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Table of Contents

Article 1: Players Bill of Rights

Article 2 The IOHL Rule Book

Article 3: Scheduling Procedures

Article 4: Roster and Transactions

Article 5: Legislative Process

Article 6: Judicial Process

Article 7: League Structure

Article 8: Disciplinary Actions

Article 9: Playoff Rules/Procedures

The Rules and Guidelines of the IOHL

Article 1: Players Bill of Rights

Every player in the IOHL has certain rights to ensure equal treatment and the opportunity to play, according to the rules and procedures that govern the league. Provided that the player has followed those rules and procedures, and fulfilled their commitment and responsibilities as a IOHL player, the Player's Rights must be complied with.

Chapter 1: Players Rights

Section 1:1.1 Participation

  • Active roster players have the right to being scheduled a minimum of 3 games per week, but not more than a maximum of 6 games a week.
  • Active roster players have the right to be involved in team practices.
  • Active roster goalies have the right to being scheduled for a min of 3 games, maximum of 7. In any single schedule week, the majority of the player's games must have been at the Goalie position to qualify for the 7th game and that game 7th game must be played as a Goalie.
  • Section 1:1.2 Fair Treatment

  • A Player has the right to be treated with respect by every member of the community. This includes Staff, Management, and other Players. Derogatory, negative, malicious, etc. comments towards other Players in the IOHL will not be tolerated. Any direct or indirect comments in a derogatory manner that pertains to race, sex or religious beliefs will NOT be tolerated. You will be given respect and it is expected that you will respect others as well.
  • Section 1:1.3 Notification

  • A Player has the right to be duly notified when a transaction involving that player has been completed, or a ruling has been made against that player. This should typically be provided to you by either your Team Management or a League Staff member.
  • 1:1.4 Request a Trade

  • Once per Season, an active roster player has the right to respectfully request to be traded. Under the following conditions:
    1. The trade window must be open.
    2. The player must make their request in a respectful manner, via PM to their management group and by posting a formal trade request in a new thread in the forums.

      Demanding a trade, speaking to other team’s Management regarding trades may give Management the right to file an appeal with Commissioner's Staff. You will be subject to Disciplinary actions if found guilty under the player tampering rule.

    3. The player must continue to fulfill their commitment to their current organization while they are being shopped for Trade. Requesting a trade does not excuse a player from their responsibility to attribute to the success of their current organization. This includes showing for scheduled games, trying your best and not deliberately doing anything to negatively impact the team you are requesting to be traded from. Any violations of the described above will be grounds for supplemental discipline.

      Amendment; If a player chooses to request a trade before playing at least 3 games for their team (example: during preseason), he/she forfeits their right to receive their minimum 3 games until a trade is found. The owner has the option to continue playing the player for the week OR to bench him/her until a trade is made. The owner has 1 full IOHL week to make a trade, if a trade has not been agreed upon before this deadline the player will be placed on waivers.

      • If a player requests a trade and they have played at least 3 games for their team prior to the request their team has to honor that player’s right to play (at least 3 games) for the week until traded. If a team feels the player who requested a trade might throw games, or harm their team’s success they must file a complaint with staff for consideration and action as soon as possible.
      • If a trade request is made in the beginning or middle of a week (when games are already being played, or have been played) the request will go into effect when the transaction window opens. Example: Player requests a trade on Monday, their trade request clock is effectively active on the end of that week (conclusion of Thursday’s games) and his/her team has until the following the Sunday to find a trade or else the player will be placed on waivers. A team can trade a player any time after they officially submit a trade on the forums, but the trade clock window for when the team is obligated to fulfill the trade request follows the guidelines described above.
    4. The player must give their management at least 1 IOHL week (minimum of 7 days) to comply with their request.
    5. The player may not request a trade to a specific organization.
    6. If there are no offers for that player, they will be sent through Waivers at the end of the 1 week period, the timetable for this week has been outlined above.
    7. Trade Requests by a Player are limited to Once Per Season. (two with a package)
    8. Players must not attempt to broker their own trade. This includes but is not limited to; talking to another team’s Owner, GM, AGM, Captain or any member of the team with the specific purpose of asking for that team to acquire you. Players are permitted to respectively talk with the Management team about their trade options but may not demand any course of actions.

    Failure to adequately comply with these conditions may result in an inability to act on the player's request for Trade or possible Disciplinary actions.

    Section 1:1.5 Trade Request Retraction

  • A player may retract their trade request at any point until a Trade is Accepted & Approved by contacting their Team Management and positing a trade revoke on the same post they originally had put their trade request in on the forums.
  • Retracting a trade does not negate the action of requesting a trade. You will not be able to request a trade later on in the season after retracting a trade.
  • Players are only entitled to one (1) retraction a season. Players may not request and retract trade requests repetitively, thus the limit of one retraction per season
  • Section 1:1.6 Injury Claim

  • A Player has the right to request placement on the IR. Under the following conditions:
    1. The player may not participate in games for a period of at least 1 week, meaning they either cannot play any games or at the very least the 3 game minimum.
    2. The player may not claim injury for more than two weeks in a season without staff approval.

    Failure to request placement on the IR prior to a period of inactivity, may result in a player being Disciplined due to inactivity.

    Section 1:1.7 Retirement

  • A Player has the right to declare retirement and retain their player status, according to procedures set forth in the constitution and outlined by the IOHL.
  • Failure to comply with procedures for retirement may result in a Blacklist.
  • A player that chooses to Retire will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the current IOHL Season. Players are expected to provide as much advance notification to the Team Management as possible.
  • Section 1:1.8 Right to Appeal

  • IOHL Players have the right to Appeal disciplinary actions made against them. If you choose to appeal, it is expected that you will have evidence to prove you are not guilty of the Offense you were charged with. Requesting an Appeal and then simply arguing about it, with no tangible proof of innocence, may lead to even further disciplinary actions.
  • The IOHL Staff have the right to file an appeal, on behalf of the player, regarding a decision made against them, according to the Judicial Process (Article 2).
  • Anything that is said or done by the offending player between the time after a disciplinary action has been handed out and the time of an appeal is admissible during the appeal process.
  • Chapter 2 Players Responsibility

    Section 1:2.1 Rules

  • It is the Players responsibility to know, understand, and follow the rules of the league. This includes but is not limited to; gameplay, conduct inside/outside of a game, as well as conduct on the website.
  • These Rules are clearly published on the IOHL site for your review and knowledge. Claiming to be unaware of any applicable rule will NOT be a viable defense of your innocence. If you read rules and would like clarification, discuss with your Team Management and Veterans, if they are unable to answer your question then it is recommended that you message a League Staff member for a more detailed explanation.
  • 1:2.2 Availability

  • Players are responsible for posting their availability, on a weekly basis, in their Team Locker Room, as directed by your Team Management.
  • Failure to follow this process can result in Disciplinary actions or forfeiture of scheduling eligibility and could build a case for that player’s retirement for the season.
  • Refer to 2:4.1 "Availability" for further guidelines.

    1:2.3 Showing Up

  • Players are responsible for showing up 10-15 minutes early for their scheduled games. If a player is unable to do so for some reason, they are expected to give their management plenty of notice, so that they can arrange a substitution.
  • If you are not online and with your team by 5 minutes prior to the game, your Team will have the right to substitute you and your missed game will count as a game played for that week. The League expects reasonable cooperation from both Players & Management in this matter.
  • 1:2.4 Commitment and Dedication

  • It is the player's responsibility to make themselves available for team practices and/or meetings. Players are also expected to be active members of the IOHL community. You are not required to post on a frequent basis, but you are expected to stay updated on League events, such as rule and procedure changes, and be active in reviewing information posted in your Locker Room. The foundation of information for this league is found at www.iohl.net , XBOX messaging is acceptable at times but not at the expense of a Player frequenting the League website.
  • The IOHL does not allow the promotion of other League sites during IOHL sanctioned events or on our website. Further, the IOHL asks all members to uphold the high standards of the IOHL and to not promote our league on the site (or during events) of other Leagues. This is a disrespectful practice and is unnecessary as the IOHL recruits plenty of players through other means. Violation of this policy may subject you to IOHL Disciplinary actions.
  • Players are expected to participate in the league, regardless of the Team they are assigned to. Players are to know that they may be traded, as their Owner sees necessary, and are expected to participate at 100% regardless of the organization they are assigned to.
  • 1:2.5 Sportsmanship

  • Players are expected to show sportsmanship to one another by following the rules, being respectful toward other members, and conducting themselves in a decent and respectable manner.
  • It is highly discouraged that you message any member of another team after a game regardless of the outcome
  • During a game the Commissioners Staff are NOT to be contacted. They will NOT interfere in a game. If you feel a violation has occurred, you are to play the game out as best as possible. Only the Commissioners can determine if a violation has occurred. After the game is completed, file a formal complaint using the IOHL Complaint Program and provide the supporting evidence.



  • Article 2 The IOHL Rule Book

    The IOHL Rule Book

    Section 2:1.1 Preamble

  • The IOHL is a simulation style league. We attempt to mimic professional hockey as closely as possible. While we may not always be able to succeed in that goal due to logistics or game controls, we will constantly seek to improve upon those aspects and implement further procedures in order to bring us as close as we can to our real life counterparts.
  • This will involve adaptation of certain protocols to suit our needs, as well as creating rules in an attempt to make a video game more realistic. The IOHL provides its members with the opportunity to experience their own career as either a player or a member of a management team.
  • Section 2:1.1 General Conduct

  • When participating as a member of the community in IOHL sanctioned events or on the IOHL site, you are to show respect and sportsmanship towards other members and follow the rules at all times.
  • Conduct unbecoming of a member may provide grounds to be charged with an “Offense”, as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, based on sufficient evidence being provided within a filed complaint. This constitutes, but is not limited to; Blackmailing, Confessing to Breaking Rules, Causing a Panic or Riot, Filing false league information and derogatory comments towards other players within the IOHL or the IOHL League as a whole.
  • Section 2:1.3 Jurisdiction

  • IOHL Sanctioned events are classified as any IOHL related interactions that take place outside of the IOHL website. These include, but are not limited to: IOHL games, scouting sessions, meetings, official WhatsApp team groups and any other event which may be classified as representative of our community.
  • Members do not fall under IOHL jurisdiction at all times, but in any instance where the IOHL brand is brought into play, we reserve the right to legislate the members of our community involved according to the standards of our constitution. This will include communications, through any medium, that are To/From IOHL members and regarding matters that directly involve or are related to the IOHL. The expectation is that all members will treat one another with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Chapter 2: League Standards

    Section 2:2.1 Offense System

  • Regarding its rules and punishments, the IOHL employs an Offense system which largely resembles a three strikes rule. Certain rules require stiffer punishments, staff reserves the right to hand out punishments as we see fit. All other violations will result in the accumulation of an Offense. In most cases, the League Disciplinary Staff will usually issue a Formal Warning to a member prior to them receiving their First Offense, however, this is not a mandatory requirement of our system. This means we DO NOT have to issue warnings on all first time offenses!!!
    • Sub-Section 2:2.1.1 Player Punishments

    • May issue a Formal Warning (depending on the severity of the offense)
    • 1st Offense: 3 Game Suspension (Player must be scheduled and substituted the first 3 games of the following week) If a suspended player is not scheduled and subbed out following the suspension guidelines, those games (the amount of games for the suspension) will be considered in violation and WILL result in a forfeit loss for the team with the suspended player.
    • 2nd Offense: 10 Game Suspension (1 IOHL Week) (Player must be scheduled and substituted the complete 10 games of the following week) If a suspended player is not scheduled and subbed out following the suspension guidelines, those games (the amount of games for the suspension) will be considered in violation and WILL result in a forfeit loss for the team with the suspended player.
    • 3rd Offense: Blacklist - Suspension for the remainder of the current Season AND the full following Season.

      Sub-Section 2:2.1.2 Management Punishments

    • May issue a Formal Warning (depending on the severity of the offense)
    • 1st Offense: 3 Game Suspension (Manager must be scheduled and substituted the first 3 games of the following week) If a suspended player is not scheduled and subbed out following the suspension guidelines, those games (the amount of games for the suspension) will be considered in violation and WILL result in a forfeit loss for the team with the suspended player.
    • 2nd Offense: 10 Game Suspension for the Manager or the entire Management Staff, if appropriate. (1week) If a suspended player is not scheduled and subbed out following the suspension guidelines, those games (the amount of games for the suspension) will be considered in violation and WILL result in a forfeit loss for the team with the suspended player.

      • (Managers must be scheduled and substituted the complete 10 games of the following week)

    • 3rd Offense: Removal of the entire Management team or specific members

      * At any time during the season, with evidence provided, the Commissioner's Staff has the right to hold a meeting with a Team’s Management Staff to discuss the possibility of the Management being removed. This will take place in situations that are deemed more serious than a first or second Offense.

      Sub-Section 2:2.1.3 Owner Punishments

    • May issue a Formal Warning (depending on the severity of the offense)
    • 1st Offense: 3 Game Suspension (Owners must be scheduled and substituted the first 3 games of the following week) If a suspended player is not scheduled and subbed out following the suspension guidelines, those games (the amount of games for the suspension) will be considered in violation and WILL result in a forfeit loss for the team with the suspended player.
    • 2nd Offense: 10 Game Suspension for the Owner or the entire Management Staff, if appropriate. (1 IOHL week) If a suspended player is not scheduled and subbed out following the suspension guidelines, those games (the amount of games for the suspension) will be considered in violation and WILL result in a forfeit loss for the team with the suspended player.

      • (Owner/Managers must be scheduled and substituted the complete 10 games of the following week)

    • 3rd Offense: Removal of the Owner and/or specific Management members

      * At any time during the season with evidence provided, the Commissioner's Staff may hold a meeting with the Owner (and Management if appropriate) to discuss the possibility of the Owner being removed. This will take place in situations that are deemed more serious than a first or second Offense.

    Section 2:2.2 Public Complaints

  • League Staff will ensure those who file complaints are kept anonymous. Therefore, anytime the League Staff feels a complaint has been made public on Xbox, forums, etc., the league reserves the right to have the complaint voided.
  • Players who file complaints may not always be informed of the outcome of the complaint nor the full details involved in the League ruling of the matter. They are encouraged to check the public Disciplinary sections of the site forum for that information.
  • Section 2:2.3 Standard of Participation

  • Team Management members are empowered to charge their own Player(s) with a Formal Warning or a First Offense (as appropriate), providing the Management submits it to the Commissioner's Staff by using the Complaint Form for review prior to issuing a ruling against that Player.
  • If an Owner would like to issue a team suspension to a player on their roster it cannot exceed the 3 game minimum for a week, and it cannot be given more than once in a season for the same player. All team issued suspensions must be filed using the complaint form for staff approval.
  • Player Probation: Players returning after previously being Blacklisted will be allowed to return on a Probationary basis only. Probationary players will effectively begin back into the IOHL with their 1st Offense against them and they will be listed in the Disciplinary section of our forum. Probationary players will receive a 10-Game suspension on their first infraction and be Blacklisted again on the second infraction. Some offenses may be determined to be severe enough to warrant an immediate return to the Blacklist, this will be at the discretion of the League Staff. Once a player completes one complete Season without any further infractions they will be removed from the Probation log and will return to the standard Offense system for any future infractions. Players on Probation may not hold Team Management positions.
  • Section 2:2.4 Player's Right to Complaints

  • Players are welcome and expected to send in complaints if they have issues with Team Management, League Officials, or in-game issues. However, proper protocol and decorum must be followed when doing this. Using the complaint form found on the main site is the proper way to file a complaint.
  • You may not publicly complain about any of these groups or harass any member of these groups that you may have an issue with.
  • All complaints must be filed using the IOHL Complaint program. If there are any issues that the complaint program may not address contact League Staff via PM.
  • Chapter 3 Game Night Rules

  • As a Player, you are responsible for your actions on and off the virtual ice. The rules in this section detail what you, as a Player, are required to do and avoid doing in regards to in-game rules. All of the rules in Section 3 apply to all who participate in the league, whether you are a Player, Manager, Owner, or Staff member.
  • If a complaint with sufficient evidence is filed and a Player is in violation of these rules, the Player will accumulate an Offense as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, unless another punishment is specifically outlined or determined appropriate.
  • Section 2:3.1 Game Setup Procedures

      Sub-Section 2:3.1.1 Game Setup

    • From the main menu: Xbox Live > Community > Lobbies > Skill Level
    • Create an OTP room in Skill Level and use away vs home format (ie; IOHL DAL v NYR). Passwords will be chosen by staff and given to owners at the start of the season

      Sub-Section 2:3.1.2 Pre-Game Timing

    • -10 Minute Mark
    • Home Team is to create the lobby
    • Away Team is to join the lobby
    • Organize your line up and start getting your Players into the lobby
    • -5 Minute Mark
    • Both teams should have their entire team in the lobby with all of their available players. -Determine the Game Host as per Sec. 3.1.3
    • 0 Minute Mark
    • Game should be launched in a punctual manner.
    • +5 Minute Mark
    • ** The League will allow an additional 5 minutes for late players. This extra 5 minutes does not have to be requested.
    • All games must be started by the +5 min mark (example: game starts at 10:30, the game must be hosted by the 10:35 mark.)
    • If the game is not started by the home team by 10:35 (+5 minutes) mark, the away team is permitted to notify the home team in the lobby chat they are starting a game lobby with the best available host from their team. Once the game lobby timer (3mins) has ended if either team still is unable to field 6 players, picture or video proof will be taken and a forfeit will be called. The Team owner/management must be in contact with one another to communicate that a forfeit is going to be taken.
    • Forfeits can be accepted after the MOC's are in contact with each other. Teams who cannot ice six members by the given time(s) are directed to inform their opponent that they must forfeit the scheduled game.
    • The team who is calling the forfeit must notify staff via WhatsApp/website pm saying that a forfeit win has occurred. Photo evidence of the of the lobby and/or message from the other team must be provided with a timestamp
    • Communication between Teams is of the utmost importance in these situations**

      Sub-Section 2:3.1.3 Hosting

    • The Away team always chooses the host.
    • It is the responsibility of the Home team to choose two hosts to offer for selection to the Away team. Potential hosts should be selected to ensure the best possible connection to all Players. If the selected hosts do not show a green connection for one or more players a new host selection choice must be provided upon request of the Away team. If different host selections are not given to the away team when requested, the home team’s management team will be considered for disciplinary action.
    • The Home team is only required to offer a new potential host if the connection of the host shows less than green for one or more Players. This is done via request from the Away team, typically using the in-game text chat. It is strongly and highly encouraged when the away team requests new host selections picture and/or video proof is taken to help show cause and reason. If no proof is given of the request of new host or insufficient connections, the home team could escape disciplinary action.
    • A complaint may be filed for hosting issues if a valid request for a host change was denied. The league may rule for a replay if the evidence is sufficient to prove that the host was providing a less than green connection to one or more Players. Evidence that supports the Complaint (photographs of connection quality) will need to be provided in all cases.

    Section 2:3.2 Gameplay

  • This section outlines both the gameplay rules and the procedures involved in resolving broken rules both during and after games.
  • It is important to understand that if a gameplay rule is broken BUT DOES NOT DIRECTLY AFFECT THE PLAY it is NOT a violation.
  • During a game the Commissioner’s Staff are NOT to be contacted. They will NOT interfere in a game. If you feel a violation has occurred, you are to play the game out as best as possible. Only the Commissioners can determine if a violation has occurred. After the game is completed, file a formal complaint using the IOHL Complaint Program and provide the supporting evidence.

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.1 Mercy Rule

    • There is no cap on scoring for the first 2 periods of play. This means a team can score as many goals as want in periods 1 and 2. At the end of the second period, or at any time during the third period, if one team holds a 7 goal lead the game must be ended and stats recorded.
    • The Players on the losing team MUST all back out of the game and the winning team will take stats for both teams. If a member of the losing team refuses to leave the game and sufficient evidence is brought to the league's attention, that player will face disciplinary action.
    • Breaching of the mercy rule includes but is not limited to; continuing to play after going up at least 7 goals, continuing to score after going up by at least7 goals, any member of the losing team continuing to play after being down by at least 7 goals, or any member of the losing team staying in the game after being down by at least 7 goals.
    • If the winning team is found to be in violation of the mercy rule, the team will forfeit all stats and the game will go into MyStats as a 1-0 win for the winning team (the team that went up 7+goals). Disciplinary infractions will be included, with the first time offense being a formal warning (only if no other infractions were handed out prior to the incident)
    • If the winning team is found to be in violation of the mercy rule for a second time in a season, the team will forfeit all stats and the game will go into MyStats as a 1-0 loss for the winning team (the team that went up by 7+ goals). Disciplinary actions will be taken for the management team and any team members responsible.
    • It was stated above that the winning team will take pictures for both teams in the event of a mercy. The winning team is also responsible to send those pictures to a member of management on the losing team prior to the 23hour deadline for stat input. This means the pictures must be sent to the losing team for stat input no later than 9:30pmEST the following day. The losing team does NOT have to request these pictures.
    • If the losing team does not receive pictures from the winning team prior to the 23hour deadline (9:30pmEST) and proof is given that this has not been done, the winning team will forfeit all stats for that game and the game will be entered in MyStats as a 1-0 win for the winning team (the team that won by 7+ goals). Disciplinary actions will be given to the entire management team, formal warning for all first time offenses of this rule (as long as no other infractions were handed out prior to the incident).
    • If the winning team is found to be in violation of sending pictures to the losing team a second time throughout the season, the team will forfeit all stats and the game will go into MyStats as a 1-0 loss for the winning team (the team that won the game by 7+ goals).

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.2 Impeding Progress (Kneel/Dive/Hip Check)

    • You may not use a hip check as a means to block access to an area of the ice. You may only assume a hip check position when a player is currently skating in your direction with the puck, or when a player has recently relinquished possession of the puck. You may not remain in a hip check position for longer than 3 seconds.
    • You may not use LB or Diving (LB+RB) at any time to impede a player’s progress.
    • You may only use the LB or (LB+RB) while in your defensive zone, the neutral zone, and only in anticipation of blocking a shot or a pass or from behind at a player on a breakaway. YOU MAY NOT USE LB OR (LB+RB) WHILE IN THE OFFENSIVE ZONE. Refer to section 3.2.7.4: Possession when an infraction occurs. When you do choose to kneel or dive you may not remain in that position for longer than 3 seconds.

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.3 Board Play

    • You may board play yourself behind your own goal line.
    • You may board play yourself when the puck is dumped into the offensive zone and you are the first player to pick up the puck. This can also be applied to hard around dumps. On foot races to the puck in dumping situations the player who gets there first may board play themselves. It cannot be for longer than 5 seconds.
    • You may NOT board play yourself anywhere else on the ice for any other reason.
    • You may board play your opponent at any point during a game

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.4 Ragging the Puck

    • A player or team may not attempt to hold the puck in their defensive zone in order to kill time off the clock for any reason. You are permitted to reset a breakout by moving the puck backwards once per team possession.
    • Teams are allowed to play a "cat and mouse" game behind the net to start a breakout, or to make room to dump it. If a team wishes to kill time they may do so by dumping the puck, or by playing keep away in the offensive zone.

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.5 Goaltender Interference

    • It is the skater's responsibility to give the goaltender enough room to maneuver.
    • If a goaltender's actions to protect the net or play the puck result in contact with a skater, the skater is at fault (UNLESS it is clear that an animation out of the skater’s control caused contact with the goaltender). These actions include diving, poke checks, cutting down the angle, playing the puck, or attempting to cover the puck.
    • Goaltenders may not draw an interference call away from their crease unless they are attempting to play a puck. A goaltender may not step out of his crease for the purpose of impeding a player's progress or to draw an interference call. There are no restrictions on a goaltender's movements in relation to keeping the puck out of the net, or coming out of net to attempt to play the puck (not just to get in the way).

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.5.1 Diving at the Goalie

      • There will be no diving at the Goalie for any reason. If a goal happens while diving at the goalie that goal will not count. Diving at the goalie is done by pressing (LB + RB) at the same time

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.6 Glitching

    • Exploits, Cheats, Mods, or any other form of tampering with the Game or its intended gameplay are prohibited. These things cannot be specifically covered by the rules, therefore are all categorized as one. Any of these types of exploits need to be brought to the League Staff as quickly as possible so as to be able to better identify the effect on play. If necessary, a rule may be later created when the League sees it as necessary or appropriate. Ihe League Staff will make the final decision as to whether or not a player gained an unfair advantage.

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.6.1 Wraparounds

      • A team is allowed to attempt the ANIMATED wraparounds 3 times/game after 3 the goals will not count.
      • **Note you must keep track of how many wraparounds are being attempted. If there are more than three wrap around attempts that happen during a game please contact the MOC for the other team and let them know

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.7 Resolving Broken Rules During a Game

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.7.1 Procedures

      • If a Player breaks a game-play rule during a game, the important thing to remember is to PLAY ON. Choosing to not play, quitting out, etc. are all unacceptable. There is no need for communication between teams regarding an incident. Follow the section below which relates to the possible infraction. Give the team a chance to give back the puck, penalty, or goal.
      • Returning the puck, goal, or penalty after an in game infraction absolves you of any wrongdoing. You will not be punished for your infraction.

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.7.2 Goals

      • When a goal is scored as the result of an infraction, take video proof of the incident and send it to a staff member if contested.
      • The goal scored due to the infraction, will not be included when entering stats.
      • The goal and assists from the game summary are subtracted from Players stats, and the goal against is subtracted from the goaltenders' stats.

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.7.3 Penalties

      • When a penalty occurs as the result of an infraction, the team receiving the illegal power play should take a penalty in order to return to even play.
      • The Player to be penalized is to immediately engage an opposing Player on the boards to initiate an interference penalty or throw the puck over the glass for a delay penalty. Once the penalty has been called, the return is complete and play resumes as normal. (There are no additional considerations for a difference on the clock between the two penalties, or the resulting 4 on 4 situation.)
      • If multiple penalties apply, multiple returns may be offered.
      • If there is an occurrence that becomes too complicated for returns, either due to a multitude of infractions, penalties, or a major penalty, the game is completed as normal and a complaint must be filed for a League ruling.
      • Neither the penalty applied due to the infraction, nor the penalty taken in return is to be included in the individual stats for those players. When stats are adjusted in this manner, a note is to be made in the Owners Board Room for all to see. The game stats are not adjusted in this situation.

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.7.4 Possession

      • When an infraction occurs that only includes a loss of possession, a return of possession can be made by giving possession of the puck to the other team and having all of your skaters touch your blue line.
      • If you are unable to return possession, you may offer restitution the next time you do have possession of the puck. The important consideration is that it is obvious to the other team by your actions on the ice that you are offering a return. Your goal in this situation is to avoid the filing of a complaint. If you do not feel your restitution was apparent to the other team by your actions, it is recommended that you repeat it.

      Sub-Section 2:3.2.8 Adjusting Stats After An In Game Infraction

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.8.1 Goal Incident

      • When a goal is scored as the result of an infraction, the Commissioners will remove that goal from the result of the game. If a team wins by one goal, and one goal is overturned in this manner for that team resulting in a tie score, the game will be set for a replay (Which will be one period and sudden death overtime periods if needed until there is a winner)

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.8.2 Penalty Incident

      • When a discrepancy in penalties is proven, the Commissioner has a right to institute a replay for that game. A replay will only be considered in cases where there are multiple penalty discrepancies, or the game was decided by one goal. Otherwise, standard penalties will apply.

        Sub-Section 2:3.2.8.3 Possession Incident

      • The only times a replay will be instituted for a possession related incident is when there is sufficient evidence that either one team was ragging the puck to preserve a one goal lead or the illegal method of obtaining possession directly impacted the deciding goal of a one goal game. Otherwise, standard penalties will apply.
  • Section 2:3.3 Disconnect Procedures

      Subsection 2:3.3.1 Player Loses Connection

    • If a player lags out, freezes, drops from the EA servers, gets a disc unreadable error or has any other connection issues before the game starts (regardless if extra time was asked for or not) the Player is given a max of 5 minutes in order to reconnect and complete his game. During the time allotted for the Player to regain connection his team may choose to substitute the Player.
    • If any Player drops prior to, or during the first faceoff of a game, the game is to be paused at the next whistle. There are no penalties applied to either team for a lag out, and any play occurring prior to the pause will still count. The Player who drops has a max of 5 minutes to return. His team may also choose to replace him with a substitute in this timespan.
    • If any single Player drops after the first puck of a game has been dropped, that team will play without the Player until the next intermission, and be charged with a lag out penalty. This penalty restitution must be applied immediately upon re-start. The Player who drops must take the lag out penalty.
    • If any single Player drops before the opening faceoff of the 2nd, 3rd, or an overtime, restart the period immediately. If a player lags out after the puck drops in any period, the period should be played out utilizing the guidelines above. That Player's team will be charged with a lag out penalty, to be applied immediately upon restart.
    • It is important for Management to be in contact with each other during this process.

      Sub-Section 2:3.3.2 Goaltender or Multiple Skater Drop

    • If the goaltender for either team or any combination of 2 Players in the game lose connection, the game is to be paused at the next whistle, the time and stats recorded, and the game restarted immediately. Any goals scored, or penalties taken by either team prior to the next whistle after a goalie lags out or 2nd player lags out will be considered valid.
    • If Players from both teams lose connection, regardless of numbers, all lag out penalties are voided.
    • Upon restart, if there are NO penalties to apply, the team winning the faceoff is to retreat to their goal line with the puck. All other skaters from the team with possession must remain in the defensive zone. The other team must remain on their side of center ice. When the time in the period reaches that of the time the pause occurred for the lost connections, both teams may resume play as normal.
    • Upon restart, if there ARE penalties to apply, the team taking the first penalty must be allowed to win the faceoff. The Player taking the penalty and a Player from the opposing team must wait by the bench. When the time in the period reaches that of the time the pause occurred for the lost connections that Player is to initiate board play with the other Player. If a team drops more than one player, each player is to take a penalty.
    • Once all penalties have been applied, play resumes as normal. It is important to understand that if a goalie or a multiple Player lag out occurs while a team is on the penalty kill, that team is required to honor that powerplay.
    • When multiple lagouts occur, 2 new hosts from the home team may be offered as a replacement host if requested.
    • It is important for Management to be in contact with each other during this process.

      Sub-Section 2:3.3.3 Restarting the Game

    • When a game requires a restart, follow these procedures:
      1. Both teams continually pause the game.
      2. If all pauses are depleted, no Players are permitted to take any action. Put the controllers down and let the clock run until the intermission to gather stats.
      3. The away team gathers their Players' stats and exits the game.
      4. The home team gathers their Players' and the game stats and exits the game.
      5. The game is restarted. The only change permitted is an ECU for a Player who is unable to complete the game. Players must play the same positions upon restart, and Players who received a misconduct penalty are not allowed to return or be replaced.
    • In order to record stats more quickly during pauses or intermissions when a restart is required it is recommended the each team have a stats taker for their team that is able to record or capture the stats with a camera or capture card.
    • If a member of the away team does not quit out after recording stats, or if any Player continues to play when a restart is required, a complaint must be filed against that Player with evidence that they remained in the game and/or took further action at that time.

      Sub-Section 2:3.3.4 Player Drops and Cannot Return

    • If for any reason a Player is unable to connect in order to finish a game, that Player must be replaced with a substitute. That game will register as both a game played for the dropping Player and for the substitute Player. All stats will be recorded for both Players.

      Sub-Section 2:3.3.5 Game Misconduct

    • When a Player receives a game misconduct that Player is gone for the rest of the game. They do not return upon a restart and their team finishes the game with a CPU controlled player. If the game needs to be restarted the Player cannot return and the team must play with a CPU player at that position.

      Sub-Section 2:3.3.6 Computer Players

    • Goals scored against computer goaltenders prior to a whistle will count.
    • Goals scored by a computer player only count if scored by the extra attacker, replacements for Players taking fighting majors/game misconducts. No other CPU scored goals will count under any circumstance (this means lagged out players).

    Chapter 4 Player

  • As a Player, you are responsible for your actions on and off the ice. The rules in this section detail what you, as a Player, are required to do and avoid doing in regards to in-game rules. All of the rules in Section 3 apply to all who participate in the league, whether you are a Player, Manager, Owner, or Staff member.
  • If a complaint with sufficient evidence is filed and a Player is in violation of these rules, the Player will accumulate an Offense as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, unless another punishment is specifically outlined or determined appropriate.

      Section 2:4.1 Availability

    • Players are to post Availability each week between 12:01 AM Friday of the current week for next weeks games, and the deadline 11:59 PM Saturday (day before the lines are posted) in their respective Team Locker Rooms at www.iohl.net . Failure to do so may be grounds for an Offense.
    • If you do not post your availability you will still play the minimum 3 games per week, but your scheduled games will be at the discretion of your Team Management with no particular regard to your actual availability. To ensure you are available when the Team schedules you….you must post your availability each week.

      Section 2:4.2 No Shows

    • A Player not showing up to scheduled games and without contacting management prior to the game time will be subject to an Offense and may possibly result in a suspension or even Blacklist.

      Section 4.3 Player Tampering

    • Player tampering is defined as the act of a roster player contacting a rostered/contracted Player or owner/management on another team (without permission) for the purposes of:
    • Conducting transactions on behalf of your team (any contact from a skater to an owner/management from another team regarding trades or transactions in any capacity is strictly prohibited)
    • Informing a player/management that you requested a trade
    • Informing a player/management that you are on the trade block
    • Asking a Player to request a trade from his team
    • Asking a Player to refuse to play or throw games for his current team
    • Asking a Player to file a complaint on your behalf
    • There are many different intricacies that could be considered Player tampering and it would be impossible to list them all here. If you feel that your Player has been tampered with you are to send any evidence you have directly to the Commissioner for review utilizing the Complaint System. If found guilty of Player tampering, the offending player will be subject to Disciplinary action and automatically skip the formal warning.
      • Sub-Section 2:4.3.1 Demanding/Brokering a Trade

      • Players are permitted to request a trade, once per Season, as long as it done in a respectful manner and during a time that the trade window is open.
      • Demanding to be traded to a certain team, arranging to be traded to a new team, and refusing to play are a few examples of what can’t be done during the trade request process.
      • Failure to comply to the standards in Article 6: Player’s Bill of Rights in regards to requesting a trade is an offense punishable by your trade request possibly becoming void and, in certain cases, Blacklisting.
      Refer to Article 6 of the IOHL Constitution

      Section 2:4.4 Quitting the Team or League

    • A message on Xbox Live, IOHL PM, or Forum Post from the player stating his intention not to play anymore or quitting the team/league results in a Blacklist. Players that announce this in a responsible manner and give adequate time to their Team to replace them, etc. will be “Retired” until the end of the current Season and may return in the following. Players that are not responsible in giving proper Notice may be Blacklisted for the remainder of the current Season and the following Season.

      Section 2:4.5 Ineligible Player

    • Ineligible player is described as, but not limited to:
      • Playing while being suspended or banned
      • Illegal substitutions
      • Player not on your roster
      • Player who has exceeded the games limit
      • Use of an ineligible player in a game will result in the forfeit of the game played by the team using the ineligible player and a loss of all stats for the players of that team from the game, as well as an Offense for the management team and the ineligible player.

      Section 2:4.6 In-Game Communication

    • In-Game communication is limited to Management ONLY. Players are not to message other players or Management before or during the game, or in between restarts. If a different line of communication is needed for whatever reason a team’s Management may communicate with any player on the opposing team in an effort to resolve or clear up situations. This includes but is not limited to text chat in the In-Game lobby; this area is strictly for use by the Team Managers and League Staff.
  • Chapter 2:5 Management

  • The rules in this section detail what you as a Manager are required to both do and avoid doing in regards to your duties as Management in the IOHL. If a complaint with sufficient evidence is filed and a Manager is in violation of these rules, the Manager will accumulate an Offense as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, unless another punishment is specifically outlined.
  • Managers must also follow all other rules listed in Sections 1-4 of this rulebook. They too are Players in the league and will be judged on those infractions as a Player, and in some instances as both a Player and a Manager.
  • The IOHL Staff holds Management to the highest standards and expect you to lead by example. In any case of a violation, admission of guilt may be taken into consideration when Staff is ruling on complaint.
    • Section 2:5.1 Late Lines

    • Management is required to have their team's weekly lines posted in their forum Locker Room by Sunday at 7:00PM EST at the latest.

      Section 2:5.2 Line Adjustments

    • Subbing after a forfeit game is a violation. In the case of a forfeit game no players are to be substituted in or out.

      Section 2:5.3 Ineligible Player

    • Ineligible player is described as, but not limited to:
      • Playing while being suspended or banned
      • Illegal substitutions
      • Player not on your roster
      • Player who has exceeded the games limit
      • Use of an ineligible player in a game will result in the forfeit of the game played by the team using the ineligible player and a loss of all stats for the players of that team from the game, as well as an Offense for the management team and the ineligible player.

      Section 2:5.4 Circumvention or Falsifying any of the Site’s Systems or Forum

    • All information entered by Management into the scheduling and stat systems must be accurate. Any attempt to falsify information, with sufficient evidence, will result in both an Offense and a mandatory meeting with the Commissioner’s Staff regarding the conduct of the Management team with further action being likely.

      Section 2:5.5 Late Stats

    • Management is required to enter stats within 24 hours of completion of the first game from the previous night (10:30pmEST). This includes games played on Thursday evenings and this rule will be strictly enforced. Late Stats will automatically result in a forfeit win for the opponent and your team stats will not be eligible for entry. Further, late stats will result in an accumulation of an Offense and may become grounds of removal from a Team Management position.
    • If you encounter a problem that may delay the entry of your stats, the only option you have is to contact a League Staff member immediately to discuss the situation and be given advice on how to proceed or you may be granted an extension. Extensions will not be more than an additional 24 hours unless very extenuating circumstances are involved; this will be at the discretion of the League Staff.

      Section 2:5.6 Poor Communication with Players

    • Management is responsible for ensuring that Players are aware of all of the applicable IOHL rules. They are also responsible for promoting activity, through other threads in their locker rooms. If there is sufficient evidence that Management is not doing enough to make their Players aware of the rules the Commissioner’s Staff will meet with the Management team to discuss their placement in Management and the responsibilities. It is strongly encouraged that the Team Management send daily reminders through XBox to their Players that are scheduled for games that evening.

      Section 2:5.7 Disclosure of Private Information

    • As a member of Management, you may be given access to information that ordinary Players do not have. Examples of this are the Trading Block and Waiver Wire details. This information is not to be leaked, and if evidence comes to light that you are leaking this information you will be immediately removed from Management and possible Blacklisted. Direct disclosure, innuendo, or any other means of communicating privileged information will not be tolerated.

      Section 2:5.8 Player Rights Violation

    • Management members are expected to uphold and abide a Player’s Rights, as found in Article 6. Any breach of these Rights will result in a review of the situation by the League Staff. Repeat or extreme violations of the Player’s Rights can result in Disciplinary actions. Refer to Article 6 of the Constitution

      Section 2:5.9 Player Tampering

    • Player tampering is defined as the act of contacting a rostered/contracted Player on another team (without permission of his Owner) for the purposes of:
      • Informing the Player that you’re trying to trade for him
      • Informing the Player that he is on the trade block
      • Informing the Player that he has been placed on waivers as part of a pending transaction
      • Asking the Player to request a trade from his team
      • Asking the Player to refuse to play or throw games for his current team
      • Asking the Player to file a complaint on your behalf
      • There are many different intricacies that could be considered Player tampering and it would be impossible to list them all here. If you feel that your Player has been tampered with you are to send any evidence you have directly to the Commissioner for review utilizing the Complaint System. If found guilty of Player tampering, the offending Management will be subject to Disciplinary action and automatically skip the formal warning.

      Section 2:5.10 Forfeits

    • Management is responsible for overseeing the well-being of their team. As such, any operational shortcomings of their team in the end falls on them. One major instance of this is forfeits.
    • While at the end of the day it is the Owner’s responsibility to recognize when their team is forfeiting excessively, forfeits can also often be attributed to the specific team’s Management. It is the Management’s responsibility to do their best to ensure their team does not forfeit games.
    • As soon as the League Staff recognizes a trend of forfeits for a specific team they will be in contact with that team’s Management. Any and all possible assistance will be offered to work through that situation. If, after a period of time, this trend does not progress in a positive direction, the Management will be subject to possible removal and/or Disciplinary action.

    Chapter 2:6 Owners

  • The rules in this section detail what you as an Owner are required to both do and avoid doing in regards to your duties for running an organization in the IOHL. If a complaint with sufficient evidence is filed and an Owner is in violation of these rules, the Owner will accumulate an Offense as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, unless another punishment is specifically outlined.
  • Owners must also follow all other rules listed in Sections 1-4 of this rulebook. They too are Players in the league and will be judged on those infractions as a Player, and in some instances as both a Player and an Owner.
  • The IOHL Staff holds Owners to the highest standards. In any case of a violation, admission of guilt may be taken into consideration when Staff is ruling on a complaint.
    • Section 2:6.1 Playing in Another League

    • The IOHL does allow for its members to play in other leagues as long as it doesn't effect their team in anyway. Management is held to a higher standard than players so management is also allowed to play in other leagues as long as it doesn't effect their responsibilities as being a part of management for their respective team.

      Section 2:6.2 Circumvention or Falsifying any of the Site’s Systems or Forum

    • All information entered by Owners into the scheduling and stat systems must be accurate. Any attempt to falsify information, with sufficient evidence, will result in both an Offense and a mandatory meeting with the Commissioner’s Staff regarding the conduct of the Owner with further Disciplinary action being likely.

      Section 2:6.3 Poor Communication with Players and Management

    • Owners are responsible for ensuring that their Management and Players are aware of the rules. They are also responsible for promoting activity through other threads in their locker rooms. If there is sufficient evidence that an Owner is not doing enough to make their Management and Players aware of the rules the Commissioner’s Staff will meet with the Owner to discuss his placement in Ownership and the responsibilities. It is strongly encouraged that the Team Management Staff send daily reminders through XBox to their Players that are scheduled for games that evening.

      Section 2:6.4 Disclosure of Private Information

    • As an Owner, you are given access to information that ordinary Players do not have. Examples of this are the Trading Block and Waiver Wire details. This information is not to be leaked, and if evidence comes to light that you are leaking this information you will be immediately removed from Management and possible Blacklisted. Direct disclosure, innuendo, or any other means of communicating privileged information will not be tolerated.

      Section 2:6.5 Player Rights Violation

    • Owners are expected to uphold and abide a Player’s Rights, as found in Article 6. Any breach of these Rights will result in a review of the situation by the League Staff. Repeat or extreme violations of the Player’s Rights can result in Disciplinary actions. Refer to Article 6 of the Constitution

      Section 2:6.6 Player Tampering

    • Player tampering is defined as the act of contacting a contracted Player on another team (without permission of his Owner) for the purposes of:
      • Informing the Player that you’re trying to trade for him
      • Informing the Player that he is on the trade block
      • Informing the Player that he has been placed on waivers as part of a pending transaction
      • Asking the Player to request a trade from his team
      • Asking the Player to refuse to play or throw games for his current team
      • Asking the Player to file a complaint on your behalf
      • There are many different intricacies that could be considered Player tampering and it would be impossible to list them all here. If you feel that your Player has been tampered with you are to send any evidence you have directly to the Commissioner for review utilizing the Complaint System. If found guilty of Player tampering, the offending Management will be subject to Disciplinary action and will automatically skip the formal warning.

      Section 2:6.7 Forfeits

    • Owners are responsible for all shortcomings within their organization. One major instance of this is forfeits.
    • While at the end of the day it is the Owner’s responsibility to recognize when their team is forfeiting excessively, forfeits can also often be attributed to the specific team’s Management. It is the entire Team Management’s responsibility to do their best to ensure their team does not forfeit games.
    • As soon as the League Staff recognizes a trend of forfeits for a specific team they will be in contact with that team’s Management. Any and all possible assistance will be offered to work through that situation. If, after a period of time, this trend does not progress in a positive direction, the Management will be subject to possible removal and/or Disciplinary action.

    Chapter 2:7 Staff

  • The rules in this section detail what the League Staff members are required to both do and avoid doing in regards to your duties for the IOHL. If a complaint with sufficient evidence is filed and a Staff member is in violation of these rules, the Staff member will accumulate an Offense as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, unless another punishment is specifically outlined.
  • The entire League Staff must also follow all other rules listed in Sections 1-4 of this rulebook. They to are Players in the league and will be judged on those infractions as a Player, and in some instances as both a Player and a Staff member.
  • The IOHL Senior Staff holds themselves and fellow League Staff to the highest possible standards. In any case of a violation, admission of guilt may be taken into consideration when the Staff is ruling on a complaint.

      Section 2:7.1 “League Staff"

    • All staff members from CEOs down to League Officials, as described in Article 1. Refer to Article 1 of the Constitution

      Section 2:7.2 Player Rights Violation

    • Staff are expected to uphold and abide all Player’s Rights, as found in Article 6. Any breach of these Rights will result in a review of the situation by the entire League Staff. Repeat or extreme violations of the Player’s Rights will result in Disciplinary actions. Refer to Article 6 of the Constitution

      Section 2:7.3 Circumvention or Falsifying any of the Site’s Systems or Forum

    • All information entered by Staff into the scheduling and stat systems must be accurate. Any attempt to falsify information, with sufficient evidence, will result in both an Offense and a mandatory meeting with the full League Staff regarding the conduct of the Staff member with further Disciplinary action being likely.

      Section 2:7.4 Disclosure of Private Information

    • As a Staff member, you are given access to information that ordinary Players do not have. Examples of this are Disciplinary matters, the Trading Block and Waiver Wire details and many others. This information is not to be leaked, and if evidence comes to light that you are leaking this information you will be immediately removed from the League Staff and possibly Blacklisted. Direct disclosure, innuendo, or any other means of communicating privileged information will not be tolerated.

      Section 2:7.5 Poor Communication with Players and Team Management

    • Staff members are responsible for helping to resolve many issues throughout the League during the course of a Season. All Staff are expected to communicate efficiently and with reasonable respect to Players. You do not have to allow yourself to be verbally abused, nor will you abuse others. This is a position of trust and respect, work hard to maintain a calm and cool demeanor at all times.

      Section 2:7.6 Player Tampering

    • In the circumstance of possible player tampering from a Staff member, this will be treated as a breach of Confidential information as Staff are not allowed to be Owners or Team Management. Tampering from anyone within the IOHL is unacceptable.

      7.7 - Playing in Another League

    • The IOHL does allow for its members to play in other leagues as long as it doesn't effect their team in anyway. Staff members have the highest of expectations within the IOHL and are held to a higher standard than players. Staff members are allowed to play in other leagues as long as it doesn't effect their responsibilities as being a part of the IOHL Staff. The expectation for Staff members is that the IOHL is their primary league and their greatest concern.
  • Chapter 2:8 Conduct/ToS (Applies to All Members)

      Section 2:8.1 Terms

    • By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site.

      Section 2:8.2 Disclaimer

    • The materials on the IOHL website are provided "as is". The IOHL makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, the IOHL does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

      Section 2:8.3 Revisions and Errata

    • The materials appearing on the IOHL website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. The IOHL does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. The IOHL may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. The IOHL does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

      Section 2:8.4 Links

    • The IOHL has not reviewed all of the external sites linked to IOHL.net or any part thereof and is not responsible for the contents of any such externally linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by IOHL of the external site.
    • The IOHL has not reviewed all of the sites linked from IOHL.net to any external site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by IOHL of the external site.
    • Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.
    • Further, you may not post any links (including forum posts, threads, etc.) to anything being sold by yourself, another member, or guest. Posting links to &/or selling any type of merchandise on the IOHL website is strictly prohibited.
    • Links (including forum posts, threads, etc.) that are for "free services" or "free merchandise" are subject to review by staff and may be removed at any time without notice.

      Section 2:8.5 Site Terms of Use Modifications

    • The IOHL may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

      Section 2:8.6 Language

    • This is an English based website. All primary and secondary communication will be conducted in English.
    • The only permitted language in the chat box is English. Members are permitted to make use of website translation in order to access the site when English is not their primary language.
    • The IOHL welcomes members from across the globe. If you require assistance in order to participate fully, please do not hesitate to contact the Commissioners for the league(s) you are interested in, or request help from our members.

      Section 2:8.7 Conduct

    • The TOS also covers issues and conduct relating, but not limited to, conduct of members, usage of the site, and any issue which has a negative impact on the quality of the site and/or it's content.
    • Racial slurs, profanity, vulgarity, pornography, advertising, and spamming (identified as unrelated, excessive, or frivolous usage), or any other content which may be deemed offensive, are all grounds for warning, limited ban, or lifetime ban. This covers any aspect of the site, not limited to the Forums, Shoutbox, website, as well as the XBOX Live during Site Sanctioned Events.
    • **You may not post excessive negative remarks about the league trying to scare players away.
    • **You may not post vulgar, demeaning, racist or crude remarks about anyone on the site.
    • ** You may not spam for other websites, leagues, or any other services.
    • ** You may not post pornagraphic, or illicit; materials, videos, pictures, or audio.
    • Administration has sole jurisdiction in determining the frequency or severity of such incidents, and related punishment applied.
      • Sub-Section 2:8.7.1 -- Warning :

      • You may be asked by any staff member to cease or refrain from actions they have deemed inappropriate, or in violation of the TOS. Should you receive such a warning, you are expected to not only stop your current actions, but avoid them in the future. Multiple warnings will result in a ban, no matter how minor. When staff issues a warning, they are trying to protect you, and avoid the need to remove you, by having you examine your actions and be more cautious.
      • Arguing with a warning, disrespecting the staff issuing it, or ignoring the warning, will likely result in your removal from the website.

        Sub-Section 2:8.7.2 -- Limited Ban :

      • You may be banned by the League Administration. A ban from the web site will also result in a 1 week suspension from all league games during that week. All such bans will be noted and posted in the Disciplinary threads in the forum. A temporary ban is used to prevent a member from compounding an issue, for their own protection, and protect the integrity of the site while a review is conducted.

        Sub-Section 2:8.7.3 -- Permanent Ban :

      • You may be permanently removed from the web site by League Administration. If you have already been warned and banned previously; or the frequency or severity of your involvement in incidents is deemed to be excessive, at the discretion of the Administration, you can be banned from the site, removed from all league play and prohibited from returning.

        Sub-Section 2:8.7.5 Chatbox Usage :

      • Usage of the chat box is permitted in accordance with the TOS. It may be used for general discussion between members as long as it is used in respect to the TOS. When there is relevant discussion to IOHL content, members are expected to respect that conversation and limit off topic discussion until such conversation has ended.
      • Abuse of the chat box may result in Disciplinary action.

        Sub-Section 2:8.7.6 Conduct in League

      • As per Article 6: Players Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Section 2.5 : Sportsmanship Conduct unbecoming of a member, may provide grounds to be charged with an offense, based on sufficient evidence being provided with a complaint being filed. Constitutes Blackmailing, Confessing to Breaking Rules, Causing a Panic or Riot, or filing false league information but is not limited to just these examples. Refer to Article 6 of the Constitution


    Article 3: Scheduling Procedures

    Chapter 3:1 IOHL Game Times

      Section 3:1.1 IOHL Games

    • The times for IOHL games during the regular season are:
    • Sunday: 10:30 & 11:30 PM
    • Monday: 10:30 & 11:30 PM
    • Tuesday: 10:30 & 11:30 PM
    • Wednesday: 10:30 & 11:30 PM
    • Thursday: 10:30 & 11:30 PM

    Chapter 3:2 Weekly Scheduling Rules

      Section 3:2.1 Player Availability

    • Players must submit their availability for the next week to their team NO LATER THAN 12:00pm on Sunday. This must be posted in the Team Locker Room at www.iohl.net . Please provide your availability to your Team Mgmt as soon as you can so that they can prepare the schedule for the upcoming week.
    • Players may also say that they are NOT available for the upcoming week. They will be then need to be removed from the schedule for that week and can be placed on IR.
    • It is required for a team to have an availability thread for each week posted in their team's locker rooms.
    • It will also be required for players to submit their availability for the week no later than Sunday at 12:00pmEST so that their team can make the weekly schedule. Any player that does not post their availability for the upcoming week in the availability thread will forfeit their right to be scheduled at all for that week. Your team may play you but you do not have to be on that week's schedule.
    • Any player that fails to post availability will be marked with a strike, there will be a three strike system for posting availability and failure to comply three times will be grounds for disciplinary punishment which may include retirement for the season or a player suspension.

      Section 3:2.2 Creating a Weekly Schedule

    • Owners and Management can begin creating their upcoming weekly schedule starting at 12:01PM Sunday. Earlier submissions are allowed but only if you have received availability responses from all of your rostered players.
    • Management cannot schedule Players who have submitted that they are unavailable for the week or on specific days they say they are unavailable for.

        Sub-Section 3:2.2.1 Weekly Lines

      • The IOHL would like your posted lines for the week to look similar to this although there is no punishment if they are not exactly like this. Google Docs are acceptable but a forum post is highly suggested to aid staff in tracking lines.
      • Week of Nov 12 - Nov 17
      • SUN NOV 12 DAL @ PITT
      • 10:30PM
      • RW:
      • C:
      • LW:
      • RD:
      • LD:
      • G:
      • SUN NOV 12 DAL VS DET
      • 11:30PM
      • RW:
      • C:
      • LW:
      • RD:
      • LD:
      • G:

    Sub-Section 3:2.2.2 Substitutions and Roster Moves

  • When a player cannot make it to their game for whatever reason they can be substituted by a player on the active roster or an ECU as long as they are still eligible for the current week.
  • Keeping track of subs in the substitution thread is a great way to provide proof of inactivity (but it is not mandatory) if all we need to do is look at the substitution thread and see that players are constantly being subbed for No Shows and YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF so this is highly recommended to keep track of all substitutions.
  • You do not have to provide roster moves in the substitution thread just substitutions.

      Sub-Section 3:2.2.3 Training Camp Players

    • Training camp players can be used by their team in the following capacity: if their team needs an ECU to replace a player who cannot make their scheduled game. A training camp player on any given team is allowed to play a maximum of 2 games per week. These players are still under the same positional lock as rostered players (forwards must play LW, C, RW and Defense/Goalie must play those three positions). Training camp players are not required to be scheduled for a playing week.
    • There will be no auto callup for training camp players during Season 8, however any team that violates the TC guidelines above will forfeit any game a TC player plays over his/her 2game limit and will receive disciplinary action depending on Management current disciplinary status.

      Section 3:2.3 Deadlines

    • Players have until 12:00 PM Sunday each week to submit their availability for the upcoming week. If a player doesn't submit their availability on time then Management will schedule your games as they see fit and with no regard to your actual availability. This could result in No Shows for a Player and potential Disciplinary action.
    • Management is required to have their team's lines posted in the Team Locker Room by the deadline at 7PM Sunday of each week.

      Section 3:2.4 Scheduling Restrictions

        Sub-Section 3:2.4.2 Positions

      • In the IOHL, a skater (F/D) cannot be scheduled for more than 6 games per week.
      • In the IOHL goalies cannot be scheduled for more than 6 games per week but may play a 7th emergency game as a substitution a maximum of 3 times per season. In order for goalies to even qualify for the 7th game in net, they must have already played the majority of their games in net already (minimum of three games at the G position).
      • Starting with Season 8 the IOHL will be implementing a position lock. The position lock will be monitored based on the position each player signed up for at the beginning of the season.
      • Players who signed up for LW, C, or RW can only play those three positions for the season. A player may play out of position once per week, this can be scheduled in or on in emergency basis due to substitutions (no show).
      • Players who signed up for LD, RD, or G can only play those three positions for the season. A player may play out of position once per week, this can be scheduled in or in an emergency basis due to substitutions (no show).

        Sub-Section 3:2.4.3 Forfeits

      • If there is a forfeit, the lineups for those games are locked. You may not substitute players in and out of forfeit games.
      • Forfeits do not statistically (MyStats) count as a game played for a Player, but he may not actually play his minimum 3 games for that week depending upon the Team Schedule and the Players availability.
      • Forfeit games will count towards a Players minimum/maximum allowed games during that schedule week.
  • Chapter 3:3 Reschedules/Replays/Forfeits

      Section 3:3.1 Reschedules

    • The League will not reschedule games in the IOHL unless:
    • A) The IOHL Staff issues a statement that ALL games will be rescheduled (minus any games that have already been played.)
    • B) Both Owners submit proof to the Commissioners that Players can’t connect.
    • C) Acts of God or reasons found to be understandable and beyond a Team's control

      Section 3:3.2 Replays

    • Replays are issued by the Commissioners after a ruling has been determined. A replay will be scheduled for the next Sunday at 9:45PM. If a team should have multiple replays or that date is not available, the replay(s) will be scheduled at 9:45PM on Monday then Tuesday. Originally scheduled players shall play the scheduled game, players traded through that week will temporarily return to the previous team to complete the make-up game. Substitutions will be allowed if necessary but are to be avoided as much as possible. Games do not count as a game played for the current week on a replay, they are still counted from the previous week.

      Section 3:3.3 Forfeits

    • Team can’t get 6 Players online by the allotted deadline for each game.
    • Communication between Management is a MUST during these situations. This will allow each team to understand if a Player has disconnected and can not return or if a team is stating they are forfeiting.
    • Procedure for a forfeit is as follows: Players are not to be subbed in or out of the game and no Player stats are to be recorded. The only stat that will be recorded is 1-0 (or 0-0 if a double forfeit) for the score. No lines are logged into MyStats and no Player will be assigned to the winning goal.
    • If both teams can not find 6 Players by the +10 minute mark the game will be ruled a 0-0 tie.
    • League Staff or Owners of the forfeiting team are the ONLY ones who can call a forfeit.


    Article 4: Roster and Transactions

    Chapter 4:1 Restrictions

      Section 4:1.1 Restrictions

    • Each team may carry up to a maximum of 15 players on their roster (12 Skaters + Team Mgmt. Staff). Teams are required to have a minimum of 12 total players.
    • Each team can only carry up to the numbers listed above. If a team acquires a Player(s) that results in a number exceeding the maximum, appropriate roster moves must be made prior to the next scheduled game. Failure to have a legal roster will result in forfeiture of games until the Team’s roster is corrected.
    • Training camp players are to be used for substitutions and replacement players. Training Camp players may be called up permanently to fill an empty roster spot. Training Camp players must be moved up to the active roster if they are called up more than three times. Owners may choose to move players down to the Training Camp at their discretion, as long as proper Waiver procedures are followed.
    • Posted Transactions will be completed within 24 hours. Transactions posted after the end of the current Week (11:59pm Thursday) will be administered before the start of the new Week by 7pm on Sunday.
    • NO transaction posted after 9pm on an active League night is allowed to be approved until the following day regardless of the circumstances.
    • League Staff members are NOT to be contacted after 11:59pm regarding League matters. The Staff volunteers many hours into the Administration of this League and are entitled to “personal time”. If you have an issue, you are encouraged to post the matter using the League’s Complaint system found in the Forum. Members that can not follow this rule may be subject to Disciplinary action.

      Section 4:1.2 Position Restrictions

    • Players have a primary position (and possibly a secondary) that they have indicated during Season registration. Players should be played based on one of these two positions unless Team Mgmt has discussions with the Player and mutual agreements are made.
    • Skaters (Forwards and Defense) can play forward, defense or goalie, but can only play the max allotted six (6) per week.
    • Goalies can play forward or defense as well, but they will follow the max allotted six (6) games skaters have if they play more than half of the games in a current week at a skater position. Otherwise goalies, playing the majority of games in net, will have a 7 game/week maximum with the restriction that the 7th game must also be in net.

      Section 4:1.3 Staff as a Player Restriction

    • To avoid situations where there are not enough eligible voters on an issue, the following restrictions apply to the numbers of IOHL staff within your organization:
    • You may only acquire up to a maximum of two (2) IOHL Staff members.
    • If an Organization has the maximum allotted Staff, the Organization is not permitted to acquire another, by any means, until they have reduced the number of Staff to below the provided limit.

    Chapter 4:2 Retirement

      Section 4:2.1 Retirement

    • There will be a public thread in the IOHL forum for Players to declare their retirement. The Player must notify their Management and Commissioners of their intention to retire via PM. The Player must then post a PM in their retirement post. After informing Management, the Player has 48 hours to post their retirement, or arrange for an IOHL Commissioner to do so in their place.
    • Failure to follow proper procedures may make a Player ineligible for retirement and may result in them being placed on the blacklist if they fail to show up for scheduled games (See Section 3.1 for Blacklist Requirements).

      Section 4:2.2 Unretirement

    • Players will not be allowed to return to the current IOHL Season once they have formally retired for that season.
    • Following proper retirement procedures will leave the Player eligible for the following Season.

    Chapter 4:3 Blacklist

      Section 4:3.1 Blacklist Requirements

    • Players can miss up to three (3) games per Season, if they contact their management 2 hours prior to their first scheduled game of the night. These games will not count towards the necessary requirements for a blacklist.
    • Owners/Management - May recommend to League Staff that inactive players be blacklisted.
    • League Staff : Have the ability to blacklist for Inactivity. This can be done at their discretion with sufficient evidence.
    • Inactivity is defined as either:
      1. A Player not showing up to scheduled games without contacting management for a period of one week or 3 games total in season.
      2. A Player not posting availability twice in one Season.
      3. A message on Xbox Live, IOHL PM, or Forum Post from the Player stating their intention to not play anymore or quitting the team/league.
    • There will be a public thread in the IOHL Forums to announce the Blacklisting of a player. League Staff will message Players and Team Management informing them when disciplinary rulings are made that directly impacts them or their team.

      Section 4:3.2 Blacklist Appeal

    • A Player has one week from the time of being notified via PM to make contact with the Commissioners and start their appeal. In order to appeal a blacklisting the player must provide proof that they were wrongfully blacklisted.
    • A successful appeal will result in 1 of the following, as well as an “Appealed” post being made in the Blacklist forum thread:
      1. A Player wishes to continue to play. If the underlying issues are between the Player & Team, it may be mandated that the parties begin looking for Trade/Waiver solutions. Both parties are expected to cooperate in a reasonable manner until acceptable roster transactions can be made.
      2. Player chooses to be placed on the Retired list and is eligible to return in the following Season.

      Section 4:3.3 Blacklist Punishment

    • Blacklisting is a one “+” season punishment. If a Player gets Blacklisted they are no longer eligible to play the entire current season and the following Season.

    Chapter 4:4 Organizational Transactions

      Section 4:4.3 What Counts Against the Cap

    • All 15 Players on each team's roster (except Owner) counts towards that team's cap.
    • If a member of Team Management member steps down mid-season they will continue to carry the salary they had while on Mgmt. Replacement Managers must be given a raise to the minimum salary for Mgmt of 3.5M if they currently receive less than this amount. If a Team opts to not replace the Mgmt position with another Player, they will continue to fund the position at the 3.5M and the roster will reflect “vacant”.
    • Suspended Players continue to count against the cap of their current roster.
    • Training Camp and Retired players do not count against the cap.
    • Cap Reserve - You will not be permitted to bid or acquire a player that would prevent you from filling your remaining vacant roster slots with a minimum of $500k per player.

    Chapter 4:5 Free Agent Bidding and Rookie Draft

      Section 4:5.1 Draft

    • The IOHL Season “x” Draft will be held prior to the pre-season. Free Agent bidding will be opened after the completion of the draft.
    • We will have a 10 Round Draft with a tiered salary scale for the each player.
    • The draft order is created using the reverse order of the prior season’s standings. From there, playoff performance factors in. The lowest team picks first, the Stanley Cup Champion picks last. The draft order is in the standard Snake format. In the event circumstances require a new draft order for the upcoming Season, this will be done by random assignment.
    • Owners have the right to delegate a member of their Team Management to manage the draft on their behalf. Owners that choose this should do so wisely and be in accord with their representative.
    • Players who are not drafted will be placed into the Free Agent Pool.

      Section 4:5.2 Free Agent Bidding

    • It is management's responsibility to ensure their roster is 100% accurate prior to bidding. If there is an error in your team's situation, inform the IOHL Staff immediately for resolution of the matter.
    • It is management's responsibility to ensure all bids placed are accurate before confirming them.
    • Teams will enter bidding with a number of roster slots and available cap to spend that is based on the maximum allowed, minus the totals of their current roster. Teams are not allowed to make bids (individual or total sum of active bids) on players that would put them over the roster or cap limits. If this occurs, all active Team bids will be invalidated and if a player was to be awarded the player will be placed back into Free Agency for re-bidding. Invalid bidding by a Team will be considered an Offense and may lead to disciplinary action.
    • Each Team will have a security code to validate their bids and is issued to the Owner & GM only. If a Team would like to give their AGM bidding rights you must specifically request this by posting the request in the Owners forum. AGM’s with bidding rights will be indicated by an “(*)” next to their name in the team roster.
      • NHL:
        • - The minimum salary for a player in the NHL is $500k
        • - The minimum bid increment for a player is $500k.
        • Cap Reserve - The maximum bid for any one player is determined by : Cap space - Open Roster Spots x 500k. You will not be permitted to bid an amount on a player that would prevent you from filling your remaining roster with a minimum of 500k per player. Otherwise, there is no maximum bid.
        • Once a bid on a player has stood for 24 hours with no change, the player will be signed. Every valid bid will restart the 24-hour award clock.
        • In the event that a Team mistakenly double bids a Free Agent and wins the bid the highest bid will be the assigned salary.

    Chapter 4:6 Random Assignment

    • During the Season, any new or remaining sign-ups that are available after the trade deadline will be randomly assigned to Teams and placed in their Training Camp.
    • Players will be placed on a team’s Training Camp by a Staff member based on a Teams positional needs and overall roster size. You may not ask to be placed on a team and Teams may not request specific players. Team Managers may express their positional needs to the appropriate Staff member for consideration during assignments.
    • All Players who are randomly assigned will have a $500,000 salary upon call-up from the Training Camp

    Chapter 4:7 Transactions

      Section 4:7.1 Waiver Wire

    • The waiver wire is where Management may view the Waiver Priority.

        Sub-Section 4:7.1.1 Timeframe

      • The NHL waiver period for each season opens at the start of preseason week. Waivers close one week after the trade deadline, after that time, the only call ups that are permitted are movements made to fill an empty roster spot.

        Sub-Section 4:7.1.3 Procedure

      • When a team sends a Player down to the Training Camp that Player will be placed on the waiver wire for 24 hours for any other team to claim before the movement will be completed.
      • If a team wishes to make a claim, they must have (or make) appropriate room on their roster. The Player can either fill an empty roster spot, or the team claiming the Player must post a corresponding send-down prior to the 24 hour claim period ending. (Note- If a team does not win their waiver claim their posted corresponding send down request will not be processed.)
      • At the end of the 24-Hour waiver wire period, the winning claim will be awarded to the team with the highest waiver priority that can accept the Player to their roster via either an empty spot or a legitimate posted transaction at. Waiver Priorities will be shown in the Owners forum.
      • If a team does not have the available salary cap or an open roster spot once the 24hour clock ends they will have until that night's first game (10:30EST) to make a move; either by trade (priority) or sending someone down through waivers, to become compliant. If at 10:30 they still do not have the appropriate cap or roster spot needed the player will go back onto waivers.
      • Once a team has successfully won a Player, they will be moved to the bottom of the Waiver Priority order.
      • If a Player goes unclaimed, the original send down will be processed.
      • Regardless of the outcome, all waivered player salaries will be split (50/50) between the original team and the receiving team. Players receiving the league minimum of $500k will not have any waiver cost to the original team.

        7.1.4: Restrictions

      • Waivers apply to NHL Players being sent to the training camp
      • A team may only place a claim on a Player with the intent of placing that player on their active roster.
      • Teams may not retract a claim once it has been placed.

      Section 4:7.2 Call Ups

    • Players are eligible for call up in the following circumstances.

        Sub-Section 4:7.2.1 ECU (Emergency Call Up)

      • Substitute Call-Ups must come from team Training Camp.
      • Substitutes may play any position needed.
      • A Camp player may be used as a substitute a maximum of three times in a season after that they must be called up to the active roster.
      • Preseason substitutions do not count towards season totals and usage will be reset prior to the playoffs.
      • The number of Call-ups should be tracked in your roster with “(x)” showing after their name. Where “x” is the number of times they have been called up.

        Sub-Section 4:7.2.2 IR (Injured Reserve)

      • The IR is only used for Players who are unable to play. This is not used to replace or prolong a blacklisting.
      • When a Player is placed on IR, teams temporarily call up a replacement Player to their roster to fill that space. The replacement Player plays in all of the IR’d Player’s games and at the end of the week he is sent back down. IR call-up does not count towards the mandatory roster move after three games.
      • A Player may be placed on IR for up to two weeks per season. A Player placed on IR may not participate in games until they have been recalled from the IR.
      • A Player may be used as an IR call up only once per season. The Player being called up for IR replacement can ONLY play the position he is being called up to fill.

        Sub-Section 4:7.2.3 Permanent Call Up

      • A Player may be called up to fill an empty roster spot or to replace a Player that is being sent down. Once a Player is called up in this manner, they must pass through waivers when being sent down.

    Chapter 4:8 Trading

      Section 4:8.1 Submitting a Trade

    • One owner will send a message to the account "IOHL Trades" as well as including the Owner of the opposing team in the list of recipients. The message will include the following format:
    • Subject: Team A / Team B trade (date)
    • When submitting a trade the league admin would like to see it done in this format. All trades not in this format may be declined:
      • Team A
        • Gretzky99-C-1-$2,000,000
        • Salary Cap after Trade $12,000,000
      • Team B
        • Selanne8-RW-1-$5,000,000
        • Salary Cap after Trade $6,500,000
        • (your team) Accepts this Trade
        • Once the opposing team receives the trade and agrees they will reply to the message saying "(your team) accepts the trade"
        • This will help insure that all trades are easily read and are salary compliant.
        • Teams will be allowed to retain salary in trades but it will be restricted. Teams will only be allowed to retain 20% of a players salary when making a trade.

      Section 4:8.2 Deadlines

    • The “weekly” trade window is from Thursday 11:59pmEST to Saturday 11:59pmEST. Any trades posted outside this time frame will be put on hold to be processed until the trade window is open the following week.
    • The trade deadline for the season is after week 4 of the current season

      Section 4:8.3: Trade Submissions

    • Once a trade is submitted and accepted by both Teams, it is final! Management may not revise or cancel a trade after that point. For a trade to become official it must be legal as per all trade guidelines and it must be accepted by all teams involved in the trade. IOHL Staff may decline an accepted trade if it is determined to not be a legal transaction. Staff reserves the right to review and possibly revoke any trade that appears to overly enhance one team at the expense of another.
    • All trades must be salary cap compliant. You may NOT go over the cap with one trade then come back under the cap with the next trade.
    • Trades become official as soon as both parties agree to the trades terms and the Trade has been reviewed/approved by the Staff.
    • Trades that involve a Player being moved multiple times in a single week must include a notation that the Player is being acquired and then moved to another team.
    • Trades involving retired/blacklisted Players will be denied.
    • The Admin reserve the right to deny a trade at anytime this will only be used in cases where it looks like a team is trading all their players away and may quit or their team may fold.

      Section 4:8.4 Trade Compensation

    • If a Player is blacklisted in their first week on their new team after being traded, the team blacklisting the Player may request compensation for the transaction.
    • If a team is requesting a trade compensation it must be submitted to the Commissioners no later than the following week (week after the original trade).
    • If it is determined by the League Staff that the trade needs to be compensated both teams will be notified. It is up to the teams to work out compensation among themselves; if they cannot do so, League Staff will intervene and determine the appropriate compensation. The maximum compensation that can be given by League Staff will be guided by “player value” which is a number determined by that players salary.

      Section 4:8.5: Roster Space and Transactions

    • If a team acquires a Player through trading and does not post a roster adjustment (if necessary) to make room on that roster before the weekly trade deadline, the trade will be denied. The roster adjustment must be posted in the correct roster move location.
    • If a team posts a roster adjustment and the corresponding trade gets denied, the team will have the opportunity to cancel or revoke the requested adjustment.
    • You may only trade a Player between teams. The Player may then be called up or sent down per standard waiver procedures after the trade is completed. (To be clear, trades can involve players from multiple teams).
    • Management can only trade active roster Players.
    • Any trades that involve multiple teams must be approved by every team that is involved.


    Article 5: Legislative Process

    Chapter 5:1 Preface

      Section 5:1.1 The Legislative Process

    • The Constitution was created to be a document that is a guideline to the everyday proceedings of our League. It can be changed and altered as long as the procedures set forth in Article III: Legislative Process are followed. Our process here is to give everyone a voice in how we govern our League. This article is meant to protect our League from autocratic leadership and/or one-sided opinions.

      Section 5:1.2 Terms of Service

    • The League Terms of Service are created and edited only by the IOHL Staff. The Terms of Service is our way of staying compliant to Federal, State, and Local Laws, while also setting our Standard of Membership. Staff reserves the right to edit, add, or remove parts of the Terms of Service as seen fit.

      Section 5:1.3 Executive Orders

    • The President of the League has a right to issue an Executive Order to any Staff, Owner, Manager, or member. These orders will be in relation to his duties here, as that role requires. To create an Executive Order the President must seek the majority approval from the IOHL Commissioners Staff. The Staff will ensure this Order is within the rights of the President and is necessary to the improvement of the League.

      Section 5:1.4 Creating Committees

    • The League Senior Staff (Founders, CEOs, President and VPs) has the right to create, or allow the creation, of a Committee. A Committee is simply a group of members that work on a specific part of the League. Members of the committee may range among Staff, Owners, Managers, and Players. Membership to these Committees may require approval from the Senior Staff, Committee Chair, or other Committee members.

    Chapter 5:2 Constitutional Amendments

      Section 5:2.1 Article I: League Structure

    • The League Structure governs the roles in the League and the powers they have. This article is placed in the hands of the IOHL Senior Staff (Founders, CEOs, President and VPs) and it is at their discretion to change this article as they see fit. They will always consult with the League Commissioners Staff and make changes that are aimed at improving the league and its experience.

      Section 5:2.2 Article II: Judicial Process

    • The Judicial Process governs how we judge our infractions. It is our way of keeping things fair throughout the process of complaints and suspensions. This article is placed in the hands of the full IOHL Commissioners Staff and it is at their discretion how they see fit to change this article.They will always ensure changes are aimed at improving the league and its experience.

      Section 5:2.3 Article III: Legislative Process

    • The Legislative Process governs how we amend the Constitution or create new Orders. It keeps the balance of not allowing one member the authority to make major decisions that impacts the entire league. This article is placed in the hands of the IOHL Senior Staff (Founders, CEOs, President and VPs) and it is as their discretion to change this article as they deem necessary .They will always make changes that are aimed at improving the league and its experience.

      Section 5:2.4 Article IV: Scheduling Procedures

    • Scheduling Procedures outlines how we schedule our games. It is approved by the Commissioner’s Staff and Owners.
    • Voting to change Scheduling Procedures goes as follows:
      • In Season :
        • A case must be brought to the Commissioner on why a rule that was agreed upon in the offseason needs to be changed mid-season. This should be done with support from a good size of Staff, Owners, or Players, or any combination of them. The case must include what the problem is and what changes needs to be made.
        • It is the duty of the League Staff to entertain the proposal and look into it further and then decide if it merits a Hearing of Constitutional Amendment.
        • Hearing of Constitutional Amendment:
        • The Proposal will now be voted on by the Commissioner’s Staff and Owners.
        • They must alert IOHL Staff so they may make sure the process is being followed correctly.
        • The IOHL Staff will poll their respective Owners with a simple poll that states: A. Yes Change the Rule or B. No Keep it the Same.
        • It must include a full description of the proposed Rule change.
        • The votes will then reflect the votes of those bodies, Staff and Owners. The Majority of votes would effect a change to the IOHL rule in the Constitution.
        • It is then the responsibility of the Senior Staff (Founders, CEOs, President and VPs) to make the applicable change to the Constitution.
      • Off Season :
        • The offseason time period is a short window when the League is not actively playing games and the Constitution can be looked at more closely. This is a time when the League as a whole needs to work on ideas and suggestions to implement new rules or procedures. From the time the playoffs start and until they end, the League should be openly discussing and addressing the wants and needs of all three bodies (Staff, Owners, Players) in this particular article.
        • Each body should be working on their own wants and needs, while sharing them with the other bodies. This can be done through the forums via threads and polls. These discussions are to gain a better understanding of what changes need to be made to make all sides happy. Negotiation and some give and take will go a long way in making votes go smoothly.
        • Once we hit the actual offseason, we will go ahead and vote any amendments in.
        • The Senior Staff are responsible for creating the first draft of a change to an Article.
        • This Article, will now be voted on by the Commissioner’s Staff and Owners.
        • The votes will then reflect the votes of those bodies, Staff and Owners. The Majority of votes would effect a change to the IOHL rule in the Constitution.
        • It is then the responsibility of the Senior Staff to make the applicable change to the Constitution.

      Section 5:2.5 Article V: Rosters & Transactions

    • Rosters and Transactions outlines how we manage our rosters, restrictions, and transactions. It is approved by the Commissioner’s Staff and Owners
    • Voting to change Rosters and Transactions will follow the same In-Season & Off-Season processes as described above in Section 2.4.

      Section 5:2.6 Article VI: The Player’s Bill of Rights

    • The Player’s Bill of Rights can only be changed by a League-wide voter. When issues with this article arise, Players should approach a Commissioner or their Team Management and the two sides will need to come up with a solution together. The IOHL Staff feel very strongly about keeping a Player’s Rights uninfringed. This article should rarely, if ever, change.

      Section 5:2.7 Article VII: The Rule Book

    • The Rule Book outlines what all members of this League can receive Disciplinary Infractions for in nearly any situation and in any role. It is approved by the League Senior Staff.
    • Voting to change The Rule Book will follow the same In-Season & Off-Season processes as described above in Section 2.4.


    Article 6: Judicial Process

    Chapter 6:1 Complaints

      Section 6:1.1 Player Complaints

    • A “Player” is anyone playing in our League. They can be a Skater, an Owner, a Manager, or Staff.
    • Players can get penalized for certain things that they do; in game, on the website, Whats App or in violation of the IOHL Constitution.
    • Any complaints filed will be listed in the Complaint Program once they have been reviewed by League Staff.
    • * By filing a complaint form you are stating that the information you submit is correct to the best of your knowledge. Any information will be used as an "Official Statement".
    • Ensure that there is a legitimate complaint before submitting it for review. Include evidence to support your claim (video, photo, forum post, or chatbox archive) of a violation when you submit a complaint. Refer to Article 7 of the Constitution

      Section 6:1.2 Management Complaints

    • A Management team is made up of a Team GM and AGM. As per Management expectations the GMs and AGMs have set responsibilities they must fulfill in order to maintain their role as Management.
    • Management can get penalized for certain things that they become responsible for when taking on this role, based on Article VII: The Rule Book & the IOHL Constitution.
    • Any complaints filed will be listed in the Complaint Program once they have been reviewed by League Staff.
    • * By filing a complaint form you are stating that the information you submit is correct to the best of your knowledge. Any information will be used as an "Official Statement".
    • Ensure that there is a legitimate complaint before submitting it for review. Include evidence to support your claim (video, photo, forum post, chatbox archive, or other parts of our website) of a violation when you submit a complaint. Failure to produce evidence of the infraction will result in no action taken by staff. Refer to Article 7 of the Constitution

      1.3: Owner Complaints

    • As per Owner expectations the Owners have set responsibilities they must fulfill in order to maintain their role as Owners.
    • Owners can get penalized for certain things that they become responsible for when taking on this role, based on Article VII: The Rule Book & the IOHL Constitution.
    • Any complaints filed will be listed in the Complaint Program once they have been reviewed by League Staff.
    • * By filing a complaint form you are stating that the information you submit is correct to the best of your knowledge. Any information will be used as an "Official Statement".
    • Ensure that there is a legitimate complaint before submitting it for review. Include evidence to support your claim (video, photo, forum post, chatbox archive, or other parts of our website) of a violation when you submit a complaint. Failure to produce evidence of the infraction will result in no action taken by staff. Refer to Article 7 of the Constitution

      Section 6:1.4 Staff Complaints

    • The League Staff is made up of Commissioners and the Senior Staff. As per Staff expectations the Staff have set responsibilities they must fulfill in order to maintain their roles.
    • Staff can get penalized for certain things that they become responsible for when taking on this role, based on Article VII: The Rule Book & the IOHL Constitution.
    • Any complaints filed will be listed in the Complaint Program once they have been reviewed by League Staff.
    • * By filing a complaint form you are stating that the information you submit is correct to the best of your knowledge. Any information will be used as an "Official Statement".
    • Ensure that there is a legitimate complaint before submitting it for review. Include evidence to support your claim (video, photo, forum post, chatbox archive, or other parts of our website) of a violation when you submit a complaint. Failure to produce evidence of the infraction will result in no action taken by staff. Refer to Article 7 to the Constitution

    Chapter 6:2 Filing a Formal Complaint

      Section 6:2.1 League Complaint System

    • The Complaint System is found in the IOHL Forums.
    • The IOHL has one main Complaint System that governs all the different Leagues and Rules The details of how to file a complaint are found within the thread.

      Section 6:2.2 Evidence

    • Evidence must come in the form of:
      • Videos, pictures, or directions to parts of our website where the complaint occurs and we can actively see it live or in the archives (Forums,Chat Box, XBL messages, etc.)
      • The evidence needs to be clear, and match the violation you are submitting. It must clearly show a violation to Article VII : The Rule Book
      Refer to Article 7 of the Constitution

      Section 6:2.3 Submitting False Complaints

    • Submitting a false complaint means you purposely filed a complaint and forged or misled evidence submitted. Understand that if you submit a false complaint you will be penalized according to The Rule Book.

    Chapter 6:3 Judging a Complaint

      Section 6:3.1 Player Complaints

    • Player complaints are judged by the League Staff, primarily by those with the assigned area of responsibility that corresponds to the issue being complained about.
    • The League Staff may choose at any time to submit the issue to an Owner vote for a wider consensus of the Leagues opinion of the matter.

      Section 6:3.2 Management Complaints

    • All complaints for Management issues are primarily handled by the Commissioners. Most of these issues are automatically handled by our systems, but in the instance they are not, they will be voted on by the entire Commissioner’s Staff and Owners. This may include any aspect of running their team, including their expectations and restrictions.

      Section 6:3.3 Owner Complaints

    • All complaints for Owner issues are primarily handled by the Commissioners. Most of these issues are automatically handled by our systems, but in the instance they are not, they will be voted on by the entire Commissioner’s Staff and Owners. This may include any aspect of running their team, including their expectations and restrictions. Owners may be penalized for the same thing their Managers get penalized for, if the Owner also falls to blame.

      Section 6:3.4 Staff Complaints

    • Staff complaints include anything Staff is doing as a League Staff member and the work that entails . Any misuse of power or access is included within this Section as well. League Staff complaints are handled by all IOHL Senior Staff and possibly the Owners if deemed necessary.

    Chapter 6:4 Appeals

      Section 6:4.1 Player Appeals

    • An appeal is our way to make sure we have a fair and balanced system. Players may file an appeal whenever a decision is made against them.
    • You can file an appeal using our system found in the IOHL Forum. Remember to use the Tracking Number from the Suspension Notice you received.
    • An appeal may be filed, at the discretion of the IOHL President, on behalf of a player.
    • When the President finds sufficient cause to file an appeal on the behalf of a Player, the ruling may be suspended temporarily while the appeal is processed.
    • A suspended ruling will state "Pending Appeal", and changed to "Appeal Successful" or "Appeal Denied", pending the result.
    • The offending party will be notified of the result of the Appeal when the process is complete. The offense will either be applied or removed at that point in time.

      Section 6:4.2 Management Appeals

    • An appeal is our way to make sure we have a fair and balanced system. Management can file appeals based off having a decision made against their team whether it is transactions, scheduling, or roster issues.
    • You can file an appeal using our system found in the IOHL Forum. Remember to use the Tracking Number from the Suspension Notice you received.
    • An appeal may be filed, at the discretion of the IOHL President, on behalf of a player.
    • When the President finds sufficient cause to file an appeal on behalf of the Management, the ruling may be suspended temporarily while the appeal is processed.
    • A suspended ruling will state "Pending Appeal", and changed to "Appeal Successful" or "Appeal Denied", pending the result.
    • The offending party will be notified of the result of the appeal when the process is complete. The offense will either be applied or removed at that point in time.

      Section 6:4.3 Owner Appeals

    • An appeal is our way to make sure we have a fair and balanced system. Owners can file appeals based off having a decision made against their team whether it is transactions, scheduling, or roster issues.
    • You can file an appeal using our system found in the IOHL Forum. Remember to use the Tracking Number from the Suspension Notice you received.
    • An appeal may be filed, at the discretion of the IOHL President, on behalf of a player
    • When the President finds sufficient cause to file an appeal on behalf of the Management, the ruling may be suspended temporarily while the appeal is processed.
    • A suspended ruling will state "Pending Appeal", and changed to "Appeal Successful" or "Appeal Denied", pending the result.
    • The offending party will be notified of the result of the appeal when the process is complete. The offense will either be applied or removed at that point in time.

      Section 6:4.4 Staff Appeals

    • An appeal is our way to make sure we have a fair and balanced system. Staff can file appeals based off having a decision made against their team whether it is transactions, scheduling, or roster issues.
    • You can file an appeal using our system found in the IOHL Forum. Remember to use the Tracking Number from the Suspension Notice you received.
    • An appeal may be filed, at the discretion of the majority of Owners, on behalf of the Staff member.
    • When the Owners Group finds sufficient cause to file an appeal on the behalf of the Staff, the ruling may be suspended temporarily while the appeal is processed.
    • A suspended ruling will state "Pending Appeal", and changed to "Appeal Successful" or "Appeal Denied", pending the result.
    • The offending party will be notified of the result of the appeal when the process is complete. The offense will either be applied or removed at that point in time.

    Chapter 6:5 Replay

    • A replay is a Commissioner's ruling given when a player breaks a rule and it has impacted the final score of a game.
    • A replay consists of 1, 2 or 3 and or OT periods (if applicable) of play depending upon where in the game the infraction occurred and the nature of the infraction. If the infraction occurs later in the game, the replay will likely be announced to be only the affected Period(s) and the score/stats prior to the infraction would be applicable.

      Section 6:5.1 Scheduling

    • A replay will be scheduled for the next Sunday at 9:45pm. If a team should have multiple replays or that date is not available, the replay will be scheduled for 9:45pm the subsequent evenings until completed.

      Section 6:5.2 Eligibility

    • To be eligible for a replay, an infraction must;
    • Be a goal that ultimately either ties or wins the game.
    • Be an infraction that prohibits in any way the scoring of a goal that ultimately either ties, or wins the game.
    • Players from the original game must be scheduled to play this game. Teams will work cooperatively to find a date as quickly as possible where all of the original skaters can participate. Problems with arranging this will be discussed among the Team Owners & League Staff
    • Any player who is traded or waived for said game will temporarily return to that team to play the replay.
    • If there is no possible date for the replay to occur with the same players then League Staff may issue a complete replay of said game as long as the maximum games allowed (6 game for skaters, 7 for goalies) is not violated in said replay.

      Section 6:5.3 Procedure

    • The League Staff will inform Management of the ruling for a replay.
    • A replay consists of 1, 2, 3 and/or OT Periods of play depending upon where in the game the infraction occurred and the nature of the infraction. If the infraction occurs later in the game, the replay will likely be announced to be only the affected Period(s) and the score/stats prior to the infraction would be applicable.


    Article 7: League Structure

    Chapter 7:1 IOHL League Staff

      Section 7:1.1 IOHL Senior Staff

    • The Senior Staff consists of the League Founders, CEOs, President & Vice-President. Their responsibility is the overall well-being of the entire League and are ultimately responsible for decisions relative to the growth, structure and rules of our League
    • The Senior Staff will work with the appointed & elected Staff members, as well as Team Owners/Management, to ensure the success of the IOHL.

      Section 7:1.2 CEOs & Founders

    • The CEOs & Founders of the League are those players that initially formed the IOHL and/or have been instrumental in the growth and development of this league. These members may/may not have significant Duties in the day-to-day operations of the IOHL but do retain their status as Senior Staff and are voting members of the League Staff.

      Section 7:1.3 IOHL President

    • The acting President of the IOHL is charged with the responsibility of the overall operation of the League. The President shall ensure that all matters regarding the IOHL are resolved in the best way and as quickly as possible. The President is the senior member of the League Staff and has specific Rights entitled to the position. The President is a member of the Senior Staff and a voting member of the League Staff.
    • The role of the President is to be the League Planner and organize the different sections of the League that make it operate. Secondly, he should be the league visionary working on ways to improve while growing the League.
    • He will work with and manage the League Staff to accomplish these goals.

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.1 Player Appeals

      • The President may appeal a Commissioners and/or League Officials ruling and call for an appeal vote on behalf of a Player, where the Commissioners and Owners each have 1 vote

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.2: Meetings

      • The IOHL President has the responsibility to call and host meetings with the IOHL Staff on a regular basis. This will be done to discuss the state of the League, issues, concerns, and ideas.

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.3 Player Education

      • The IOHL President, with help from the IOHL Staff and Owners, is responsible for coordinating the development of players and hosting clinics and camps for players willing to learn. This will be done both on an informative and developmental level. They will teach players the rules and rights, while also finding ways to develop their abilities. This can be done through Polls, Meetings, Chats, Camps, and Clinics.

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.4 Committee Work

      • The IOHL President, with help from the IOHL Staff is responsible for helping with the various committees on the site. He is there to make sure his Staff are active and engaged in helping the League improve.

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.6: Appointing Staff

      • As needed, the IOHL President has the right to appoint the position of Vice President with the majority support of the CEOs & Founders. The VP must be experienced in the IOHL and have played in the League for at least 1 season.
      • The IOHL President has the right to appoint additional League Staff members, as he deems necessary, to ensure the smooth and continued operations of the League. If an IOHL Staff member gets removed or steps down, the President has the right to appoint a replacement.
      • Staff members elected to office by popular vote that step-down or are removed may either be replaced through a new league vote or by Presidential appointment. The President will discuss this with the League Owners to determine the preferred method of replacement.

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.7 Executive Orders

      • The President has certain rights to order other Staff Members, Owners, Management, or Players, to perform a task, or uphold a standard. This can only be done in situations where the Player has been given a role that requires a commitment past just simply playing in the games.
      • Examples are Commissioner roles, Staff Roles, Owners Roles, Management Roles, or being a Committee Member. He can give no more punishment than the firing from that role, unless it is otherwise stated in the Article VII: The Rule Book.

        Sub-Section 7:1.3.8 Appointment to Office

      • The IOHL President shall be appointed by a unanimous vote of the League CEOs & Founders. The Term of office is expected to be a minimum of 1 calendar year. The President may choose to request to remain in office or retire from the position at that time. Should he choose to remain in Office, the CEOs & Founders must unanimously ratify the Presidents request to remain in the position. The CEOs & Founders may remove a President from the appointed position, by unanimous vote, should they feel it is necessary for the League.

      Section 1.4 IOHL Vice President

        Sub-Section 7:1.4.1 Vice President

      • The Vice President of the IOHL is charged with the responsibility of assisting the President in the overall operation of the League. The Vice President shall ensure that all matters regarding the IOHL are resolved in the best way and as quickly as possible. The Vice President is considered Senior Staff and is a voting member of the League Staff.
      • The role of the Vice President is to assist &/or manage the League planning and organization along with the President. The VP will work with the League Staff to accomplish these goals.

        Sub-Section 7:1.4.2 Hearing of Constitutional Amendment

      • The VP is allowed to call a Hearing of Constitutional Amendment. This is a meeting to change the Constitution DURING the Season, where the Commissioner’s Staff and Owners will each have one vote to decide any applicable changes.

        Sub-Section 7:1.4.3 Meetings

      • The IOHL Vice President has the responsibility to help coordinate and host meetings with the Owners and IOHL Staff on a regular basis. This will be done to discuss the state of the League, issues, concerns, and ideas. The Vice President is responsible for making sure his Owners and IOHL staff show up to these meetings.

        Sub-Section 7:1.4.4 Player Education

      • The IOHL Vice President, with help from the IOHL Staff and Owners, is responsible for coordinating the development of players and hosting clinics and camps for players willing to learn. This will be done both on an informative and developmental level. They will teach players the rules and rights, while also finding ways to develop their abilities. This can be done through Polls, Meetings, Chats, Camps, and Clinics.

        Sub-Section 7:1.4.5 Committee Work

      • The IOHL Vice President, with help from the IOHL Staff, is responsible for helping with the various committees on the site. He is there to make sure his IOHL Staff are active and engaged in helping the League improve.

        Sub-Section 7:1.4.7 Staff Training

      • The VP has the responsibility to make sure the Staff is well trained and has superb knowledge of our Constitution and Rules. He must make sure they know our procedures inside and out.
      • He will also conduct meetings, as needed, to go over any issues and reinforce the proper way of doing things. This will be a good way to keep everyone informed and helps the Staff work toward goals more effectively.

      Section 7:1.5 Senior Commissioners

    • Senior Commissioners are either Appointed by the League President or elected to the position by popular League vote.
    • The term of office for popular vote Commissioners is expected to be a minimum of 1 calendar year.
    • The Senior Commissioners will be responsible overseeing a variety of the administrative tasks that encompass the operations of this league and will work cooperatively with the Senior Staff to accomplish the goals of the IOHL. Senior Commissioners will also be put in charge of making sure the Commissioners are completing tasks on time and to league standards.
    • Senior Commissioners shall each have a vote when league matters are voted upon at the League Staff level.

        Sub-Section 7:1.5.1 Official Announcements

      • Senior Commissioners are allowed to make declarations, give public updates, interviews, or comment on any Hearings, Suspensions, or Amendments in accordance with the direction/decisions reached by the Senior Staff or the entire League Staff, when appropriate.

        Sub-Section 7:1.5.2 Committees

      • The Senior Commissioners oversee all underlying League Committees (Awards, etc.) and ensures that all parties are fulfilling their responsibilities.
      • The Senior Commissioners have the ability to appoint players to help with League projects (example: News, Radio, TV, Recruiting, Scouting, or Developing Players). The granting of administrative level access to the IOHL site, or other sensitive data stores, must be approved by the Senior Staff.

      Section 1.6 IOHL Commissioners

    • IOHL Commissioners are either Appointed by the League President or elected to the position by popular League vote. There shall be one popular-voted Commissioner position per every eight teams, however this will be subject to revision as the league grows. In the circumstance that there is an insufficient number of popular-vote candidates, the league President will fill the remaining position(s) by appointment.
    • The term of office for popular vote Commissioners is expected to be a minimum of 1 calendar year.
    • The Commissioners will be responsible for a variety of the administrative tasks that encompass the operations of this league and will work cooperatively with the Senior Staff to accomplish the goals of the IOHL.
    • Commissioners shall each have a vote when league matters are voted upon at the League Staff level.

        Sub-Section 7:1.6.1 Official Announcements

      • Commissioners are allowed to make declarations, give public updates, interviews, or comment on any Hearings, Suspensions, or Amendments in accordance with the direction/decisions reached by the Senior Staff or the entire League Staff, when appropriate.

        Sub-Section 7:1.6.2 Committees

      • The Commissioners oversee all underlying League Committees (Awards, etc.) and ensures that all parties are fulfilling their responsibilities.
      • The Commissioners have the ability to appoint players to help with League projects (example: News, Radio, TV, Recruiting, Scouting, or Developing Players). The granting of administrative level access to the IOHL site, or other sensitive data stores, must be approved by the Senior Staff.

      Section 1.7 League Officials

        Sub-Section 7:1.7.2 Management Assistance

      • The League Officials are to assist Owners/Management and answer their questions when necessary. This should be done via the site forums, via private message, WhatsApp messages or in a XBL party.
      • The League Staff is not to repeatedly answer routine questions that Players should know. The Staff is there to assist Players in finding their own answers in the forums, Constitution, etc.

        Sub-Section 7:1.7.4 Role

      • The League Officials are responsible for monitoring and assisting Team Management, as well as providing assistance to the other League Staff members.

        Sub-Section 7:1.7.5 League Official Selection

      • League Officials will be selected or approved by the Senior Staff with consideration given to the opinions provided by other Staff members or league leaders. They must have played in the League for at least one season and have a good working knowledge of the League Rules.

      Section 7:1.8 Player's Association/ Player's Representatives

        Sub-Section 7:1.8.1 Committee Assistance

      • The League Officials are voted in volunteers that help, as needed and subject to their availability, with various League administrative responsibilities, as stated below.
      • Player Reps may consist of 2-3 voted officials and are not voting members of staff

        Sub-Section 7:1.8.2 Management Assistance

      • The League Officials are to assist Owners/Management and answer their questions when necessary. This should be done via the site forums, via private message, WhatsApp messages or in a XBL party.
      • If an Owners, Management or Player brings something to PA and it is something that should be handled by the League Staff the PA will bring it to the Staffs attention.

        Sub-Section 7:1.8.4 Role

      • Players Representatives are not lawyers, they do not sit in on Players Appeals.
      • PAs are to know the rules inside and out and be able to answer simple questions from league members, if they can not answer it they will being it to staffs attention.

        Sub-Section 7:1.8.5 Player's Association Selection

      • Because player reps are appointed by and represent the players league reps will be re-voted on every season to ensure that the opinions of the players in the league are met.
      • Player Reps are appointed by a league wide vote and will also be subject to an end of season review by all owners, management and players. Any Player Rep that is found not fulfilling their duties as outline in this section may be removed by a majority vote of the league owners and staff together.
      • Any returning members of the Players Association will resubmit their applications to be re-voted on by league members.
      • League staff will have no say in who the player reps can be as long as they are not probationary skaters. League staff will post all applicants in a poll to be voted on by league members.

    Chapter 7:2 Owners

      Section 7:2.1 Roster Transactions

    • Owners are to oversee all roster transaction made by each GM in their organization. It is important prior to the season starts that Owners sit down with all of their management and explain what is expected of each person in management and how he wants his transactions to happen.

      Section 7:2.2 Compliance

    • Owners must follow the league's policies and procedures at all times. They must promote the league standards to all of their players, and keep their teams playing within the league's rules. This includes promoting and ensuring that their management teams are properly following those same policies and procedures. During investigations, Owners must be compliant by being honest and open to Staff questions. Not being compliant could result in punishment if it is deemed so as per Article VII: The Rule Book.

      Section 7:2.3 Accountability

    • Owners are responsible for every player in their organization, and may be held accountable for any of their player's infractions. They may run their team how they see fit, but must do so by League guidelines. If found to have multiple violations within their organization the Owner may be disciplined as per Article VII: The Rule Book.

      Section 7:2.4 Management

    • Owners are responsible for selecting and/or replacing management and submitting those selections for League approval based off the management criteria. If a promotion must be made during the season the League will allow a selection who does not meet criteria. An Owner may fire a Manager by submitting evidence of him not fulfilling his duties as Management. This will be sent to the League Staff for review. Owners must choose their management wisely!

      Section 7:2.5 Owner's Boardroom

    • Owners will have access to this section. It is for discussion of topics and issues, and for easy communication with the Commissioner’s Staff. When an Owner has an opinion regarding a league issue or a suggestion for improvement, it will be heard here.

      Section 7:2.6 Filing Management Appeals

    • The Owner may appeal a Management violation ruling made against themselves or their Management by the Staff. The League may then call for an appeal vote with the Commissioners and Owners

      Section 7:2.7 Owner's Vote

    • Owners will have a vote in Constitutional Amendment Hearings, Offseason Constitutional Changes and other matters brought to an Owner’s Vote, when deemed necessary by the League President. Each Owner will count as one vote with the majority carrying the ruling. The voting will be held as a poll in the owners skybox forum titled “The Ballot Box”. Owner voting in these matters is considered a requirement and is expected of the position as an Owner. Votes placed will be held in confidence by the League Staff. The specific results of each vote will be shared with the Voting Official so that they may provide validation of the results. The Voting official shall only disclose the final outcome and will hold the specific results in the strictest confidence. Disclosure of specific voting details will be a punishable offense and constitute immediate removal from this position.

      Section 7:2.8 Owner Selections

    • Owners will be selected by the League Staff, or a specifically designated member of the Staff. They will be selected based on their experience, application and an interview.
    • The League may select any player to fill an Ownership position. Being selected as an Owner negates the player's current contract (if applicable). If the League selects an Owner who is under contract to a team during the season, the Owner will be presented with two options :
      1. Release that player freely.
      2. Select a player of equal or lesser value.
    • During the offseason, teams have no rights to compensation for a player who is selected for Ownership.
    • Ownership Criteria:
      • Min 1 season IOHL Mgmt. experience or similar experience.
      • Not currently on Probationary status. Has not stepped down mid-season nor been removed from Management by the Staff for the last two seasons.
      • Current season Management must pass an end of season performance review in order to retain ownership for the following season.

      Section 7:2.9 Owner Commitment

    • Ownership is a minimum full season commitment. At the end of every season each owner will be a reviewed by the Commissioner’s Staff.
    • Any owners who leave without a valid reason submitted to staff will be blacklisted (Rest of Current season and the following season)

      Section 7:2.10 Role

    • Owners are responsible for all aspects of their team and to try their best to guide their organization to victory. They have the power to make any decision on their team from setting lines to running practices and implementing strategy.
    • The Owner is responsible for the overall well being of their NHL team.
    • They must ensure their team is being run correctly by the Team Management and that they all have an effective way to communicate with each other.
    • Owners are responsible for fielding a team for each game to avoid forfeit. Failure to do so may result in a firing of the Owners and a blacklist

    Chapter 7:3 Management

      Section 7:3.1 Management

    • General Managers and Assistant General Managers are responsible for the day to day management of their teams. They may also be tasked with duties by their Owner. This may include scheduling, setting lines, negotiating trades, signing, releasing and trading players.

      Section 7:3.2 Management Contracts

    • The contract of any Player in Management is for one season. Management selected and approved prior to drafting will carry a salary of 3,500,000. Management selected, or promoted, after bidding will retain their contracted salary or the Management minimum of 3.5M, whichever is higher.
    • When the season has ended, Management has the option of remaining on their current team in a Management position, accepting an approved Management position with another Organization, or becoming a free agent. Management may not return to their current team as a Player without going through free agency.

      Section 7:3.3 League Promotion

    • If a Team Manager is selected to fill a League Staff position, this is the one situation where it will be allowed for the member to finish the season as a Player on their current team.

      Section 7:3.4 League Intervention

    • When a Player is currently serving a contract on one team, and the League wishes to promote that Player to an Ownership
    • position on another team, the League will coordinate with the Owner of that Player to institute a trade or compensation to free that Player from his contract with his current team.

      Section 7:3.5 Management Removal

    • When Management is not fulfilling their commitment or duties, their Owner or Staff have the right to remove them from the team. After such removal the Owner has the responsibility to fill the vacant Management spot.
    • The Owner/Staff must provide evidence showing that Management is not fulfilling their duties or commitment.
    • An Owner wishing to remove Management must submit a case for removal to the Commissioner’s Staff.
    • When a Player in Management is removed or steps down, they must accept any punishment (if applicable) to continue to play for their current team, submit a Trade Request or choose to Retire from the season.
    • The League Staff, with proper evidence, may mandate the removal of Management for issues of conduct, breach of rules/procedures or failure to fulfill their Managerial commitments.

      Section 7:3.6 Management Criteria

    • Owners may only select Management from Players that are not already under contract to another Team and that they have acquired the rights to.
    • Management must meet a required standard for selection:
    • NHL GM
      • - 1 completed season of IOHL experience (acceptions can be made per staff discretion)
    • NHL AGM
      • - 1 completed season of IOHL experience (acceptions can be made per staff discretion)
      • Not currently on Probationary status. Has not stepped down mid-season nor been removed from Management by the Staff for the last two seasons.
    • Current season Management must pass an end of season performance review in order to retain ownership for the following season.

    Chapter 7:4 Committees

      Section 7:4.1 IOHL News

    • Staff, Owners, Management or Players in the IOHL who write Articles, Power Rankings, Breakdowns, provide analysis, capture images, or do anything relevant with the spoken word or pictures will be apart of the News Department.
    • They are to organize into a department that does not repeat the same content, and provides fresh takes on our League, Teams, and Players. News should provide quality written material for our members to read on a week to week and day to day basis. The Department should work together to make sure they are all working on goals that have been set forth by the League, and executing them with precision.

      Section 7:4.2 IOHL TV

    • Staff, Owners, Management or Players in the IOHL who capture game footage, stream live games, edit and create videos, or host a show will be apart of the TV Department.
    • They are to organize into a Department that does not repeat the same content, and provides fresh takes on our League, Teams, and Players. TV should supply a variety of live and captured games, shows, highlight reels, and broadcasted games. The Department should work together to make sure they are all working on goals that have been set forth by the League, and executing them with precision.

      Section 7:4.3 IOHL Radio

    • Staff, Owners, Management or Players in the IOHL who host a radio show or can edit or create sound bytes will be a part of the Radio Department.
    • They are to organize into a Department that does not repeat the same content, and provides fresh takes on our League, Teams, and Players. Radio should have a variety of news, along with opinion based shows that stand up to real life sports radio. The Department should work together to make sure they are all working on goals that have been set forth by the League, and executing them with precision.

      Section 7:4.4 IOHL All Stars & Awards Committee

    • Staff, Owners, Management or Players in the IOHL who take part in organizing or voting in All Star and Award ballots will be a part of the All Stars and Awards Committee.
    • This Committee should be in charge of compiling Players of the Week., All Star ballots, and Awards. The voting members will be Staff, Owners, and the Media (any contributing Media member). The Committee should work together to make sure they are all working on goals that have been set forth by the League, and executing them with precision.

      Section 7:4.5 Appointing Committee Leads

    • The Senior Staff has the right to name Committee Leaders. A Committee leader can be any member of the League from Staff, Ownership, Management, or a Player.
    • Each position is slightly different, but all of them share the same idea of being there to organize the entire Committee or Department into different goals and tasks.
    • Committee Lead Names
    • News -- Editor in Chief
    • TV -- Director
    • Radio -- Lead Producer
    • All Stars & Awards -- Chairman

      Section 7:4.6 Committee Member Selection

    • Any member of the League can sign up to help in any of the Committees. We do not need much time, just enough to listen to some goals, and contribute occasional work at your pace. Members will have access to the Committee forums section and be able to discuss ideas and concepts with all the members of their Committees. We ask only that they contribute some work in the area they chose to join. Extremely inactive members will be removed from the Committee and returned to regular Player status.

    Article 8: Disciplinary Actions

    Disciplinary Actions Under Construction


    Article 9: Playoff Rules/Procedures

    Chapter 9:1 Schedule Breakdown

      Section 9:1.1 IOHL Playoff Games

    • The times for IOHL Playoff games are:
      • Round 1:
        • Games 1 & 2 Sunday: 10:30 & 11:15 PM
        • Games 3 & 4 Monday: 10:30 & 11:15 PM
        • Games 5, 6 & 7Tuesday: 10:30 & 11:15 PM & 11:45
      • Round 2:
        • Games 1 & 2 Wednesday: 10:30 & 11:15
        • Games 3 & 4 Thursday: 10:30 & 11:15
        • Games 5, 6 & 7 Sunday: 10:30 & 11:15 & 11:45
      • Round 3:
        • Games 1 & 2 Monday: 10:30 & 11:15
        • Games 2 & 3 Tuesday: 10:30 & 11:15
        • Games 5, 6 & 7 Wednesday: 10:30 & 11:15 & 11:45

    Chapter 9:2 Playoff Scheduling Rules

      Section 9:2.1 Player Availability

    • Players must submit their availability for the next week to their team NO LATER THAN 12:00pm on Sunday. This must be posted in the Team Locker Room at www.iohl.net . Please provide your availability to your Team Mgmt as soon as you can so that they can prepare the schedule for the upcoming week.
    • Players may also say that they are NOT available for the upcoming week. They will be then need to be removed from the schedule for that week and can be placed on IR.

      Section 9:2.2 Creating a Weekly Schedule

    • Owners and Management can begin creating their upcoming weekly schedule starting at 12:01PM Sunday. Earlier submissions are allowed but only if you have received availability responses from all of your rostered players.
    • Management can not schedule Players who have submitted that they are unavailable for the week.

        Sub-Section 9:2.2.1 Scheduling limitations

      • In the IOHL playoffs a game scheduled is considered a game played. Except in the instance that a player who is scheduled for a later game has to be subbed into an earlier game. That players later game will only count against their games played if they play in that game. The player that was substituted for in this instance is still charged a game played.
      • (Example: the player is scheduled to have their 4th game in game 7, but to avoid a forfeit to need to call on that player to play in game 5. So long as that player is substituted out of game 7 with an eligible roster player or ECU. That game 7 will not count twords that players maximum scheduled games.

        Sub-Section 9:2.2.2 Weekly Lines

      • The IOHL would like your posted lines for the week to look similar to this although there is no punishment if they are not exactly like this. Google Docs are acceptable but a forum post is highly suggested to aid staff in tracking lines.
        • Week of Nov 12 - Nov 17
        • SUN NOV 12 DAL @ PITT
        • 10:30PM
        • RW:
        • C:
        • LW:
        • RD:
        • LD:
        • G:
        • SUN NOV 12 DAL VS DET
        • 11:15PM
        • RW:
        • C:
        • LW:
        • RD:
        • LD:
        • G:

        Sub-Section 9:2.2.3 Substitutions and Roster Moves

      • When a player can not make it to their game for whatever reason they can be substituted by a player on the active roster or an ECU as long as they are still eligible. The game still counts as a game played for the player being substituted, and the player who is subbing in.
      • Place your substitutions in the substitution thread with the reason they did not show up for the game.
      • substitutions.
      • You do not have to provide roster moves in the substitution thread just substitutions.

      Section 9:2.3 Deadlines

    • Players have until 12:00 PM Sunday each week to submit their availability for the upcoming week. If a player doesn't submit their availability on time then Management will schedule your games as they see fit and with no regard to your actual availability. This could result in No Shows for a Player and potential Disciplinary action.
    • Management is required to have their team's lines posted in the Team Locker Room by the deadline at 7PM before each new round.

      Section 9:2.4 Scheduling Restrictions

        Sub-Section 9:2.4.2 Positions

      • In the IOHL Playoffs, a skater (F/D) cannot be scheduled for more than 4 games per round, and cannot play more than 3 games in a row. Each skater (F/D) must have at least 1 game played by game 3, and 2 games played by game 6.
      • In the IOHL Playoffs goalies cannot be scheduled for more than 4 games per round, and cannot play more than 2 games in a row. Each goalie must have at least 1 game played by game 3, and 2 games played by game 6.

        Sub-Section 9:2.4.3 Forfeits

      • If there is a forfeit, the lineups for those games are locked. You may not substitute players in and out of forfeit games.
      • Forfeit games will count as a game played towards a Player, and count twords the maximum/minimum games played during that scheduled round.
      • Section 3 : Reschedules/Replays/Forfeits

      Section 9:3.1 Reschedules

    • The League will not reschedule games in the IOHL Playoffs unless:
      1. The IOHL Staff issues a statement that ALL games will be rescheduled (minus any games that have already been played.)
      2. Both Owners submit proof to the Commissioners that Players can’t connect.
      3. Acts of God or reasons found to be understandable and beyond a Team's control

      Section 9:3.2 Replays

    • Replays are issued by the Commissioners after a ruling has been determined. A replay will be scheduled and played before the begging of the next round.

      Section 9:3.3 Forfeits

    • Team can’t get 6 Players online by the allotted deadline for each game.
    • Communication between Management is a MUST during these situations. This will allow each team to understand if a Player has disconnected and can not return or if a team is stating they are forfeiting.
    • Procedure for a forfeit is as follows: Players are not to be subbed in or out of the game and no Player stats are to be recorded. The only stat that will be recorded is 1-0 (or 0-0 if a double forfeit) for the score. No lines are logged into MyStats and no Player will be assigned to the winning goal.
    • League Staff or Owners of the forfeiting team are the ONLY ones who may make that ruling.
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