I - Disciplinary Measures


  1. EBEL Game Officials

    For EBYSL/EBJL see Appendix B ad1)

    Assignments: all games in the EBEL will be officiated by licensed referees and linesmen according to the four-man system. The game officials shall be nominated and appointed by the EBEL Director of Hockey Operations in consultation with the EBEL referee-in-chief.

    The EBEL has appointed a referee-in-chief for the 2016-17 season who will be assisted by the EBEL Director of Hockey Operations.

    EBEL officials’ pool: The EBEL officials’ pool shall consist of foreign and domestic referees and linesmen. The EBEL referee pool shall contain the best ranked officials, regardless of Nationality.

    Acceptance of referee assignments: no participating club or league shall be able to protest the EBEL’s appointment of any referee and/or linesmen to any EBEL game.

    Inability to fulfill an assignment: should an EBEL game official not be able to officiate a game for any reason (i.e. illness, travel incidents, etc.), the EBEL reserves the right to replace the game official with any game official assigned by the EBEL.

    Logistics: the EBEL Office, together with the EBEL RIC, will be in charge of the travel logistics for the game officials.

    Game official transportation: if requested, the home club shall arrange transportation for game officials from the nearest airport or railway station to/from the hotel, arena and any other official venue. The referee attendant shall be in charge of game official transportation.

    EBEL game official’s duties:

    The regulations and duties as set out in the IIHF Official Rule Book 2014-2018 shall apply for the referees, linesmen and off-ice officials.

    EBEL case book – during the course of each season, the emergence of new situations arise. In certain situations we cannot guarantee with certainty the situations has support from the IIHF rule book or IIHF case book. In addition, the EBEL governing body in co-operation with the department of player safety (DOPS) has specific rule amendments developed. The purpose of the EBEL case book is to clarify the interpretation of specific rules and in specific cases a modification to the existing IIHF rule. This document serves as an official release of the interpretation and governing rules for the EBEL season. The interpretations set forth in the EBEL case book will replace or in specific cases supersede the ruling and interpretation that is currently written in the IIHF rule book. For all rules not mentioned in the EBEL case book, the official 2014-2018 IIHF rule book and IIHF case book will serve as the official ruling.

    Immediately following each game, one game official (representing the thought of the four game officials) must text, e-mail or phone the director of hockey operation (DOPS) to notify of any potential issues or that the game was issue free.

  2. EBEL Game Supervisor

    The EBEL and leagues nominate, and the EBEL appoints, an EBEL game supervisor for random EBEL games. The game supervisor is required to send (a) a general written report to the EBEL Office, and (b) a Disciplinary Report which includes all incidents requiring supplementary jurisdiction and the corresponding referee/linesmen report to the EBEL Sport Board (preferably within) one hour after each EBEL game but no later than 10:00 am the following day.

    The home club must grant “All Area Access” to the EBEL game supervisor from two (2) hours before the EBEL game until one (1) hour after the EBEL game.

    The participating clubs must follow all decisions and instructions of the EBEL game supervisor at all times.

  3. Video Exchange System

    Prior to the start of the season, the EBEL will inform all clubs about any video exchange program of game footage.

    Such footage may be used by the EBEL disciplinary committee to review game relevant scenes and if necessary, award penalties, suspensions or fines to clubs, players, coaches or other club staff.
  4. Offenses

    Violations of the principles and rules found in below are punishable by means of disciplinary measures in accordance with these disciplinary regulations.

  5. General Principles of Conduct

    All persons bound by these EBEL disciplinary regulations must respect the laws of the game, as well as the EBEL law, directives and decisions, and comply with the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.

    A breach of the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship is committed by anyone bound by these disciplinary regulations:

    • who engages in or attempts to engage in active or passive bribery and/or corruption directly or indirectly related to a EBEL game

    • whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct;

    • who uses EBEL games for manifestations of a non-sporting nature

    • whose conduct brings the sport of ice hockey, and the EBEL in particular, into disrepute

    • who does not abide by the EBEL disciplinary system’s decisions or directives or decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) involving the EBEL as a party

    • who does not comply with instructions given by the game officials

    • who culpably reports late – or not at all – for a game, or is responsible for a late start

    • who culpably causes a game to be interrupted or abandoned, or is responsible for its interruption or abandonment

    • who enters a player on a game sheet who is not eligible to participate in the respective game

    • who commits an act of assault

    • who behaves in an unsporting manner

    • who criticizes or insults any EBEL official, including but not limited to EBEL officials, in the public (papers, TV, etc.) or social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

  6. Protection of EBEL Game Officials

    From the time of the EBEL game official’s arrival until the time of departure from the arena, the home club is in charge of the official’s well-being. Only the referees, linesmen, referee attendant, referee supervisor, point keepers and EBEL game supervisor are allowed to enter the officials’ locker room. Any unauthorized persons entering the officials’ locker room must be reported to the EBEL DOHOPS.

    Referees are to be accompanied from/to the officials’ locker room to/from the ice as well as from/to the parking lot to/from the officials’ locker room. The home club must provide the officials with four (4) protected parking spaces with direct access to the arena.

    The cost of a referee’s bodily or property damage which occurs during the course of his duty at an EBEL game as a result of the home club not providing security will be borne by the home club. (Not valid for EBYSL/EBJL)

    Home clubs are to provide the officials with the following items prior to, during and after the game: mineral water, fruit juice, fruit, food-dinner (after the game), towels, shower products, tape, equipment services and, if necessary, support by the home club doctor/ physiotherapist. For EBYSL/EBJL see Appendix B ad2)

    Insult, discrimination and physical violence against an EBEL game official: no coach, player or team official can make remarks and/or gestures towards an official in an obscene, swearing or derogatory manner or question the integrity of an official’s decision in an unfitting manner at any time. Any person engaging in any type of physical violence towards any official shall be subject to a general arena ban. The respective official shall issue an additional report to the EBEL Office on any such incidents.

  7. Protection of Teams

    The home club must ensure that the team locker rooms are not accessible to spectators. The home club must protect the players’ path to and from the locker room as well as the players and penalty bench to prevent any type of spectator violence (no open space from the backside up to the roofing of the players and penalty bench).

    Security shall be provided at all times from arrival until departure of a team. The team bus must be provided with an appropriately protected parking space with direct access to the arena.

    The cost of a player’s or coaches’ bodily or property damage which occurs during the course of his duty at a EBEL game as a result of the home club not providing security will be borne by the home club.

  8. Integrity of EBEL Games and Match Fixing

    All persons bound by these EBEL disciplinary regulations must refrain from any behavior that damages or could damage the integrity of a EBEL game and must cooperate fully with the EBEL at all times in its efforts to combat such behavior.

    The integrity of games is violated by anyone bound by these EBEL disciplinary regulations:

    • who acts in a manner that is likely to exert an unlawful or undue influence on the course and/or result of a EBEL game with a view to gaining an advantage for himself or a third party

    • who participates directly or indirectly in betting or similar activities relating to a EBEL game or who has a direct or indirect financial interest in such activities

    • who uses or provides others with information which is not publicly available, which is obtained through his involvement in the EBEL, and damages or could damage the integrity of a EBEL game

    • who does not immediately and voluntarily inform the EBEL if approached in connection with activities aimed at influencing in a unlawful or undue manner the course and/or result of a EBEL game

    • who does not immediately and voluntarily report to the EBEL any behavior he is aware of that may fall within the scope of this article.

If a violation is notified to the EBEL after the relevant game stage has finished, such violations shall have no impact on the sporting results of the relevant EBEL game (the respective EBEL game cannot be replayed).

  1. Doping

    Doping is punishable in accordance with the IIHF Anti-Doping Regulations, EBEL Fundamental Rules and these EBEL Disciplinary Regulations.

  2. Racism, Discrimination and Propaganda

    No person bound by these disciplinary regulations shall insult the human dignity of a person or group of persons, directly or indirectly associated with the EBEL, by any means, including on the grounds of skin color, race, religion or ethnic origin.

    All forms of ideological, political and religious propaganda are forbidden.