Info & Rules
The camp is in Winchester Center, Connecticut, a town of about 500 people and the camp is very rustic. Wi-Fi is extremely limited. Please bring cash for any purchases you make at the camp. This includes food purchases.
Our referees, photographers, game day operations staff and tournament nurses are all volunteers. If there is a picture you would like taken or you need a Band-Aid or you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask any of these volunteers.
Parking is tight so please be courteous to the person next to you.
This is a fun pond hockey tournament set up as a fundraiser for the Connecticut State Grange.
We offer all youth and adult ages/levels and boys and girls. You are guaranteed at least four games.
DOs AND DONTs
Be on time! Winchester Center is 15 minutes minimum from the highway. It will take you time to park.
Best thing for a player to do is get completely dressed at home/hotel, put on his/her boots, and then lace up the skates down on the pond.
In general, hockey rules will be enforced. However, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the following rules and helpful hints.
Games are 3 on 3.
Maximum player roster is 8.
Teams must clear the zone at center after a goal is scored.
Playing the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.
Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.
If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. During restart, the defender must give his/her opponent ten feet of space. The game needs to restart as quickly as possible.
There is no off-sides or icing.
Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice.
Games will be composed of two 10 minute halves with a minute halftime.
In the event of a tie during both qualifying and championship games, the play will move to sudden death format.
2 on 2 – 2 minutes
1 on 1 – 1 minute
Games are running-time and substitutions can be made during play (“on-the-fly”) or while a puck is being retrieved. There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored, or after a penalty is awarded.
No goalie equipment or goalie sticks are permitted.
There is no goaltending allowed.
You cannot “camp out” within 10 feet of your defending goal.
Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty or goal being rewarded.
All players must wear helmets.
All teams must bring a light and dark set of jerseys.
Any major penalty, which includes any action that could possibly injure another player, will result in that player being ejected from the tournament. The team that received the ejection will play the remainder of the tournament short-handed (2 on 3). Off-ice pond official will determine major penalties.
Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing, or arguing about calls.
No checking is allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty unless deemed serious enough to be a major (see off-ice pond official).
Berger Classic games, sponsored by Mylec, offer teams to dress goalies for a game. This one time game is an extra game at no cost. This game could consist of your entire team playing against parents and coaches. Not to sound cliché but this is a game for fun. This game does not count in the standings. We are always looking at having a 4 team division with goaltenders. Please email us for further details.
Play safe and have fun. Realize that the boards are shorter.
The games are 3 on 3 plus the goaltender.
After the goaltender covers the puck drawing the whistle, the offending team must clear the zone.
All other pond hockey rules apply.