a) A two (2) minute shift, stop time designated by an automatic clock buzzer.
b) The line shift method for 3 lines
c) This method allows players to play with players at their own level and against players at their own level so that all have a chance to participate in the play.
d) The coach sets the lines each game, so that the weakest 5 players are on “Line 1” and the strongest 5 players are on “Line 3”. The players not on Line 1 or Line 3 are placed on “Line 2”.
e) When there are less than 15 skaters “double shifting ” onto “Line 2” will be necessary, to make up the 5 players for that line and will occur as follows:
# of Player(s) double shifted
onto line 2# of players From Line 1 From Line 3*
14 1 0
13 1 1
12 2 1
11 2 2
10 3 2
* Line 3 players, while on Line 2, must play defense and are restricted from going too far into the attacking zone. They can score from the blue line but that should be as far as they go in. When their regular line comes on (Line 3), right after, they can play wherever the coach wants them to play. (This is at the discretion of the coaches and convenor. This rule is to avoid allowing the strongest line 3 players from scoring “easy” goals while on Line 2).
“Line 1” starts the game and is up against the other team’s “Line 1”. Then, after two minutes “Line 2” is shifted on and then “Line 3”.
The coach is to make sure that the double shifting onto Line 2 is as equal as possible under the above rules.
If a player is hurt and causes a stoppage in play, he/she is to leave the ice and be replaced with a player as follows:
if line 1 is on, the next stronger player from line 2
if line 2 is on, a player from line 1
if line 3 is on, any player may be the replacement.
If the player is OK to return, he/she should go back on at the first stoppage in play during his/her shift. The Line Shift Method for 2 Lines if BOTH TEAMS have 12 or less skaters
Each coach would designate two distinct lines, based on ability, and those players would stay on that line.If there are 12 players, the coach should set up two lines of 6, based on abilityIf there are 11 players, he/she should designate the middle ability player to be on either the strong line or the weaker line based on that player’s ability.If there were more than 5 on a line, they would all take turns “sitting” when their line was on the ice. They would sit through their own shift and then the next shift (other line that they are not assigned too), in order to get back on their designated line.In the two line system, the two coaches must agree on which line to put out first. In this system, the line to play first gets one extra shift in the game and therefore, if one line has more players, they should go first because they will have someone sitting each time. If there are consistently 12 players on each team, the coach should try to ensure each line has received equal opportunity to start the game throughout the year.If a player is hurt and causes a stoppage in play, he/she is to leave the ice and be replaced with a player as follows:
if the weaker line is on, the next stronger player from line 2 if the stronger line is on, any player may be the replacement. If the player is OK to return, he should go back on at the first stoppage in play during his/her shift. If the coach pulls the goalie while the weaker line is on, he/she can only be replaced with the next stronger player.
All divisions will eliminate the Center Red Line for the Offside or “Two-Line” Pass call.