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Letter From the Director

We are so fortunate to have so many hockey players participating in our adult league at Twin Rinks. Thank you all for your continued support of our rink and league, particularly over the last 18 months. We are so proud to be able to offer you a safe and responsible environment to play and have fun! We value every one of you who walks through our doors.

In addition to many experienced players in the area, we also have many newcomers to the sport, who are just getting their feet wet, so to speak.

And in between we have all sorts of players who fall into the great wide middle of adult league hockey.

That's the main reason we offer the divisions we do. The system works well when all of our teams are competitive and the players in each league are on par with their opponents, and when managers/team coordinators are compliant, and work towards a common goal of fun, competitive hockey.

Problems arise when a player is asked to sub or play in a tier in which that player’s skill level exceeds the other players on the ice. You don't have to be a former NHL scout to spot the player on the ice who can go end to end, at will and never break a sweat. So for that game anyway, the rest of the players can only watch as that player dazzles with their superior stick handling, shooting and skating abilities.

Our captains and managers, who do a terrific job, are the first line of defense in maintaining a competitive roster and insuring that their players are in compliance with the other teams in the league. But sometimes the wrong player will be recruited to sub or play, and the desire to win overtakes the common sense mentality that the league relies on for all teams to follow.

As we look ahead to a Fall/Winter 2021/22 season, in an effort to more clearly define league rules and expectations, The Twin Rinks Hockey department, along with the SHL League Commissioner and General Manager, have put together a list of guidelines which all teams, managers and players will be expected to abide by. Most of these guidelines have been in place since the league’s inception and are now being put in writing. A few new changes/additions have been made as well. Please take the time to review and familiarize yourself with the new Tier Guidance and league policies.

Our goal for the SHL is to provide a fun, safe and competitive environment for all of our participants. It is critical that league administrators, team managers and individual players work together to create proper and fair teams for each division. “It takes a village” is a term that comes to mind. We rely heavily on everybody’s compliance in order for everyone to have an enjoyable experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming season!

John Miserendino
Director of Hockey Operations
203-968-9000 x14
J_Miserendino@StamfordTwinRinks.com

 

 

SHL Division Guidance

 

 

Tier 6S

  • Tier 6S skaters can be new to the game of hockey and those that are developing fundamental skating and stick handling skills.
  • Many players at this level can be learning basic rules of the game and team play.
  • Teams are comprised of beginner/novice level adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of players have 1-5 years of entry level playing experience as an adult. 
  • These skaters did not play hockey in high school or college.
  • Some players may have difficulty maintaining balance on skates, stopping, passing, or shooting.
  • In some cases, older players who have more extensive playing experience will move to this level to enjoy a slower paced game.
  • Exceptions based on special circumstances may be made for some players pending approval by Twin Rinks Hockey Directors & League Commissione

Tier 6

  • Most Tier 6 skaters have not had significant coaching or played significant youth hockey as a child, but have basic knowledge of the game, skating and puck handling skills.
  • You should already know the basics: shooting, skating, stopping. However, skills beyond these aren’t guaranteed at this level.
  • Hockey Skills are in the 2 to 4 out of 10 range. Players at this level are expected to be able to maintain balance on their skates, be able to stop, and have decent body control; however, they may still be developing other skills like passing and shooting. Players with more experience but who are slowing with age may enjoy Tier 6 for a slower paced game.
  • Some players at this level may have stronger attributes in one facet of hockey. Ex: While skating, puckhandling & positional skills are average to below average; a player has an above average shot.
  • Exceptions based on special circumstances may be made for some players pending approval by Twin Rinks Hockey Directors & League Commissioner

Tier 5

 

  • Most Tier 5 skaters have not had significant coaching or played significant youth hockey as a child, but are in decent physical condition, have knowledge of the game, skating and puck handling skills and can play at a generally competitive level.
  • Some skaters at this level may have played some high school hockey and have taken an extended break from playing.
  • Simply put, Tier 5 players are average in most areas of the game. Hockey Skills are in the 3 to 6 out of 10 range. Stronger players at this level may have outstanding skills in one or two facets of the game.
  • In some cases, older players who used to play at higher levels may move down to Tier 5 to enjoy a slower paced game.
  • Players generally have control on the ice. They have developed the basic skills required for the game like passing, shooting, and positional awareness, but are not experts in those skills. Stronger players at this level may have one or two fundamental skills that stand out among the rest.
  • Some players at this level may have stronger attributes in one facet of hockey. Ex: While skating, puckhandling & positional skills are average to below average; a player has an above average shot.
  • Exceptions based on special circumstances may be made for some players pending approval by Twin Rinks Hockey Directors & League Commissioner

Tier 4

  • If you have high school playing experience, some club level or equivalent experience and have been playing ice hockey for much of your adult life, then you’re probably in Tier 4.
  • Players in this tier have a solid grasp on the fundamentals. Stronger players may have outstanding abilities in one or two facets of the game, while lesser players at this level may be average/above average in all facets.
  • Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable in a quick paced game and are able to keep up with the play.
  • Hockey skills are in the 5 to 6 out of 10 range.
  • Games at this level are relatively fast moving and players at this level have solid control on the ice and have developed their passing, shooting, and positional awareness beyond the basic level.
  • High end players at this level have more extensive high school experience or club hockey experience. In some cases, older players who used to play at higher levels might move down to Tier 4.
  • Exceptions based on special circumstances may be made for some players pending approval by Twin Rinks Hockey Directors & League Commissioner

Tier 3

  • Most players in Tier 3 may have played ice hockey in high school, club or Junior B and have been playing ever since.
  • Players in Tier 3 have substantial hockey abilities, skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Most in Tier 3 have been coached and have played considerable hockey in the past. Hockey skills are in the 5-7 out of 10 range.
  • Many players at this level will have advanced skills in skating, passing, shooting, and/or positional awareness.
  • Some players with less competitive playing experience may enjoy Tier 3 if they are looking for a challenging level of competition, or seeking to enhance the level of their own abilities.
  • Exceptions based on special circumstances may be made for some players pending approval by Twin Rinks Hockey Directors & League Commissioner

Tier 2

  • Most players in Tier 2 have played high level hockey at the Prep, D3, Club, Junior A/B levels but are 3-5 years removed from these levels.
  • Some players at this level may still be actively competing at the college/club level.
  • Many players at this level have had extensive hockey training and coaching throughout their lives.
  • Games at this level are fast paced and players are in good physical condition. Most players at this level are 25-35 years of age and skills are in the 7-9 out of 10 range.
  • In some cases, higher level players will move to Tier 2 for a somewhat less competitive game than Tier 1.

 

Tier 1

  • Tier 1 players are typically current or recently retired professional, college or Jr. A players
  • Players at this level are typically 21-35 years of age
  • Players at this level have extensive hockey experience beginning at a very young age.
  • Many players at this level will still be actively playing competitive hockey.
  • This level is for the most competitive and highest-paced games. Players’ skill levels are in the 8-10 out of 10 range.

 

Payment & Rosters:

  • Rosters will be submitted to the League Commissioner no later than 7 Days prior to the first game of the season. Payment will be made no later than by the first game of the season.
  • Beginning Spring 2022: Teams that do not submit rosters 7 Days prior to the first game of the season or earlier will incur a $100 penalty
  • Teams that do not submit payment by or prior to the first game of the season will incur a $100 penalty. A $100 penalty will be accrued for each of the team’s games played without submitting payment.
  • Multi-Team Discount: Managers who enter Multiple teams (2+) for the Fall/Winter 2021/22 Season will receive a 10% discount.
  • Beginning Spring 2022 the Multi-Team Discount will be scaled according to number of teams as follows:
    • 2 Teams: 5% Discount
    • 3 Teams: 10% Discount
    • 4+ Teams: 15% Discount
  • Rosters are limited to 25 skaters and 4 goalies max per team. All rostered players are expected to meet divisional standards for players.
  • Rosters will be reviewed by Hockey Directors & League commissioner. If a player is found to exceed divisional standards he/she will be removed from the roster and the team manager will be notified.
  • Players will not be rostered on multiple teams in the same division.
  • Teams may not have non-rostered skaters play in games at any time. Should a team be suspected of dressing a non-rostered player, the opposing team will have up until the end of the first period to report to the officials & score keeper. If the player is found not to be rostered, both the player & team manager/captain will be ejected from the game and the team will serve a minor penalty. Should a team challenge a player’s eligibility and the player is found to be a properly rostered player, the challenging team will serve a 2 minute minor penalty.
  • Some players may want to participate in a division but exceed the division standards. These players may have extenuating circumstances which, despite their experience level, effect the level at which they can compete. Players seeking to “Play Down” a level must complete our Player Evaluation survey and be approved by Hockey Directors & League commissioner.
  • Goalies may play on any team in the league as needed.

 

Adding Players:

  • Rosters will be frozen after the 5th game of any season. No players will be added to teams beyond this point.
  • Any player who wishes to be added to a team after rosters have been submitted prior to the and before the roster freeze must complete our Player Evaluation Survey and submit it to the Hockey Directors and League Commissioner. Upon receipt, the Hockey Directors and Commissioner will either approve or deny a player’s admission based on their experience level and playing ability.
  • The Player Evaluation Survey will be required to be filled out by players who inquire about joining the SHL. Upon receipt and tier placement by Twin Rinks Hockey Department and League Commissioner, all teams will be notified of the available player and will be allowed to reach out and add the player to their team.

 

Player Rankings & Self-Evaluation Survey:

  • The Player self-evaluation survey is meant to provide the league administrators with each player’s hockey experience level, allowing for proper tier placement.
  • SHL players will receive a helmet sticker with their Tier rating(s)/Placement(s). Stickers must be affixed to a player’s helmet.
  • Stickers & Tier Placement is determined by the Hockey Directors and League commissioner based on a player’s hockey experience & player self-evaluation survey.
  • Stickers & Tier placements are not final and the SHL reserves the right to change a player’s rating at any time.
  • All new incoming players will be required to fill out a self-evaluation survey.
  • All current players will be required to complete a self-evaluation by a certain date (TBD). League Commissioner will contact teams with deadline dates.
  • The league reserves the right to block participation of players in any division. Players playing “down” (or up) a division will be subject to evaluation by the league commissioner & hockey directors to determine eligibility to play. Please be sure to assign players to your team(s) based on their ability to play in the division you are in.

 

Uniform / Jersey Standards*

  • Starting Spring 2022 All team members will have matching & uniform jerseys with no number duplicates. Numbers must be affixed to the jersey properly. Using tape to create numbers will not be accepted.
  • Starting Spring 2022 Any team which fields a player on the ice who does not have a proper jersey will be given a 2 minute penalty to begin the game.
  • Starting Spring 2022 A penalty will be given for each player who does not have a proper jersey. Ex: If 2 players on the same team have improper jerseys the team will be assessed 2 penalties and will begin the game 5 on 3. If more than 2 players have improper jerseys the game will begin 5 on 3 and additional penalties will be applied once those penalties have expired.
  • Starting Spring 2022 Players with improper jerseys will be required to serve the penalties in the box from the beginning of the game until their penalty has expired.
  • The Uniform and Jersey Standards do not apply to goaltenders, though goaltenders will be encouraged to have a proper team jersey.
  • There will be no standard set for matching socks. However, teams & players are highly encouraged to match socks. If this is not possible players and teams are asked to wear dark socks with dark jerseys and light socks with light jerseys.

 

*We recognize that time may be needed for teams to adapt to the jersey standards. Understanding this, these rules will be implemented for the Spring 2022 season. Teams should use the time during the fall/winter season to prepare.

 

Start Times & Goaltenders:

  • In the event that a goaltender is late, teams will be allowed to play the first 10 minutes of the game with 6 skaters.
  • Teams without a goalie by the 10 minute mark of the first period will forfeit the game.
  • Teams that forfeit will receive a loss. No player on their roster will receive credit for a game played. The opposing team will receive a win and their roster will receive credit for a game played.
  • When a goaltender begins the game on time the only exception to skating with 6 skaters on the ice is when a team chooses to pull their goalie during the game, or if the goaltender is injured and cannot return.
  • All rostered skaters are allowed to play in net with complete goalie gear if a goaltender cannot complete the game due to injury.

 

Rules, Penalties & Suspensions:

  • The SHL implements USA Hockey playing rules unless amended above or below.
  • The SHL is a no checking, no fighting league.
  • The SHL uses “Blue Line Icing”
  • All fighting incidents will be reviewed by the Hockey Department and League Commissioner. Suspensions will be issued at the discretion of the Hockey Department and League Commissioner based on the severity of the incident.
  • Teams and/or players who are suspended or banned will not receive a refund.
  • Any player who receives 4 penalties in one game will be ejected from the game.
  • Verbal abuse of an official, scorekeeper or rink employee will not be tolerated and may result in a game misconduct & ejection. Suspensions may be issued depending on the severity of the incident.
  • Physically assaulting an official, scorekeeper or rink employee will result in a league ban.
  • Any abuse and/or damage inflicted on rink property including benches, locker rooms and equipment by players may result in a suspension.
  • The league reserves the right to add or change rules without prior notice.