LGAHL Playoff Rules

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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 AHL Game Times
    ----: 1.3 Line's Deadlines
    ----: 1.4 Scheduling Definitions
    ----: 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
    ----: 1.8 Ineligible Player

    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.
      • Failure to do so results in the team starting EACH GAME THAT THEY ARE BELOW 17 SKATERS SHORTHANDED(5-4). A minor penalty shall be taken to start the first period.
    • The deadline for having a complete 17 man roster for each round is 8 PM EST on the Sunday before game one of the series that is about to begin.
    • 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 before 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.
    • 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: AHL Game Times

    Round One

    • Game 1 - Sunday, August 11 - 9:30
    • Game 2 - Sunday, August 11 - 10:30
    • Game 3 - Monday, August 12 - 9:30 pm EST
    • Game 4 - Monday, August 12 - 10:30 pm EST
    • Game 5 - Tuesday, August 13 - 9:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 9:30
      • Away lines are due at 9:00
    • Game 6 - Tuesday August 13 - 10:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 10:30
      • Away lines are due at 9:30
    • Game 7 - Wednesday, August 14 - 9:30 pm EST
    Round Two
    • Game 1 - Sunday, August 18 - 9:30
    • Game 2 - Sunday, August 18 - 10:30
    • Game 3 - Monday, August 19 - 9:30 pm EST
    • Game 4 - Monday, August 19 - 10:30 pm EST
    • Game 5 - Tuesday, August 20 - 9:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 9:00
      • Away lines are due at 8:30
    • Game 6 - Tuesday August 20 - 10:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 10
      • Away lines are due at 9:30
    • Game 7 - Wednesday, August 21 - 9:30 pm EST
    Round Three
    • Game 1 - Sunday, August 25 - 9:30
    • Game 2 - Sunday, August 25 - 10:30
    • Game 3 - Monday, August 26 - 9:30 pm EST
    • Game 4 - Monday, August 26 - 10:30 pm EST
    • Game 5 - Tuesday, August 27 - 9:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 9:00
      • Away lines are due at 8:30
    • Game 6 - Tuesday August 27 - 10:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 10
      • Away lines are due at 9:30
    • Game 7 - Wednesday, August 28 - 9:30 pm EST
    Finals
    • Game 1 - Sunday, September 1 - 9:30
    • Game 2 - Sunday, September 1 - 10:30
    • Game 3 - Monday, September 2 - 9:30 pm EST
    • Game 4 - Monday, September 2 - 10:30 pm EST
    • Game 5 - Tuesday, September 3 - 9:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 9:00
      • Away lines are due at 8:30
    • Game 6 - Tuesday September 3 - 10:30 pm EST
      • Home lines are due at 10
      • Away lines are due at 9:30
    • Game 7 - Wednesday, September 4 - 9:30 pm EST

    1.3: Lines Deadlines

    • Away team MUST confirm their lines three hours before the scheduled game. If away team lines are not posted on time, it will result in a 1st-degree violation.
    • A home team MUST post their line one hour before game time. Failure to do so will result in a 1st-degree violation.
    • If the away team's lines ARE NOT posted before 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 before the game start(or not at all), the away team is eligible to change their entire line up.
    Deadlines for lines to be posted
    • 9:30 Start Time
      • Home Team (8:30 Lines are due)
      • Away Team (6:30 Lines are due)
    • 10:30 Start Time
      • Home Team (lines are due 9:30)
      • Away Team (lines are due 7:30)

    ** To ensure the higher seed team maintains the 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. This will be outlined in the above 1.2 section for these games **

    1.4: Scheduling Definitions

    • Scheduled
      • A player confirmed to play a game. A 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 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 AHL PLAYER who 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 who WAS REPLACED BY THE ECU

    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 any one player can be used.
      EVEN IF THE PLAYER CANNOT MAKE A GAME THEY ARE STILL REQUIRED TO BE SCHEDULED!!!
    • A player who 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 originally 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 lineups. 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 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.
    • Skaters can only play the 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 effect for the playoffs as well.
    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 rules 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 players 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. The 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 the replacement of their active roster player who is unable to play. This is to ensure that both teams are aware of whom each other is scheduling and who is being replaced by an ECU.

    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

    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
    • Teams are only eligible to use a player TWICE per series as an ECU for a MAXIMUM of THREE TIMES for the duration of the entire playoffs. The "playoffs" are considered all four rounds.
    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
    • Teams are only eligible to use a player TWICE per series as an ECU for a MAXIMUM of THREE TIMES for the duration of the entire playoffs. The "playoffs" are considered all four rounds.
    *The intent of the ECU restrictions and rules is to ensure that a team has an adequate replacement in the situation where a player suddenly cannot attend a scheduled game. The ECU rule is not meant to allow a team to “bench” a player with the intent of using a strong player who maybe in the organizations system.”

    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!

    1. No player listed (missing/open) at the lines deadline = late lines = 1st degree violation
    2. Ineligible player listed (i.e. ECU from TC roster) at the lines deadline = ineligible player = 2nd degree violation*
    3. The 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 IS ON IR (BUT NOT REPLACED BY A TEMPORARY CALL UP) 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

    An illegal substitution occurs 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 ineligible player.


    1.6: Forfeits & Game Night Setup Procedures

    Regular Season disconnection procedures do apply for extra time and forfeit.

    1.7: Reschedules

    The only time a reschedule is offered is when there is a server issue with EA SONY or Xbox.

    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.

    1.8: Ineligible Player

    Managers and Players have a responsibility to ensure they are NOT playing a game when they are NOT eligible to play!

    An ineligible player is described as, but is not limited to:

    • Playing out of position
      • This does not apply to forwards playing another forward position they are not listed as.
      • This does not apply to defenders who are playing the opposite side they are not listed as.
    • Playing while being suspended or banned
    • Illegal Substitutions
      • Subbing a player out of a forfeit after official game time
      • Making more than one roster sub in a single game during the playoffs
    • A Player not on your roster
    • A Player who has exceeded the max game limit
    • A Player who is does not meet the playing eligibility requirements for a specific league based on his or her's player status.
    • A Player who has not scheduled/plays outside of the playoff limits.[One game in first four, second game in or by game six] There is no situation where a skater can play games five and six or more than three games before game seven.
    • Failure to play games according to the playoff scheduling limit
    • Playing on a second tag or user account
    • Playing on an account that is not their own - Account recovery
    Punishment for non-compliance:



      • In situations where the ineligible player influenced a game outcome and the team with the ineligible player won, the game will be overturned to a 1-0 forfeit loss. All stats will be removed from the game.
      • If the team with an ineligible player lost in overtime, the game will be changed to a regulation loss and all of the players on the team with the ineligible player will be removed from the stats.
      • If the invalid roster did not influence a game's outcome, game results will not be affected, but the team's manager will receive a one-game suspension, for each game whereby the ineligible player was used

    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 overturned 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.

    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. *This also results in the game being overturned*
    -Late lines three or more times in a series.
    -Late or missing stats three or more times in a series.
    -Late or missing photos three or more times 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 of past practices of this season. This is about but not limited to, second tag issues. **

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