Player Call Up Rules

Player Eligibility and Call UP Rules - Regular Season

(For Regular Season Only - see following section for call up rules for Play Offs)

To be eligible to play, a player must register in her home Association and must be registered with the ORA or FSRQ.

A team may call up a player within the same Association or from another Association as a substitute for a missing player, but may only call up the same player a maximum of three (3) times during the season. Players may be called up from a lower age and/or skill level (i.e. from a lower skill level at the same age, or from the same or lower skill level at a lower age).

For example, U19 A can call up a player from U19 B, U16 A or U16 B. U16 B can call up a player from U14 B or U14 C.

Substitution Matrix

The NCRRL has aligned their call up matrix with the ORA substitution chart. The ORA substitution chart may be found in the Games & Tournaments Chapter of the ORA Operating Manual. If the preceding link no longer works, please go to ( and then select “Operating Manual”.

For the purposes of interpreting the chart for the NCRRL:

  • Where the ORA substitution chart indicates “Regional G&T” for the NCRRL this is the appropriate NCRRL age group convener.
  • Where the ORA substitution chart indicates “Provincial G&T” for the NCRRL this is the NCRRL Executive. Contact the appropriate NCRRL age group convener and they will seek Executive approval.

Lateral call ups are permitted but all teams should first look for call ups from within lower divisions (that follow the call up matrix) before seeking other girls for laterals.

A team may call up enough players to bring its roster up to twelve (12) skaters maximum, but not to exceed its number of registered players. If the number of registered players is less than 10 skaters and a goalie, teams are permitted to call up to 10 skaters and a goalie.

Note that these rules apply to league games only. See the ORA Operating Manual, Games & Tournaments Section, for call up rules for tournaments.

The use of an ineligible player will result in the game being defaulted.

Exceptions to call up rules for goalies

Goalies are exempt from the 3 time limitation. As well, a team that has no goalie on its roster may call up a goalie in accordance with the call up rules with the addition that in this case the roster may exceed its number of registered players by one. In every game involving a call up of a goalie using this exemption, an email must be submitted to the League Age Group Convener specifying the team, the name of the call up and what team she is registered with, along with the game number, date, time and division of the game. Complete details of the call up MUST be written on the comments of the Game Sheet before the game commences. Details must include all of the information above.

Designation of Call UP Players on Game Sheet

Call up players shall be designated as such on the game sheet, including age and skill level. This information, for both teams, must also be included in the on-line game reports submitted to NCRRL. The rules for call up players shall apply equally to skaters and goalies, except for the two exceptions noted above.

Call Up Rules for Playoffs

ALL call ups and player substitutions, including goalies, for playoff games must be approved by the League Age Group Convener. Conveners are only authorized to approve call ups that follow the League call up rules and comply with the Player Call UP Chart on the NCRRL website. Requests for call ups outside of these parameters must be sent in writing to the Convener and the Convener must consult the League Executive for approval. Requests must be made a minimum of 24 hours before the game - last minute requests for exemptions to the call up rules will not be approved.

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