Kildonan Spongee League

The World's Largest Sponge Hockey League

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No games scheduled today

Target start date for Winter Sponge Hockey is Saturday, December 3rd

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We can still squeeze a few more teams in

The Kildonan Sponge Hockey is currently accepting refs, players, and teams for the upcoming winter season

 

First Sponge Hockey Registration

 

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

 

Melrose CC

 

Kimberly & Watt St

 

We will be set up in the Lobby by the Canteen- use entrance along the back lane

 

 

Minimum deposit of $300.00 guarantees your spot

 

(We accept Cash or Cheques payable to “Kildonan Sports”)

 

 

Coed & Men’s Teams can register any time between 6:00 & 7:30 PM.

 

Women’s Teams will have their annual meeting at 7:30 PM as well as register at that time. Women’s teams must send at least one team rep to this meeting if you want to vote on any new Women’s League Issues

 

Coed & Men’s team will have no meeting, just register and leave

 

 

Please contact the League at kildonansports@shaw.ca if you plan to register so all paperwork can be emailed out

 

 

For all details on the League, including costs, payment plans and important dates please click on the “RULES” page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Statement about proposed Kildonan Indoor Spongee League:

 

We have decided NOT to start in Fall Indoor League for this year. We may start an indoor League in the Spring of 2017. We will post details in the future if we decide to

 

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER to have all team members call 204- 654-2255 on game day to make sure all games on with no schedule revisions

 

 

To contact the League please email us at kildonansports@shaw.ca

 

PLEASE READ!!

 

MEMO on Sportsmanship, penalties, game ejections & suspensions

 

There has been some confusion and miscommunication with refs, players and League officials on some of the below and the League takes 100% responsibility for this but moving forward it will be more clear for everyone for the safety and well being for all involved to make the of game of Sponge Hockey Fun

 

The refs also have full authority to call a game AT ANY TIME if he feels it is about to get out of hand

 

PLEASE NOTE- it is up to all players and captains to let all ALL players aware of all rules.

 

If a player is kicked out of a game they are AUTOMATICALLY suspended for minimum 1 game (one game that the team plays) so if a player is kicked out let them know NOT to play the next game

 

Any team that has a suspended player on the bench or plays will forfeit the game and the player will still be suspended

 

It is up to all teams to check suspension page on the web site daily

 

SELF POLICING- if you have a “bad apple” or two on your team, you SURELY must know who they are. If you see a player on your team getting out of hand, please settle the player down or ask them to leave. We suggest having “team” penalties or fines in place for team mates getting out of hand. If teams control their “bad apples” is will go a long way in making for a fun, clean game

 

Although probably 95% of the players in our League show good sportsmanship, there are a few “bad apples” that make games less pleasant (with verbal abuse or “dirty play”) for other players as well as officials.

 

Reffing Spongee can be very hard, especially if the players are playing “dirty” or verbally abusive. The refs are doing their best out there but some players make it VERY difficult for them.  The League supports our officials and their decisions 100%.

 

Refs have been instructed to call EVERYTHING. No one is wearing full equipment so it can be very dangerous on the ice. Even the slightest “hack” on the shins can hurt, which may lead to retaliation.  Please tell your players to play clean and this will make games a lot more smooth and enjoyable for all.

 

Verbal abuse toward other players and Officials WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

The League reserves the right to suspend any player or team that we feel is detrimental to the game of Sponge Hockey due to verbal abuse of League officials or opposing players or for excessive rough play. If we suspend a team the will be taken off the schedule for the remainder of the season and a pro-rated refund of League fees MAY be applied.

 

Most players are excellent so we do not want to ruin the fun of the game with few “bad apples”. Refs are now instructed to crack down on the verbal abuse, which many times leads to chippy play.

 

We will have zero tolerance to any player uttering threats. If the ref hears a player threaten violence or challenge a player to a fight, they will be assessed a 3 minute penalty and an automatic GAME EJECTION. Refs have full authority to give game ejections to players on both teams if they appear to be “chirping” too much in a negative way or are getting too physical. Players can be written up are any altercations (with other players or officials) that happen ANYWHERE on the premises of any facility that hosts our league (this includes parking lots, lobby or dressing rooms) Once the game is over please “leave it on the rink”

 

 

Game Ejections- Player/s involved have 3 minutes to leave the rink area after leaving the ice. First the visiting team's player/s will be escorted off the ice to they can get their personal belongings from their bench, if necessary, then once they leave the rink area.  The home team's player/s will do the same. Remember, the game clock is still running, so the quicker you have your players leave, the less it will cut into your playing time. The ref may add a delay of game penalty or CALL THE GAME after 3 minites if they feel the player is intentionally taking too much time to leave the rink area. Any player/s not abiding by these procedures will face possible lifetime ban from league and community centre, and/or criminal charges if the situation warrants

 

Suspensions- First game ejection- AUTOMATIC minimum 1 game suspension- Second game ejection- same season- minimum 3 game suspension- Third game ejection- same season- minimum 5 game suspension- NO APPEALS

 

 

 

 

Any player suspended from one team (that does, or wants to play on another team) cannot play on any other team in the league while suspension is on. The league will contact team captain with severity of the suspension. Any player suspended may be banned from community center premises, including parking lot, 1/2 hour before, during, and 1/2 hour after all league events while suspended. The league will provide suspended player with all dates and times of league functions upon request

 

Any player threatening a ref or challenging a ref to fight will be suspended indefinitely

 

3 Penalties by a player in a game is an automatic game misconduct (not ejection which warrants suspension)

 

 

Penalties- All faceoffs when a penalty is called will go in the defensive zone of the team taking the penalty, except when there are coincidental penalties, then faceoff is at closest faceoff circle

 

Penalties-All basic hockey penalties as per the CAHA rulebook will apply, with the following exceptions:

 

Penalties- if a team scores during a “Delayed penalty” the penalized team WILL still take a penalty after the goal is scored

 

PENALTY SHOT AWARD

 

If a team is assessed 5 penalties in a game (including coincidental minors) Penalty shots will be awarded IN ADDITION to each penalty assessed (excluding coincidental penalties) from the 6th penalty on. Any player may take the penalty shot. After the penalty shot, whether a goal was scored or not, the face off will be in the offending teams zone and the penalty will then start at the drop of the puck.

 

 

Coincidental penalties- teams will play with the same number of players before penalties occurred Players serving coincidental will do so in their own player’s boxes.

 

All minor penalties 3 minutes in duration from the drop of the puck after the penalty is called, with penalty being served in its entirety no matter how many goals opposing team scores. If the 3 minutes expires during a stoppage in play, the player can not return to the ice until the drop of the puck.

 

Minor penalties- tripping, hooking, interference, unsportmanlike conduct, minor slashing, minor cross-checking, minor roughing, minor body contact, intentionally moving your net to stop a scoring chance or instigating rough play

 

Delay of game-this includes shooting the puck directly over the fencing or over (not in) the player's box (intentionally or not) anywhere between the defensive zone face-off circles. Any rinks with no fencing around boards, there is no penalty for unintentionally shooting puck over boards only. Intentionally knocking net out of position is a penalty and a goal may be awarded if referee feels intentionally moving the net prevented a goal (then no penalty is called only a goal is awarded)

 

High sticking- each team allowed one warning, then if player's stick comes in contact with the puck over the height of the crossbar, or player swings or carries stick recklessly (including attempting to knock down a puck higher than the crossbar with your stick and no contact is made) a minor penalty is called.

 

GRABBING THE JERSEY- 3 minute minor penalty

 Anyone caught grabbing an opponent’s jersey/jacket even for the slightest moment will be assessed a 3-minute minor penalty

 

There is absolutely no reason to grab an opponent’s jersey/jacket as this is done to usually to throw a player slightly off balance without drawing a penalty. Well now it will be a penalty

 

Diving- any player that leaves their feet deliberately (in referee’s judgement), and in an attempt to play the puck, whether offending player has contact with the puck or not, and trips opposing player. He/she will be assessed a minor penalty if referee feels it was accidental, and a major penalty if deliberate. A player may dive to block passes & shots if no one is tripped. If someone falls down accidentally (in refs judgement) and someone falls over them, this is NOT a penalty

 

Major Penalties- are 6 minutes in duration with from drop of the puck after penalty is called, with penalty being served in its entirety no matter how many goals are scored. Players receiving major penalties will automatically be ejected from game and suspended (see suspensions) a player on the ice at the time of penalty must serve penalty. Exception- coincidental penalties- the players are ejected and no one has to serve the penalties. Anyone ejected from a game has 2 minutes to leave rink area or face the possibility of a lifetime ban from the league a team defaulting the game.

 

Major Penalties can be given out for excessive slashing, crosschecking, roughing, body contact, boarding, or hitting from behind. Also deliberately attempting to take out one or both of a player’s feet (slew footing) will be a major penalty. Major Stick penalties will be an automatic 10 game minimum suspension

 

 

Fighting- ZERO TOLERENCE

 

Anyone throwing a punch at an opponent. will be assessed an automatic major and game ejection  for fighting. Teams, not the refs, must pull their own player/s apart from fight.

 

Defination of a fight- Person throwing a punch ….or a person willing to throw a punch (if a player attempts or challenges a player to a fight but gets “loses the fight” without throwing a punch this is still considered a fight) If a player is “sucker punched” and made no attempt to initially fight, or fight after the sucker punch, that is NOT consider a fight

 

FIGHTING- ZERO TOLERANCE- First fight- 5 game suspension. Second fight (within 5 years

Of first fight)- 20 game suspension- which can carry over to following season. Third fight- lifetime ban from the league- NO APPEALS. Instigating a fight may be an addition 8 game suspension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR 2015-2016

 

Before the game refs will get  team captains together to introduce yourselves. (Similar to a “ground rules” meeting before a game of slopitch.  Team captains will be who talks to the ref about concerns throughout a game and vice versa.

 

In women’s, they will all meet again at half time to discuss any concerns

 

SELF POLICING- if you have a “bad apple” or two on your team, you SURELY must know who they are. If you see a player on your team getting out of hand, please settle the player down or ask them to leave. We suggest having “team” penalties or fines in place for team mates getting out of hand. If teams control their “bad apples” is will go a long way in making for a fun, clean game

 

Women’s teams can only make line changes on the fly or on goals, penalties, or at the half. We have been playing that way in Men’s and Coed for many years and will be enforcing this in Women’s starting this season

 

Women’s teams will now play a “balanced” schedule with no divisions set until playoffs. We are trying this based on a majority vote for 1 season and vote on it again next season

 

 

 

 

 

In the event of excessive wind chill we will NOT EVER cancel games...we may shorten games to 17 minute halves or 15 minute halves for the safety of players, goalies and refs. If we shorten games you may go warm up in between games if you have 2 games that day.

 

Wind chills will be taken from readings the Winnipeg Forks NOT the Winnipeg Airport

The refs will let you know at game time the wind chill values if it a factpt

 

-Wind Chill  is 32c to -38c-  ............refs will ask teams if they want to shorten game to 17 minute halves..if ONE team says yes..it is YES

 

-Wind Chill  is 39c to -41c...........automatic 17 minute halves

 

-Wind Chill  is -42 and higher........automatic 15 minute halves

 

Refs still be paid full fees (consider it "danger" pay)

 

 

Bundle up players...this is Winterpeg!!

 

Scorecards- Please make sure First AND Last names are on the cards and clearly written. Only have players on the card that are at the game. Ref will count players and if too many players are listed on the score card, all stats and credit for games played will not be counted for that game

 

 

 

 

 To contact the League please email us at kildonansports@shaw.ca

 

 

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MEMO Regarding Winnipeg Jets home games:

 

We have already been getting requests to reschedule games so players can attend Jets games

Unfortunately, we can NOT reschedule games.

 

If your players decide to miss spongee to go to a Jets game and you can not ice a team you WILL have to forfeit.

 

If you Forfeit 24 hours in advance you will not be charged ref fees

 

The following are reasons why………

 

A- Lack of rinks available (we have over 165 teams to schedule for)

B- Lack of time to make up games

C- You and/or you opponents picked that day to play games and not alternate days (unless weather dictates a cancellation)

D- Rinks are booked and rented to the League, rescheduling would mean paying rent twice for the same game/s (not in budget)

E- Jets home games every season will always put conflicts in schedule and we can not work around them

 

Let your players know this. They must decide if they are playing spongee or going to the Jets game/s.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER to have all team members call 204- 654-2255 on game day to make sure all games are on with no delays- NO MATTER HOW NICE IT IS OUTSIDE!

                  

(Equipment can break down at anytime at the clubs causing scheduling problems)

 

 

 

 

We have, received several complaints over the years about alcohol being consumed at the community centers

 

The League and the Community Centers have ZERO tolerance to this!!

 

Any player and/or Team caught consuming alcohol, leaving empties behind, using drugs, or smell of drugs will be SUSPENDED for the rest of the season.

 

This includes in club house, on rinks, in players boxes, on grounds or parking lots

 

NO WARNINGS- NO APPEALS and no Registration fees will be refunded

 

The Community Centers are kind enough to rent out League their rinks so YOU can play Sponge Hockey. Community Centers are for members of the community, and more importantly children, who WILL NOT be exposed to such actions from our League

 

Without these community centers, there is no League, and at this point, some clubs may take away our rinks, so PLEASE respect our Rules and policies

 

It is up to you to let your team mates know, and patrol your team because if you don’t, it may be YOUR team mate that ruins it for YOU!!!

 

 

Please make sure you buy the correct sponge pucks. Some places are selling the sponge pucks that are too light and too soft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the event of excessive wind chill we will NOT EVER cancel games...we may shorten games to 17 minute halves or 15 minute halves for the safety of players, goalies and refs. If we shorten games you may go warm up in between games if you have 2 games that day.

 

Wind chills will be taken from readings the Winnipeg Forks NOT the Winnipeg Airport

The refs will let you know at game time the wind chill values if it a factpt

 

-Wind Chill  is 32c to -38c-  ............refs will ask teams if they want to shorten game to 17 minute halves..if ONE team says yes..it is YES

 

-Wind Chill  is 39c to -41c...........automatic 17 minute halves

 

-Wind Chill  is -42 and higher........automatic 15 minute halves

 

Refs still be paid full fees (consider it "danger" pay)

 

 

Bundle up players...this is Winterpeg!!



 
 



 


 

 

 

REMEMBER YOUR CSA APPROVED HOCKEY HELMETS!!!

 

Players must wear their helmets (with chin strap done up) or that CAN’T PLAY!!!

 

Let your team mates know this!!

(Visors and cages are NOT mandatory, but are recommended)

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment- all players must now wear CSA approved hockey helmets. Goaltenders must wear CSA approved hockey Goal Masks or hockey helmets.

 

It is NOT up to the refs to check helmets before players step on the ice. If a player is on the ice, once the game starts, without a LEGAL helmet, whether the play is going on or not, and is noticed by the ref, the player will be assessed a 3 minute minor penalty and will not be able to play until he/she puts on a proper helmet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may contact the League at kildonansports@shaw.ca

 

 

 

SUSPENSION PAGE UPDATED REGULARLY

 

Please check on a regular basis. If you see a suspended player playing while under suspension, please notify the League immediately

 

 

STATS PAGE UPDATED!!!

 

(Please remember stats are just for fun and NO awards are given out and may not be 100% accurate, as we just record what teams put on the scorecards. If we feel a team is making a mockery of the stats we will not list any players from their team in the scoring leaders)

 

 

 

Rule clarifications:

 

Penalties- All faceoffs when a penalty is called will go in the defensive zone of the team taking the penalty, except when there are coincidental penalties, then faceoff is at closest faceoff circle

 

The League reserves the right to suspend any player or team that we feel is detrimental to the game of Sponge Hockey due to verbal abuse of League officials or opposing players or for excessive rough play. If we suspend a team the will be taken off the schedule for the remainder of the season and a pro-rated refund of League fees MAY be applied.

 

Most players are excellent so we do not want to ruin the fun of the game with few “bad apples”. Refs are now instructed to crack down on the verbal abuse, which many times leads to chippy play.

 

 

We will have ZERO tolerance to any player uttering threats. It the ref hears a player threaten violence or challenge a player to a fight, they will assessed a 3 minute penalty and an automatic GAME EJECTION

 

Any player threatening a ref or challenging a ref to fight will be suspended indefinitely

 

 

GAME EJECTION: Any play receiving a game ejection for these infractions will receive an automatic suspension.  All Suspensions will carry over from season to season- First game ejection 1 game suspension. Second Ejection same season- 3 game suspension. Third ejection same season- 5 game suspension- NO APPEALS

Any player suspended from one team (that does, or wants to play on another team) cannot play on any other team in the league while suspension is on. The league will contact team captain with severity of the suspension. Any player suspended may be banned from community center premises, including parking lot, 1/2 hour before, during, and 1/2 hour after all league events while suspended. The league will provide suspended player with all dates and times of league functions upon request

 

Game Ejections- Player/s involved have 3 minutes to leave community centre after leaving the ice. First the visiting team's player/s will be escorted off the ice to they can get their personal belongings if from their dressing room, if necessary, then once they leave the community centre, the home team's player/s will do the same. Remember, the game clock is still running, so the quicker you have your players leave, the less it will cut into your playing time. Any player/s not abiding by these procedures will face possible lifetime ban from league and community centre, and/or criminal charges if the situation warrants

 

Sponge Hockey is for FUN…...please remember that!

 

TEAMS PLEASE NOTE

 

When Community Center staff is cleaning rinks, please stay off the ice until the staff and their equipment is right off the ice.

 

Staff will STOP cleaning the ice if players step on the ice before they are done. If they are flooding the rink in between your games, you may stay in your player’s box until the staff has left the rink.

 

Please vacate your dressing rooms with 15 minutes of game’s completion

 

 PLEASE LET ALL YOUR TEAM MATES KNOW!!

 

KEY VIOLATION- Many players are really getting on the refs about the key rule. Please remember, the key is an important rule, but the refs PRIORITY is to watch the puck and watch for penalties. They will do their best to call the key. Players may be given unsportsmanlike penalties for verbally abusing refs on this matter (as well as any other matter)

 

 

 

 

PLEASE use garbage cans- The clubs will be supplying garbage can in player’s boxes and dressing rooms

 

 

 

 

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Please remember to head to Boston Pizza after the games for great deals!

 

 

 

We are proud to announce that the Kildonan Spongee League is partnering up with Boston Pizza and Royal Sports for the upcoming season….check the web site regularly as there will be awesome promotions and deals.

 

 

 

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***Buy your 2015/ 2016 sponge hockey team gear at Royal Sports***

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