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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 NHL Game Times
    ----: 1.3 Line's Deadlines
    ----: 1.4 Scheduling Definitions
    ----: 1.4.1 Scheduling Restrictions
    ----: 1.4.2 Scheduling Clarifications and Examples
    ----: 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

    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.
    • 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.
    • Waivers and temporary waivers are closed during the playoffs.
    • Transfer wire is closed during the playoffs EXCEPT for call ups from your affiliate roster to fill a vacant roster spot.
    • Players whom are on IR may be replaced by an ECU or a temporary call up from the affiliate roster. A player who needs to be on IR can be placed on IR by filing an Action Center Request. All temporary call ups are to be handled by the BOG, via request from the managers in a PM.
    • Temporary call ups and ECUs in the playoffs are to replace a player who "no shows" or is unavailable for play during the playoff round. Teams are not eligible to "bench" a player during the playoffs in favor of using an ECU player or temporary call in place of the roster player.
    1.2 : NHL Game Times

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

    Eastern Conference Times

    Sunday 9:30 PM - Game One
    Sunday 10:30 PM - Game Two
    Monday 9:30 PM - Game Three
    Monday 10:30 PM - Game Four
    Tuesday 9:30 PM - Game Five*
    Tuesday 10:30 PM - Game Six*
    Wednesday 10:30 PM - Game Seven*

    Western Conference Times

    Sunday 9:30 PM - Game One
    Sunday 10:30 PM - Game Two
    Monday 9:30 PM - Game Three
    Monday 10:30 PM - Game Four
    Tuesday 9:30 PM - Game Five*
    Tuesday 10:30 PM - Game Six*
    Wednesday 9:30 PM - Game Seven*


    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

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

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

    Games That Start At 11
    -Home teams lines are due at 10
    -Away team lines are due at 8


    ** Game Five 9:30 PM Lines **

    -Home team lines are due at 9:30 PM
    -Away team lines are due at 9 PM

    ** Game Six 10:30 PM Lines **
    -Home Team lines are due at 10:30 PM
    -Away team lines are due at 9:30 PM

    1.4 : Scheduling Definitions

    • 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
    • NHL Substitution - The action of replacing ONE NHL 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 an affiliate player to fill the position of a roster NHL player who was not able to attend a scheduled game. When an ECU is used, the ORIGINAL NHL PLAYER who was scheduled DOES NOT need to be rescheduled.
    • Temporary Call Up - A player from the affiliate roster is called up on a temporary term (1 round) to fill in for a player who is current on IR.

    1.4.1: Scheduling Restrictions

    • 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. 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 a game outside of the limits listed above (One in four, two in six).
    • When a player is being ECU'd the ECU player CANNOT be confirmed to play UNTIL AFTER the lines deadline has passed! This is to ensure that your opponent knows who on your roster was original scheduled and to ensure you are following the scheduling criteria.
    • Each team is ONLY allowed to make 1 NHL substitution per game.
    • All other substitutions have to be an ECU. The single substitution rule DOES NOT apply to game seven, therefore allowing a team to make as many roster subs as required to ice the best possible game seven lineup. 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 for the duration of the entire playoffs. The "playoffs" is considered all four rounds.
    • Teams are ONLY eligible to use a player ONCE during the entire duration of the playoffs as an Temporary Call Up.
    • Skaters can only play a third game in game seven. Goalies can only play a fifth game come game seven.
    • All other ECU and scheduling restrictions from Article II and Article III that are NOT outlined in this post are in affect for the playoffs as well.
    Ineligible Player scheduled at lines deadline during the Playoffs
    • No player listed (missing/open) at the lines deadine = 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
    1.4.2: Additional Scheduling Clarification and Examples

    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.


    All active roster players must be scheduled for one game in the first four, and a second game if the series goes to game six. A third game for all skaters can be scheduled ONLY for game seven. When scheduling an ECU player, THE ORIGINAL SKATER MUST BE SCHEDULED UNTIL THE LINES DEADLINE PASSES. Once the lines deadline passes, teams are then eligible to schedule and ECU player in replacement of their active roster player whom is unable to play. This is to ensure that both teams are aware of whom each other is scheduling and whom is being replaced by an ECU.

    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 for extra time, and forfeits.

    1.7 : Reschedules

    Only time a reschedule is offered is when there is a server issue with EA or Sony.

    Section Two : Additional Playoff Violation Rules

    2.1: Punishment Violations

    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 series. 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 (second time in a series)
    -Late or missing stats (second time in a series)
    -Late or missing photos (second 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 three or more time in a series.
    -Late or missing stats three or more time in a series.
    -Late or missing photos three or more 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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    3.4.5 : Emergency Call Up Restrictions

    TEAMS DO NOT NEED TO CALL A PLAYER UP TO THEIR ACTIVE ROSTER TO USE SAID PLAYER AS AN ECU! SIMPLY FOLLOW THE SCHEDULING PROCEDURES IN THE MANAGEMENT OFFICE IN REGARDS TO USING AN ECU PLAYER!

    When a player is traded, his or her ECU limits reset allowing the player to the eligibility to play the full 8 games a season as an ECU for his or her's new team, and affiliate.

    NHL Restrictions:
    • NHL players CANNOT ECU for the AHL
    • Random Veterans CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs
    • Random Amateurs CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs
    • Prospects CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs
    • Veterans, Amateurs, RA Veterans, and RA Amateurs are eligible to ECU for the NHL for a MAXIMUM of 3 times a week for a MAXIMUM of 8 times per season.
    • Prospect players are eligible to ECU to the NHL for the maximum of three times a week for a MAXIMUM of six times per season.
    *NHL teams are eligible to apply for an ECU rule exemption late in the season if the team is facing forfeit issues*

    AHL Restrictions:
    • AHL players CANNOT ECU for the CHL
    • Random Veterans CANNOT ECU to the AHL during the playoffs
    • Prospects CANNOT ECU to the AHL during the playoffs
    • Veterans, Amateurs, RA Veterans, and RA Amateurs are eligible to ECU for the NHL for a MAXIMUM of 3 times a week for a MAXIMUM of 8 times per season.
    • Prospect players are eligible to ECU to the AHL for the maximum of three times a week for a MAXIMUM of six times per season.

    *NHL teams are eligible to apply for an ECU rule exemptionlate in the season if the team is facing forfeit issues*
    As per Article III
     
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