Code of Responsibility & Progressive Suspension

This season, the Board of the NCWHL has updated policies surrounding penalties and supplemental disciplinary action.

  • We added a Progressive Suspension Policy.  Learn More >
  • We amended our rules to include that any penalty other than a minor will result in a game misconduct.  Learn More >
  • We added the NCWHL Code of Responsibility.  Learn More >

Progressive Suspension Policy

For violations of the NCWHL Code of Responsibility, players are subject to League discipline as summarized below:

  • First offense: warning
  • Second offense: one game suspension
  • Third offense: three game suspension
  • Additional offense: expulsion

For particularly egregious violations, the Board reserves the right to employ stricter discipline than the above progression dictates. These violations, whether penalized on-ice or not, are subject to interpretation by the League’s governing body, as outlined by USA Hockey Rules.

This progression written to address those players who habitually ignore issued warnings to adjust their gameplay to that which is acceptable in our League and as a result, put other players in dangerous situations. In the past, these players have received numerous warnings; some received a suspension on the first offense. By offense, we are referring to anything which may or may not have been penalized on-ice. We needed a policy that was clear-cut on what the repercussions are when you don’t play the way this League was intended to play.

NCWHL Code of Responsibility

(AKA, the way we expect players to conduct themselves during game situations)

Players are responsible not only for their actions on the ice, but also for being aware of the other players on the ice and being able to act in a responsible manner for the safety of all players.

Repeated violations of the standard of play in the NCWHL will be reviewed by the Board and could be subject to suspension. Repeated violations after suspensions and additional Board review could result in expulsion from the NCWHL.

Message from the VP:

The Breakdown: What this really means has 2 parts. First, there is a responsibility on the part of the player initiating the play. You are responsible for how you play and whether your actions are intimidating or aggressive. If you are going for a puck and there are 9 players in between you and the puck, it might not be a great idea to plow through them all just to get to the puck. If you are still learning how to stop, don’t use other players as your cushion. Skate with your head up so you don’t run into other players accidentally (which is really a good hockey play anyway – the skating with your head up thing). It really doesn’t matter if you get a penalty on the play or not. You are still responsible for how you play.

The second part to this Code is the receiving end of the play. When you have a player on the ice with you that is known to use other players as bowling pins, try to avoid putting yourself in a vulnerable position when they are on the ice with you. When you see someone bearing down on you and you know they don’t like to (or can’t) stop, try not to turn your back to them and skate out of their path to protect yourself. We fully recognize that the onus should be on those players to address dangerous playing styles, but we all need to learn to protect ourselves because while checking is not allowed in our League, we are all still knowingly engaged in a physical, contact sport.

As players in this League, we should all value each other and recognize that we all need to go to work the next day with all our body parts functioning. This is in our waivers when you sign up to play. When you agree to play in the NCWHL, you agree to respect all players on the ice, including yourself.


NCWHL Invitational 2019

The 2019 Event will be held at Nazareth Ice Oasis in San Mateo, CA & Redwood City, CA:
Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23

APRIL 1, 2019 – MAY 1, 2019

Tournament information below.
The tournament will host the following Divisions:
Elite (NCWHL Blue) – Description here:
Advanced (NCWHL Maroon) – Description here
Intermediate (NCWHL Red) – Description here
Beginner (NCWHL Green) – Description here

The Northern California Women’s Hockey League invites you to the 1st NCWHL Invitational! This tournament will bring together the NCWHL’s divisions with new competition from around the country. Each division will have 2 teams from the NCWHL and 2 teams from out of town*. Our goal is to provide a great tournament experience plus great competition at many different divisions and levels. Games will start Friday as early as 9am and end Sunday afternoon.

NCWHL Player Registration will open May 1st



  • $1500 per team, $300 deposit due at time of registration
  • Four game guarantee
  • Participation gift for all players
  • Skate sharpening on Saturday for donations in benefit of BAYS (Bay Area Young Cancer Survivors)
  • Silent auction of hockey memorabilia to benefit BAYS (Bay Area Young Cancer Survivors)
  • Tournament Entry Deadline: May 1st, 6 spots will be saved for non-Bay Area Teams, after this deadline we will open this to all teams from any region. Final Registration deadline June 10th.
  • NCWHL Teams will be managed by the league. Each division will open registration up for up to 26 skaters to form two teams to represent the league in each division. This registration will open May 1st.

ONLINE REGISTRATIONS: All registration is required to be completed using our online registration process.

ROSTER: You will be required to modify and edit your tournament roster using this the online site, please see roster instructions below.
All Players must be 18 years of age or older by April 20th, 2019.

*non-local teams will have priority registration until May 1st. Any unused spots on May 1st will open to local (Bay Area) teams. Any local teams that register before May 1st will have their registrations nullified and will need to submit on May 1st to be eligible for a spot.

2019 NCWHL Invitational

The NCWHL is proud to announce that we will be hosting the first ever NCWHL Invitational from June 21-23, 2019 at Nazareth Ice Oasis in both their San Mateo and Redwood City locations. The tournament will comprise of teams from our league and from across the county. We are currently in the planning stages, but are looking forward to hosting this inaugural event this year.

As part of our on-going community service efforts, one of the main goals of this tournament will be to raise money for a local cause. This year, we’ve decided to partner with BAYS, Bay Area Young Survivors to help empower young survivors of cancer. BAYS creates support groups, activities, and opportunities for connection for people who have survived cancer. We are excited and honored to work with such a positive and inspirational group. We hope that everyone in the tournament can be proud of the impact they will be having by participating. Learn more about BAYS here:

We are also looking for volunteers! We will need help with scorekeeping, refereeing, and day-of preparations. If you are interested in helping, or have any questions about the tournament, feel free to email us at

NCWHL Invitational 2019

2018 Holiday Tournament

Dear NCWHLers,

We’re pleased to announce that we will once again be holding an NCWHL Holiday Tournament at Nazareth Ice Oasis in Redwood City  and San Mateo! Most games will be held in San Mateo with each team playing 1 game in RWC. This is a great opportunity to meet other players in the league, practice your skills in a totally fun and relaxed environment, and keep your skating fresh over the long holiday and new years break.

We’ll be fielding 4 mixed-level teams and we’ll take care of creating the teams, so all you have to do is show up and skate.

The Details

• Spots are available on a first come, first served basis, up to 52 skaters (maximum of 13 skaters per team). The tournament is available to NCWHL skaters in the Winter 2018/19 season.

• The games will be held on Friday December 28, Saturday December 29, and Sunday December 30. Each skater will get 4 games. The tentative schedule includes round robin games early evening Friday and mid-day and evening on Saturday and a consolation and championship game mid-morning on Sunday.

• We will play at the Nazareth Ice Oasis rink in Redwood City and San Mateo.  FYI, Ice Oasis is also hosting beginner and intermediate tournaments for their co-ed Rec leagues.

• Players should bring both their dark and light NCWHL jerseys.

• The cost is $140, paid directly to Ice Oasis on the day of your first game (cash, check, and credit cards accepted).

• You can designate ONE player as your tournament “buddy” and you’ll be guaranteed to be on the same team as that person.


We also need goalies (and goalies play free)! If you’re interested please indicate “Goalie” in the Google Form.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sign Up

Please fill out this Google Form:

We’ll send you an email confirming your spot, and will try to get the rosters posted at least 1 week prior to the tournament.