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Forfeit Policy

JRDA Forfeit and Desanctioning Policy

Updated January 2019



These policies apply to any game in which a complete sanctioning application has been received and approved by the sanctioning department.  


Team Responsibilities

Both teams are responsible for cooperating on a game agreement contract that confirms their understanding about the scheduled game.  The contract may be requested by JRDA in the event of a forfeit.


If a game is forfeited prior to game start time, the forfeiting team is responsible for notifying the opposing team as well as the sanctioning department ( that they are choosing not to play the game.  


If a game is forfeited after the game has started, the host league is responsible for submitting an accurate IGRF with participating skaters, score at the time of forfeit, and all required signatures.  A clear notation should be made at the top of the page stating that the game is a forfeit and what time was showing on the period clock at the time of forfeit. This IGRF is to be submitted through the standard score and stats reporting form.


If the game is called off by the Head Skating Official, a statement from that official is to be sent to the Games Department ( stating the reason that they called off the game.


Scenarios and Outcomes

  • Prior to a game, one of the teams chooses to not play the game

    • The team choosing to not play the game has forfeited the game

    • The forfeiting team will not receive game credit for the game

    • The forfeiting team will receive rankings points of zero (0) for the game

    • The non-forfeiting team will receive game credit toward minimum game requirements, but will not receive rankings points

    • The forfeiting team may file an appeal for extenuating circumstances (ex: extreme weather, safety concerns, etc) by contacting the Games Department ( with an complete explanation of the circumstances.

  • Game is called off by the Head Skating Official

    • The score at the time that the game is called and win/loss stand, subject to review by the Games Department.

  • Game is called as a forfeit by either team for material sanctioning-, rules-, or conduct-based infractions.

    • A formal grievance must be filed if forfeiting for this reason.

    • Depending on the outcome of the grievance, the Games Department may desanction the game, allow the score and result to stand, or employ another remedy as appropriate.

  • A team forfeits after the game has started for any reason not stated above.

    • This includes situations such as safety concerns, not enough skaters left, etc.

    • The score and win/loss may stand, at the discretion of the Games Department.

  • Teams fail to comply with post-game sanctioning requirements

    • Game scores, valid signed IGRF, expulsion forms, and completed statsbooks must be received to complete sanctioning after the game.  

    • If errors are found, the submitting team will be contacted by the stats department.  Replies must be received in a timely manner. If errors are not rectified by the team(s) within 7 days of initial contact from the stats department, no games involving the submitting league will be accepted by the Sanctioning Committee until the errors are corrected.

  • Charter violations discovered post-game by the stats department

    • The score and win/loss stand for the team that is not in violation.  

    • The score and win/loss will not be applied to the team that is in violation.  No rankings points will be received and the game will not count.

    • The team that is not in violation will receive credit toward minimum game requirements.  The team in violation does not.

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