2023-24 Qualifying Rules

Tournament Rules: 

  • All playing rules will follow USA Hockey rules
  • 2010 Divisions will play NO CHECKING
  • Anyone assessed a game misconduct penalty is required to sit their next tourney/play-in game.
  • Penalty Breakdown in all divisions: Minor (1:30) Major (4:00) Misconduct (8:00)


Player Eligibility, Requirements:

  • All players must be listed on the team's USA roster in order to be eligible to play in the Elite 9 or BHL qualifying.
  • Any player who plays for a team in any of the Elite 9 or BHL qualifying games must then compete in 75% of that team's regular season games in order to be eligible for playoffs.
  • Any team that has a player that fails to meet the minimum game requirement of 75% after playing in any of that team's Elite 9 or BHL qualifying games will be excluded from the playoffs and will be expelled from both the Elite 9 and BHL for the subsequent season.

Game Procedures:

  • All games will play 3-15 minute periods. 
  • Each team will be allowed one 1:00 minute time out per game.
  • Overtime - there will be no overtime in qualifying games for Week 1.


E9 Qualifying Tie Breaking Rules:


If two or more teams have an equal number of points, their position in the standings shall be determined by the following tie-breaking format. If one tie-breaker establishes a position for one or more teams, each team is placed in the applicable position. Once one or more teams are placed by a tie breakerany remaining tied teams shall start the tie-breaking process over again at step 1. (If all tied teams have not played each other, then proceed to step 2. Note: a team may go into the tie-breaking process having defeated another of the tied teams and still not advance).

The tie-breaker formulas are as follows:

  1. The results of the head-to-head games played between the tied teams in the following order:
    a.  Most points. (in head to head games between all tied teams)
    b.  Most wins. (in head to head games between all tied teams)
    c.  Goal Differential (in head to head games between all tied teams)
    d.  Fewest Goals Against (in head to head games between all tied teams)
  2. If after applying the formulas of 1 a, b, c, d the tie still exists, the results of ALL the games played by the teams tied in the following order:
    a.  Most Points
    b.  Most Wins
    c.  Goal Differential
    d.  Fewest Goals Against
  3. If above procedure does not break the tie, a coin toss will be used.