LGCHL Playoff Rules, Structure and Schedule

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    Preamble

    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 CHL 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.

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

    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 away and placed on IR, the player called up in the temporary role SHALL be scheduled withing the playoff scheduling restrictions.

    1.2 : CHL Game Times

    Sunday 8:30 PM(Game 1) and 9:30 PM (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

    Definitions

    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. THE ECU is used in replacement of the player who was scheduled, and that player can NOT BE RESCHEDULED AGAIN.)

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

    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 in four, two in six)

    Each team is ONLY allowed to make ONE CHL 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. 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. Skaters(C-RW-LW-LD-RD) whom play as a G, are STILL restricted to the skater scheduling restrictions.

    Teams are only eligible to use the SAME ECU TWICE per series, for a maximum of SIX TIMES for the entire duration of the four round playoff.

    A goalie can only play their fifth game of a series come game seven. Goalies whom play ONE game as a skater during a series, MUST then only be scheduled according to the skater restrictions.

    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.

    1.5 : 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.

    An additional ten minutes can be requested at anytime during the five minute buff for connection issues.

    If a team requires this additional ten minutes, it needs to be requested to the opposing team's MOC.


    1.7 : Reschedules


    Reschedules are an option but only in where there is massive Sony issues, or EA server 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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    Playoff Structure

    WHL
    • 8 eastern teams make the playoffs
    • 8 western teams make the playoffs
    • Match ups are based off the standings page(similar to the NHL structure)
    • Winner of the WHL playoffs earns a birth to the Memorial Cup Final week
    OHL
    • 8 eastern teams make the playoffs
    • 8 western teams make the playofs
    • traditional 1v8, 2v7 format is used. Finals are a cross over where the winner of the east plays the winner of the west.
    • Winner of the OHL playoffs earns a birth in the Memorial Cup Final week.
    QMJHL
    • Top 16 teams make the playoffs
    • Format is 1v16, 2v15, 3v14 etc
    • Winner of the QMJHL playoffs earns a birth in the Memorial Cup Finals
    Schedule

    Round One - April 15th - April 18th
    Round Two - April 22nd - April April 25th
    Round Three - April 29th - May 2nd
    Round Four - May 6th - May 9th
    Memorial Cup Week - May 13th - May 16th

    Series for the playoffs are;

    Sun(G1-G2)
    Mon(G3-G4)
    Tues(G5-G6)*
    Wed(G7)*

    *if needed*

     
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    Memorial Cup Format and Schedule

    We are changing the format for the Memorial Cup this season. The winners of the QMJHL, OHL and WHL will face off in the final week of play this season to crown the winner of the Memorial Cup.

    Here is the new format:

    How Does The Memorial Cup Finals Work?
    • The three final teams will be seeded according to their seasonal finish.
    • The #2 seed will face-off against the #3 seed in a best of five that will take place Sunday(G1-G2) and Monday(G3-G4-G5).
    • The #1 seed will get a buy to the finals.
    • The winner of the #2 vs #3 will play the #1 seed in a best of five.
    • Games will be Tuesday(G1-G2) Wednesday (G3-G4-G5)
    • All scheduling will be based off the current playoff rules, but adjusted to the five game series. This means every player on the active roster MUST player once in the first three games, and cannot exceed two games for the duration of the series. Goalies are a 3-2 split.
    *All regular playoff rules are in affect*
     
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    Understanding the Playoff Rules - Common Mistakes from Past Seasons

    This post is to educate the CHL community on our playoff rules and regulations.

    #1 Scheduling

    The NUMBER ONE issue we see each playoff that causes the most issue is in regards to the scheduling restrictions. Let me break it down:

    • EVERY PLAYER LISTED ON THE 17 MAN ACTIVE ROSTER SHALL BE SCHEDULED ONCE IN THE FIRST FOUR GAMES OF THE SERIES AND TWICE IF THE SERIES GOES TO A GAME SIX. This applies even IF THE PLAYER IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PLAY IN THE GAME IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS SCHEDULED FOR. As an example, lets say I am not available to play Sunday or Monday which is ALWAYS when games 1-4 are scheduled for. My team is required me to schedule me AT LEAST ONCE during those four games. Then AFTER the deadline for when lines are due PASSES, my team then can sub me out of the game, and put the ECU who is playing for me into the schedule. This can ALSO be done after the game is completed. BUT CANNOT BE DONE PRIOR TO THE LINES DEADLINE! This would apply for game 5 and 6 as well.
    • There is NO SEND DOWNS BETWEEN ROUNDS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A COMPLETE 17 MAN ROSTER BY SUNDAY.
    • In the situation where a player is issued a league ban, the team will be given the ability to make a call up from the TC to fill in the open roster spot.
    • A player on IR can be replaced by a temporary call up.
    • ONCE YOUR LINES ARE CONFIRMED AND THE DEADLINE FOR POSTING YOUR LINES HAS PAST(1 HOUR BEFORE GAME TIME FOR HOME, 3 HOURS FOR AWAY) THAT LINE UP IS LOCKED IN! The teams are eligible to make ONE ROSTER substitution, meaning a roster player can be switched out for another roster player. All other changes are to be replaced by an ECU player from your TC. The roster player subbing in will have the game played count towards his or her's scheduling restrictions. As an example, game one the Portland Winterhawks schedule @SICKTRICK25. At 8:30, Rick has a family issue and cannot make the game. Therefore he can be replaced an ECU from the TC(which results in him being eligible to ONLY participate within ONE more game prior to or in game six OR Portland can substitue Rick with @lucky54449 resulting in game one counting as a game for Lucky and not for Rick; meaning Lucky only has eligibility to play once more within the first six games, and Rick would be eligible for two games between game two and game six.
    #2 Respect Deadlines
    • Away team lines are due three hours prior to the official game time
    • Home team lines are due one hour prior to the official game time
    • Official game times are 8:30, 9:30. Buffer is 8:35, 9:35. Extra time is ONLY for connection issues, and is an additional ten minutes. Playoffs are competitive so SHOW UP ON TIME! Forfeit rules still apply.
    #3 Use the Correct Players!
    • This connects to the #1 post above, but I cannot stress it enough how important it is for you all to play the correct players...
     
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    "How To" Scheduling An ECU Player During the Playoffs and Season

    THIS IS THE #1 CAUSE OF FORFEITS DURING THE PLAYOFFS!

    Public Log Information


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    • Once games stats are inputted, the blue "Public Log" button will appear
    • This log will show you any and every line adjustment made for the game you've selected
    Public Log Example

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    • This is the public log from the EDM vs NAS round one game on Dec 18th at 10 pm EST
    • This log shows roster player Knight x 26 scheduled to play for EDM PRIOR to the lines deadline of 9 pm EST
    • This log also shows that the player in question (Knight x 26) did not show up, and LG McDonald was the ECU player put in to play. This adjust was made AFTER the game and AFTER the lines deadline. This is the perfect example of how to schedule an ECU player during the playoffs!
    *This adjustment was made by me, to properly give an example to the entire league on scheduling during the playoffs. This example shows without question with active roster player EDM scheduled, and which ECU replaced the player. This game will count as one in the first four for Knight x 26, and as an ECU game for LG McDonald.*

    How to Adjust Your Lines After a Game Has Been Completed (Site)

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    • From the dressing room, with management access, you will have to select the red "Sign Up" button. From there you will be able to adjust your lines after the game has completed.
    • As a manager, I do recommend if possible putting in your ECU's prior to the game starting(BUT after the lines deadline) If that is not possible, be sure to make the proper adjustment after the game is completed in your locker room.
    • Once the game has finished I do not believe you can make the adjustment from the Mobile app.
    Reasoning
    • Scheduling restrictions are placed on the playoffs to simulate home ice but also to ensure that all 17 active players are used. This is monitored and more strict that the seasons substitution and scheduling process!
    • In the playoffs it is extremely important to ensure that your ECU is scheduled AFTER your lines deadline! This is the ONLY way your opponent can verify you followed the playoff scheduling requirements!
    • Failure to follow these procedures CAN RESULT IN A WIN BEING OVERTURNED TO A FORFEIT LOSS!
     
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