RULES I. Rule 1: A. This is a friendly community hockey league. Acting like a douche will not be tolerated. There will be no specific guidelines on what consists of acting like a douche. If you can’t figure it out, then you’re probably in the wrong place. Very simple. II. Forum etiquette: A. The forums will be loosely moderated for the most part. The only topics/things that are off limits are pornography, racial slurs, and members’ families. If those things happen, they will be removed by management and members may be kicked off the forums per the discretion of league management. III. Vouching system (current status: ACTIVE): A. Being a “friendly community league”, members will have the ability to refer/vouch for others to join the league. We strongly encourage new members to get in touch with current members and have one of them “vouch” for your entry (no different than a reference for a job). Unfortunately, there are occasions when recruited members don’t work out. When this occurs, the member who referred the douche will be flagged as a douche-recruiter and all future references will be heavily scrutinized. B. The hope is that this system will encourage members to be more vigilant when it comes to referring their friends for the league. IV. Deciding matters not covered in the rules A. All decisions on league matters that are NOT clearly covered in these rules (controversial or otherwise) will be made by league management, and there will be no “appeals process”. Management will be glad to explain the reasoning behind all decisions, but there will be no back and forth arguing on these decisions. Incessant complaining will be a violation of rule #1 and could very well lead to someone being removed from the league for being a douche. B. This league has been made to have fun and play organized hockey with friends. There will undoubtedly be a lot of chirping/baiting among members, and it is the player’s responsibility to gauge where a line is or isn’t crossed in terms of that chirping/baiting. If you have sound judgment and don’t come across as an asshole every time you interact with someone you don’t know, you will be fine here. Maintaining the integrity of this league as a whole is more important than anything else. V. Home Ice Advantage A. During regular season, the home team in each series will host games 1 and 3. In a playoff scenario, the home team will host games 1, 2, 5, and 7. It’s the standard rules, but we’re putting it out there so no one gets butt-hurt when they can’t play in their own community rink in front of 4 people. We are going to trust captains in this league to pick someone with solid connection, and we also trust that opposing teams won’t be filled with assholes who complain about lag and demand multiple restarts. VI. Stat Entry A. Series-winning team inputs the GAME/TEAM stats for every game of a series. B. Both teams still must input their individual stats for each game, regardless of outcome. VII. Signups and Player Positions A. When signing up for the draft pool, please correctly list positions (preferred, willing and refuse). If you do not place a position as preferred or willing, IT WILL BE REFUSED! Please check the draft pool after you sign up to double check. If anyone is caught playing a position that has been refused, the game in question will result in a sim loss. VIII. Secondary Gamertags (updated after Season 2 doucheclusterfuck) A. If your xbox live gamertag that you signed up with gets suspended/banned during a season, you must take it upon yourself to inform league management with the details, such as: 1. What happened to lead to the suspension/ban? 2. What your new tag is for the time being? 3. Other league members to vouch that this new tag is indeed yours and yours only as it relates to league games . B. Unless league management has any reason to think shady circumstances are occurring, playing under a new tag will be allowed. IX. Sim loss rule (if this is ever necessary to enforce, someone failed badly and/or is being a douche) A. If a team doesn’t have 6 players online and ready go by 10pm, they are to contact the waiver team. This should leave plenty of time to get a waiver and ensure everyone is in the club challenge screen no later than 10:10pm. B. By 10:10pm the game must be started. If the home hasn’t sent the challenge by then, the away team may send the challenge at 10:10 and host. If a challenge sent is not accepted by the other team, then the team who didn’t accept in time is given a sim loss. (EA fail/players getting disconnected after accepting challenge is the only exception where a re-try may occur past the time deadline) C. Please note, this does NOT mean games are to regularly start at 10:10pm. Abuse of this grace period, via discretion of league management, will be considered a violation of Rule #1 for being a shitbag. D. Note, if for whatever reason waivers are not available and/or connection issues with 1 player persist, a team MAY PLAY WITH FIVE PLAYERS. (in fact, if 10-15+ mins have already elapsed, we strongly encourage everyone to proceed with 5 for that game.) E. In the event of a 6v5 game, the team with 6 will select whether the opposing team’s CPU player is a FWD or D-MAN. (requesting specific positions is no longer allowed). F. Any other issues that arise that are not covered by this rule will be determined by league management if captains can’t be civil and come to an agreement like adults (see Rule IV).