2021 USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships

Feb 04, 2021 to Feb 07, 2021
Dollar Lake, Eagle River, Wisconsin

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Event Information

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Welcome to the registration page for the 2021 USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships. There will be changes this year due to COVID-19, but we are excited to be able to put this tournament on for the 16th year.

You DO NOT need a complete roster at the time of registration. Completed rosters will be due in early January. A valid credit card or debit card will be required to complete your registration. Follow the link below for more Pond information.

The Pond Hockey National Championships began in 2006 with 40 teams on 6 rinks and has evolved into the premier pond hockey tournament in the US, boasting more that 250 teams and some 2,000 players. Thank you for all of your support to make this tournament what it is. 

 

A 2020-21 USA Hockey Registration is required to complete your tournament registration. If you are not already a member, please sign up using the link below.

Before registration opens: Make sure you have your confirmation number. Don't know? Click here to lookup your number

Date

February 04-07, 2021

Location

1458 E Dollar Lake Rd
Dollar Lake, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521
Contact Person : Brian Hartman
E-Mail : adulthockey@usahockey.org

Fee Information

$700.00 per team

Registration

Registration fees include three game guarantee, post game beverage, and player gift. Full payment and valid USA Hockey confirmation number are required at the time of registration.

DIVISION DESCRIPTIONS HAVE CHANGED FOR THIS YEAR. READ THE DIVISION DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR TEAM.

Team Name Policy

Because USA Hockey’s website and social media platforms are visible to hockey fans of all ages (e.g. children of participants that go to the website to see if their mom or dad won that day), Pond Hockey team names must not be offensive to any particular group or individual. While we encourage and enjoy creativity, we will not post team names online that may be sexually suggestive, discriminatory, or harassing in any way. USA Hockey will review all team names and, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject any team name or modify any team name deemed offensive by either abbreviating or shortening the name. Thank you for your cooperation in being respectful to all hockey players and fans.

Team Dropout Policy

Teams who wish to withdraw from the tournament must do so before Tuesday, December 1st in order to receive a refund of 75%. Teams that withdraw after December 1st, will forfeit their $700 entry fee. If the event is later cancelled due to COVID-19, teams that dropped out will not receive a refund and are still subject to the Team Dropout Policy. 

You MUST contact the adult hockey department in order to process your cancellation at AdultHockey@usahockey.org.

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2021 USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships Online Registration

Registration for the 2021 USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Championships will open September 30th, at 10AM MST.

Cost for the 2021 tournament will be $700 per team and each player must be registered with USA Hockey prior to the start date of the tournament. 

Registration will open promptly at 10AM MST on Wednesday, September 30th.

Rosters are NOT required on the day of registration but if you have them you can input them.

Full payment of $700 is required at the time of registration. Acceptable credit cards are:

-Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express

Cancellation Policy

Weather Cancellation Policy

The USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships are an outdoor event. By entering, you acknowledge that you will be playing on a natural, outdoor ice surface, and ice conditions are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions as determined by the tournament director(s), teams will receive a refund of 25% and a guaranteed entry into the 2022 USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships in the same division that they are currently registered (no exceptions).

COVID Cancellation Policy

Should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19, all teams will receive a 75% refund to the credit card on file from initial registration.

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2021 COVID-19 Changes (subject to change at any time)

  • To comply with state and local distancing requirements the event will begin 1 day earlier. Thursday, February 4 – Sunday, February 7.
  • Absolutely no spitting at the venue. Spitting will result in a goal for the opposing team. 
  • All high-risk 50+ divisions are not being offered this year. 
  • Absolutely no spectators. 
  • Team check-in and scoring will be done electronically. There will be no hanging signs. 
  • Teams will change attack directions at the end of the half but will keep the same bench areas.
  • Digging pucks out of the snowbank is prohibited. The first person to the area the puck went out will win possession. 
  • No sharing of any equipment.
  • There will be no changing tents.
  • Merchandise will be sold online only before, during and after the tournament.
  • Food & beer will not be sold on site. 
  • Benches and shovels will be sanitized prior to the tournament start and at the end of each day.

Tournament Rules

  • -USA Hockey does not permit drone devices at the USA Hockey/Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships.
  • -All players are required to follow USA Hockey Adult Level equipment recommendations; all players are required to wear a helmet designed for hockey (HECC approved or otherwise). Helmets must include a chin-strap that shall be properly worn at all times.
  • -All players must be 21 years of age by the start date of the tournament.  Teams must also follow the additional age requirements for their respective division.  
  • -Players may only play on one team. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
  • -All teams must arrive at the tournament site with light and dark game sweaters. Teams must wear color contrasting sweaters during games, and if a change must be made the visiting team shall be required to make the switch.
  • -Minimum number of players on a team is four (4); maximum is seven (7).  Teams must have four (4) players at the start of each game.
  • -All Teams must have at least 4 players ready to play at their scheduled game start time.  If not the game clock will start and the offending team will be penalized one goal for each minute they are late.  Should the offending team produce 4 players at any time during the first half the game will start at that point with the offending team down the appropriate deficit (i.e. five minutes late, game will begin at the 10 minute mark with the offending team down 5-0).  If the offending team is not able to produce at least four players by the end of the first half, the game shall be declared a forfeit and the NON-OFFENDING team will be awarded a 15-0 victory.  
  • -Prior to every game, each team will shovel/scrape one half of the rink.
  • -The Home Team shall have first choice of which half of the ice to defend.
  • -There will be a center ice face-off to start each half. Each half shall be fifteen (15) minutes in length. A five (5) minute warm-up is allowed before the game, and half-time will be five (5) minutes in length. All periods are “Running Time”.
  • -Teams shall switch ends during the second half of the game.
  • -Each team is allowed one time-out per game. All time-outs are one minute in length.
  • -All goals must be scored from the attacking side of the center red line.
  • -After a goal, the team that scored will be required to wait on their defending side of the red line. The team that is scored upon must advance the puck up the ice immediately. Defending teams can engage the puck carrier once the puck crosses the center red line.
  • -There will be no offside or icing.
  • -Penalties will be enforced.  Any minor penalty called such as tripping or slashing will result in a goal for the non-offending team plus change of puck possession. 
  • -Any serious (major penalty) infractions will result in ejection from the game with no replacement.
  • -Fighting is strictly prohibited.  Any player that fights will be ejected from the tournament with no replacement.
  • -No body-checking is allowed during games. Any intentional, overt, or reckless body contact will result in a minor or major penalty.
  • -There will be no slap-shots. If the stick rises above the knee in attempt of a shot or pass it will result in a change of puck possession.
  • -There will be no lifting the puck above the knees; pucks that are intentionally raised above the knees will result in a change of puck possession.
  • -Stick contact with the puck above the waist will result in a change of puck possession.
  • -No use of goaltending equipment, with the exception of skates, shall be permitted..
  • -A player may not lay his/her stick, drop to their knees or lay on the ice to protect the goal.  Players must remain on their skates in front of the goal.  No more than one player can occupy the space in front of the net.  Any act of “goaltending” shall result in an awarded goal for the non-offending team.
  • -Players should make every attempt to play a puck that lands on the snow bank. If the puck is “unplayable” the referee shall determine possession based on who directed the puck out of the playing area. Once possession is awarded, defending players should stand two-stick lengths away to begin play.

 

TIED GAMES

  • -Round Robin Competition: If a game is tied at the end of regulation, a three minute, 4 on 4 run-time period will be held.  The team that scores the most goals during that time will be declared the winner. All goals scored will count towards the goal differential.  If still tied an additional sudden victory period will be played until one team scores to be declared the winner. 
  • -Playoff Competition: If regulation ends in a tie, there shall be a one minute rest period followed by a five (5) minute overtime period. Teams shall play 4 on 4. Playoff Overtime is non-sudden victory. The team which scores the most goals at the end of the overtime period shall be declared the winner. If the game is still tied after the first overtime period, this same procedure (1min rest; 5min OT) shall be followed until a winner is decided.
  • -Teams shall return to their original ends of the ice for the first overtime period, and switch ends during each successive overtime period. 

 

ILLEGAL PLAYERS & TEAMS:

  • -If the tournament director(s) determine that an illegal player has participated in the tournament, the player(s) shall be immediately removed from the tournament and the team using the ineligible player(s) will receive a 0-1 forfeit loss in each of the games the illegal player(s) participated in.
  • -Illegal players are any participants that:
  1. 1. Violate the minimum age requirement for their skill division
  2. 2. Participate in a division below their skill level
  3. 3. Participate on two team rosters
  4. 4. Are under 21 years-of-age.

 

  • Silver Division & Below: If it is determined by the tournament director(s) at any point during the preliminary round games that a team’s skill level as a whole is far above their competition, that team will be permitted to play the three game guarantee, but will receive a 15-0 forfeit loss for those games and will not be permitted to advance. 

THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR(S) RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY DECISIONS REGARDING TOURNAMENT RULES, FORMAT, ETC. FOR THE OVERALL GOOD OF THE EVENT. IN ALL CASES THIS DECISION SHALL BE FINAL.

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Please use the following division descriptions as a guideline when choosing a division. It is advised that you place your team based on the experience of your team’s strongest three players as opposed to your weaker players.

DIVISION DISCLAIMER

Knowingly entering your team into an inappropriate division will not improve your chances of getting into your preferred division that might be sold out. Registering into an inappropriate division and also going on a waitlist for an acceptable division will move you to the bottom of that waitlist. Please sign up for the appropriate division or, if it’s sold out, put yourself on the waitlist. The tournament director(s) reserves the right to move teams into appropriate divisions/waitlists as needed to ensure parity across the tournament.

If you won your division last year, you must play in a division above, where applicable (high level divisions may be an exception) USA Hockey's staff reserves the right to move your team if you register in a division you previously won.


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Division Descriptions

Gold – This division is made up of advanced to elite level players. These players may have professional (any level, including Europe), NCAA Division I or III College, Major Jr., and Junior A playing experience. Teams in this division are comparable to traditional “A” level adult league teams.
 
Silver 21 & Older – This division consists of advanced level players who may have Junior A or B, Non-Varsity College (ACHA), Midget Major AAA, and Prep/Varsity High School playing experience. Teams are comparable to traditional “B” level adult league teams. 
 
Silver 30 & Older – Same guidelines as Silver 21 & Older with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  All players must turn 30 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
Bronze 21 & Older – This division is comprised of players that may have experience at the Division II or III ACHA levels, Junior B or C, Varsity high school, and lower midget levels. Some players may have limited organized youth playing experience, but have several years of experience as a recreational adult player. These teams are comparable to traditional “C” level adult league teams.
 
Bronze 30 & Older – Same guidelines as Bronze 21 & Older with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  All players must turn 30 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
Intermediate 21 & Older – This division may have players with some organized playing experience (either as an adult or a youth), little or no youth playing experience but have played several years as an adult player, and players that have some non-varsity high school experience but are several years removed from those levels. These teams are comparable to traditional “D” level adult league teams.

Intermediate 30 & Older – Same guidelines as Intermediate 21 & Older with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  All players must turn 30 years of age by the start date of the tournament. Same guidelines
 
Beginner – Teams are entirely comprised of beginner adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of teams consists of players with 1-5 years of entry level playing experience as an adult. These teams are comparable to traditional “E” level adult league teams.
 
40 & Older Tier I – Intended for higher skilled teams comprised of players 40 years of age and older who have had many years of playing experience at a high level (previous college, professional, etc.). All players must turn 40 years of age by the start date of the tournament.

40 & Older Tier II – Intended for novice to intermediate skill level teams comprised of players 40 years of age and older. The majority of the team consists of participants with minimal playing experience. Same age requirement as the 40 Tier 1 division.
 
Women-Gold - In this division teams are comprised primarily of advanced level players. These players may have played professional women’s hockey, NCAA Division I or III college, or any other higher level of women’s hockey.
 
Women-Silver - Teams in this division have players that may have played prep or varsity high school, non-varsity college (ACHA), or have 10+ years of women’s adult hockey playing experience.
 
Women-Bronze - This division primarily consists of novice level players. These players may have some youth hockey experience, but most have less than 10 years of playing experience as an adult. 

Women-Beginner - Teams are entirely comprised of entry level adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of the team consists of adult players with less than 5 years of entry level playing experience.

Women-30+ - Typically all players in this division are bronze to silver caliber players over the age of 30. Players must be 30 or older by the start date of the tournament.

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