2015-2016 Dallas Stars Metro Hockey League – 2015 Spring
March 1, 2015 – Spring League Registration Begins
April 25, 2015 – Spring League Begins
June 28, 2015 – Spring League Regular Season Ends

June 29, 2015 through July 1, 2015 – Spring League Playoffs

Click here to register online.


  • 1 Practice
  • 12 Games, 5 on 5 Hockey for Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget Divisions
  • 12 Half-Ice Games, 4 on 4 Hockey, plus a goalie for Mite Division
  • Playoff Games will be played between the top 2 teams in each Division
  • $299.00 per Player; Individual Registration
  • Age Divisions are subject to be divided into Skill Divisions (White & Green Divisions) depending upon the registrations for the League.

What are the requirements for Coaches for the 14-15 Season?
Coaches will be required to take USA Hockey Coaches Education Program, (CEP), training.  Training will consist of a one-day seminar presented by USAH and the completion of an on-line, age specific module and the Safe Sport on-line module.

How will Teams be selected?
Players will be added to each roster based on their skill rating.  Each Dr Pepper StarCenter Hockey Programs Manager will be responsible for placing skaters on rosters for the 2015 Spring League. 

How will Playoff Teams be selected?
Playoff Teams will be the top two (2) ranked teams in each division, according to standings in Hockey Shift. 


The Dallas Stars Metro Hockey League supports the USA Hockey Zero Tolerance policy when it comes to player, coach and spectator conduct.  We will remove from the building any person not able to control their emotions no matter the circumstances.  Please report any issues to the Dr Pepper StarCenter Manager on Duty.  This is youth recreational hockey and there is no reason for anything other than a positive environment.



Playing Time/Attendance-
All players should play as equally as possible, as long as the player is committed to the team and attends games and practices on a regular basis.  The league is for players to have fun, develop a passion for the game and improve their individual and team skills. Developing Individual and team skill require regular attendance from all players.

Coaching Requirements-
In order to be on the ice or bench coaches must have met the following criteria:

  1. Attend a seminar and have current and updated USAH CEP training and registration. (All DSMHL Coaches)
  2. Have taken the age appropriate USAH on-line module. (All DSMHL Coaches)
  3. Have taken the Safe Sport Module (All DSMHL Coaches)
  4. Attended a Positive Coaching Alliance COACHES workshop.(DPSC Coaches Only)

All Stats and Standings will be posted on our website using Hockey Shift. 3 points will be awarded for a regulation time win.  2 points will be awarded for an OT or SO win.  1 point will be awarded for an OT/SO loss. 0 points awarded for a regulation loss.

08U Mites will receive 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.  There will be a maximum of 5 in goal differential for the Mite Division.

If Teams are tied in points at the end of the regular season, these are the tiebreakers:

  1. Most  Regulation Wins Overall
  2. Points in Head to Head Games (If more than two teams have the same number of regulation wins AND are tied #2 is skipped and proceed directly from 1 to 3)
  3. Goal Differential (Goals For Minus Goals Against)
  4. Fewest Goals Against
  5. Fewest Penalty Minutes
  6. Coin Flip

Regular Season and Playoffs-
Teams will play a 12 game season and the top two (2) teams in each division will play in the Championship Game.  The playoffs will be single elimination with the final two teams meeting in the Championship game.  Bracketing for the playoffs will be determined by the number of teams in the division.

Cancelled, No-Show and Forfeited Games-
In extreme cases it may be necessary for a team to cancel/reschedule a game.  The process is for the team requesting the cancellation/change to notify their home rink’s Hockey Programs Manager, who will then notify the opposing teams Hockey Manager.  The game will be rescheduled on a different date on a similar day/time, but may result in a forfeit if no suitable date is available.

Game Cancellation Fees-
Due to the cost of officials and ice, the following charges will be owed to the host facility if the game is cancelled by the visiting team unrelated to inclement weather.

  1. Game cancelled more than 2-weeks prior to scheduled date.  NO PENALTY
  2. Game cancelled more than 72 hours, but less than 2-weeks prior to schedule date = $150 PENALTY
  3. Game cancelled less than 72 hours prior to scheduled date = $500 penalty

Weather Related Cancellations-
Games cancelled due to inclement weather may, or may not be rescheduled at the discretion of the league and the ability to find acceptable/available ice.

The DSMHL plays by USA Hockey rules with the exception of the information listed below.  Additionally, the league reserves the right to assess additional sanctions or penalties against any player, coach, team official or parent and/or modify rules and/or regulations if the league feels it is in the best interest of the league and its members.  This includes, but is not limited to penalties assessed under USA Hockey rule 410, Supplementary Discipline.

Player Eligibility-
Only officially rostered and registered players are allowed to participate in the league.  Players may not play for any team other than the one they are assigned to.  Coaches using non-rostered or non-registered players may be suspended and any games played with those players will be forfeited.  Goaltenders may be borrowed from another team in cases of emergency with the approval of the Hockey Program Manager at that rink.  The Goaltender must be a registered player in the DSMHL at one of the DPSC facilities. No player may play “down” in age unless the player has secured a waiver from USA Hockey. The DPSC Hockey Staff has the right to make exceptions on a case by case.  Players that are joining the DSMHL as NEW players will be required to register with USA Hockey before signing up for the DSMHL Spring League.  Registration with USA Hockey begins on April 1, 2015 and can be found at https://www.usahockeyregistration.com/login_input.action

Players Rostered on Multiple DSMHL Teams-
Players are not permitted to play on multiple DSMHL teams. Based on skill and approval from the local Hockey Manager a player will be allowed to play up one age group provided players are not moving from a non-checking to a checking age group.  Mite players may not play up under any circumstances based on the TAHA Mite rules.

Non-League Games-
Teams may choose to scrimmage against non-league teams provided the opponent is a USAH registered team from an approved USAH program.  No scrimmages are permitted against non-USAH registered teams and/or clubs.  The league schedule will not be changed to accommodate outside scrimmages or tournaments.  Any DSMHL teams wishing to participate in an outside tournament, or scrimmage a non-league team must receive approval from the Hockey Manager at their home facility.
New Players-
Rosters will be considered frozen and players may not be added to any roster after May 31, 2015.  This does not apply to sub goaltenders and outlined above.

Both teams may wear their dark jerseys for any game in which there is no color conflict.  If both teams have similar dark jersey colors then the VISITING team shall wear white.

Game Format DSMHL-       
Games will consist of three (3), 12-minute, stop-time periods.  All USA Hockey Rules will apply, with the following exceptions:

  • If a game reaches a six, (6), goal differential in the third period a running clock will commence and will continue running until the differential goes back to five, (5), goals or the game concludes.

Tied Games-
No game shall end in a tie.  If a game is tied at the end of regulation then a five on five, 5-minute running clock, sudden death OT will be played.  If the game remains tied at the end of OT then a 3-man shootout will determine the winner.  If the game remains tied after each team has had 3 shots then the shootout will revert to sudden death with each team having an equal number of shots.  No player who was serving a penalty at the end of overtime may participate in the shootout.  In any one shootout all players, except goaltenders, must shoot once before a player shoots for a second time.


 (Note) USA Hockey is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. While the vast majority of players participate within the rules and respect the game and their opponents, USA Hockey recognizes the need to hold those players and coaches deemed to be repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Beginning with the 2014-15 playing season, the Progressive Suspensions rule will take affect nationally.

(a) Any player who receives their third major penalty during the same season for any combination of aggressive infractions listed below shall receive an additional three-game suspension. For any player who receives their fourth major penalty in this category, the player shall receive an additional five-game suspension. Any player who receives their fifth major penalty in this category during the same season shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate). These designated game suspensions shall be in addition to any other suspensions imposed through the official playing rules. The aggressive infractions that fit into this category are:

  • Rule 603 Boarding
  • Rule 604 Body Checking (Body Contact categories)
  • Rule 606 Butt-Ending
  • Rule 607 Charging
  • Rule 608 Checking From Behind
  • Rule 609 Cross-Checking
  • Rule 611 Elbowing
  • Rule 619 Head-Butting
  • Rule 620 Head Contact
  • Rule 621 High Stick
  • Rule 627 Kicking
  • Rule 628 Kneeing
  • Rule 634 Slashing
  • Rule 635 Spearing
  • Rule 639 Tripping/Clipping/Leg Checking
  • Rule 640 Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)
  • (Note) A separate progressive suspension rule for Fighting is
  • covered under Rule 615(f) Fighting.

(b) Any team that receives three major penalties in the same game shall have its Head Coach suspended for the next game of that team. For any subsequent game where that team receives three or more major penalties in the same game, the
Head Coach shall serve a three-game suspension. For a third game with three or more major penalties by the same team during the same season, the Head Coach shall be suspended indefinitely until a hearing has been conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate).

(Note) The role of the Official is to enforce all playing rules at all times and they are expected to strictly enforce playing rules that fall under the aggressive infraction category. Players and coaches must be held accountable for dangerous actions and the onus is on them to teach
and play the game within the rules. Officials are required to submit a game report immediately following the game for any major penalty falling in the aggressive infraction category, game misconduct or match penalty that is assessed.

(a) A major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who engages in fighting. An additional minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who starts or instigates fighting. A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who drops his stick and/or removes his glove(s) during an altercation and is not a participant in the original altercation. A game misconduct penalty shall be added if, in the judgment of the Referee, such player is deemed to be the instigator of a subsequent altercation. A minor, double minor or major plus game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be assessed to any player who, having been struck, continues the altercation by retaliating.
(Note) The Referee is provided very wide latitude in the penalties that he may impose under the rules, including Rule 601 “Abuse of Officials and Other Misconduct” in an effort to discourage fighting. This is done intentionally to enable him to differentiate between the obvious degrees of responsibility of the participants either for starting the fighting or persisting in continuing the fighting.

(b) A major plus game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player involved in fighting

(c) A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player whose helmet/facemask comes off their head during an altercation. A match penalty (for all Youth, Girls’/Women’s Classifications) shall be assessed to any player who deliberately removes his (or opponent’s) helmet/facemask prior to or during an altercation. A game misconduct penalty (for Adult Male
Classifications) shall be assessed to any player who deliberately removes his (or opponent’s) helmet/facemask prior to or during an altercation.

(d) A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper who is the first to intervene in an altercation then in progress. This penalty is in addition to any other penalty incurred in the same incident.

(e) A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who fails to move immediately and directly to their players’ bench (or goal crease for a goalkeeper) when instructed to do so by the Referee during an altercation.

(f) Any player who receives a second major penalty for fighting with the same team during the same season shall receive a three-game suspension. For a third fighting major with the same team in the same season, the player shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities under Rule 410 Supplementary Discipline.


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