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 ----: 1.4.3 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 to having a complete 17 man roster for each round is 8 PM EST on the Sunday prior to game one or 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 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. 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 : NHL Game Times NHL game times are going to be split between the Eastern and Western conferences. Xbox Eastern & PSN Western Conference Times (1st set) Sunday 9 PM - Game One Sunday 10 PM - Game Two Monday 9 PM - Game Three Monday 10 PM - Game Four Tuesday 10 PM - Game Five* Tuesday 11 PM - Game Six* Wednesday 9 PM - Game Seven* Xbox Western & PSN Eastern Conference Times (2nd set) Sunday 10 PM - Game One Sunday 11 PM - Game Two Monday 10 PM - Game Three Monday 11 PM - Game Four Tuesday 9 PM - Game Five* Tuesday 10 PM - Game Six* Wednesday 10 PM - Game Seven* Game times will flip For Rounds 2 and 3 to help stagger: Xbox East & PSN West, Round 2 - 2nd set of games | Round 3 - 1st set of games Xbox West & PSN East, Round 2 - 1st set of games | Round 3 - 2nd set of games 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. Lines Deadlines for Games 1/2/3/4/7: Games That Start At 9 PM - Home teams lines are due at 8 PM - Away team lines are due at 6 PM Games That Start at 10 PM - Home teams lines are due at 9 PM - Away team lines are due at 7 PM Games That Start at 11 PM - Home teams lines are due at 10 PM - Away team lines are due at 8 PM Lines Deadlines for Games 5/6: ** Game Five/Six 9 PM Lines ** - Home team lines are due at 8:30 PM - Away team lines are due at 8 PM ** Game Five/Six 10 PM Lines ** - Home team lines are due at 9:30 PM - Away team lines are due at 9 PM ** Game Five/Six 11 PM Lines ** - Home Team lines are due at 10:30 PM - Away team lines are due at 10 PM To ensure the higher seed team maintains home-ice advantage, the lines due for game six for the away team (the higher seeded team), has been changed to ensure their game five line up does not need to be posted before their game six line. These special times only apply if games 5/6 are on the same day. See section 1.2 (NHL Game Times) for a schedule of when these special times do/do not apply. 1.4 : Scheduling Definitions Scheduled: A player confirmed to play a game. Green name on the lines for the game in question. Played: A 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 (1 game in the first four, 2 games if the series goes six). ECU: The action of using an affiliated player not on the 17 man roster 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 whom was scheduled 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/played for the player whom 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. Any player can be used for game 7. EVEN IF A PLAYER CANNOT MAKE A GAME/ARE ON IR THEY ARE STILL REQUIRED TO BE SCHEDULED! DO NOT SCHEDULE AN ECU PLAYER IN THE LINE UP BEFORE THE LINES ARE DUE, AFTER THE LINES DEADLINE, OR AT ANYTIME! THE API WILL PICK UP SAID PLAYER AND ADDRESS THE LINEUP CHANGE ONCE THE GAME IS COMPLETED! 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. However, it is strongly recommended that you leave the roster player(s) in the line-up and to NOT schedule ECUs to avoid committing violations. See section 1.4.5. 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. Any goalie can be used in game 7. 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. During the playoffs a player MUST give a MINIMUM of two games availability. The two games MUST be AT LEAST one game in the first four games of the series. 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/could not play. EX: MCDONALD is scheduled for game 2 and he no shows. An ECU is used. This counts as a game played in the series for MCDONALD. 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 roster player they are replacing should remain in the line-up. Once the lines deadline passes, teams are then eligible to schedule an 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. However, it is strongly recommended that you leave the roster player(s) in the line-up and to NOT schedule ECUs to avoid committing violations. See section 1.4.5. 1.4.3 : Understanding Temporary Call Ups Temporary call ups are no longer used. All players, whether on IR or not, are required to be scheduled for 1 game in the first 4 and 2 games in the first 6. ECU players are not and should never be scheduled on the site's lines system (see section 1.4.5). Once a game is completed, the API will correct the lineup and identify the ECU player who was used. 1.4.4 : ECU Restrictions For The Playoffs NHL Restrictions: NHL players CANNOT ECU for the AHL/CHL. Random Veterans (RA V) CANNOT ECU for the NHL during the playoffs. Random Amateurs (RA A) CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs. Prospects CANNOT ECU for 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" is considered all four rounds. AHL Restrictions: AHL players CANNOT ECU for the CHL. Random Veterans (RA V) CANNOT ECU for the AHL during the playoffs. Prospects CANNOT ECU for 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" is 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 Please review these situations and avoid them at ALL COSTS! 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 = Management suspension. 3. Ineligible player listed at the lines deadline, later replaced/corrected to an eligible roster player after the lines deadline = lines violation = 1st degree violation. *There is NO situation in which an ECU should ever be scheduled on the site for a playoff game. Even if your roster player cannot make the game and/or is on IR, they MUST be scheduled for the game. The API will automatically pick up any ECU substitution(s) so there is no need to schedule an ECU on the site and risk committing a violation. 1.5 : Illegal Substitution An illegal substitution occurs when 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). 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, extra time, and forfeit procedures apply in the playoffs. >> Reference link to the seasonal forfeit procedures << 1.7 : Reschedules The only time a reschedule is offered is when there is a server issue with EA, SONY, or Xbox. 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 had an influence on 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 had no influence on 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 Section Two : Additional Playoff Violation Rules 2.1: Punishment Violations All complaints will be reviewed and ruled on, on a nightly basis during playoffs. The exact time of the ruling will vary based on when the complaint is received and the availability of staff to rule on the complaint. Violation of playoff rules lead to punishments for the team in question in "degrees." First and second-degree violations are considered "team punishments" where the team that committed the violation chooses a skater to serve the punishment. EX: Minnesota has late lines for game three in their playoff series. After reviewing the complaint, MIN will need to take a minor penalty to start game three or four (depending on when the complaint is submitted/ruled on). Third degree violations are issued to the specific managers 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 having a skater take a delay of game penalty by dumping the puck over the boards in their own defensive zone. Examples of First Degree Violations: -Late/no lines* -Late/no stats* -Late/no pictures of stats* *Each violation listed above will only classified 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 a set of BACK to BACK penalties off the opening face-off, resulting in a 5 on 3 power play for the other team. The League recommends having both skaters take a delay of game penalty by dumping the puck over the boards in their own defensive zone. Examples of Second Degree Violations: -Playing an ineligible player in a win by the team committing the violation (the game is overturned) -Late/no lines (second time in a series) -Late/no stats (second time in a series) -Late/no pictures of stats (second time in a series) 2.4: Third Degree Violations A manager receiving a third-degree violation must serve a suspension and be replaced by an ECU, losing a game of eligibility in the current playoff series (or the team’s next series if the violation is not served in the current series). Since a player can be scheduled for a maximum of three games a series (two in the first six and three only if the series goes to 7 games), what game(s) the manager is not eligible for depends on how many games the manager has played. In the NHL, the owner receives all third degree violations. In the AHL, the GM receives all third-degree violations. If these positions are not filled, the violation goes to the manager with the next-highest role (Owner > GM > AGM w/no salary > AGM w/salary). Examples of third-degree violations: -Playing an ineligible player in a loss by the team committing the violation. -Late/no lines three or more time in a series. -Late/no stats three or more time in a series. -Late/no pictures of stats three or more time in a series. -Failure to serve a first or second degree violation punishment (the original punishment also needs to be served in the team’s next game). ** The League reserves the right to a longer suspension in situations not outlined above. The punishments will reflect past practices of this season. This is includes but is not limited to second tag issues. ** Any in-game violations will be the same punishment as during the season. See Article IV of the constitution.