We’ve settled on the following format and rules for NHL 18: POINTS SYSTEM 3 seasons leading to a grand finale tournament which will be based on prior performance in the 3 seasons. We will be using the European Style points system again this year: Regulation win: 3 pts OTW: 2 pts OTL: 1 pt Regulation L: 0 pt FORFEITS In order to hold teams accountable for forfeiting we will be requesting an additional $50 deposit from each team. You will be refunded in full if your team does not forfeit any games during that season. If your team forfeits 1 game: $10 will be added to the prize pot. If your team forfeits 2 games: Another $15 ($25 total) will be added to the prize pot. If your team forfeits 3 games: Another $25 ($50 total) will be added to the prize pot. Teams that forfeit too much throughout the season will be considered for demotion regardless of finishing spot or removal from the league. Teams must make an effort to have 6 players no later than 10 minutes after the designated time slot. Please inform team owners if your team will need these 10 minutes. In an effort to minimize forfeits, please contact a league admin, opposing team owner if you know you will not have 6 players days in advance. A solution will be worked out. LAG-OUT PROCEDURE ESHL must be played 6v6 at all times. If a lagout happens, wait until the next whistle and pause the game. All players must backout and stats must be taken from this game (via screenshot or EA site). The challenge will be resent once both teams have 6 players in the DR again. If the player who lagged out cannot make it back and a team cannot find a replacement on their roster, the game will result in a FF for the team without 6 players. Once you are back in the game, you must run down the clock to the time at which the last whistle occurred in the previous game. At that time the player who lagged out or the replacement will flip the puck over the glass and take a 2 minute minor. The game will precede from that point. GAME LOOP PROCEDURE NHL 18 is known to have a looping issue where it will sometimes discount a goal scored, reset the clock and pull the play back to a faceoff. This is out of our control. When this occurs please follow this procedure: Note the remaining time on the clock before the loop. Note the score. All goals scored before the loop are official, no matter if the game magically takes one away at some point. If the game can't recover from the loop, TAKE STATS and back out of the game. Who knows if the EA site will recognize a looped game, so take appropriate screenshots. Follow the same procedure as the lagout, minus the penalty once you get back in game. If the game seems to recover from the loop, run down the clock to the time of the loop and flip the puck over the glass NOT FOR A PENALTY, but to get a faceoff that remains 5 on 5. Remember to take screenshots of the stats after just in case the game does not record the looped game on the site. FIGHTING ESHL must be played 6v6 at all times and therefore there is no fighting as the AI must not be on the ice at all. If a fight occurs the team who accepted the fight will be charged with a 2 minute penalty upon the restart. Follow the lag-out procedure to restart the game. A goalie cannot fight a player or another goalie and the same punishment applies as above. STREAMING The HOME TEAM is required to ensure EACH GAME IS STREAMED! If the home team CANNOT stream, but the away team can, that will be deemed acceptable. Please contact a league admin if this is not possible, however it is possible to stream directly from your console and should not be an issue. The reason this rule is in place is so that we can have at least 1 stream to work with in order to promote games. If there is an issue within a game that requires review this will also be used as proof. Please archive your streams. BANNED PLAYER POLICY Players banned in LGHL are eligible to play in ESHL, however they will be required to pay a fee to do so. $35 buyout will cover your full league ban from LGHL and ESHL. $25 buyout will buy out your strike meaning you can play ESHL, but not LGHL. Site banned players are not eligible for participation. Any player site banned mid season will be eligible for the rest of that season, however the following season or event they must be replaced. This policy will come into affect start with S28 of the Xbox LGHL and S6 of the PSN LGHL. Any players ban in those seasons and moving forward this policy applies to them. SCHEDULE ROSTER Rosters will consist of 8 players. You are allowed a 9th roster spot reserved for a 2ND goalie (they are locked into playing G). Your main goalie must also play the majority of their games at G. Teams will be allowed 2 roster replacements between each season. A team may use 1 of their replacements mid season, but are then only limited to 1 after the season. If a replacement is used mid season, the player must not be competing in the same division as the team using the replacement. That means an Invite team can take a player from Open, Main, or one who is not participating in the event, but not from the Invite division. Teams wanting to drop a player during the season must receive consent from that player unless they are proving to be cancerous and refusing to show up. Once a player consents to being dropped, they are to understand that the team is not liable to pay them anything if they win any money. This does not apply between seasons as teams are free to add whoever they like. Between seasons there are no restrictions on who can be used as a roster replacement. They can come from any team or any division. The only limitation is that once a player leaves 1 team, they are not allowed to re-join that team at any point during the year. Rosters will be LOCKED at the conclusion of the regular season of season 3 in order to prevent teams from stacking up for the grand finale. If a team disbands and reforms with more than 2 roster replacements from the prior season, they will be relegated back to the lowest division. If your team does not have a full 8 player roster listed on the sign up page, they can add players until they have a full 8 without using a roster replacement. These players still cannot come from another team. STATS Stats must be completed at the end of each game/series the same way they would for LG NHL. Please make sure as an owner you know how to do stats and if you aren't able to be around to do them, someone else knows how to on your team.