1) Too Many Men
A 2 minute minor penalty will be given to a team that has too many men on the surface. However, to the referees discretions, if the ball accidentaly hits a player who isnt involved in the ongoing play, he will whistle and give the ball to the other team at the top of the defensive zone. No penalty will be awarded.
No tape is allowed underneath the stick. The referee, at all times, quand declare an illegal equipement penalty if said sticks causes damages to the playing surface or represents a danger to others. If you break your stick, you cannot play with it. You must drop it right away, failure to do so and staying involved in the play can result in a 2 minute minor penalty.
3) Goalie Equipment
Goalies must wear full reglementary goalie equipement.
4) Player Equipment
All players must wear the following: A numbered jersey that allows the referee and timekeeper to properly identify you, running shoes (no boots allowed), a helmet (cages are encouraged, mandatory for minors), gloves and proper shin pads (knees and shin). Eblow protection, visors or glasses and jock straps are mandatory but are highly recommended, especially the latter. A 2 minute minor may be given to any player who doesn’t meet the mandatory equipment requirements.
Each teams must have identical, or very very similar jerseys, all with different and easily identifiable numbers (goalies included). If the jerseys are deemed to be too similar and a nuisance by the referee, then, by random fashion, will ask one of the 2 teams to switch jerseys.
The referee will then ask the capitain to make the neccesary changes and if he fails to do so and causes delays for the game, a 2 minute minor penalty for delay of game might be given out.
6) Goalie Change
If a goalie need to be replace because of injury or expulsion, the team has 5 minutes to find a goalie and for him to get dressed.
7) Line up
Players must go by the reception and give their presence in order to be eligible for the game, failure to do so can result in a minor penalty. Furthermore, a player must make a presence before the end of the 2nd period to be eligible to play. A maximum of 9 skaters and 1 goalie may participate, unless an injury to the goalie.
8) Injured Player
The referee may stop play at anytime if a player is injured, however he may let the play go and only whistle when the injured players team controls the ball. If a major injury occurs, the referee will stop the play. Once the play resume, the opposite team of the injured player will start with the ball. If a goalie is injured, the goalie has 2 minutes to recover, if he cannot, the team has 5 minutes to replace the goalie.
9) Abuse, disrespect towards a referee or timekeeper
Lack of respect/disrespectful actions: Any player that disrespects a referee with profanity, disrespectful insults and/or threats, and so before, during or after the game, is subject to severe consequences. Insults or threats may result in a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct to an expulsion of the game. Examples: “You fucking suck”, “Are you blind/fucking blind”, “You`re an idiot”.
The timekeeper controls the time, score and penalties and will signal the end of each period and game by means of a buzzer or verbally if needed. If no screen timer is available, the timekeeper must verbally tell the time to the ref. If there’s a time issue (time not started, buzzer beating goal, etc), the referee get the final decision. Prior to the start of each game, the timekeeper must make sure the lineups of each team are correct and if they aren’t, they must advised the referee or the captain directly.
Different types of penalties with their length:
|Double Minor||4 Minutes|
|Major||5 Minutes + Game|
|Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Minor)||2 Minutes|
|Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Major)||2 Minutes + Game|
|Verbal Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Major)||2 Minutes + Game|
|Match Penalty||5 Minutes + Game|
12) MINOR PENALTIES
All minor penalties will result in a 2 minutes, 3v2 power play. If an additional penalty occurs to the team already down a man, then the play will go 4v2 and stay with 4 players until the game can be reset to 3v2 or 3v3. If a penalty occurs to the team up a man, then the time stops and the play goes 2v2. A goal cancels the penalty, but only in a man up situation.
13) MAJOR PENALTIES
Any player that commits a major incident, will receive a 5 minutes major penalty as well as a match penalty. Goals do not cancel out the penalty.
14) UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT PENALTIES
Any vulgar or disrespectful conduct directed towards a referee or timekeeper can result in a 2 minute minor all the way up to a game penalty.
15) MATCH PENALTIES AND EXPULSION
Match penalties: 5 minutes (major) and expulsion.
A match penalty is:
- Threats towards a referee/timekeeper
- Trowing a piece of equipment/ball towards the referee
- Spitting, fighting or assaulting a referee or opponent
- Participating in an ongoing fight and/or leaving the bench will there’s a fight going on. This ca result in a 100$ team fine
- Intent to injure.
- Hit to the head or hit from behind.
Any player that receives a match penalty is automatically kicked out of the game and will have to answer to the players safety and discipline committee.
16) PENALTY SHOT
Penalty Shot procedure/FAQs:
- The referee will place the ball at the centre faceoff dot and on the referees signal (whistle), the player can go down on the goalie and attempt to beat the goalkeeper 1 on 1. The player and ball must always be going in the goals direction.
- The goalie must stay in his crease until the player touches the ball. The goalie may attempt to save the ball in any fashion besides throwing his stick or any piece of equipment. A breach of said rules may result in a penalty shot retake.
- If, at the moment of the penalty shot being rewarded, the goalie was out of the net, then the penalty shot is cancelled and a automatic goal is awarded.
- While the shot is being taken, players from both teams must remain near their respective benches, on the opposite side of the centre line. No player can interfere in any way, shape or form and must remain silent.
- While the shot is being taken, the time will not stop. If the penalty shot is awarded but the game clocks reads 0.0s, the shot will still take place.
17) GOALIE PENALTIES
If the goalie commits a minor penalty, then a player that was on the surface at the time of the call must take the minor penalty for the goalie. If a major penalty is awarded, then the team has 5 minutes to find a legal goalie replacement or have one of their players go in nets.
18) DELAYED PENALTY
The referee must whistle immediately once a a player on a team, whose teammate committed an infraction, has ball possession or after 2 touches. The powerplay starts with the team at the top of their own defensive end, in one of the 2 squares.
Note: If the referee must stop for a technical reason, the play restarts as a faceoff in the centre of the surface.
19) BALL THAT HITS A REFEREE
The referee is part of the game, meaning the play will keep going if the ball hits the referee. The only time the play is blown dead is if the ball hits the referee and goes outside the playing surface, or directly goes in. If the ball goes directly in, a faceoff will take place in the dot the closest the goal the ball went in.
20) START OF THE GAME AND PERIODS
The game will start at the scheduled time with a faceoff at the center circle of the surface. After each goal, the play is reset with a faceoff at center surface. After the goalie freezes it, the play starts back up, behind the goal line, on the referees whistle.
At the scheduled start time, if the a team doesn’t have the required amount of players to start a game (1 goalie+3 players or 4 players), the referee will follow the following process:
- 0-2:59 minutes late: No consequence
- 3 minutes late: The time of the game starts
- 5 minutes late: The team starts with either a 2 minute minor (and such at every 5 minute interval of tardiness) or they start the game with 4 players. If the team doesn’t have the amount of players, then a 2 minute minor is given.
- IF the the team is still not able to start with the proper requirements after 1 period, its a loss via forfeit.
21) CLOSED HAND ON BALL
A player can close his hand on the ball, however, if said player closes his hand on the ball and gives himself an advantage over his opponents, the play will be blown dead. If no advantage is resulting in the hand closure, then the play will keep on.
On the faceoff, the ball must make contact with the surface prior to the players playing it. Sticks must be on the ground and give enough room for the referee to drop the ball on the dot. Every player must be on their respective defensive sides of the faceoff dots and must be either outside the circle, or at a 6 foot distance. Failure to follow these rules may result in the referee changing the centerman.
Handpass are strictly forbidden for all players (goalies and players). A player may touch the ball with his hand, but must do so without giving himself an advantage and he must be the one to touch the ball, if a teammate does then the play is blown dead and the opposite team get the ball back.
24) GOAL WITH THE FOOT OR ANY OTHER BODY PART
If the ball hit the players on any part of the his foot, the goal will be refused, no matter the intention.
Each team is allowed one 30 second timeout per game. Once the timeout done, the play will resume where the play was initially paused and the ball who had possession at the time, will restart with it.
26) HIGH STICKS
Players must be in control of their sticks at all times.
If a contact with the ball is made above the blue board, then a 2 minute minor penalty will be given. Any contact to the head will result in a double minor (4 minutes), blood or no blood.
For goals, the high stick limit is the crossbar. If the stick is above the crossbar, and above the blue board, then the goal is refused and a minor highsticking penalty will be called.
Players can have their sticks above the blue board or the crossbar, but it’s strongly recommended they do not, for safety reasons primarily
27) EQUIPMENT ADJUSTMENT/ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT
A minor penalty may be given out for delay of game to the player who delays the game by adjusting or changing a piece of equipment without the referees go ahead. It is the players and goalies responsibilities to have proper equipment. If the player must make changes to his equipment, he must go to the bench in order to do so. Example, a player loses his shoe, he must go to the bench or follow the referees directives, failure to do so may result in a delay of game penalty or illegal equipment penalty. The same goes for the goalies. The goalie can only adjust his equipment when the referee says so.
28) MISCONDUCT BEHAVIOURS
Each team member is responsible for their own proper conduct as well as their teammates. Teams must take the necessary steps in order to stop any sort of madness and violence, before, during and after the game, and such on and off the surface. All team members can be held accountable for violent behaviours.
A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike may be given to a player for the following:
- Any type of vulgar language, directed, or not, towards someone.
- A slight or a warning for abusive language towards the referee. May also be a misconduct depending on the degree of whats said
A misconduct may be given out to any player that:
- Vulgar language/actions towards anyone (player, referee, timekeeper)
- Doesn’t go to the penalty box
- Doesn’t respect the referees zone
- Discrediting or lacking respect towards an official
- Shooting the ball towards the referee, or away from him
- Shooting the ball following a goal or a call from the referee
- Throwing things on the surface
- Throwing an opponents piece of equipment
- Intentionally breaking a stick
- Negative behaviours in attempts to get a reaction from the opposing team
29) BROKEN OR DROPPED STICK
If a player drops his stick, he may continue playing. If a player breaks his stick, he may continue participating in the play only if he drops his stick immediately. Failure to do so will result in a minor penalty for illegal equipment.
Note: If the player goes directly to the bench and doesn’t participate in the play in any shape way or form, no penalty will be given out.
A player who’s stick is broken may only receive a stick directly from a teammate on the bench or grabbing the stick directly, themselves.
If a goalie drops his stick, a player may only give the stick back using his hands. He cannot shoot or kick the stick, this would result in a minor penalty for illegal equipment. Its accepted for a player to have a player and goalie stick in his hands, but only if he isn’t directly participating in the play.
Players cannot throw a stick on the playing surface for a teammate. Doing so will result in a minor penalty for illegal equipment.
30) THROWING YOUR STICK/OBJECT
Any players or goalies who throws his stick or any object towards the ball will be penalised in the following ways:
- If the play happens in the defensive end, a penalty shot will be awarded. The captain of the team will then choose a player that was on the surface to perform said penalty shot.
- If a player is going to the net and no one is in front of him (goalie or player) and an object is thrown in the players direction, then an automatic goal will be awarded to the player driving the net. No penalty will be given to the team who threw the stick or object. A player who throws his equipment outside the surface may result in a misconduct penalty.
- If a player simply places his stick on the side of the playing surface, in a manner that doesn’t impose on the play, will not result in a penalty.
31) STEPPING ON THE BALL
All players, besides the goalies, who steps on the ball intentionally will lose possession of the ball according to the following situation:
- If the defensive player steps on the ball, the offensive team regains possession at center surface on the defensive half.
- If the offensive player steps on the ball, the defensive team gains possession at the center surface on the defensive half.
- If no one is deemed responsible, the play will reset and a faceoff will start the play back up.
32) DELAY OF GAME
A minor penalty will be handed out to any goalie or player who intentionally moves then net from its original position.
If a goalie moves one of the post, in a intentional manner, while a player is on a breakaway, a penalty shot will be awarded to the player who was on the breakaway.
If a team is too slow to change, a warning will be given to the team. If this continues, then a minor penalty for delay of game will be handed out.
If a player leaves the bench to go talk to the referee, said player must stay on. Failure to do so would result in a delay of game penalty.
33) FALLING ON THE BALL
a) A minor penalty can be handed out to any player besides the goalie who is judged to intentionally fall on the ball and cover it up, that uses his hand to freeze or throw the ball. Falling or closing your hand intentionally on the ball may result in a 2 minute minor. Note: A player can push the ball ahead or close his hand on the ball if this move doesn’t give said player an advantage.
b) If point a happens but in the goalie crease, a penalty shot is awarded.
Any sort of fighting is strictly prohibited. Any acts of violence (fight, throwing punches, assaulting someone) will result in a 5 minute major with a game misconduct.
35) INTENT TO INJURE
Any attempt to injure a player voluntarily will result in a 5 minute major with a game misconduct.
36) TRIPPING OR ILLEGAL SLIDE
A minor or major penalty may be given out depending on the severity of the the trip or the illegal slide. All slides must be done in a controlled manner. The player is in control of his stick at all times.
Note: Whether or not the trip or slide is intentional or contact is made with the ball prior to making the opponent fall, a penalty will still be awarded.
37) SPEARING OR 6 INCH/BUTTENDS
Any form or spearing/butt ending will be a 5 minor major penalty with a game misconduct.
Any player who tries to instigate a fight (by use of words or dropping gloves) will receive a 5 minute major with a game misconduct. He will also face further discipline via the safety and discipline committee.
Any player who spits on or in the direction of a player or referee will be handed out a 5 minute major with a game misconduct and a meeting with the safety and discipline committee.
40) HITTING FROM BEHIND
Any hit from behind, intentional or not, will result in a 5 minutes major and a game misconduct penalty.
41) HIT TO THE HEAD
Any hit to the head, intentional or not, will result in a 5 minutes major and a game misconduct penalty.
42) PLAYING THE BALL BEHIND THE NET
In attempt to keep the game fast, exciting and without stoppages of play, you are not allowed to keep the ball behind the net for more then 3 seconds (no pressure). In order to reset the count, the player must fully exit the pale blue lines, ball and player.
43) GAME RESET
To start the game again, the player must wait for the referees whistle. The defensive player must be at at least 1 stick length.
Mens goal= 1 goal
Womens goal= 2 goals
Mercy rule is off 15 goals spread unlike the other categories where it’s 10 (besides the draft league)
There’s a 0 tolerance for any acts of racism. A 5 minutes major, a game misconduct and an automatic meeting with the players safety and discipline committee.
46) PASS TO THE GOALIE
If a player voluntaraly passes it the goalie, the goalie must play it. Failure to do so will result in the other team gaining possession of the ball. Freezing the ball on the goalie or intentionally throwing the ball to the goalie so he can freeze it will also result in a turnover.
47) EXPULSION AFTER MINOR PENALTIES
If a player receive 3 minor penalties (a double minor counts as 1), the player will be removed from the game. If a goalie receives 3 penalty, a player from his team will be removed from the game. For any additional penalties by the goalie, a player from the goalies team will be removed and assessed a 10 minute misconduct (the goalie).
48) 3 TAPS IN A ROW WITH THE STICK
If a player hits the ball 3 times in a row in the air with his stick, the referee will blow the play dead and give the ball to the other team. The ball bouncing on the ground/board/opposing player, the count resets.
49) 2 TAPS IN A ROW WITH THE BODY
If a player hits the ball 2 times in a row with a part of his body, then the play will be blown dead and the opposing team will start with the ball. The ball touching the ground resets the count.
50) BALL THAT TOUCHES THE NETTING AND GOES IN
All netting and post are part of the surface, meaning the ball is always considered in play and live. If the ball hits the netting and or post and goes in, the goal is now considered good.