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League Info

Game Rules Varsity

  • 17 minute periods
  • Ice cuts between the 2nd and 3rd period
  • 5 goal running clock in the 3rd period
  • If there is a 5 goal margin heading into the 3rd period no ice cuts.
  • Stop clock resumes with any goal differential under 5
  • No double jeopardy for game misconducts with the exception of playoff games. Should a player receive a game misconduct he must serve the game in the next playoff SHL game.
  • 3 on 3 overtime to decide tied games. Goalies switch sides, if a game is still tied after this OT then a sudden death shoot out takes place, goalies go back to their 1st period side. No player can shoot twice until all players have shot.
  • Players with carry over penalties are not allowed to shoot.
  • 7 up and 7 down rule applies
  • No tier 1 players allowed
  • Tier 2 players must play in 60% of all league games.
  • Goals scored in OT will count as a goal scored for stats purposes.
  • All other USA rules apply.
  • No handshakes after games only after completion of the series

Playoff Rules-Varsity

  • Sudden death OT to decided tie games. Goalies switch to the long change in first OT.
  • OT periods are 10 minutes.
  • First 10 minutes 5 on 5
  • Remaining periods 10 minutes 3 on 3 switch ends every 10 minutes
  • Ice cuts when possible.
  • JV can play up if they have eligibility left but games count against there overall game total.
  • If a player receives a game misconduct in the playoffs that player must serve a SHL playoff game.
  • Handshakes only after the completion of the series.

Game rules-JV

15 Minute periods
No ice cuts
No double jeopardy for game misconducts, exception is playoffs. Should a player receive a game misconduct he must serve the next SHL playoff game.
3 man shoot out to decide tied games, Goalies do not switch sides
Sudden death shoot out to decide games tied after 3 man shoot out
All players must be used in a shoot out before you can use a player for the second time
Players that have carry over penalties MAY NOT shoot in the shoot out.
7 up and 7 down rule in effect.
All other USA rules are in effect.
2 man ref crew
No Tier 1 Players allowed
Teams playing with Illegal players forfeit any games the player plays in and further action maybe taken.

Playoff rules-JV

Sudden death play decides playoff games
Goalies change ends to far change first OT.
OT periods are 10 minute
First 10 minutes 5 on 5
Remaining periods 10 minutes 3 on 3 switch ends every 10 minutes

No Varsity players may come down to play
2 man ref crew
Any double rostered player from Tier 2 teams must play in 60% of all league games.
If a team is found to play with and illegal player the team forfeits the game and further action maybe taken by R&E.
Handshakes only after the series completion.

Tie Breakers
1. Head to Head
2. 3 teams tied- Points earned between the teams, once that creates a separation then head to head. If points earned between the 3 teams is tied the first tie breaker is wins between the teams, than again head to head between the two left over teams.
3. More than 3 teams follow the rules for 3 teams.













Section 1

Article 1-Name of the Organization

Illinois High School Hockey League-Scholastic Division also known as the Scholastic Hockey League (SHL).


Article 2- Corporate Purpose-

The purpose of the organization is to coordinate, promote and administer all hockey operation for its league members.


Section 2- Specific purposes of the SHL

Set game rules for JV and Varsity leagues.

Set schedules

Obtain Refs for each league game

Maintain league standings

Provide awards for players and teams.

Provide marketing and promotion for the league.



Article 3 Membership

League membership are high school hockey teams both at the Varsity and JV level.

Any new member must be unanimously be accepted by members and must participate for 4 years.

Members must provide a Varsity and JV team unless granted an exemption by the members by a simple majority vote.

Should a team finish last or second to last at the Varsity level two years in a row the team maybe dismissed by a unanimous vote by league members.

All member teams must have certified USA hockey rosters.

No AAA players, Tier 2 players maybe double rostered but must play 60% of games to be eligible to play in the playoffs.


Section 2-League fees are to be set by the President based on a new budget.


Section 3-The Varsity coaches from each member team gets one vote. Should a member have more than 1 varsity team the organization still gets only 1 vote.


Article 4 Meetings of Members

The members will hold at least 1 annual meeting between the months of July-August of each year.


Article 5-Board of Directors

Section 1- General Powers

The board of directors are the Varsity Coaches from member schools.  The board is of directors have control and responsibilities for the management of the league.


Section 2-Officers are President, Junior Varsity Director, Secretary, Rules and Ethics, Treasurer, and scheduler.


Each term is 2 years.


Voting to take place in May.  Officers elected by a simple majority


Meetings can be called by any member to discuss league issues.


Officers can be removed by a simple majority, cause must be specified.


Article 6-Bylaws can be amended by a simple majority vote.