2018 Game Rules

GAME RULES: NCAA Rules and Regulations

  • Only exceptions: Sticks heads must either meet 2018 NCAA or 2017 Federation standards.
  • Faceoff personnel must have color tape per NCAA rules

Applicable to all games:

  • Time (penalty, game, half) will be kept at the score table
  • Each team has 2 timeouts per game
    • Clock stops
  • Game Time:
    • Last 2 minutes of game is stop time if goal differential is 3 or less
      • If goal differential is 4 or more time will be running
    • Penalty time is stop time, always
    • 2022-2019:
      • Monday 4 10-minute running quarters
      • Tuesday 4 12-minute running quarters
    • 2025-2023
      • Monday 2 22-minute running halves
      • Tuesday 2 22-minute running halves
  • Overtime:
    • Monday
      • 1 4-Minute sudden victory period
      • Last 2 minutes of the overtime is stop time
      • If tied at end of the 4 minutes, game remains a tie
    • Tuesday
      • 1 continuous untimed period until there is a winner
    • Each team has 1 timeout in overtime
      • Clocks stop

Any player, fan or coach ejected from the game will be prohibited from competing in his/her team’s next game. Decisions on the field will be the final ruling. Any fighting or flagrant disrespect toward an official will result in expulsion for the remainder of the tournament. No Exceptions, No Refunds.

Tournament Seeding:

2023-2020

High School teams will play 2 games on Monday. Each Division has a selection committee who will watch the teams play.  The committee will then seed their respective divisions. All teams will be seeded in the Championship Bracket that begins play on Tuesday morning.  Championships will occur on Wednesday starting at 2:00 pm and occurring every 2 hours until last game starts at 8:00 pm on NBC Washington.

2026-2024

Youth teams will be placed in Pools prior to the start of play.  On Monday teams will participate in Pool games. All teams will then be seeded at the end of pool play on Monday. All teams will be seeded in the Championship Bracket that starts play on Tuesday morning with a Champion crowned by the end of the day Tuesday.

Seeding procedures for 2026-2024 can be found below.

Pool Seeding

In the case of ties in the final standings for pool play, the following process will be used until all ties are broken and the seeding process is completed (ties will be broken in rank order beginning with the first procedure).  If more than two teams are tied for a pool seed, once one team is removed from the tie, the seeding criteria reverts to the beginning of the procedure for the remaining teams tied.

Tie Breaker Procedure:

  1. Head to Head.
  2. Record vs Team(s) tied with.
  3. Total goals against common opponents.
  4. Goal differential against common opponents (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).
  5. Goals against overall.
  6. Goal differential overall.
  7. Coin flip.

*Seeding in a 5 and 7 team pool in which the teams do not play everyone, pool seeding will be determined by:

  1. Winning percentage
    2. Goals against average

Divisional Seeding

Divisional seeding will follow below criteria after pool seeding is determined.

  1. Seed in Pool.
  2. Overall Record.
  3. Goals Against Average.
  4. Goal Differential (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).

REFUND POLICY

  1. No team will receive a full refund.
  2. No refunds will be issued if the tournament is shortened in part for any reason, including inclement weather or any other “Act of God.”
  3. No refunds will be issued for playoff or championship games are canceled due to weather.
  4. Partial refunds will be issued if the tournament is canceled in whole.
  5. A $200 refund will be issued for any team that registers and withdraws from the tournament prior to March 1 of the year of the tournament.
  6. No refund of any kind for any team that registers and withdrawls anytime on or after March 1 of the year of the tournament.
  7. No refund for any team that is removed from the tournament by the tournament director for using illegal players or behavior that requires the team to be removed from the tournament.

Hoganlax.com, LLC, its officers, employees and staff will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team, club or organization if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part. The Tournament along with local county or school officials reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the operation of the tournament and its judgment is final.

WEATHER POLICY

In the event of adverse weather or unplayable field conditions, the tournament director reserves the right to:

  • Reduce game times in order to catch up with schedule
  • Finish games before inclement weather arrives, or to preserve field conditions.
  • Reschedule games, if possible.
  • Convert tournament to a “festival” format without playoffs or championships to provide the majority of teams the opportunity to play as many games as possible.

Every attempt will be made to update cancellations on the website. However, weather conditions can change rapidly and all teams should be prepared to play as soon as weather and fields are playable.
The directors of hoganlax.com, LLC reserve the right to cancel, shorten, or reschedule tournament games due to inclement weather, poor field conditions, or player and fan safety concerns. No refunds will be granted if these actions are necessary. Field directors will communicate game changes. Schedule changes will be available at the Information Tent and on line; www.hoganlax.com

THUNDER/LIGHTNING POLICY

If thunder or lightning is observed play will be suspended immediately and players and fans will be asked to leave the fields to return to cars. Play will be allowed to resume 20 minutes after the last sound of thunder or sighting of lightning is observed which will be determined by the tournament medical staff. Every attempt will be made to begin subsequent games on time. Subsequent games will begin immediately after preceding games. These games will consist of one 30 minute running time period until games are back on schedule. Once games are back on schedule they will revert to “normal” tournament game time procedures.