AHL Playoff Rules

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  1. LG McDonald

    LG McDonald Director of Hockey Operations

    Sep 30, 2013
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    This document is considered an extension of our current four Article Constitution. Anything not outlined in this document, is covered in our Constitution and will be enforced as per the Constitution.

    If any player or manager has any questions in regards to these rules, please forward them to me directly.

    --------: Section One : Playoff Scheduling Rules

    ----: 1.1 Rosters
    ----: 1.2 AHL Game Times
    ----: 1.3 Line's Deadlines
    ----: 1.4 Scheduling Restrictions
    ----: 1.5 Illegal Substitution
    ----: 1.6 Forfeits & Game Setup Procedures
    ----: 1.7 Reschedules

    --------: Section Two : Additional Playoff Violation Rules

    ----: 2.1 Punishment Violations
    ----: 2.2 First Degree Violations
    ----: 2.3 Second Degree Violations
    ----: 2.4 Third Degree Violations


    Section One : Playoff Scheduling Rules

    Playoff Rules In Regards to Article Two: Scheduling and Game Night Procedures

    1.1 : Rosters

    Each team is required to enter each round with a complete 17 player roster: 9 forwards, 6 defense, and 2 goalies.

    The deadline to having a complete 17 man roster for each round is 8 PM EST on the Sunday prior to game one.

    Anyone listed on your roster after 8 pm EST will be required to be scheduled according to the scheduling restrictions posted below.

    Waivers and temporary waivers are closed during the playoffs, therefore no send downs are allowed. The movement of waiver exempt players is limited to the weekend prior to each round(deadline is between round two and three)

    Players whom are on IR must be replaced by an ECU. The ECU limitations for the playoffs are listed below.

    1.2 : AHL Game Times

    AHL games times are going to be split between the Eastern and Western conference.

    Eastern Conference Times

    Sunday 9:30 PM(Game 1)
    Monday 10:30 PM (Game 2)
    Tuesday 9:30 & 10:30 PM(Game 3,Game 4)*
    Wednesday 9:30 & 10:30 PM(Game 5-6)*
    Thursday 10:30 PM(Game 7)*

    Western Conference Times

    Sunday 10:30 PM(Game 1)
    Monday 9:30 PM (Game 2)
    Tuesday 9:30 & 10:30 PM(Game 3,Game 4)*
    Wednesday 9:30 & 10:30 PM(Game 5-6)*
    Thursday 9:30 PM(Game 7)*

    * If needed

    1.3 : Lines Deadlines

    Away team must confirm their lines THREE HOURS prior to the scheduled game. If away team lines are not posted on time, it will result in a 1st degree violation.

    Home team MUST post their lines ONE HOUR prior to game time. Failure to do so will result in a 1st degree violation.

    If the away team's lines ARE NOT posted prior to the Home Team's deadline for posting their lines, the home team does not need to post their line up until after the game.

    If the home team does NOT have their lines posted 30 MINUTES PRIOR to the game start (or not at all), the away team is eligible to change their entire line up.

    *** Recommendation is to have your players post availability rather than the normal game selection used during the season***

    ** To ensure the higher seed team maintains home ice advantage the lines due for game six for the away team, the higher seeded team, has been changed to ensure their game five line up does not need to be posted before their game six line **

    Games That Start At 9:30
    -Home teams lines are due at 8:30
    -Away team lines are due at 6:30

    Games That Start at 10:30
    -Home teams lines are due at 9:30
    -Away team lines are due at 7:30

    1.4 : Scheduling Restrictions


    Scheduled - (A player confirmed to play a game. Green name on the lines for the game in question)

    Played - (Player physically played the game and will be listed in the game stats once the game is completed)

    AHL Substitution - (The action of replacing ONE AHL roster player with another. By doing this form of substitution, the player who was ORIGINAL SCHEDULED will need to be RESCHEDULED for a game based on the scheduling limitations. [One game in the first four, 2 games if the series goes six]

    ECU - (The action of using TC player to fill the position of a roster AHL player who was not able to attend a scheduled game. When an ECU is used, the ORIGINAL AHL PLAYER who was scheduled DOES NOT need to be rescheduled.


    ALL players listed on the 17 man roster MUST be scheduled for one game within the first four games and two games if the series goes to six games. Game seven anyone player can be used.

    A player whom does not show up and is replaced by an ECU, forfeits their eligibility to play a game outside of the limits listed above (One in four, two in six).

    Each team is ONLY allowed to make AHL substitution per game.

    All other substitutions have to be an ECU. The single substitution rule DOES NOT apply to game seven. A player whom is subbed out of a scheduled game and replaced by another roster player MUST BE SCHEDULED again within the limits above (one in four, two in six)

    Goalie scheduling limitations are the same as players. A Goalie is required to be scheduled/play one game in the first four, and must be scheduled/play a second game if the series goes to a game six. Game seven, any goalie can be used.

    Teams are only eligible to use a player ONCE per series as an ECU(for a maximum of twice during the playoffs)

    Skaters can only play a third game in game seven. Goalies can only play a fifth game come game seven.

    Understanding the Scheduling Limitations:

    If a player is replaced by an ECU, it DOES count as a game scheduled for the roster player who did not show up. Therefore your roster player is INELIGIBLE to play an additional game outside of the one in four, two in six rule listed above.

    EX: MCDONALD is scheduled for game 2 and he no shows. Therefore an ECU is used. MCDONALD has had his rights as a player achieved and cannot play again unless the Series goes to six games. The game played by the ECU player also means that player can NOT ECU again this series.

    If a player is replaced by an NHL Substitution, the game counts as a game SCHEDULED/PLAYED for the player who is the REPLACEMENT. Therefore the ORIGINAL PLAYER will need to be re-scheduled.

    EX : MCDONALD is scheduled for Game 2, and he no shows. He then is replaced by a roster player; Joe Blow. Therefore game two counts as a game played / scheduled for Joe Blow. MCDONALD will still need to be scheduled for his game before the series hits four games.

    1.5 : Illegal Substitution

    An illegal substitution occur when:

    Where a player or players cannot make their first game by Game 4 and they are replaced by a Roster player and not an ECU (Training Camp player). The reasoning being is that game four will not count as a game played for the original player, therefore breaking the scheduling restriction rules. The best practice is to ECU a player if they cannot make it to their scheduled game.

    An ineligible substitution will result in games being overturned due to the fact the game in question was affected by the player whom is ineligible.

    1.6 : Forfeits & Game Night Setup Procedures

    Regular Season disconnection procedures do apply. Each game is given a ten minute buff from the original scheduled game time (9:40, 10:40, 11:40) in order to have the game started.

    An additional ten minutes can be requested at ANYTIME during the ten minute buff for connection issues. If a team requires this additional ten minutes, it needs to be requested to the opposing team's MOC.

    Best Practice: Collect screenshots of your conversations with the opposing team prior to game time to ensure you have evidence of Extra Time etc.

    1.7 : Reschedules

    Reschedules are an option but only in two conditions:

    First condition being if there is a PSN issue. The League will then be rescheduling all games that night. In situations where two teams may not be effected by PSN issues and decide to play anyways the game result will count.

    Second condition is if both teams agree to reschedule a game due to lag issues, input issues, etc.

    Section Two : Additional Playoff Violation Rules

    Playoff Rules In Regards to Article Four : The Rule Book

    2.1: Punishment Violations

    Complaints will NOT be filed by League staff unless otherwise directed to do so by the Commissioner.

    All complaints will be reviewed and ruled on, on a nightly basis during playoffs.

    Violation punishments that are issued the same as the season and are rated as a "degree" rather than a "strike."

    First and Second degree violations are considered "team punishments". Therefore these punishments will be assigned to a game in which they need to be served, not a player.

    EX: MIN has late lines for Game three. After reviewing the complaint, MIN will need to take a minor penalty to start game four.

    Three degree violations issued to specific members involved in the violation.

    2.2 : First Degree Violations

    The team receiving the violation MUST take a penalty off the opening face-off.

    The League recommends taking a delay of game penalty, since that is the most effective way to take a two minute minor penalty.

    Examples of First Degree Violations:

    -Late lines*
    -Late stats*
    -No pictures*
    -No Stats*
    -Late pictures*

    *Each violation listed above will only be deemed acceptable as a first degree violation, once per season. Any additional violations listed above (per series) will result in a second degree violation.*

    2.3: Second Degree Violations

    The team receiving the violation MUST take TWO BACK to BACK penalties off the opening face-off. Resulting in a 5-3 Power Play for the other team.

    The League recommends taking a delay of game penalty, since that is the most effective way to take a two minute minor penalty.

    Examples of Second Degree Violations:

    -Playing an ineligible player (This also results in the game in question being over turned if it was won by the team guilty of a 2nd Degree violation.)
    -Late Lines (third time in a series)
    -Late or missing stats (third time in a series)
    -Late or missing photos (third time in a series)

    2.4: Third Degree Violations

    A player or manager receiving a third degree violation will lose his game eligibility. Since a player can be scheduled for a MAX three games a series (Two in the first six and 3rd only if the series goes to 7 games), depending on how many games a player has played will determine what game they are not eligible for.

    In order to serve a game suspension, the team MUST schedule the player receiving the three degree violation and ECU him.

    These suspensions carry series to series and season to season.

    Examples of third degree violations:

    -Playing an ineligible player two or more times in a series. (This also results in the game being overturned)
    -Late lines more than three time in a series.
    -Late or missing stats more than three time in a series.
    -Late or missing photos more than three time in a series.
    -Failure to serve a first or second degree violation punishment.

    ** The League reserves the right to issue more of a suspension in situations not outlined in the violations. The punishments will be reflective on past practices of this season. This is in reference to but not limited to, second tag issues. **

    Any in game violations will be the same punishment as during the season
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