Game Rules, Seeding, and Policies
2019 Game Rules
2025, 2024, and High School levels: 2018 NCAA Rules and Regulations
- On flag down situation play continues until usual stoppage or defense gains possession. Ball can come out of the restraining box and play continues. If ball is loose and fouling team commits a technical foul, it is a time serving foul.
- Faceoff: 3 illegal procedures in a half by a team results in a 30 second penalty.
- All counts in effect.
- Back Court rules in effect. After offensive team touches ball in offensive zone, ball cannot cross midline.
- Sticks heads must either meet NCAA or Federation standards.
2027 and 2026
- HoganLax rules as above with below exceptions:
- 36” is shortest stick permitted.
2029 and 2028
- HoganLax rules as above with below exceptions:
- No "take out" body checks. Body contact is allowed.
- Longest pole is 60” in length. No more than 4 sticks between 44”-60.”
- Mercy rule, if a team is winning by 5 goals or more, the losing team will be awarded the ball after all goals at the faceoff x.
- Horns on sidelines and after flag down situations.
APPLICABLE TO ALL GAMES
- Two 22 minute running halves. 2 minute halftime.
- Time (penalty, game, half) will be kept at the score table.
- Clock is stop-start last 2 minutes of game.
- One 30 second timeout per game (Clock Stops).
- Time Outs: can only be called in offensive zone or during a dead ball.
- Penalty time is stop-start.
- Head Coach must sign scoresheet at the conclusion of a game to confirm its accuracy.
- Field timer must be made aware of any game disputes immediately following the game. Field timer will report an issue to the Information Tent.
- Overtime: Each team is allowed 1 time out (Clock Stops).
- Non-Playoff game: one 4-minute sudden victory period, if game is tied after 4 minutes, game remains tied.
- Playoff game: one untimed sudden victory period until there is a winner.
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 back to the beginning of the procedure for the remaining teams tied.
Tie Breaker Procedure:
- Head to Head.
- Record vs Team(s) tied with.
- Total goals against teams tied with; only games where tied teams played each other.
- Goal differential teams tied with (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game), only games involving teams tied with.
- Total goals against common opponents.
- Goal differential against common opponents (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).
- Goals against overall.
- Goal differential overall.
- Coin flip.
If two teams in the same pool are undefeated at the end of pool play, they will play a sudden-victory period to determine #1 seed, after their third game.
*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
HoganLax divisional seeding will follow below criteria after pool seeding is determined.
- Seed in Pool.
- Overall Record.
- Goals Against Average.
- Goal Differential (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).
*If teams from same program are scheduled to play in the first round, HoganLax reserves the right to change the seeding.
Rules Governing Team/Player Eligibility
Only currently registered players on hoganlax.com, for the specific tournament and who agree to the “Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity and Parental Consent AGREEMENT,” may participate in tournament games. It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure all of his team members are registered. This can be confirmed on the Player Page for each tournament. Hoganlax.com will notify a coach if a player did not agree to the Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity and Parental Consent AGREEMENT.
Players may play “up” in age/grade groups, but may NOT play “down.”
Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games. The score for any forfeit will be:
- Will take the winning teams average GA in games played, as the goals scored against them
- Their goals scored will be plus 7 of their average GA; since the most GD in a single game is 7.
- Example Team A gives up 10 and 6 goals in 2 games
- Their average goals against is 8. HoganLax does not allow a GD to be greater than 7.
- A team forfiets game to be played vs Team A
- The game score is 15-8 for the forfieted game.
No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament. Any team with a player in violation of this rule will forfeit all games in which the player is known to have competed and therefore, forfeit the opportunity to advance to the playoff round.
Tie breaker information is available under Game Rules.
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.
Spectators also need to respect the Officials and the Players. Bad behavior will not be tolerated. Should referees or tournament director deem a spectator, player, or coach needs to be removed from the site(s) of the tournament, it will be the responsibility of the coach from the offender’s team to remove the offender from the site(s).
Each field is assigned a Field Timer; the Field Timer will record the score on a scorecard for each game. At the end of each game one referee who officiated the game will sign the scorecard to confirm final score and expulsions. Coaches should check the scorecard on the field if they wish to validate or challenge a score. Any challenges must be made immediately following the game with the Officials and Field Timer, who will contact a tournament administrator to address the issue. Once the scorecard reaches the administration tent the score is considered final.
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 Administration Tent and online at www.hoganlax.com
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 may 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.
- No team will receive a full refund.
- Partial refunds will be issued if the tournament is canceled in whole.
- Hoganlax.com will refund all but $250 for any team that registers and withdraws from the tournament prior to March 1 of the year of the tournament.
- No refund of any kind for any team that registers and withdrawls anytime on or after March 1 of the year of the tournament.
- No refunds will be issued if the tournament is shortened in part for any reason, including inclement weather or any other "Act of God."
- No refunds will be issued for playoff or championship games are canceled due to weather.
- 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.
Player Registration, via Parent Sign Up, due by May 17, 2018. Coaches can see who has registered on their Director Profiles.