NYCGHA Rec League
The Spring/Summer 2017 season will start Sunday, March 12! Full-time slots are now sold-out. You may still participate as an alternate. Please see instructions under Alternates below to sign-up.
Rec League games are played at Chelsea Piers every Sunday at 4pm and 5:30pm with the exception of certain holidays and other scheduled bye weeks. The NYCGHA Rec League differs from the Sky Rink Adult Open League in several ways. All teams are evenly assigned approximately the same number of novice and intermediate players. This league is a great way for intermediate players to fine tune their skills, get some exercise, and help novice players learn the game. Novices will feel comfortable playing in this league because of its low pressure atmosphere and the added benefit of playing with and learning from more experienced players.
If you are interested in joining, please read the Policies for Rec League Full-Time Players and the Policies for Rec League Alternates. If you agree with our policies and would like to participate in Rec League whether as a full-time player or as an alternate, please fill out our Self-Evaluation Form. After filling out the form, if you are a good fit for Rec League, you will be invited to join our TeamCowboy site where you will have access to the full schedule, be able indicate your availability as an alternate for upcoming games, RSVP to scrimmages, and be notified when registration for the next season starts.
- Teams will consist of sixteen full-time skaters.
- Goalies will be assigned to each game and will switch half-way through the second period.
- The Spring/Summer Rec League will consist of a minimum of 16 games. Playoff format will be determined based on the number of teams.
- Full-Time Skater: $600
- Full time players are guaranteed a spot in every Rec League game as long as the RSVP by Thursday at Noon before a Sunday game. If a full-time player does not RSVP by this deadline, he/she is not guaranteed a spot in the game.
- $50 is charged to new and previous Rec League players who are not currently playing. This fee is used to cover our jersey costs.
- Alternate: $40 per game
- Goalies: No cost. Please contact us if you are interested.
- There will be no refunds for missed games.
- If a player is injured, and the injury prevents him from playing the rest of the season, she must notify her captain as soon as possible. A refund of half the value of the remaining games will be credited to the injured player’s account based on the number of remaining games from the point of notification to the end of the season.
- Any player receiving a misconduct or game misconduct will automatically be suspended for one game with no refund for the missed game.
- Any player receiving a second misconduct or game misconduct in a season will be automatically suspended for three games with no refund for the missed games.
- Any player receiving a third misconduct or game misconduct in a season will be automatically suspended for the balance of the season with no refunds for missed games.
- All games take place at Sky Rink (West Rink) at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 2nd Floor. Pier 61 is at 23rd Street over the Hudson River.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the game format?
Each game will have a 5-minute warm-up period followed by either three 15-minute stop-time periods, or three 20-minute running time periods. There will be a 1-minute intermission between periods. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, a 5-minute sudden death 4-on-4 overtime will IMMEDIATELY start. The first one to score in the sudden death overtime wins. If no team scores at the end of overtime, a shootout will decide the game. The shootout will start with a best of three. If still tied after the best of three, then the shootout goes to sudden death.
In a shootout, the captain must pre-select his/her first three shooters who will wait on the ice for their turn to shoot. All other players including the captain must remain on the bench. No player may shoot twice until all players have shot at least once.
How do the playoffs work?
- Teams shall be awarded two points for a win, one point for an overtime loss or tie, and no points for a loss.
- Playoff seeds shall be based on final standings, with the following tiebreakers:
- Total Wins
- Goals Against
- Coin Toss
- In a four-team division, there will be two playoff rounds:
- 4th place at 1st place, and 3rd place at 2nd place.
- Championship. Higher seed is home team.
- In a five-team division, there will be three playoff rounds:
- 5th place team at 4th place team.
- Round one winner at 1st place team. 3rd place team at 2nd place team.
- Championship. Highest seed is home team.
What are the game rules?
Games will be played under standard USA Hockey rules with the following exceptions:
- Icing will be called when a player shoots the puck across both blue lines and the opposing team’s goal line, and the puck remains untouched. Any pucks shot from outside a team’s own defensive zone will not be considered icing.
- No changes are allowed on icing.
- Faceoffs may only occur on the nine faceoff dots.
- When stop-time is in effect, an eight goal differential will result in running time.
- Faceoffs stay in the zone if the puck goes out of play directly off the net.
- No single player can score more than three goals in any single game, including overtime and shootouts.
- Any goal scored violating this rule shall be disallowed, and a faceoff shall occur at center ice.
How is the Recreational League different than the previous Developmental Division?
Who is eligible to play?
All players new to Rec League are required to fill out a self-evaluation form to determine eligibility to play.
In order to maintain a friendly and safe environment, the NYCGHA Rec League Organizing Commission has the right to remove a player from Rec League if they are considered to not meet our eligibility criteria and/or do not comply with the policies of the league. In this case, a pro-rated refund will be provided.
How do I get into a Rec game one week if I'm not on the team?
The Rec League organizing commission will determine a pool or pre-approved alternates that captains may utilize. If you would like to be considered for an alternate position, please read the Policies for Rec League Alternates, and then fill out our self-evaluation form. Alternates will pay a per game fee of $40.
What's the deal with jerseys?
- $50 for new Rec League full-time players, including those that have played as full-time players in the past, but are not currently active full-time players.
- For current, active full-time players that are registering for the next season, you do not need to pay for a new jersey even if you are assigned to a new team.
- Each team will have its own jersey with team logo and color.
- All full-time Rec League players must wear their assigned Rec League jersey
- You will be assigned a jersey number. Please do not request a specific number. All numbers are assigned based on the next available number.
Rec League Fall/Winter 2016 Standings