Fargo Pond Hockey ClassicTournament Rules:

Administration: Prior to games

  1. Players can only play on one team.
  2. All teams much have similar jerseys or uniforms. Type kinds are preferred, a light and a dark.
  3. All players must check-in at the Player Information table in the warming house before their first game to sign a liability waiver and obtain a wristband. This wristband must be worn throughout the entire tournament weekend.
  4. A representative from your team must attend a rules meeting before your first game.
  5. Substitutions must be made 45 minutes prior to your team's first game at the Players Information table in the warming house. No other substitutions can be made after this point. The players on your roster on the first day of the tournament must be the same players who play on the team throughout the weekend.
  6. Players much have an I.D for each game in case of a protest. Protesting teams are also subject to a roster check.
  7. For each game, there is one rink manager/official monitoring play (scoring, time, puck reset, and arbiter of infractions).
  8. Absolutely no outside beer or other alcoholic beverages are allowed at the Fargo Pond Hockey Class (Fargo Park District) Property.

Game Play:

  1. Games are composed of two 12-minute halves with a 1-minute halftime.
  2. All players must wear a helmet with a strap and hockey skates. Protective equipment is optional but highly recommended. 
  3. No goalie equipment or sticks allowed
  4. To determine which goal to defend a coin toss is conducted. Teams switch after halftime.
  5. There are no off-sides or icing calls.
  6. Goals are scored from the attacking side of center ice.
  7. All games are running time and substitutions are made during play (players leaving the game must be at the snowboards before a new skate can engage in play) or while a puck is out of play.
  8. If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch the puck loses possession. During restart, the defender must give his opponent half-ice.
  9. Players should not pursue pucks our of play. Officials have extra pucks and immediately replace a puck for play to continue.
  10. Goaltending is now allowed. A player may not patrol, "camp out" or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender. A defender may deflect the puck in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area. The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending out four feet from the outside corner of the goal. Rink officials give warning to the team if they deem goaltending is taking place. Further goaltending results in a minor penalty. The rink official has the l say as to what is considered goaltending. Setting picks in the offensive zone is not allowed. Deference is given to a defender in front of their own net where their progress is impeded by the pick or interference of an offensive player.
  11. Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.
  12. Referees call out the score after each goal. This includes goals scored by players or awarded from minor penalties. 
  13. In the event of a tie during both qualifying and championship games, the play moves to sudden death format.
  14. Games start and stop on the master horn, for every minute a team is late they will be penalized a goal. If a team fails to show up for a game they forfeit the game with the final score of 15-0.
  15. Teams are responsible for shoveling their game.


  1. Penalties are called for rule infractions. Penalties called by the rink manager/official are final. a minor penalty results in [possession of the puck awarded to the opposing team. rink officials have the discretion to also award a goal to the opposing team when a minor penalty us flagrant and/or a team is consistently playing in a reckless manner.
  2. Any major penalty, which includes an ion that could possibly injure another player, results in that player being ejected from the tournament. The team that received the ejection plays the remaining game short-handed. The rink official determines major penalties. (No players can be added is other are lost to major penalties). 
  3. Abuse of officials is considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing, or arguing about calls.
  4. Absolutely no checking is allowed. Such action results in a minor penalty unless deemed serious enough to be a major.
  5. No slap shots are allowed. Such action results in a minor penalty.
  6. Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in efforts to protect the goal area. Such action results in a minor penalty.
  7. Goaltending is a minor penalty (See Game Play #10).
  8. Contacting the puck with a stick above the waist results in a minor penalty.
  9. Teams must give opponents half-ice after a goal is scored or it is considered a minor penalty.

*Rules are subject to change. They may be adjusted by tournament coordinators as they deem necessary.

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