligible shooters:
a. If the referee becomes aware before the shot has commenced that the player about
to take the shot is ineligible to take the shot for any reason, the referee shall allow
the coach to substitute another player;
b. If the referee becomes aware after the shot has commenced or has been completed,
that the player taking the shot was ineligible to take the shot for any reason then the
result of the shot will be considered “no goal” and no substitute shooter will be
c. For the purposes of this rule, the shot is deemed to commence when the referee
blows his or her whistle to signal for the player to proceed with the shot.
4 Minute Stick Infraction Penalties
Treating as a single 4-minute penalty similar to misconduct, however team will be short-handed until
either a goal is scored or the penalty expires. After a goal is scored, the team returns to full strength but
the penalized player continues completion of entire 4-minute penalty.
Once a seven goal differential is reached during a game and the second period has been completed in its
entirety, the game will be stopped and recorded as is. If more than a seven goal differential is achieved
by the completion of the second period, the score shall be recognized only as a maximum seven goal
9. TIE BREAKERS
If two (2) or more teams are tied within a group or division, then the tie is broken in the following order:
1. Most regulation wins in preliminary round schedule;
2. Head to Head in preliminary round schedule;
3. +/- from all preliminary round games involving only the tied teams;
4. Overall +/- from all preliminary round games;
5. Most goals scored in preliminary round games involving only the tied teams;
6. Overall most goals scored in all preliminary round games;
7. Least penalty minutes in all preliminary round games involving only the tied teams;
8. Overall least penalty minutes in all preliminary round games;
In the case of more than two tied teams the “Head to Head” above would refer to all the games
involving only the tied teams. Tie Breakers will always continue to work down the numbered list and
never revert back to the top for any reason.
10. FINES & SUSPENSIONS
Fines will be deducted from the teams bond.
OFFENSE FINE SUSPENSION
Game misconduct (excluding 3 penalty ejection) $25 1 game
Gross misconduct $50 2 games
Match penalty $75 5 games
Fighting $75 3 games
Fighting + instigator $75 5 games
Misconduct in final 10 minutes of game $25 none
Uniform violation (player) $10 none
Uniform violation (team, if more than 5 players) $100 none
All suspensions are subject to review by the CBHA, which may deem it necessary to add further
disciplinary action depending on the gravity of the offense. Any actions by players, coaches, team
affiliates or followers that are detrimental to the sport will not be tolerated. Individuals found
responsible will be dealt with severely by the CBHA both financially and through suspension. Member
Provinces may also be found liable for the actions of their participants.
Teams are required to have a coach on bench, dressed in proper attire. No t-shirts unless it’s a team
12. COACHES MEETING
Men’s A, Masters and Legends coaches meeting will take place Monday August 7th at 10:00 am at Lord
Beaverbrook Arena. Women’s A coaches meeting will take place Monday August 7th at 7:00 pm at Lord
Beaverbrook Arena. It is mandatory for all team reps to attend. A $250 fine will be assessed for failure to
13. INELIGIBLE PLAYERS
In the event that a team used an ineligible player in a game, which had been brought to the attention of
the CBHA, and the ineligibility of the player has been confirmed, the offending team will automatically
forfeit the game or games in which the ineligible player participated, and any points involved will be
awarded to the non-offending team(s).
If both teams are at fault in game, no points will be awarded to either.
A request for a ruling on the eligibility is not considered to be a “protest”.
The ineligible player or players will be dropped immediately and further disciplinary action to the
offending team(s) will be decided in accordance to CBHA regulations, and/or tournament disciplinary
committee if necessary.
1. In any matter affecting the outcome of a game, only the team may protest, and the intent to protest
must be announced to the referee during the game or immediately after the game to be noted on the
back of the CBHA white copy of the game sheet.
2. In the case of matter affecting the outcome of a game, the procedure for registering a protest shall be
(a) the protest and all evidence in support thereof shall be signed by the coach, manager or association
executive member who will deliver a copy to the CBHA officer in charge of the tournament, together
with a two hundred fifty dollar ($250) security deposit within forty-five (45) minutes of the conclusion of
the game protested, and a duplicate copy there to the team protested;
(b) the team protested shall, within forty-five (45) minutes of the notification receipt of the protest, file
a defense and evidence in support to the CBHA officer in charge of the tournament and a duplicate copy
thereof to the team protesting;
(c) if Coach or Manager is absent from the local in which the protested game was played, then the
protest or defense may be signed by the most senior official of the team present at the locale;
(d) if the CBHA officer in charge of the tournament is absent from the locale in which the protested
game was played, then such protest and defense shall be delivered to the person appointed to
represent the CBHA Office.
3. The CBHA Officer in charge of the tournament shall, immediately upon receipt of a protest, inform the
CBHA Executive Committee of the nature of the protest and arrange for a private room within the locale
at which a meeting can be held, to determine the validity of the protest. No protest shall be accepted if
it is considered invalid as per any item listed in paragraph 8 below. After satisfying itself of the protest’s
validity, the CBHA Executive Committee shall, immediately convene a meeting at which the statements
of the protests and defense shall be heard.
4. Each team involved in the protest shall be allowed to have two (2) delegates attend the protest
meeting, and each delegate shall have the right to speak on the protest only once.
5. The CBHA Executive Committee shall have the right to call witnesses to the protest and use the
information obtained in making their decision.
6. Upon hearing the protest and defense, the CBHA Executive Committee shall make a decision, which
decision may include one (1) or more of the following:
(a) allowing the protest;
(b) disallowing the protest;
(c) forfeiting or returning of security deposits or any parts thereof;
(d) mandatory re-arrangement of points in a game or series;
(e) mandatory replaying of a game or series, or any part thereof (see paragraph 9.9 for details);
(f) suspension of a team and/or a player;
(g) imposition of fines;
(h) mandatory imposition of such further and other remedy(s) and/or penalty(s) as the nature of the
7. All parties to the protest and affected persons shall be sent notice of such decision by the CBHA
8 A protest shall be declared invalid and not proceed beyond steps of paragraph 2(a) for any of the
(a) The protest challenges a referee’s call that is an interpretation of a rule, and not a game procedural
(b) The protest fails to meet all of the requirements of paragraphs 1 and 2;
(c) The protest is deemed insignificant to the final outcome of a game, and that such protest has been
filed solely for the purpose of disrupting the opposing team and/or the tournament as a whole. The
CBHA retains the right to withhold the security deposit in its entirety or any part thereof for costs or
inconveniences incurred by the CBHA in dealing with the protest.
9 In a case where the CBHA elects to replay a game or a portion of it, the guidelines for such
implementation shall be as follows:
(a) Where the exact time of the protested incident can be determined, the game shall re-start at that
point in time with all conditions returned to a similar state i.e. score, penalties, and lineup, with no
substitutions or additions permitted. If a player listed on the game sheet cannot attend, there will be no
(b) If the game is tied, and the incident occurs within the first 10 minutes of the game, then the entire
game shall be replayed, with only the players listed on the original game’s game sheet eligible to
All appeals to the CBHA must be submitted in writing within seventy-two (72) hours of the notice of
infraction. The appeal must be accompanied by a deposit of fifty ($50), which may be forfeited to the
CBHA if the appeal is disallowed. The appeal will be dealt with by the CBHA Tournament Committee
onsite, and this decision shall be final. The CBHA Tournament Committee may refuse an appeal if they
feel that its grounds are not valid.
Suspensions of two (2) games or less cannot be appealed to the CBHA. All suspensions must be
honoured regardless of pending appeals, example, a player must serve that portion (or all) of a
suspension if the appeal is not prior to his/her next scheduled game.
16. SOCIAL MEDIA AND NETWORKING POLICY
For the purpose of this Social Media and Networking Policy, this policy will encompass public
communication through such internet mediums and websites as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin
and any other social media network that allows users to communicate online.
The policy will be applicable to all members of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, including Directors,
Teams, Referee’s, Coaches, Volunteers, Players, Players’ Family Members and Supporters.
The Canadian Ball Hockey Association recognizes and appreciates the value of social media and the
importance of social networking to all of its members. The Canadian Ball Hockey Association also
respects the right of all members to express their views publicly. At the same time, we must be aware of
the dangers social media and networking can present.
The purpose of this policy is to educate the Canadian Ball Hockey Association Community on the risks of
social media and to ensure all members are aware that the conduct deemed to be inappropriate may be
subject to disciplinary action by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, its provincial members and
affiliated leagues (collectively the “Organization”)
2. SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES
Comments or remarks of an inappropriate nature which are detrimental to a Team, the Association or
an Individual will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.
It should be recognized that social media comments are on the record and instantly published and
available to the public and the media. Everyone including Association and/or Team personnel, players,
corporate partners and media can review social media communications. You should conduct yourself in
an appropriate and professional manner at all times.
Refrain from divulging confidential information of a personal; or team related nature. Only divulge
information that is considered public.
Use your best judgement at all times. Pause before posting. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for
your comments and they are published for the public record.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA VIOLATIONS
The following are examples of conduct through social media and networking mediums that are
considered violations of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association Social Media and Networking Policy and
may be subject to disciplinary action by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, its provincial members
and affiliated leagues (collectively the “Organization”)
Any statement deemed to be publicly critical of Association officials or detrimental to the welfare of a
member Team, the Association or an individual.
Divulging confidential information that may include, but is not limited to:
• Player injuries;
• Trades or other player movement; or
• Any other matter of a sensitive nature to a member Team, the Association or an individual
Negative or Derogatory comments about any of the members of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association,
including Directors, Teams, Referee’s, Coaches, Volunteers, Players, Players’ Family Members and
Any form of bullying, harassment or threats against members.
Photographs, videos or comments including but not limited to:
1. Drug use
2. Alcohol abuse
4. Sexual exploitation, etc.
Photographs shall not be taken in any dressing room, washroom or other private area and posted at any
time Inappropriate, derogatory, racist or sexist comments of any kind
Online activity that is meant to alarm other individuals or misrepresent the fact or truth
17. GAME PROCEDURES
Start of Game
At the start of each game the starting (6) players line up on the blue line for the playing of O’Canada.
The starting line up does not need to be indicated on the game sheet.
Player of the Game and Shaking hands
At the end of the game both teams line up on their respective blue lines. Coaches select a player from
their own team as the player of the game and give that name to the referee. Referee provides name to
the time keeper who announces the player. Player comes forward to receive their award and waits until
the player from the other team also comes forward. Players of the game shake hands and return to
their team. Teams shake hands.
At the end of medal games teams shake hands and then line up on their blue line. Player of the game
awards are given out first followed by the announcement of the medal winners and distribution of the
medals. After the medals are distributed, winning team captains will be asked to come forward to
accept their trophy. Please note that winning teams will be given a keeper cup with the main multi-year
trophy being returned to the CBHA at the event.
STATS, STANDINGS AND TAPED GAMES
Standings and Statistics will be uploaded after each game through the tournament site. All information
can be found on the CBHA home page at: www.canadaballhockey.ca
ARENA ALCOHOL POLICIES
There is absolutely no alcohol allowed anywhere on the arena property unless an approved area has
been designated by the facility.
ON SITE TOURNAMENT CONTACTS
CBHA Board – Tim McKenzie- 778-908-8738
CBHA Board – Sandy Upper- 604-961-0989
CBHA Staff – Elio Pascuzzo- 416-904-2497
CBHA Staff – Doug Puzzie – 403-561-1917
CBHA Admin – Richard Rocha – 905-699-1471
CBHA Referee in Chief – Darsh Grewall
CBHA Referee in Chief – Iain Hollet