American Collegiate Hockey Association Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software

ACHA Exceptions to the NCAA Rulebook

The ACHA uses the NCAA Playing Rules for All Divisions of Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, with the following exceptions listed below:

Officials - Teams have the option to also use a 1 referee-2 linesmen system

Spitting = Automatic Game Disqualification

Overtime = 4-on-4 overtime will be played during the regular season whenever an ACHA Division 1 team is the designated home team

Playing Lineup - teams shall be permitted to have the option of dressing a maximum of 18 skaters and three goaltenders or 19 skaters and two goaltenders.

Incidents - An ACHA Incident Report format shall be provided for reporting to the commissioner’s office by fax, mail, or e-mail any incidents involving players, coaches, teams, officials or referees. An Incident Report must be completed for each separate incident and submitted to the commissioner within 48 hours

Officials - All Division 1 teams are to employ a 3 man officiating system

Scoresheets - All Division 1 Teams are required to employ the Three-Official system, with one Referee and two Assistant Referees as outlined in the NCAA Rule Book.

Game Protocol - All Division 1 teams shall have a game protocol sheet available to officials and the visiting team before the start of the game.

Rule books can be purchased by visiting the NCAA Publication page at

Goalline Sports Administration Systems
Powered by Goalline Hockey Software