**RIGA HOCKEY CUP 2020 TOURNAMENT RULES**

**A**. All the games of the tournament are in accordance with the International Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) rules with following additions/exceptions:

**A1**. U-17 for players born in 2003 and younger.

**A2**. U-16 for players born in 2004 and younger.

**A3**. U-15 for players born in 2005 and younger.

**A4**. U-14 for players born in 2006 and younger.

**A5**. U-13 for players born in 2007 and younger.

**A6**. U-12 for players born in 2008 and younger.

**A7**. U-11 for players born in 2009 and younger.

**A8**. U-10 for players born in 2010 and younger.

**A9**. U-9 for players born in 2011 and younger.

**B**. 22 players can be applied per team (including 2 goalkeepers). Exceptions are allowed only by agreement with the organisators of the tournament. The maximum team staff of trainers, managers and other representatives is limited up till 3 persons. Exceptions are allowed only by agreement with the organisators of the tournament.

**C**. All the participants are required to have an ID or a copy of ID, which can be asked to be provided if necessary. If an ID cannot be provided, the organisators can decide on giving the team a technical loss.

**D**. The team must be ready to come on ice 5 minutes before the games starts. Otherwise, the organisators can decide on giving the team a technical loss, with the result of 0:5.

**E**. The team which is called out first is the home-team, and accordingly, the second called out team is the guest-team. The home-team plays in dark-coloured forms, and consequently, the guest-team plays in the light-coloured forms.

**F**. The home-team takes the seats on the right from the secretariat.

**G**. If a club has two or several single-aged teams, under no circumstances are the players allowed to be shifted/replaced/applied from one team to another. Otherwise, the organisators can decide on giving the team a technical loss, with the result of 0:5, and can decide on disqualifying the team from the tournament.

**H**. Each team is responsible for any material loss made by its own players/representatives/supporters. In case of material loss, the team is obliged to fully cover the loss. The use of hockey sticks outside of the ice ring/the space of the arena is banned. In case of safety rule violation, the responsible player/players will be disqualified from the upcoming remaining games of the tournament.

**I**. Only the players and coaches belonging to the team may be present in the dressing rooms. The dressing rooms must be left clean after their usage.

**J**. The representatives of the tournament do not take responsibility for any team’s lost/damaged inventory or other personal belongings.

**K**. The duration of a game is 3 x 15 minutes (raw time). The last two minutes of the third period – clear time. The maximum total duration of a single game is 60 minutes (including warm-up), if a referee of the particular game has not decided otherwise. Exception: the duration of the U-9 and U-10 tournament games is 2 x 15 minutes (raw time) and the last two minutes of the third period – clear time. The maximum total duration of a single game is 45 minutes (including warm-up), if a referee of the particular game has not decided otherwise.

There are no breaks between periods.

**L**. During the first section of a single sub-group, each of the teams play at least a single game against one another. For future procedure of the tournament please find the rules for each group separately.

**M**. A team is awarded with 3 points for a game they have won in the group tournament. In case of a draw result, each team earns 1 point.

**N**. During the group tournaments, the teams are divided in sub-groups according to the points they have accumulated. In case of draw results:

**1.** If two teams end up with equal results:

**1.1.** The result the teams had playing against one another is taken in consideration;

**1.2.** If the game between one another was also a draw, the total goal ratio during all the sub-group games is taken in consideration;

**1.3.** If the total goal ratio during all the sub-group games is also a draw, the total amount of goals the team has scored is taken in consideration;

**1.4**. If the total amount of goals the teams have scored is also a draw, the accumulated penalty minutes are taken in consideration. The higher place is taken by the team with less penalty minutes.

**1.5.** If the amount of the accumulated penalty minutes is also a draw, in order to determine a team’s place in the sub-group, the organisators of the tournament draw lots in front of the representatives of both teams.

**2.** If three or more teams end up with draw results, a new sub-group is made by considering the results of the games the teams had between one another. The process continues until a place in the sub-group is determined for the teams by considering the following sub – articles. (in case two teams remain with draw results, the first article of these rules is taken in to consideration.):

**2.1.** The teams are rounded up according by their accumulated points;

**2.2.** If three or more teams have the same amount of points, the goal ratio is taken in consideration only between teams whose places have not yet been determined;

**2.3.** If the goal ratio between three or more teams is a draw, the amount of goals is taken in consideration only between the teams whose places have not yet been determined;

**2.4.** If the amount of goals is the same between three or more teams, the goal ratio is taken in consideration between all the played against teams in the particular tournament;

**2.5.** If the total goal ratio for three or more teams is equal with all the other teams of the group, the total amount of accumulated goals is taken in consideration among all the played against teams of the group.

**2.6.** If the total amount of goals is equal for three or more teams, the organizators of the tournament draw lots in front of the representatives of both teams in order to determine the places in the sub-group.

**O**. If the result in the play-offs is a draw, a shoot-out series takes place to determine the winner, with the home-team taking the first hand. Each team delivers 3 shots. If a winner is still not determined, the teams continue to execute a single shot with the guest-team taking the first hand.

**P**. The first three shots are executed by different players. After that, the same player may execute several shots. The shoot-out cannot be executed by a player whose penalty time has not ended.

**Q**. In case of a draw result in the final game, an overtime of 5 minutes takes place until the first goal by a 4 against 4 player format. If the winner is not determined by then, a series of after game shoot-out takes place regarding point O. of the set of rules.

**R**. Penalties:

**1**. Lesser fouls – penalty – 2 minutes (raw time)

**2**. Serious fouls – penalty – 5 minutes (raw time)

**3**. Disciplinary penalty – A player, who has been given a disciplinary penalty is sent away from the field for the rest of the game. If the same player is given a second disciplinary penalty in the tournament, he is disqualified for a single whole game.

**4**. A game penalty – a player who receives a game penalty is given a single whole game disqualification. If the same player receives a second game penalty, he is disqualified from the tournament entirely.

**Y**. The organisators of the tournament keep the rights to make decisions over situations not mentioned in the set of rules.