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    Rulebook Update

    We ask all players to familiarize themselves with the rules, especially the captains of the teams. Team captains must be aware of the entire ruleset, as it includes a lot of important guidance that stays relevant throughout the entire season. Regular players on the other hand should be aware of member registration requirements, etiquette, fair play and game rules.

     

    Latest update 13.1.2019:

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    • Correction of typos and formatting
    • update of section 1.1
    • section 14.9 added, content taken from section 15.6
    • Section 5.6 updated

     

    As a reminder, here's an overview of the adjustments compared to ECL 7:

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    • 2.5 Accounts in same household: Players are required to inform a member of the administration immediately if there are multiple players on the same IP address
    • 3.4 Withdrawing a registration: In order to cancel a team registration, the captain must edit the post AND contact LA via support
    • 5.4 ECL Elite Playoffs: The lowest ranked regular season Elite team will be relegated whilst positions 13, 14 & 15 will play the ECL Pro runner up and semi-finalists
    • 5.5 ECL Pro Playoffs: ECL Pro promotion structure
    • 5.7 ECL Elite Inactive Status: ECL Elite team inactivity application
    • 7.2 Sticking to rules: LA must now provide both parties involved in a decision with a written response explaining how they came to their decision.
    • 7.3 Penalty Definition: If possible, previous cases pertaining to a decision will be cited (i.e. precedents).
    • 7.4 Majority Vote: General information about the LA decision making process
    • 7.6 LA Members: Added a new member to the LA team
    • 9.2.2 Goalies Leaving the Crease: Goalies are not allowed to leave their crease to interfere with an opposing player
    • 10.3 Sticking to Schedule: Information re-scheduling of games and including LA
    • 10.8 Late Game Appearances: If a team is more than 15 minutes late to a game without any notice, the opposing team must contact LA asap with proof
    • 11.3 Tie-Breaking Rules: Clarification added: Tie breakers "Goal difference" & "Scored goals"
    • 11.4.1 Jersey Colors: Required colors for jerseys updated
    • 11.4.2 Jersey Numbers: The numbers on the back of a team's jerseys must be as visible as possible
    • 11.6.1.1 Goal post color: The goal post must be the default red color
    • 11.7 Pausing: Removed superfluous rule: Pausing before the opening puck drop
    • 11.8 Fighting: Fighting is now banned in Elite & Pro. As for Lite, please read this rule in full
    • 11.9 Connection Issues: Leaving a game before 2 minutes and general issues that can arise from it Page 7 of 25
    • 11.11 Player Disconnects: It is now illegal to change any part of your build in between disconnected games. There are also some other changes that should be looked over: disconnects outside of the 2-minute mark
    • 12.1 Match Reporting: Either team can report either game now
    • 12.2 Submission Deadline: Game reports should ideally be submitted within 24hrs of game completion, if you have any issues please contact support
    • 13.1.4 Streaming Information: Important information on broadcasting / streaming and general rules to follow
    • 14.9 Transfer Decline Possibility: Transfers are now subject to scrutiny by LA. As such, they can be declined retroactively, and games may potentially be nullified
    • 15.9 Disqualification: Definition now includes “disbandment”

     

    League Administration Rulings

    NHLGamers League Administration (LA) team was informed about two rule violations in the ECL Pro Match Murohoki against Gotham Knights. The following two violations have been observed:

    1. Gotham Knights used a non-default goal post color. According to rule 11.6.1.1 this is not allowed: 

    “Goal posts must be the default red colour. This is due to colour blindness concerns where individuals would not be able to see the goal if it was a specific colour.”

    It is clearly visible from the Twitch clip that Gotham Knights played their home game with non-red goal posts. This is an infraction of the above mentioned rule, as another colour than the default red is used. Gotham Knights need to change the goal post color immediately for upcoming games. For now LA has decided to issue a warning to Gotham Knights, a repeated violation may result in point loss.

     

    2. Goalie left the crease intentionally and interfered a skater from the opposing team. According to rule 9.2.2 this is not allowed. 

    "In reference to 9.1 (specifically “Do not exploit game mechanics or bugs to put your opponent at a disadvantage.”), goalies are not allowed to leave their crease in an attempt to interfere with a skater from the opposing team.”

    Rules prohibit the goalie to leave their crease to interfere skaters of the opponent. The Twitch clip shows that Gotham Knights goalie Kefleri intentionally prevents Murohoki’s skater to be the first guy touching the puck. 

    LA has decided to hand a two game suspension to the player. Kefleri will be suspended from Gotham Knights next scheduled matches against Nordic Stars. In case the player will be playing those games, the two game suspension will be taken over to the next two games and the games against the Nordic Stars will be ruled as wins for Nordic Stars irrespective of the actual result.

    The Penalty has been carried out 14.1.2019 games against Nordic Stars.

     

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    NHLGamers League Administration (LA) team was informed about rule violation in the ECL Elite Match Written In The Stars against HC Wildcard. The following violations have been observed:

    1. Goalie left the crease intentionally and interfered a skater from the opposing team. According to rule 9.2.2 this is not allowed.

    "In reference to 9.1 (specifically “Do not exploit game mechanics or bugs to put your opponent at a disadvantage.”), goalies are not allowed to leave their crease in an attempt to interfere with a skater from the opposing team.”

    Rules prohibit the goalie to leave their crease to interfere skaters of the opponent. The Twitch clip shows that HC Wildcard's goalie sumskoy26 intentionally prevents Written In The Stars skater to be the first guy touching the puck.

    LA has decided to hand a two game suspension to the player. Sumskoy26 will be suspended from HC Wildcard next scheduled matches against Almost Famous (LA consider behind fallen games as next). In case the player will be playing those games, the two game suspension will be taken over to the next two games and the games against the Almost Famous will be ruled as wins for Almost Famous irrespective of the actual result. 

    Due to the sumskoy26's transfer, LA considers that the penalty has been carried out, because he was not in the HC Wildcard's roster following four games.

     

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    21 minutes ago, LastMandalorian said:

    What about a goalie aggresively sliding towards a player going for a rebound outside of the crease, but infront of the goal?

    Is he going for the puck or to interfere with the player?

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    17 minutes ago, LastMandalorian said:

    Either. Both. Whichever he can reach in time.

    The intention is very important here. In the cases which we have handled so far, the intent has clearly been to interfere with the player rather than play the puck.

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    6 minuuttia sitten, Schmutz kirjoitti:

    I just doublechecked our recent ECL Games (Clowns on Ice) and found out that Checkmate, Rajatorpan Mafia and Gotham Knights haven't red goal Posts. You can watch it here: https://twitch.tv/birnenjoe

    Good job! Maybe the LA will give some assist points to you. I want to apologize for our stupid mistake.

    Btw also have to tell to whole community that after we saw our mistake, our player @Naikou88 spent whole night with our goalposts in his workroom and finally Checkmate has red goalpost😎 

    You can watch it (GFB not related to the case):  

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    1 minute ago, Kenu said:

    The intention is very important here. In the cases which we have handled so far, the intent has clearly been to interfere with the player rather than play the puck.

    I agree. But the rule is very broadly worded. The specific situation on the video is a quite clear exploitation of the game. But a fight for the puck infront of the net shouldnt count like one. Sliding across the goal to desperately keep the puck out of the net is not exploitation of the game in my opinion - even if it includes players going down. But it could still be included as an infraction as the rule is worded right now. 

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    43 minutes ago, Schmutz said:

    I just doublechecked our recent ECL Games (Clowns on Ice) and found out that Checkmate, Rajatorpan Mafia and Gotham Knights haven't red goal Posts. You can watch it here: https://twitch.tv/birnenjoe

    I didn't even know, being red-green color blind and all, lol.

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    13 minutes ago, LastMandalorian said:

    I agree. But the rule is very broadly worded. The specific situation on the video is a quite clear exploitation of the game. But a fight for the puck infront of the net shouldnt count like one. Sliding across the goal to desperately keep the puck out of the net is not exploitation of the game in my opinion - even if it includes players going down. But it could still be included as an infraction as the rule is worded right now. 

    Agree with you. This is why all cases are manually reviewed by LA. 

     

     

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    Goalie left the crease intentionally and interfered a skater from the opposing team. According to rule 9.2.2 this is not allowed.

     
    "In reference to 9.1 (specifically “Do not exploit game mechanics or bugs to put your opponent at a disadvantage.”), goalies are not allowed to leave their crease in an attempt to interfere with a skater from the opposing team.”

     
    Rules prohibit the goalie to leave their crease to interfere skaters of the opponent. The below clip shows that Perttilän Kommandot goalie @Reaper-80 intentionally prevents Unknown Ice Breakers skater to be the first guy touching the puck.

     
    LA has decided to hand a two game suspension to the player. Reaper-80 will be suspended from Perttilän Kommandot's next scheduled matches against Elämäm Kiekko. In case the player will be playing those games, the two game suspension will be taken over to the next two games and the games against Elämäm Kiekko will be ruled as wins for Elämäm Kiekko irrespective of the actual result. 

     

     

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    Now that we started with all this ingame color thing. Where is the rule where team helmet needs to be the same color as jerseys? Player without helmet is more disturbing than that post color stuff imo. 

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    16 minutes ago, LastMandalorian said:

    I agree. But the rule is very broadly worded. The specific situation on the video is a quite clear exploitation of the game. But a fight for the puck infront of the net shouldnt count like one. Sliding across the goal to desperately keep the puck out of the net is not exploitation of the game in my opinion - even if it includes players going down. But it could still be included as an infraction as the rule is worded right now. 

    True, but in the example you're describing the rule wouldn't apply as the goalie is clearly making an attempt to save the puck. I'd posit that the rule in question is especially clear in that it specifically makes mention of rule 9.1 (Fair play). Sure, there's something to be said that someone could interfere with a player by making it seem as though they're playing 'normally' but how else would you describe the rule? Since we have to let goalies exit their crease from time to time so we cannot be too restrictive in the wording of it.

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    7 minutes ago, MCH_98 said:

    Now that we started with all this ingame color thing. Where is the rule where team helmet needs to be the same color as jerseys? Player without helmet is more disturbing than that post color stuff imo. 

    Are you color blind? (I'm not sure if this is too personal a question?)  I'm not, so it doesn't disturb me, but that's the reason why we have the post color rule in there.

    I also don't in particular enjoy the missing helmets (except it makes it easier for commentary when players stand out), but I haven't heard of an argument besides "it's unrealistic" to forbid it. Does it mess with you being able to tell the opponents from your players?

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    3 minutes ago, Kenu said:

    Are you color blind? (I'm not sure if this is too personal a question?)  I'm not, so it doesn't disturb me, but that's the reason why we have the post color rule in there.

    I also don't in particular enjoy the missing helmets (except it makes it easier for commentary when players stand out), but I haven't heard of an argument besides "it's unrealistic" to forbid it. Does it mess with you being able to tell the opponents from your players?

    Why is there a rule to define the color of the helmets if it is okay to play without them? I don't see the point of said rule in that case.

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    2 minutes ago, janbonator said:

    Why is there a rule to define the color of the helmets if it is okay to play without them? I don't see the point of said rule in that case.

    Shouldn't be - it was removed for ECL 8 as far as I know.

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    3 minutes ago, Kenu said:

    Are you color blind? (I'm not sure if this is too personal a question?)  I'm not, so it doesn't disturb me, but that's the reason why we have the post color rule in there.

    I also don't in particular enjoy the missing helmets (except it makes it easier for commentary when players stand out), but I haven't heard of an argument besides "it's unrealistic" to forbid it. Does it mess with you being able to tell the opponents from your players?

    I'm not colorblind no... My wording was probably a little off there as this post colour rule is important ofcourse. But yes it's very annoying when you look at helmets when you pass (as i do many times other than looking at those dots above head) and all 12 players have 2-4 other haircolors on them is annoying to look and focus. 

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    Just now, MCH_98 said:

    I'm not colorblind no... My wording was probably a little off there as this post colour rule is important ofcourse. But yes it's very annoying when you look at helmets when you pass (as i do many times other than looking at those dots above head) and all 12 players have 2-4 other haircolors on them is annoying to look and focus. 

    Thanks for the feedback. If this is a common consensus we are of course ready to look at the rule.

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    41 minutes ago, Kenu said:

    Shouldn't be - it was removed for ECL 8 as far as I know.

    So it seems! Well that settles the logic.

    In terms of color blindness I find the wording of the goal post rule pretty.. funky. "..This is due to color blindness concerns where individuals would not be able to see the goal if it was a specific color". I mean, it's not like the posts suddenly became invisible. The way the deficiencies in color sight work is that it is simply harder to distinguish between certain colors, say red-green or green-brown - can be others, but these are the most common. So in fact it matters less to color blind people if the posts are green or red than it does to people with a normal color sight.

    Over the years I've noticed it is a very confusing topic for anyone with normal color sight. There are some good websites that can help one understand how it works, here is one: https://www.color-blindness.com/coblis-color-blindness-simulator/

    For example, I won't pass the most well-know Ishihara test, being red-green color "blind", but I score maximum points in hue color tests, as I guess most with similar condition do. With a color sight deficiency people learn to recognize colors by contrast - which is why for people like me the helmet rule was great but the goal post rule is non-sensical.

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    Missing helmets are pretty annoying especially if away team has dark shoulders in their away jerseys so it's harder to distinguish players in the heat of the moment.

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    30 minutes ago, MartindalexC said:

    True, but in the example you're describing the rule wouldn't apply as the goalie is clearly making an attempt to save the puck. I'd posit that the rule in question is especially clear in that it specifically makes mention of rule 9.1 (Fair play). Sure, there's something to be said that someone could interfere with a player by making it seem as though they're playing 'normally' but how else would you describe the rule? Since we have to let goalies exit their crease from time to time so we cannot be too restrictive in the wording of it.

    Awesome! Just making sure I wont get a life time ban or anything.

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    1 minute ago, Niksu21 said:

    Missing helmets is pretty annoying especially if away team has dark shoulders in their away jerseys so it's harder to distinguish players in the heat of the moment.

    I agree. Another example is a player with a dark hair or a dark skin tone as an away team, while the home team has dark helmets. Or vice versa.

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    2 minutes ago, janbonator said:

    I agree. Another example is a player with a dark hair or a dark skin tone as an away team, while the home team has dark helmets. Or vice versa.

    This exactly. Nice to see i'm not alone with the problem😂

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    1 minute ago, MCH_98 said:

    This exactly. Nice to see i'm not alone with the problem😂

    Certainly not! I'm assuming the problem grows the further away the camera settings are.

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    Just now, janbonator said:

    So it seems! Well that settles the logic.

    In terms of color blindness I find the wording of the goal post rule pretty.. funky. "..This is due to color blindness concerns where individuals would not be able to see the goal if it was a specific color". I mean, it's not like the posts suddenly became invisible. The way the deficiencies in color sight work is that it is simply harder to distinguish between certain colors, say red-green or green-brown - can be others, but these are the most common. So in fact it matters less to color blind people if the posts are green or red than it does to people with a normal color sight.

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    True, the wording should include some reference to the distinguishability of the posts, rather than the basic visible / not visible which it alludes to at the moment. The rule was drawn up due to a complaint by a member who said that they couldn't easily tell the difference between the posts and the crease due to their colour-blindness if my memory serves me correctly, so in effect this rule kills two birds with one stone. It accounts for any colour-blindness issues, as well as stopping people from changing the posts to colours that blend in with other aspects of the rink. 

    11 minutes ago, LastMandalorian said:

    Awesome! Just making sure I wont get a life time ban or anything.

    :ph34r:

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    8 minutes ago, MartindalexC said:

    True, the wording should include some reference to the distinguishability of the posts, rather than the basic visible / not visible which it alludes to at the moment. The rule was drawn up due to a complaint by a member who said that they couldn't easily tell the difference between the posts and the crease due to their colour-blindness if my memory serves me correctly, so in effect this rule kills two birds with one stone. It accounts for any colour-blindness issues, as well as stopping people from changing the posts to colours that blend in with other aspects of the rink.

    That's a valid point, I wouldn't like to see white/blue/pink goal posts either. Anything with a dark contrast is fine, but I guess it's better and more simple to have a standard color.

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