COVID Game Guidelines

Arena Specific Game Day Dressing Rules:


 - Westhills Arena


Each team manager is responsible for disseminating these documents to their team and to the opposing team manager if they are not a house team that is within their cohort. 

JDF Team Staff:


As we enter “game phase” please understand the following provisions:

Our association has some rules in regard to streaming games, please seek permission prior to engaging a streaming process.

Rinks have allowed up to 40 participants on the ice for the pre-game warm up.

Home teams managers are responsible for informing the visiting team of home rink rules and ensuring JDF protocols are followed.




2 Official Games-

Each team may have up to 23 participants (players, coaches, manager, safety) 1 timekeeper, 1 scorekeeper, 2 officials. Totals= 50 people.


3 Official games-

Each team may have up to 22 participants (players, coaches, manager, safety) 1 timekeeper, 1 scorekeeper, 3 officials. Totals= 49 people.


4 Official Games-

Each team may have up to 22 participants (players, coaches, manager, safety) 1 timekeeper, 1 scorekeeper, 4 officials. Totals= 50 people.


Pre-game talks: Most arenas do not have areas large enough for teams to gather safely, consider meeting outside the rink ahead of time.

Maximum coaches on the bench will be 3, wearing masks.


Hockey Canada has eliminated the practice of pre- and post-game handshakes between players and team officials as a result of COVID-19. This will remain in effect until otherwise directed. Officials should not shake hands, or bump fists, with players or coaches. If coaches approach the officials on the ice after the game with the intent of shaking hands, a quick wave and thank you as the official maintains physical distancing would be appropriate.


Team hand-shakes are not permitted.


Additional Game rules:


Any of the team officials near the players bench will be wearing a mask, the scorekeeper and time keeper will also be wearing a mask and should leave the responsibility of opening and closing the penalty box doors to the players.


Players on opposing teams are expected to immediately disperse after the whistle and go to their respective benches or the faceoff location;


Players are expected to sit on the bench during the game this season and not to stand leaning over the boards;  in situations where the players bench is close to the blue line, to allow officials to do their job appropriately while still maintaining a safe social distance.


Clarification on Spitting

Officials are not spitting police and will not go looking for it; but, we are instructed to address it should it be noticeable during the game.  Also covered in this rule is players who cough or fake cough or fake as if to spit on another player.  First time is a warning to the bench; second time is a warning.  Third time is a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Fourth is a misconduct and a written report to the league (in this case VIAHA) for action.  It should be noted that if it gets to the point of a fourth occurrence, then teams clearly are showing a disregard for the rule.  For the purpose of this rule; the playing surface includes, the ice, benches, penalty box.  it was also noted that taking a drink of water and spitting it out also applies under this rule.  IT WAS ALSO CLARIFIED that a player who purposefully spits on an opposing player, the infraction is covered under Rule 9.7 and would still be a match penalty.  The above rule is only for spitting in or on the playing surface and not at someone in particular.


Attacking player in the crease clarification:

If an attacking player is in the crease, and both feet are in the crease, in the attacking zone, they must immediately vacate the crease.  Otherwise the play is blown down and the play comes outside the zone.  In the event of a player who is trying to usurp the rule by having only one foot in the crease, and after warning from the referee, does not vacate the crease, and stay out of the crease, this rule will also apply.  This to avoid an attacking player taking advantage of both feet in the crease rule.  


Clarification on Roughing or Altercations after the whistle:

There will be zero tolerance this season for altercations and roughing after the whistle.  If the referees are in a situation of having to warn players, then it is an automatic penalty.  There will be NO WARNINGS GIVEN!!!  This clarification is to ensure that the officials can social distance appropriately after the whistle.  If a linesperson needs to intervene in a FIGHT because a player or players are not listening, then they are to do so only if a player is clearly being outmatched or in a dangerous situation and possibly an injury might occur.  In this situation, the referees have been instructed to consider a match penalty.  


Clarification of a bench/coach taking two penalties on the same stoppage of play:

If a team for instance, gets a bench minor penalty, and the coach decides to dispute the penalty and doesn't stop when directed to do so, there will be, if appropriate, a second bench minor penalty given.  The team will not be short-handed for four minutes and play 5 on 4; they will be two players short for two minutes and play 5 on 3.  When as noted above, a bench minor is appropriate, then this situation applies.  However, if a coach is over the top, then he will be assessed a game misconduct penalty and only the one bench minor would be assessed.


Clarification of Deliberate Offside and faceoff location:

If a player is in a delayed offside position, and even though the linesperson is signalling that to the player and  If the player continues to the net and the goaltender is forced to make a play on the puck and stop the play, the faceoff would be taken just outside the blueline of the defending team; this is the only situation where the faceoff would come just outside the blue line.  In all other situations where a player deliberately causes an offside, the faceoff would be brought all the way back to their defending zone for the puck drop.


Clarification on High Sticking and Elbowing:

Both High Sticking and Elbowing have been removed from the Rule book.  These penalties will now be covered under the head contact rule. 


After the Whistle Clarification for Goaltenders:

After the whistle, if a goal is scored, the goaltender must either vacate the net for the linesperson to pick up the puck or slide it outside the crease a minimum of 6 feet to allow for social distancing.  They are NOT to shoot the puck down the ice or away from an official.  If the play is just blown down, they are to drop the puck to the ice and slide it out of the crease so the official can safely pick up the puck and still maintain an appropriate social distance.  This is to protect both the goaltender and the official.




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