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SportsEngine U.S. Pond Hockey Championships Tournament Structure

Tournament Structure Overview

  1. Games are 4 on 4 games with max 8 person teams (no goalies).
  2. Rinks measure approx. 140 x 75 feet with 18” boards.
  3. Goals are 6 feet in width. 
  4. In true pond fashion, the ice will be shoveled by the two opposing teams prior to game start. 
  5. Games consist of two 15-minute halves with a 2-minute break.
  6. Each Open, Cedar, Rink Rat, 40+ Open, and 40+ Rink Rat teams will be guaranteed 2 games on Friday and 2 games on Saturday. Women's teams will be guaranteed 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday. The Golden Shovel Championship will be a single elimination tournament played on Sunday. 
  7. Bender Division will play on Saturday and Sunday. Each team is guaranteed 4 games. Official scores will not be recorded and there is no championship bracket. 

Game Tie-Breaking Procedures

NEW IN 2020
In the event of a tie, during both qualifying and championship games, play will move to sudden death format. After the horn sounds, play will continue for up to 3 minutes of overtime until a goal is scored. If no goal is scored, the game will move to a sudden death shootout. Players will take turns taking penalty shots from 20 feet from the goal. During any round where one team makes a shot, and the other team misses, the game is over and the team who made the shot wins. If both teams miss, or if both teams make the shot, in any round, rounds continue until the game is over. A player may not take another penalty shot until all other players on his/her team have taken a shot.

Pool Play Scoring System Rules

3 Points for a Win
0 Points for a Loss

Ties in standings will be broken by highest total number of goals for followed by goal differential.

Golden Shovel Championship Qualifying

Open Division
40 teams - 8 pools - 24 teams will advance: The top team in each pool plus 16 wild cards (calculated by most points, ties in point total are broken by highest total number of goals scored followed by goal differential) will advance to Championship Sunday. Pool winners will get a first round bye regardless of their division tie-breaking scenario.

40+ Division
6 teams - 1 pool - All teams will advance: The top team in each pool plus 5 wild cards (calculated by most points, ties in point total are broken by highest total number of goals scored followed by goal differential) will advance to Championship Sunday. 

Women's Division
5 teams - 1 pool - All teams will advance:
 The top team in the pool plus 4 wild cards (calculated by most points, ties in point total are broken by highest total number of goals scored followed by goal differential) will advance to Championship Sunday. 

Sled Division
2 teams - 1 pool - All teams will advance:
 The Sled Division will have it's Golden Shovel Championship on Sunday. It is a two game total goals event.

Silver Scoop Championship Qualifying

Cedar Division
100 teams - 20 pools - 32 teams will advance:
 The top team in each pool plus 12 wild cards (calculated by most points, ties in point total are broken by highest total number of goals scored followed by goal differential) will advance to Championship Sunday.

Rink Rat Division
120 teams - 24 pools - 32 teams will advance:
 The top team in each pool plus 8 wild cards (calculated by most points, ties in point total are broken by highest total number of goals scored followed by goal differential) will advance to Championship Sunday.