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2020 - 21 COVID-19 Changes to MSHL procedures and rules

NOTE:  These changes are in effect until competent government authorities or other governing bodies rescind the current stages


  • Per the September 24 guidance from the Maryland Sports Commission, body check hockey remains high risk.  Body contact (no check) is now classified as a medium risk sport.  Depending on where you are playing, you may be limited on what type of hockey (body contact or body check) hockey you can play.
  • All State and local health department regulations are to be complied with.  Rink directives must be followed.  Failure to follow the regulations or directives will result in disciplinary action including suspensions and game forfeits.
  • To comply with social distancing, only a maximum of 16 players will be available to play during any one period of a game.
    • 6 on the ice
    • 5 on the bench, socially distanced
    • 5 next to the bench, also socially distanced
    • If a team dresses more than 16 for a game, the other players must be in an area designated by the rink and can be switched out at a period break or to substitute for a player removed from the ice and/or bench area due to injury.
  • All minor (off ice) officials MUST wear a face mask
    • Only a timekeeper and a scorekeeper are permitted in the scorer's table area.
  • Penalized players are to proceed to the penalty box.  Players serving 10 minute misconducts will be removed and stationed in an area away from others for the duration of their penalty.
  • Only one player in the penalty box at a time in counties that only permit medium risk sports (9/24/20).
  • Players and coaches receiving game suspension penalties are to remove themselves from the rink immediately.  Players will remove their skates before leaving the rink.