The Athens Youth Hockey Association is pleased to announce the 2023 Veteran's Day 10U Travel Tournament November 10, 11, and 12 at Ohio University's Bird Ice Arena in Athens, Ohio. A tentative, detailed schedule for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the tournament will be available on this webpage later this summer. If you have any questions, please contact the Tournament Director Jason Stengel at [email protected].
● Weekend tournament w/8 teams
● Three game round-robin guarantee on full-ice for all teams
● The top four teams after the round-robin will move on to Sunday's semi-finals and championship game
● The bottom four teams after the round-robin will move on to 3 vs 3 cross-ice challenge games (2 games per team)
● USA Hockey Rules & USA Hockey Officials for All Games
● Participation swag award for all teams
● Trophy for the Championship team
TEAM SKILL LEVEL
Participants shall have been born in either 2013 or 2014. This tournament is intended for House teams (A3 Lower / B Levels) and not intended for "select" or "all-star" teams. The AYHA's goal for this tournament is an appropriate competitive balance and a quality experience for all teams.
Athens is a small association whose players have a wide range of skills, so we understand that not every team is homogeneous. If you intend to combine your association's house teams to make a full tournament roster, please build the roster based on player availability within you association and not necessarily player ability. If you have players born in 2013 or 2014 who have been or will be primarily "playing-up" on a 12U team for most of the season, teams should refrain from adding these more advanced players to their tournament roster.
Registration is $1,200 per team, regardless of the size of the team's roster. To avoid passing on additional surcharge fees for online registration, the AYHA will utilize paper registration for all teams participating in the tournament. Please complete the registration form below:
Checks should be made payable to the "Athens Youth Hockey Association" and mailed with the registration form to:
2023 Veterans Day Tournament
c/o Athens Youth Hockey Association
PO Box 614
Athens, OH 45701
Registration application and payment must be received no later than October 25th, 2023, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the tournament is full, we will update the website as quickly as possible. Upon mailing the registration form and fee, please email the Tournament Director Jason Stengel at [email protected] to inform us that your registration is on the way.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)
Friday Nov 10
Saturday Nov 11
||Team 1 vs Team 2
||Team 3 vs Team 4
||Team 5 vs Team 6
||Team 7 vs Team 8
||Team 1 vs Team 3
||Team 2 vs Team 4
||Team 5 vs Team 7
(1) - The gap between the 9am and 1:30pm game slots is to accommodate Ohio University scheduled programs.
||Team 6 vs Team 8
||Team 1 vs Team 5
||Team 2 vs Team 6
||Team 3 vs Team 7
||Team 4 vs Team 8
|The Eight Teams Are Re-seeded into Tier 1 and Tier 2 Divisions.
The Top Four Tier 1 Teams Move on to Sunday's Championship Games.
The Bottom Four Tier 2 Teams Begin the 3 vs 3 Cross Ice Challenge.
||Tier 2: 3 vs 3 Cross-Ice Challenge
South Half: Team 1 vs Team 4 | North Half: Team 2 vs Team 3
Sunday Nov 12
||Tier 2: 3 vs 3 Cross-Ice Challenge
South Half: Finals Game | North Half: Consolation Game
||Tier 1: Semifinal Game A
Team 1 vs Team 4
||Tier 1: Semifinal Game B
Team 2 vs Team 3
||Tier 1: Championship Game
Winer of Semifinal Game A
vs Winner of Semifinal Game B
Rules for the Veterans Day Tournament are provided in the link below:
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
• All teams must be registered with USA Hockey, and all teams will be required to provide a USA Hockey official roster to the Tournament Director prior to the start of that team’s first game. The Tournament Director reserves the right to verify a youth player’s identity and eligibility at any time during the event. If such a requirement is imposed, the team manager and/or coach will be notified at least 30 minutes prior to game time.
• The use of ineligible players will disqualify teams from remaining tournament play. All games played by the disqualified team will be forfeited. No monies will be refunded.
• Players and coaches should report at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time to Bird Ice Arena. Locker room assignments will be posted by Bird Ice Arena staff. If games are running ahead of schedule, teams should be prepared to start as early as 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
• A team representative, either a coach or manager appearing on the team’s official USA Hockey roster, should report to the Tournament Director in the Bird Ice Arena lobby at least 30 minutes prior to the start of each game to attend to administrative responsibilities.
• Each team must provide an adult score sheet official and penalty box monitor for their games. Volunteers for scoresheet and penalty box monitoring duties shall have at a minimum the appropriate USA Hockey volunteer registration and training.
• Participants shall have been born in either 2013 or 2014. This tournament is intended for House teams and not intended for "select" or "all-star" teams. Registering teams should be at the A3 Lower / B levels, as the Athens Youth Hockey League’s goal for this tournament is an appropriate competitive balance and quality experience for all teams. Coaches should give equal ice time to all of their players to the extent practical and emphasize fair play.
• Athens is a small association whose players have a wide range of skills, so we understand that not every team is homogeneous. If you intend to combine your association's house teams to make a full tournament roster, please build the roster based on player availability within you association and not necessarily player ability. If you have players born in 2013 or 2014 who have been or will be primarily "playing-up" on a 12U team for most of the season, teams should refrain from adding these more advanced players to their tournament roster.
• Full-ice games will consist of three 12-minute periods on full ice with full size nets. Teams will play 5 vs 5 with goalies, and there will be two on-ice officials for each game. Please note that the Tournament Director does not have the authority to reverse any decisions made by the on-ice officials. There will be a 3-minute pregame warmup and a 2-minute break between periods. The clock will stop for goals, pucks leaving play, penalties, nets shifted from position, etc. A running clock may be used at the discretion of the Tournament Director and/or on-ice officials to keep the tournament on time
• 3 vs 3 cross-ice challenge games will consist of three 15-minute periods with a running clock and be played on cross-ice with full size nets. There will be a 1-minute pregame warmup and a 1-minute break between periods. The clock will not stop for goals, pucks leaving play, penalties, nets shifted from position, etc. After a goal is scored, the official will drop the puck at the center of the cross-ice rink. A running clock may be used at the discretion of the Tournament Director and/or on-ice officials to keep the tournament on time. A schematic of the cross-ice challenge rink is provided below.
• USA Hockey rules will be utilized for the games. Minor penalties will have a duration of 90 seconds, while major penalties a duration of five minutes. Misconducts will be 10 minutes.
• Game Misconduct or Match Penalty requires removal from the ice and bench for the remainder of that game and for the team’s next game in the tournament. At the discretion of an official, persistent minor penalties may result in a Misconduct or Game Misconduct, and Game Misconduct or Match Penalty may result in removal from Bird Ice Arena for the remainder of the tournament. Officials will do their best to apply current USA Hockey rules, and respect for the officials by players and coaches and spectators is absolutely required.
• No overtime for round-robin games. Teams will be ranked based on the preliminary games for the final games using the following point system, which provides no advantage for running up a score:
o One point for winning a period (in case of tie, 1/2 point awarded to each team)
o Two points for winning a game (in case of tie, one point will be awarded to each team.)
• Point ties will be broken in this order:
o Win/loss record
o Number of periods won
o Fewest goals against
o Least penalty minutes
o First team to score in head-to-head game
o Coin toss
• No system is perfect, and the selection of the four Tier 1 teams for the Championship play on Sunday and the Tier 2 teams for the Cross-ice challenge are subject to the final discretion of the Tournament Director and may not be appealed or otherwise protested by any team, team official, parent, spectator, or fan.
• Tier 1 Championship games and Tier 2 Cross-ice Challenge games will be decided by final score at the end of regulation.
• If a semi-final game ends in a tie, a 5-minute sudden death overtime period will be held until one team scores first. In the event of no score by either team, another 5-minute sudden death overtime period(s) will be held until one time scores. The first team to score will move on to the Championship game, while the other team will move on to the Consolation game.
• If the Championship or Consolation game ends in a tie, a shootout round will be held with three (3) players per team. If a team outscores the other team at the end of the round, then the game is over and the win awarded to the team that has outscored the other. If the shootout is a tie after the first three players from each team have taken a turn, each team will be permitted an additional shooter until tie is broken in sudden death, which means the first team to score without the opposing team scoring wins (no repeat shooters until all players on a team have taken a turn).
• A zero-tolerance for verbal abuse will be enforced for the tournament. For youth players, coaches, or other bench staff, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed if a player openly disputes or argues about any decision by an on-ice or off-ice official, uses obscene or vulgar language to anyone at any time, even if it is not directed at any person, or otherwise demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with any decision by an official. This includes, but is not limited to standing on the boards or standing in the bench doorway with the intent of inciting the officials, players, or spectators.
• Parents, spectators, and fans are not permitted to confront the Tournament Director, scorekeepers, or other officials at any time. If a concern arises, that issue must be brought to the attention of the Tournament Director by the team coach or team manager.
• If a parent, spectator, or fan uses verbal abuse or otherwise threatens the Tournament Director, scorekeepers, or other officials at any time, Ohio University Police will be contacted immediately to remove that person(s) from Bird Ice Arena immediately without exception. Any parent, spectator, or fan removed from the rink will not be permitted to return for the duration of the tournament.
• Use of mechanical noise makers or horns of any kind are prohibited, and excessive use of cow bells will also not be tolerated.
Updated August 22, 2023.