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Floor Hockey Rules

MCCS Floor Hockey Rules

5v5 - Including Goaltender - 4:1 Ratio

Minimum one (1) Female players on floor.  If zero (0) female players are present, teams may elect to play shorthanded.


Checking & Aggressive Play

Checking and overly aggressive play is NOT permitted.  (See: Penalties)


Code of Conduct

Players are expected to play in a respectful manner to each other including teammates, opponents, spectators, staff and referees. Overly aggressive play, including verbal abuse will NOT be tolerated and will be dealt with at the referees discretion. The referee has the final say. 


Equipmentâ?¨

Plastic sticks and some goalie equipment is provided. 

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT FOR ALL LEAGUES

Protective Eye-wear, Gloves, Knee Pads & Protective Cups.  Personal Sticks may be used, but MUST have smooth bottom & NO sharp edges. 

Game Format

Games will be played with three (3) thirteen (13) minute periods.  In the event of a tie, see Overtime Rules.

*RUNNING CLOCK, EXCEPT FOR INJURY TIMEOUT.  IF GOAL DIFFERENTIAL IS 2 OR LESS, CLOCK WILL STOP UNDER TWO (2) MINUTES UNTIL TIME EXPIRES.

**ALL GAME TIMES SUBJECT TO BE SHORTENED AT REFEREES DISCRETION, IF GAMES ARE RUNNING BEHIND SCHEDULE.


Icing, Offsides & Clearing

There is no icing or offsides. Depending on the facility used, we may require the opposing team to clear half court before the offensive team can move the ball from the goal line following stoppage of play. This will be discuss and agreed upon at the beginning of the season. 

Rotation, Substitutions & Out of Playâ?¨

Substitutions can be made at any time without limitations on regularity or frequency.  Game play is not to be suspended during substitutions.  Players not on the floor are to gather in an area designated by the referee.  Player's personal belongings are to be restricted to this area or outside of the gym.  If a ball enters the sub zone and it not immediately deflected back out, the referee will stop play and award a face-off near the appropriate bench.  

Goalie Substitutions can ONLY be done between periods, unless an injury occurs.


Goaltending

Goalies will be able to handle the puck with their stick or hands within three (3) steps (the crease) of the goal.  A Goalie may call for a freeze of play resulting in a face-off or put the ball back in play by rolling/passing it to a teammate.  Goalies my not throw the ball beyond the center-line, when passing to a teammate (penalty for doing so will be a delay of game). A Goalie may only cover the ball if at least one (1) foot in the crease.  If the Goalie is completely out of the crease, when the cover the ball, the play will result in a penalty shot.  Offensive players may not enter the crease without the ball or without the ball being in the crease (this is interference). 

Teams may elect to pull the goalie with five (5) minutes remaining in the game, if the score differential is within two (2) goals.  At this time players will not be allowed inside the crease unless the have possession of the ball.  


Overtime/Tiebreakersâ?¨

Overtime will ONLY be played in the event of ties during playoff matches. If a playoff is needed to determine the result of a playoff game, a 5 minute sudden death period will be played. If no one scores during the sudden death period, a 5 person shootout will occur. 

Ranking for teams tied at the end of a season will be determined via record and then head to head. If teams tied when compared head to head, overall score will be used to determine rank and seeding. 


Penaltiesâ?¨

Minor - Two (2) minutes of playing time

Too Many Players of the Floor, Lifting a Stick on a Face-Off, High Sticking (above the waist), Holding an Opponents Stick, Trapping or Holding a Ball to Stall the Game, Holding, Dangerous Play, Tripping, Hooking, Boarding, Sliding, Diving, Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Major - Five (5) minutes of playing time

Charging, Elbowing, Slashing, Roughing, Checking, Spearing, Cross-Checking

Misconduct - Ten (10) minutes of playing time

* The offending player shall serve the penalty unless otherwise specified.  That player shall go directly off the floor and remain there until the referee indicates the penalty time has expired.  If a game disqualification penalty is also imposed on the player, the player shall be represented by a teammate for the penalty and shall report to the referee.

** If the penalty time has not yet expired at the end of the half/period, the penalty carries over into the next period of play.

*** Major & Misconduct penalties do not end when a goal is scored.

**** During sudden death play, a team shall not be reduced by time penalties so that it has fewer than two (2) players on the floor.

Scoringâ?¨

Each goal one (1) point and are awarded when the entire ball crosses the line.  

If the goal/net moves off of the goal line during a scoring attempt, it is the referee to decide whether to award a goal or not.  If the goaltender or another defensive player intentionally moves a goal, the referee will decide whether to continue play or enforce the delay of game penalty.  

Stoppage of Play

The following stoppages of player will be followed by a faceoff:

Goals, Penalties, Injuries, Time-outs, Balls out-of-play, Goaltender freezing the ball.

Time-Outs

Each team has one (1) one (1)-minute time-out per game.


Rules may be modified to fit the facility in which games are played and will be made known at the beginning of the season. 


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