PLAYING TIME RULES:
Purpose: Allows the substitution of players into the game at the halfway points of the 1^{st} and 2^{nd} quarters versus 7 minute increments throughout the 1^{st} two quarters of the game. In addition, it will force the sitting of all players, which in turn will allow more playing time for all players and improve the quality of play.
The format of all SYBA games will be as follows:
NOTE: Each Division has a different time limit for each quarter. Therefore, each division will need to adapt this rule by dividing its time period in half. The rule below is formatted based on the U14 Division. The following applies in terms of division of each quarter:
U10 – 6 minute quarters broken into two (2) 3 minute halves
U12 – 7 minute quarters broken into two (2) 3.5 minute halves
U14  7 minute quarters broken into two (2) 3.5 minute halves
U18 – 16 minute half broken into four (4)  four minute segments
Clock
1) The first and second quarters are to be broken up into (two) 3 minute and 30 second halves per quarter for substitution purposes. The clock at the beginning of each quarter is to be set at 7 minutes. At the end of the first 3 minutes and 30 seconds (or as close to it as possible) of the 1^{st} half of quarter 1 and quarter 2, the teams will make substitutions according to below.
2) Clock for the 3^{rd} and 4^{th} quarter will be set to 7 minutes each with no stoppage for substitutions at the half way point. Coaches can substitute at their own discretion.
3) OT rules remain the same with a 3:00 minute overtime and substitutions at the coach’s discretion.
Players
1) Teams with 10 Players:
 1st half of 1st Quarter, 5 starters play.
 2nd half of 1st Quarter, 5 nonstarters (those on bench) now play.
 1st half of 2nd Quarter, 5 starters play.
 2nd half of 2nd Quarter, 5 nonstarters (those on bench) now play.
 For the 3rd and 4th quarters, the time will be set to 7 minutes each with no stoppage for substitutions at the half way point. Coaches can substitute at their own discretion.
2) Teams with 8  9 Players:
 1st half of 1st Quarter, 5 starters play.
 2nd half of 1st Quarter, all bench players now play, plus any remaining players (at the coaches’ discretion) to make up a 5 player team.
 1st half of 2nd Quarter, 5 starters play, excluding any player(s) who played the full first quarter.
 2nd half of 2nd Quarter, all bench players now play, plus any remaining players (at the coaches’ discretion) to make up a 5 player team.
 For the 3rd and 4th quarters, the time will be set to 7 minutes each with no stoppage for substitutions at the half way point. Coaches can substitute at their own discretion.
3) Teams with 7 Players:
 1st half of 1st Quarter, 5 starters play.
 2nd half of 1st Quarter, 2 bench players now play, plus any 3 remaining players from the 5 starters to make up a 5 player team.
 1st half of 2nd Quarter, 2 of the 3 remaining players who played in both halves of the 1st quarter must sit. The 2 sitting players who didn’t play the 2nd half of the 1st quarter play, along with the two players who sat the 1st half of the 1st quarter and 1 player (who will now be playing 3 straight halves).
 2nd half of 2nd Quarter, player who has played 3 straight halves, must sit. Players who were sitting at the end of the 1st half of the 2nd quarter play, with 2 more players selected at the coaches discretion.
 For the 3rd and 4th quarters, the time will be set to 7 minutes each with no stoppage for substitutions at the half way point. Coaches can substitute at their own discretion.
4) Teams with 6 Players:
If a team only has six players, one substitute will be made after each half of quarter. However, the coach must substitute his 1st round player for at least one half period (3:30) in the 1st or 2nd quarter. If the coach, fails to substitute their 1st round player in the 1st or 2nd quarter, the 1st round player must sit out the entire 3rd quarter. (First Eight Minutes of 2nd half of the U18 Division)
Coaches
Coaches are going to be held directly responsible for adhering to the above procedures. It is the responsibility of both game coaches to maintain the integrity of the above procedures. If a coach is found to be in violation of the above procedures, the game in which the violation occurred will automatically be forfeited.
Injuries
 If a player is injured, that player may be substituted. The opposing coach will select a comparable player. If the player is able to continue, the coach must try and play the formerly injured player for a the requisite playing time, if the injury does not prevent it.
 If the player can no longer continue, the coach should defer to the substitution rules above which applies to his team, now with one less player.
Fouls
A player CANNOT be substituted due to foul trouble in the first half.
Substitutions
1. Coaches and referees should do their best to stop play at a convenient time as close to the half point of the quarter. Substitutions shall be made swiftly and promptly and coaches shall not use this time as a pseudo time out. Play must continue quickly to ensure remaining on schedule for subsequent games.
