LGCHL Playoff Rules - Match Up Format Break Down - Memorial Cup Week

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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.

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    Section One : Playoff Scheduling Rules

    ----: 1.1 Rosters
    ----: 1.2 CHL Game Times
    ----: 1.3 Line's Deadlines
    ----: 1.4 Scheduling Restrictions
    ----: 1.4.1 Scheduling Restrictions
    ----: 1.4.2 Scheduling Clarifications and Examples
    ----: 1.4.3 Understanding Temporary Call Ups
    ----: 1.4.4 ECU Restrictions for the Playoffs
    ----: 1.4.5 Ineligible Player Scheduled - Ineligible Player Played
    ----: 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.
    • The deadline to having a complete 17 man roster for each round is 8 PM EST on the Sunday prior to game one of the series that is about to begin. If a team has a player removed MID SERIES, that team IS REQUIRED to call up a player within a 12 hour window from the time the removal is processed.
    • Anyone listed on your roster after 8 pm EST will be required to be scheduled according to the scheduling restrictions posted below.
    • If a player is removed mid-week, the replacement player can ONLY be scheduled based on the games remaining, and not played by the player removed.
      • EX: If Player "A" plays game one, and quits the league, the replacement player can ONLY now play one more game prior to game seven.
    • If a player is away and placed on IR, that PLAYER MUST BE SCHEDULED FOR HIS OR HER GAME THEN REPLACED BY AN ECU FOR THAT GAME! THE ECU PLAYER DOES NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE SCHEDULED IN YOUR LINE UP. THE API WILL AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE YOUR LINE AFTER THE GAME IS COMPLETED.
    1.2 : CHL Game Times
    • Sunday 8:30 & 9:30 PM (Game 1,Game 2)
    • Monday 8:30 & 9:30 PM(Game 3,Game 4)
    • Tuesday 8:30 & 9:30 PM(Game 5-6)*
    • Wednesday 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 line 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 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.
    Deadlines for lines to be posted
    • 8:30 Start Time
      • Home Team (7:30 Lines are due)
      • Away Team (5:30 Lines are due)
    • 9:30 Start Time
      • Home Team (8:30 lines are due)
      • Away Team (6:30 lines are due)
    • Game Five Lines * 8:30 Game *
      • Home Team due at 7:30
      • Away Team due 5:30
    • Game Six Lines * 9:30 Game *
      • Home Team due at 9
      • Away Team due at 8

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

    1.4 : Scheduling Restrictions
    • Scheduled
      • (confirmed to play a game. Green name on the lines for the game in question)
    • Played
      • (physically played the game, and will be listed in the game stats once the game is completed)
    • CHL Substitution
      • (the action of replacing one CHL 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, second game if the series goes six)
    • ECU
      • (the action of using an TC player to filling the position of a roster CHL player who was not able to attend a scheduled game. When an ECU is used, the ORIGINAL CHL PLAYER whom was SCHEDULED DOES NOT NEED TO BE RESCHEDULED AND CANNOT PLAY AN ADDITIONAL GAME OUTSIDE OF THE SCHEDULING LIMITATIONS. THE GAME COUNTS AS A GAME FOR THE ECU PLAYER, THEREBY COUNTING TOWARDS THE ECU LIMITS AS WELL AS A GAME SCHEDULED/PLAYER FOR THE PLAYER WHOM WAS REPLACED BY THE ECU
    • ALL players listed on the 17 man roster, MUST be scheduled and or play or be replaced by an ECU, for one game in the first four games, and two games if the series goes to game six.
    • Game seven anyone can be used.
    • EVEN IF THE PLAYER CANNOT MAKE A GAME THEY ARE STILL REQUIRED TO BE SCHEDULED!
    • A player whom does not show up and is replaced by an ECU, forfeits their eligibility to play/be scheduled for another game outside of the limits listed above - *one game in the first four, and a second game by game six*
    • Each team is ONLY allowed to make ONE CHL substitution per game. *See details above as to what is considered a CHL Substitution* All other substitutions AFTER A CHL SUBSTITUTION IS USED have to be an ECU PLAYER FROM YOUR TRAINING CAMP.
    • A player who is subbed out of a scheduled game and replaced by another roster player MUST BE SCHEDULED again within the limits above - *one game in the first four, and a second game by game six*
    • The single substitution rule DOES NOT apply to game seven.
    • 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. A goalie whom plays as a skater, becomes bound to the scheduling limitations of a player.
    • A skater can only play their third game of a series in game seven.
      • A manager who is listed as a skater (C-RW-LW-LD-RD) who plays as a G, are STILL restricted to the skater scheduling restrictions.
      • A manager who is listed as a G, IF they play as a utility player outside of the position of Goalie, are NOW restricted to the SKATER limitations listed above.
        • * THEREFORE COMMON SENSE WOULD STATE THAT ONCE A MANAGER WHO IS LISTED AS A GOALIE PLACES TWO GAMES IN THE SERIES AS A GOALIE, THAT MANAGER WOULD BE UNABLE TO THEN BE USED AS A UTILITY PLAYER. *
    • Teams are only eligible to use the SAME ECU TWICE per series FOR A MAXIMUM OF FIVE TIMES FOR THE DURATION OF THE FOUR ROUND PLAYOFF.
    • A goalie can only play their fifth game of a series 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.(As well as of of two eligible games per series for the ECU player) 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, he no shows, and is ECU'd. Therefore McDonald is ONLY eligible to play / be scheduled for one more game if the series goes six games. The game played by the ECU player, also means that player can ONLY ECU one more time for the duration of the series.

    If a player is replaced by an CHL 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.

    1.4.3 : Understanding Temporary Call Ups

    Temporary call ups ARE NO LONGER AN OPTION TO REPLACE A PLAYER ON IR! ALL PLAYERS ON IR ARE REQUIRED TO BE SCHEDULED FOR ONE GAME IN THE FIRST FOUR AND FOR A SECOND GAME IF THE SERIES GOES TO A GAME SIX.

    ECU PLAYERS DO NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE SCHEDULED ON THE SITE LINES SYSTEM. ONCE THE GAME IS COMPLETED THE API WILL CORRECT THE LINEUP THEREBY IDENTIFYING WHO THE ECU PLAYER REPLACED.


    1.4.4 : ECU Restrictions For The Playoffs

    ECU limits for the CHL are as follows:

    • Only players listed on your Training Camp can be used as an ECU
    • Training Camp players who are listed as called up to the NHL and or AHL are ineligible to be used as an ECU in the CHL.
    • Training Camp players are eligible to ECU for a MAXIMUM of TWICE in a series for a MAXIMUM of five times for the duration of the FOUR ROUND playoff.
    • Players who give correct eligibility are not able to be ECU’d aka “benched” in favor of a training camp player. ECUs are ONLY for when players do not show up for their normal schedules game or players who are currently listed on IR.
    • The Memorial Cup week is broken down into a best of five series and then a best of seven series to crown a Champion.
      • Teams are eligible to use a training camp player ONCE during the best of five series.
      • Teams are eligible to use a training camp player TWICE during the best of seven series.
      • * These above rules ONLY apply to the Memorial Cup Week *

    1.4.5 Ineligible Player Scheduled - Ineligible Player Played


    There are a few situations that occurred during past playoff events that have lead to games being overturned and or suspensions being issued. Please review these situations and avoid them at ALL COST!

    • No player listed (missing/open) at the lines deadline = late lines = 1st degree violation
    • Ineligible player listed (i.e. ECU from TC roster) at the lines deadline = ineligible player = 2nd degree violation*
    • Ineligible player listed at the lines deadline, later replaced/corrected to an eligible roster player after the lines deadline = lines violation = 1st degree violation
    *IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE VIOLATED #2 LISTED ABOVE YOU RUN THE RISK OF HAVING A GAME OVERTURNED. WHEN SCHEDULE AN ECU IN YOUR LINE UP BEFORE THE LINES DEADLINE YOU ARE VIOLATING THE SCHEDULING RESTRICTIONS THAT STATE EVERY ROSTER PLAYER NEEDS TO BE SCHEDULED - PLAY ONE GAME IN THE FIRST FOUR GAMES AND TWO GAMES IN THE SERIES GOES TO A GAME SIX. EVEN IF YOU KNOW YOUR PLAYER CANNOT MAKE THE GAME AND OR THE PLAYER IS ON IR, YOU HAVE TO SCHEDULE YOUR ROSTER PLAYER FOR THE GAME. ONCE THE LINE'S DEADLINE HAS PAST YOU WILL THEN BE ELIGIBLE TO SUB YOUR ROSTER PLAYER OUT AND SUB IN YOUR ECU. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE STATS SYSTEM(API) WILL AUTOMATIC UPDATE YOUR LINE UP IF YOU USE AN ECU. THIS MEANS THERE IS NEVER A SITUATION WHERE YOU NEED TO SCHEDULE AN ECU PLAYER!*

    The ONLY exception to #2 listed above is in regards to scheduling a temporary call up. If you have a player on IR, and you are using a temporary call up, you SHALL schedule - play the temporary call up player the same way you would if the temporary call up player was on your active roster.


    1.5 : Illegal Substitution

    Since the rules state that everyone NEEDS to be scheduled for one game in the first four games and two if it goes six, in the situation where a player(s) first game in the first four is in fact GAME FOUR, he CAN NOT be replaced by an CHL Substitution!! The reasoning being is game four will not count as a game played by the original player, therefore breaking the scheduling restriction rules. The best practice is if a player can not attend a game, use an ECU.

    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.

    1.7 : Reschedules

    Reschedules are an option but only in where there is an Xbox issue, EA issues, or PSN issues.

    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 the 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 the 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 addition 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.

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

    This will result in their opponent starting of the game with a 5-3 power play.

    Examples of Second Degree Violations
    -Playing an ineligible player(this also results in the game in question being over turned.)
    -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 then game 7), 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 then ECU that player for it to count as a game served.

    These suspensions carry series to series and season to season.

    Examples of third degree violations
    -playing with an ineligible roster (twice or more in a series, this also results in an ineligible player violation)
    -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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    OHL Playoff Format
    • In the first round of the playoffs, the first-place finisher plays the eighth-place finisher, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference.
    • Teams are re-seeded within their conference after each round and the division winners are always ranked 1-2 within the conference as long as they progress.
    • The champions from each conference play in the OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup.
    QMJHL Playoff Format
    • In the first round of the playoffs, the first-place finisher plays the eighth-place finisher, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference.
    • Round 2 will be highest seeded team remaining vs lowest seeded team remaining, and the two other teams will match up.
    • Rounds 1 and 2 stay within the conference.
    • Round 3, the final four teams are reseeded based on overall seasonal standings, then matched up 1v4 and 2v3.
    • Finals are the two winning teams from round three who will compete for the President's Cup.
    WHL Playoff Format
    • In the First Round, the Division winner with the best record in each Conference will be matched against the wild card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other Division winner. The second and third-place teams within each Division will also meet in the First Round.
    • First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round with the four winning Clubs advancing to the Conference Championships. Home ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the Club that placed higher in regular season standings. Should a wild card team win the first round in the other Division, they will remain the lower seed in the second round, regardless if they have more regular season points than their opponent.
    • The two Clubs winning second round series in each Conference will advance to the third round (WHL Conference Championships), where they will be ranked in order of regular season points.
    • The Eastern and Western Conference Champions will advance to the best-of-seven WHL Championship Series, with the Club having the most regular season points receiving home ice advantage and compete for the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
    ECHL Playoff Format
    • In the first round of the playoffs, the first-place finisher plays the eighth-place finisher, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference.
    • Teams are re-seeded within their conference after each round and the division winners are always ranked 1-2 within the conference as long as they progress.
    • The champions from each conference play in the ECHL Championship for the Patrick J Kelly Cup.
     
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    Memorial Cup Week

    The Memorial Cup week is being broken down into two series, a best of five which then will lead to a best of seven to crown a champion.

    Seeding for the Memorial Cup will be based on seasonal point totals. If there is a tie, seasonal tie breakers will be used.

    Best of Five

    • Game 1 - Sunday May 12th - 8:30 PM est
      • Lines due (H) 8 PM (A) 7:30 PM
    • Game 2 - Sunday May 12th - 9:30 PM est
      • Lines due (H) 9 PM (A) 8:30 PM
    • Game 3 - Sunday May 12th - 10:30 PM est
      • Lines due (H) 10 PM (A) 9:30 PM
    • Game 4 - Monday May 13th - 8:30 PM est
      • Lines due (H) 8 PM (A) 7:30 PM
    • Game 5 - Monday May 13th - 9:30 PM est
      • Lines due (H) 9 PM (A) 8:30 PM
    Best of Seven
    • Game 1 - Tuesday May 14th - 8:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 8 PM (A) 7:30 PM
    • Game 2 - Tuesday May 14th - 9:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 9 PM (A) 8:30 PM
    • Game 3 - Wednesday May 15th - 8:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 8 PM (A) 7:30 PM
    • Game 4 - Wednesday May 15th - 9:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 9 PM (A) 8:30 PM
    • Game 5 - Thursday May 16th - 8:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 8 PM (A) 7:30 PM
    • Game 6 - Thursday May 16th - 9:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 9 PM (A) 8:30 PM
    • Game 7 - Thursday May 16th - 10:30 pm est
      • Lines due (H) 10 PM (A) 9:30 PM
     
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