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Game Play


Organizations with multiple teams and players playing in multiple age groups cannot request that the schedule be altered to accommodate their players who are playing on multiple teams. 

HS Elite players may also play in the NCBS National Championship but no schedule requests can be made to accommodate these players.



All games are played in accordance with the USBOXLA Rule and Situational Book.


usboxla membership

All participants must have an active USBOXLA membership.  Any player on your roster that is in violation will be removed from the playing surface.

wooden sticks/WALLS

Wooden goalie or player sticks are not allowed in any division. Walls or Quads are not allowed for goaltending.



All goalies must conform to USBOXLA/CLA Tags on Chest/Arm Protectors and Shin guards.

Novice - CAT 2
PeeWee - CAT 2 (no exception even with doctor note) 

Bantam - CAT 3
Midget CAT 3
HS Elite CAT 3


Please Read Rule #12/#13 in USBOXLA Rulebook for more info.

If your goalie cannot find suitable replacements immediately for the game, a 5 goal penalty shall be awarded to the opposing team. 



Zero tolerance for punches thrown.  Any punch thrown can result in entire tournament suspension.

USBOXLA Gameplay Coordinators will be notified of any fighting major (which is an automatic match penalty). A match penalty is a 5 min major, game ejection, plus potential suspension for any number of additional games including the entire tournament.  USBOXLA Gameplay coordinator will rule on multiple game suspensions dependent on severity and intent of altercation.


abuse of officials

Please note the USBOXLA Gameplay coordinators will not tolerate abuse of the officials or any staff by fans, parents, players or team officials. The USBOXLA Gameplay coordinators have the discretion to call bench penalties, remove parents/fans from the facility or issue a team disqualification in such an occurrence. 


Appeal process

On-Floor Call Appeal Process - There is no appeal process to protest an on floor call or outcome.  The referees' call on the floor will stand. 

Age Group Appeal Process - Any 'A' level team is under the scrutiny of all other 'A' level teams in their division.  If there is a potential violation a team's Coaches/Managers (No parents) may file an official appeal to the USBOXLA Gameplay Coordinator with a $200 cash bond. 

If the team is indeed found to be in violation the cash bond will be returned, the team in violation will be immediately disqualified, all scores will change to 1-0 and 2 pts will be awarded to their opponents for previous and future games.  The team may continue to play in the event however for schedule purposes but will not advance to the medal rounds. 

If the player is not in violation the cash bond will not be returned.


Game play

Official USBOXLA game play

  • 3 x 15 min running time periods.
  • 2 min rest between periods.
  • last minute of the 3rd period is stop time.
  • game clock starts on the hour whether teams are ready or not.  Any team in violation will be given a 2min delay of game penalty.
  • 1 x 30 second timeout per game.
  • if tied after regulation time teams immediately proceed to a USBOXLA Shootout (3 shooters each and home team decides on whether they will shoot first or second).  If tied after that, there is a sudden death shootout round (all rostered players must shoot before any player shoots twice).
  • Gold Medal A/B/C Level Games (sudden death period) will have a 5min sudden death overtime period immediately following the conclusion of regular time.  Goalies do not switch ends.  No Timeouts.  No stoppage in time.  If tied after 5min, teams proceed into a USBOXLA Shootout to determine a Gold Medal Champion.


over-aged players and rosters

'A' LEVEL - The high caliber of play at the USBOXLA Nationals must be protected by having equally aged participants. There are no over-aged players allowed in the 'A' level.

'B' | 'C' LEVEL - We understand that some players may be smaller in size, female (playing on a “male” team), or teams may need to simply fill a roster and take an older player(s).   Teams may have a maximum of 2 players who are over-aged. PLEASE IDENTIFY ANY OVER-AGED PLAYERS ON YOUR ROSTER WITH THE WORD ‘AGE’ AFTER THEIR LAST NAME ON ROSTER SHEET. Not having this listed on your roster will result in an automatic disqualification. “Impact” players playing in a lower aged division (“Impact” player is determined by USBOXLA Rules Committee) will result in an automatic disqualification. Each team may only have a maximum of 2 overaged players on its roster.

An impact player is a player who possesses superior size and/or skill and/or ability.  These over aged players would have a direct impact on the game's outcome.  You may have a maximum of 2 over aged players per team....if you are in doubt, make sure these over aged players are not in your top 5 players on your team.


setting of rosters

Your team rosters cannot change after Thursday Aug 4th.  If you have players playing in 2 age divisions, or skill levels to round out numbers that is fine as long as these players are listed on the team's official roster that you submit before the event.  You cannot alter your rosters for medal games, recruit other team's players at the event or bring more players from one skill bracket to another for 'big games'.  If there is any infraction of this rule it will result in an automatic disqualification.  Before each game the scorekeepers will check to ensure accurate rosters.


Pool and bracket play

Seeding from pool play is determined in this order:

  • Points - 2 points for a win. 0 points for a loss
  • Head to Head - This breaks ties based on the record (or points, if points are used) against the teams tied with. For example if 3 teams have the same overall record at 4-2 and all 3 of the teams played each other an equal number of times and one teams record against the other two was 2-0 and another was 1-1 and the other was 0-2. This tie breaker would order them accordingly. If all three teams had identical 1-1 records, this tie breaker would not be used.

    It should be noted that this tie breaker is completely ignored if all of the teams tied do not play each other an equal number of times. For example if there are 3 teams tied and one team played the other two, but the other two did not play each this tie breaker will be ignored (regardless of the outcome of the two games played by the first team)
  • Goals Allowed - The total of a teams opponents score. The smallest total wins the tie breaker.
  • Goals Scored - The total of a teams score. The higher total wins the tie breaker.


USBOXLA Game play coordinators

There are on-site USBOXLA Game play coordinators at each facility.  If you have questions or concerns they will help.  Please note that there is no appeal process to protest a call or outcome, there is zero tolerance and abuse could result in team disqualification or additional penalties for your team or organization.


Adam Gardner
USBOXLA Referee in Chief