How does the league minimize player violence?
Over fifteen years ago we recognized that for some players, the penalties that USA Hockey imposed were not enough to deter them from playing in a reckless, physical and abusive manner. We felt there was a need to add another layer of extra penalties for infractions that had the potential to cause injuries. A list of the additional penalties can be viewed if you click on the link for ADDITIONAL PENALTIES. We also realized that even with additional penalties some players cannot play in a controlled, responsible manner. For those players who habitually play in a violent and abusive manner we have had no choice but to bar them, and in some cases their teammates from league play. Many of these players later surface in other leagues where they continue to play in the same reckless manner. We also continue to ask the refs to call the games as tightly as possible. We would rather have the refs call 'borderline' penalties than have a game spin out of control because of seemingly lax penalty calling. If you are one of those players who think hockey is not hockey unless you can hit someone do not register in our league.
Where are the rinks?
We schedule games in rinks located from Long Beach to Hauppauge and Kings Park to Great Neck. We schedule games in rinks close to where the players on your team live. A list of rinks can be viewed by clicking here
What are game days and starting times?
We play over 40 games a week, on every night of the week. We work with teams to schedule games on days and times that are the most convenient for them. The choice of days are listed below:
Most teams have played in Midnight Hockey League, so there is a reference point for what level of play they fit into. Most new managers have a good feel for the level that is suited for them. Teams can always come to a game and judge which level they would be most comfortable in. We don't want teams winning them all or losing them all.
I don't have a team, can I join?
Individual and group registration is welcomed and encouraged. It can sometimes be difficult to get 14 or 15 players to commit and play every game in a season. We match partial teams, groups and individuals of the same approximate skill levels to form new teams. Often times those teams go on to play in subsequent seasons and the new teammates become lifelong friends.
Does Midnight Hockey League schedule games on Holiday weekends like Christmas week, Memorial Day, July 4th weekend, Super Bowl Sunday, or Labor Day weekend?
Unlike other leagues we never schedule games on major holiday weekends. We do however often organize tournaments were players who chose to play on Holiday weekends can. Contact us for more details
Are refs fees included in the league fee?
Yes, the ref fees are included in the league fees.
What is the playoff format?
Generally 80% of the teams make the playoffs. We use a single elimination format, (Winter/Spring is double elimination after the wild card round) this way, teams that are not having a good season don't pay for additional games for other teams. All teams pay the same and a longer playoff format short changes the vast majority of the teams. The longer playoff format also encourages some of the unscrupulous teams to bend the rules by sneaking 'ringers' onto their playoff roster.
Are team uniforms required?
Yes, every player must have a similar, matching jersey with a number that is not duplicated by a teammate. We encourage teams to obtain a set of home & away jerseys to facilitate ease of scorekeeping.
How do I sign a team up?
Full teams should call 631-262-0543 for more specific details before filling out the online registration form on this website.
What is Midnight Hockey League's game attendance policy?
All Players must have signed in for 50% of regular season games played in order to be eligible for playoff games. Signing in on the scoresheet is the only way we can accurately track player attendance at games. While we instruct our scorekeepers to help make sure that every player has signed in during a game, the final responsibility of signing in lies with the player, not the scorekeeper.
Remember: Even if you show up and play, if you didn't sign in, you will not be credited with being at the game.
The numbers in the player stat system (see description below) are not final and reflect only the scoresheets that have been entered into our database; as such, no player will be denied eligibility based on scoresheets that are not included. Example: If a player is listed as having attended 7 of 16 games, but only 15 of those 16 games have been entered into the player stat system, that player is automatically credited 1 game and is now eligible to participate in the playoffs.
The attendance credits will reduce in number as more scoresheets are entered, as such, captains must be aware that players could retroactively be deemed ineligible to participate in playoff games up until 24 hours prior to start of team's first playoff game.
During playoff games all players must present a valid government issued ID to the scorekeeper in order to be eligible to play.
Due to popular demand, as of the Summer 2012 season, all Midnight Hockey League games will have player statistics including goals, assists, attendance, penalty minutes, goalie goals against average and goalie save percentage recorded and published via at our Esportdesk sub-site (same as team standings, just click on your team's name to see total season stats, and look below for links to individual games).
Some things to know regarding player statistics: