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joecct
06-21-2011, 11:23 AM
From the NCAA Nooz of the Day (http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2011/june/ice+hockey+panel+clarifies+contact+rules?&utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NCAA%20News%20Direct)...


Ice hockey panel clarifies contact rules

Committee adds guidance to help officials enforce current restrictions

By Ty Halpin
NCAA.org

The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee reviewed its current rules and provided additional guidance on its stringent rules regarding dangerous contact at its annual meeting June 8-10. As part of the NCAA’s two-year cycle for playing rules changes, the 2011-12 season will not see any new rules.

The committee did approve several items of guidance for officials to build on the successful implementation of its rules for contact to the head.

“Progress was certainly made this season,” said Ed McLaughlin, athletics director at Niagara University and chair of the committee. “We are adding some additional guidance to support what is already in our rules in the hope that players, coaches and officials can better understand expectations with this rule.”

In some cases, officials were hesitant to enforce the contact to the head because they were unsure if a player had clearly “targeted” an opponent. The committee reinforced that targeting is not a prerequisite for this rule to be used.

Added to the examples of the type of play the committee hopes to remove are players who are reckless, players who are about to receive a pass and direct contact to the head or neck area from any direction. This additional guidance joins several other bullet points already printed in the rules book.

The committee also points the hockey community to language that already appears in the rules book: “A player delivering a check to an unsuspecting and vulnerable player puts themselves in jeopardy of being penalized under this rule.”

“We believe our rule is the most robust and aggressive in ice hockey,” McLaughlin said. “What we saw this year was a good start. We’re trying to take any doubt out of this call and help officials who have only one game-speed view of a play to determine how to officiate this play. We realize this is a big penalty and a serious one, but this approach has worked with hitting from behind and we believe it will work here to adjust player behavior.”

Embellishment/diving

In addition to the contact to the head and general emphasis on player safety, the committee received feedback from the coaching community that embellishment/diving seems to be a growing issue. The committee voted to make this a point of emphasis for the upcoming season and plans to include several video examples during preseason clinics.

“Diving and embellishment erode the integrity of our game and must be eliminated,” McLaughlin said. “Trying to deceive officials is unethical and unsporting. This has to be a collaborative effort to make progress.”

The committee decided to provide guidance regarding obstruction along the boards, where the defensive tactic of pressing and releasing an opponent should be allowed, but impeding is not. Again, additional video examples will be used to encourage consistent application of these rules.

Finally, the group points attention again to rules that deal with facewashing, which typically occurs after a stoppage in play. Continued and stringent enforcement of these rules is needed to improve the image of the game.

In other committee action, it was noted that exhibition games currently limit the number of student-athletes that may dress. After some clarification of the committee’s responsibility here, it has been proposed to remove the restriction on the number of players that may dress for exhibition games, pending approval from the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on a July conference call.

Other highlights

Several items of consideration for the next rules cycle were discussed and will be shared directly with the membership. They are:

Overtime. The committee is strongly considering removing a player from each team during regular-season overtime competition (4-on-4) and is also evaluating additional options (such as longer overtime periods). The committee will continue to allow the use of shootouts by conference policy or mutual consent of the competing teams, but support for the rules committee mandating a shootout to decide contests is limited.

Awarding goals – net dislodged by defensive team. In many cases, the goal cage is knocked off – often unintentionally – by the defending team right before a goal is scored. Current rules do not allow an official to award a goal unless it is obvious and imminent and an egregious act occurs by the defensive team. The committee believes there are some goals that should count in these situations and plans to adjust these rules accordingly.

Use of visors in men’s ice hockey. The members of the committee who represent men’s ice hockey have been asked by the coaches association to investigate the potential for voluntary use of partial face shields in NCAA hockey. A subcommittee was formed to work with the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport to research the matter. In many cases, NCAA men’s ice hockey student-athletes have participated in developmental leagues where partial protection is allowed before starting NCAA careers. The subcommittee plans to follow up at several points in the coming year with its findings, and to consider the same as appropriate going forward.

Use of video on the bench. In recent seasons, the use of video at the bench during live play has become more prevalent. In many NCAA sports, including football, the use of such video is strictly prohibited. The committee is not necessarily considering this approach, but it does believe some limits need to be placed on the use of video.

Hand passes. The committee discussed the options of allowing a hand pass in all three zones (offensive, neutral and defensive) along with the possibility of disallowing hand passes in any zone. While the committee does not have a strong opinion to change the rule in either direction, the issue deserves more discussion as a potential increase to scoring and eliminating whistles. As it currently stands, this rule provides the defensive team an advantage.

Goal judges. Current rules require that goal judges be used in NCAA games. With the increasing use of video replay during contests, the committee believes that this rule should be optional in the future and that conferences/institutions may determine if goal judges need to be used.

Teamwork in officiating. In some cases, officials may instinctively signal for a penalty based on the reactions of players and sightlines of the official. Officials have been encouraged to use all information available before making the final determination on calls, and this should continue. The committee would like to find ways to help officials to properly make determinations and potentially alter on-ice calls to enhance the fairness of the game.

Nick Papagiorgio
06-21-2011, 12:12 PM
Gee, Jack Parker is going to have a fit when he reads the stuff about diving/embellishment and dislodging the net.

But, I'm sure he'll find some way around it.

FlagDUDE08
06-21-2011, 12:21 PM
Regarding the net dislodging, there is a rule (that never seems to be enforced) where if it happens within either the last 2 or last 5 minutes (and overtime), it is punishable by either minor penalty or penalty shot. Before re-writing a rule that doesn't get enforced, how about either trying to enforce it, or make that for the entire game, as there is sufficient evidence to justify it as "delay of game".

As for the diving, I know one other location where it won't be enforced.... ;)

Nick Papagiorgio
06-21-2011, 12:36 PM
Regarding the net dislodging, there is a rule (that never seems to be enforced) where if it happens within either the last 2 or last 5 minutes (and overtime), it is punishable by either minor penalty or penalty shot.

Correct.

Example:

http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2006/12/29/slu-beats-bu-on-overtime-penalty-shot/

Shame on Parker for not teaching his kids when and when not to dislodge the net! I don't think it has happened since, though, so I'm sure they have only done it "legally" since then.

FlagDUDE08
06-21-2011, 12:43 PM
Correct.

Example:

http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2006/12/29/slu-beats-bu-on-overtime-penalty-shot/

Shame on Parker for not teaching his kids when and when not to dislodge the net! I don't think it has happened since, though, so I'm sure they have only done it "legally" since then.

I know it wasn't called during the RPI/Union Black Saturday game when Union knocked off the net. However two of the shootout goals were allowed when Iles kicked the net off during the RPI/USA game (although that was using IIHF rules; not sure what's different). If it's dislodged by the goaltender on a penalty shot, you get a do-over if the puck doesn't go in.

manurespreader
06-21-2011, 01:56 PM
So if I'm a 6' 5" defender and I check a 5'8" forward, it stands to reason that it's nearly impossible not to hit him in or near the head does it not. If I'm the 5'8" guy I'm diving on every check.
I'm not challenging the rule, just sayin...

FlagDUDE08
06-21-2011, 01:57 PM
So if I'm a 6' 5" defender and I check a 5'8" forward, it stands to reason that it's nearly impossible not to hit him in or near the head does it not. If I'm the 5'8" guy I'm diving on every check.
I'm not challenging the rule, just sayin...

One of RPI's recruits got a 7-game suspension in the USHL for that very reason. Well, not involving a dive, but an elbow.

Nick Papagiorgio
06-21-2011, 02:33 PM
One of RPI's recruits got a 7-game suspension in the USHL for that very reason. Well, not involving a dive, but an elbow.

Curadi?

FlagDUDE08
06-21-2011, 02:35 PM
Curadi?

That would be the one.

FadeToBlack&Gold
06-21-2011, 03:31 PM
So if I'm a 6' 5" defender and I check a 5'8" forward, it stands to reason that it's nearly impossible not to hit him in or near the head does it not. If I'm the 5'8" guy I'm diving on every check.
I'm not challenging the rule, just sayin...

It's OK, Doriott doesn't hit anybody. ;) :D

Federal League
06-21-2011, 06:17 PM
Good: Calling more dives, more leniency on goals w/ a dislodged net, visors
Bad: Making every hit to the head a penalty (for the height difference reason already mentioned), any discussion of hand passes (it's fine the way it is)

leswp1
06-21-2011, 06:21 PM
Gee, Jack Parker is going to have a fit when he reads the stuff about diving/embellishment and dislodging the net.

But, I'm sure he'll find some way around it.Between he and Jerry York they could hold a school for Olympic diving. If they shut that down what will we whine about?

Well, BC not as much anymore. Gionta was the best diver around. I was amazed when I saw him play in the NHL, he didn't hit the ice half as much and he was much more impressive.

The Rube
06-21-2011, 10:52 PM
So if I'm a 6' 5" defender and I check a 5'8" forward, it stands to reason that it's nearly impossible not to hit him in or near the head does it not. If I'm the 5'8" guy I'm diving on every check.
I'm not challenging the rule, just sayin...

It's known as the Pronger Defense in the NHL. ;)

Nick Papagiorgio
06-22-2011, 08:03 AM
That would be the one.

Not a shocker. Kid is a Clownshoe.



Between he and Jerry York they could hold a school for Olympic diving. If they shut that down what will we whine about?

Well, BC not as much anymore. Gionta was the best diver around. I was amazed when I saw him play in the NHL, he didn't hit the ice half as much and he was much more impressive.

No one dove more than Ben Walter. My God he was diving all over the place every game. No wonder he never panned out in the NHL. He better change his ways (like Gionta... LOLOLOLOLLOLOOL) if he wants to make it in the landscaping business. No one will hire him to mow their lawns if he is diving in front of the mower and becomes a safety concern.

ps - I'm sure you, of all people, will find something else to whine about if they crack down on diving.

JF_Gophers
06-22-2011, 08:05 AM
Emphasis on facewashing? Umm they have full cages on, so its not exactly the same effect as in the NHL.

FlagDUDE08
06-22-2011, 08:13 AM
Most aggressive for contact to the head? Isn't the IIHF rule for contact to the head a match penalty? (at least in World Juniors from what I could see it was)

FiveHole12
06-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Use of video on the bench. In recent seasons, the use of video at the bench during live play has become more prevalent. In many NCAA sports, including football, the use of such video is strictly prohibited. The committee is not necessarily considering this approach, but it does believe some limits need to be placed on the use of video.
PC fans will be crowing... the Tim Army Rule. :p

leswp1
06-22-2011, 06:51 PM
Not a shocker. Kid is a Clownshoe.




No one dove more than Ben Walter. My God he was diving all over the place every game. No wonder he never panned out in the NHL. He better change his ways (like Gionta... LOLOLOLOLLOLOOL) if he wants to make it in the landscaping business. No one will hire him to mow their lawns if he is diving in front of the mower and becomes a safety concern.

ps - I'm sure you, of all people, will find something else to whine about if they crack down on diving. Not calling him a wuss. I saw his chin stitched -no novicaine- after practically every game he played at the Tsongas. I used to joke with him they were going to run out of places to put things together. He played to the audience. Gionta was a master at that. He is also a really good player. It is much more fun to see him skating rather than flopping down to draw a penalty.

Bullock was another guy that was amazing at drawing a penalty in college but I think he had his nose rearranged 3 times in the minors. Don't know if he ever made it past that.