Southwick Floor Hockey
Southwick Recreation Center 2018
SRC FLOOR HOCKEY RULES
Rules: SRC floor hockey games shall be governed by the rules in the USA Hockey – Official Rules of Ice Hockey rulebook (available at www.usahockey.com), with the exception or reinforcement of the following:
- To participate in the 7-9 league a player must be between the ages of 7 and 9 by September 1st of the year before the upcoming season.
- To participate in the 10-12 league the player must be between the ages of 10 and 12 by September 1st of the year before the upcoming season.
- To participate in the 13-14 league the player must be between the age of 13 and 14 by September 1st of the year before the upcoming season.
Any exception must be reviewed and approved by the SRC Hockey Committee.
Periods: Games will consist of three (3), ten (10) minute periods with two (2) minutes between periods allowed.
Clock: The clock will stop on any and all whistles by game officials.
Floor: The home team will defend the goal closest to their bench during the first and third periods and the goal farthest from their bench for the second period.
Area of Play: The ball is out of play when the ball hits:
- Any part of the basketball hoops and their supports
- The wall behind the team bench area
- The ceiling, lights, and tan colored fiberboard upper section of the walls
- The wall above or behind the netting on the main entrance side of the building
- The scoreboard or the screen covering the scoreboard
Tied Score: During the regular season, when the score is tied at the completion of regulation play, a three (3) minute, stop clock, sudden death overtime period will be played. The overtime period will commence one (1) minute after the completion of the 3rd period. If the game remains tied after the completion of the overtime period, the game will be declared a tie. Teams do not switch ends for the regular season overtime period.
For all playoff games, when the score is tied at the completion of regulation play, successive ten (10) minute, stop clock, sudden death overtime periods will be played. Teams will switch ends for each overtime period. A winner will be declared when one team scores a goal.
Time of Play:
- All players must play at least four (4) minutes per period
- All players must sit at least two (2) minutes per period, unless a team has only two (2) or less substitutes in a particular game
A minor penalty will be assessed for each infraction of the Time of Play rule. Note: Penalty time is considered playing time. Also: All Time of Play infractions will be reported to the SRC Floor Hockey Committee for review and potential disciplinary action. Multiple infractions may result in the following:
- Team game forfeiture; and/or
- Points being deducted from the violating team's point standings; and/or
- Suspension of the violating team’s coach.
Regular Season: Each team is allowed one (1) thirty (30) second time-out per game.
Play-offs: Each team is allowed one (1) thirty (30) second time-out per game. Each team is allowed one (1) thirty (30) second time-out for each overtime period.
Start of Game: The officials shall allow five (5) minutes of warm up time, if the previous game ends less than five minutes before the start of the next game.
Number of Players:
- 7-9 / 10-12 League: A team must have five (5) players on the floor to start the game, and one (1) coach must be present for a team to start and play a game.
- 13-14 League: A team must have four (4) players on the floor to start the game, and one (1) coach must be present for a team to start and play a game.
- 7-9 / 10-12 League: A team will forfeit if they have less than five (5) players, or cannot start the game within five (5) minutes of the scheduled start time.
- 13-14 League: A team will forfeit if they have less than four (4) players, or cannot start the game within five (5) minutes of the scheduled start time.
Equipment: All players must wear shin guards, a helmet with full face-shield, and hockey/lacrosse gloves for all practices and games. A stick must conform to the USA Hockey rules, and cannot have exposed black plastic or black tape on the blade area of the stick, that could discolor the Southwick Recreation Center floor. It is strongly suggested to not have sticks with black plastic blades exposed or black tape on their blades. Any player not having the proper equipment will not be allowed to play. All players (except coaches, game officials, and penalty box monitors) that are situated in the bench area, or penalty box, must wear a helmet with full face- shield protection. No spectators are allowed in the bench area. Broken sticks are prohibited. Any player continuing to use a stick after it has been broken, will be assessed a minor penalty. The officials reserve the right to determine unsafe equipment, and remove it from the game.
Icing: Each team's defensive blue line will be used to determine icing. The official will blow the whistle immediately after the ball crosses the opposing team's goal line extended. There is no red line violation in SRC floor hockey.
Hand Pass: A player shall be permitted to stop or “bat” a ball in the air with their open hand, or push it along the floor with their hand, and the play shall not be stopped, unless in the opinion of the officials, he/she has deliberately directed the ball to a teammate in any zone other than the defensive zone, in which case play shall be stopped, and the ball faced-off at the spot where the pass originated. If the hand pass originated in the offensive zone, the face-off shall be outside the offensive zone at the nearest face-off spot. A hand pass originating in the defensive zone and touched by a teammate outside the defensive zone shall result in a face-off at the spot where the pass originated. A player may catch and immediately drop to the floor a ball in the air. If that player runs or steps around an opponent to gain an advantage, a minor penalty will be assessed.
Mercy rule: If a situation during a game arises where either team is losing by five(5) or more goals, the game clock will switch from stopped time to running time. Running time will continue throughout the game until one team is no longer losing by five(5) or more goals.
Penalty types and time amounts:
- Minor Penalty: One (1) minute
- Major Penalty: Three (3) minute penalty plus expulsion from game. The penalty will be served by substitute teammate.
- Zero Tolerance Misconduct: Automatic major penalty to any coach or player who in the opinion of the game officials, or game attending Floor Hockey Committee member, or game attending SRC Board Member, has violated the spirit of the SRC Zero Tolerance Policy. All of these type penalties will be referred to and reviewed by the SRC Floor Hockey Committee for potential further disciplinary action, and presented at the next convenient SRC Board of Directors meeting by the Chairman (or appointee) of the Floor Hockey Committee.
- Three (3) minor penalties in one game (including overtime) shall be a major penalty equivalent.
- If a 3rd player is penalized while two players of the same team are already serving penalties, the penalty time of the 3rd player will not commence until the penalty time of one of the two players already penalized has elapsed. Nevertheless, the third player penalized must at once proceed to the penalty bench and may be replaced by a substitute until such time as the penalty time of the penalized player shall commence.
- After a penalty is assessed, play resumes with a face-off in the offending team's defensive zone.
Fighting: Fighting will not be tolerated in any manner. Any fighting will result in immediate Game Misconduct. The offending players will be removed from the game and the bench. All fighting incidents will be reported to the SRC Floor Hockey Committee for review and disciplinary action.
High Sticking: Any player hitting an opponent in the area of the head (intentionally or not) with a stick, will be assessed a minor penalty. If blood is drawn, it will be deemed a major penalty. All intentional hits (as determined by the officials) to the head are major penalties.
- Slap shots are prohibited.
7-9 / 10-12 League:
- A high stick violation, (on the backswing or follow-through while in the act of shooting), shall be determined by the height of the shooter’s waist. A violation will result in an immediate stoppage of play and a face-off at the nearest face-off spot. A violation by a player in their offensive zone will result in the face-off being conducted at the nearest face-off spot outside that player’s offensive zone.
- Batting the ball above the height of the uniform letters (chest) with a stick is prohibited, and shall result in a whistle with a face-off at the nearest face-off spot, unless (1) the ball is batted to an opponent in which case play shall continue, or (2) a player of the defending side shall bat the ball into his own goal in which case a goal shall be allowed.
- A high stick violation, (on the backswing or follow-through while in the act of shooting), shall be determined by the height of the uniform letters (chest). A violation will result in an immediate stoppage of play and a face-off at the nearest face-off spot. A violation by a player in their offensive zone will result in the face-off being conducted at the nearest face-off spot outside that player’s offensive zone.
- Batting the ball above the height of the shoulder with a stick is prohibited, and shall result in a whistle with a face-off at the nearest face-off spot, unless (1) the ball is batted to an opponent in which case play shall continue, or (2) a player of the defending side shall bat the ball into his own goal in which case a goal shall be allowed.
Sliding: Any player sliding will result in a minor or major penalty. A major penalty will be assessed in situations in which the referee determines that there is intent to injure another player.
Slashing: Players are expected to have control of their stick at all times. A minor or a major penalty shall be imposed on any player who slashes or attempts to slash an opponent with his stick, whether the action was intentional or not. A major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on any player who injures an opponent by slashing. Referees will penalize as “slashing” any player who swings his stick at any opposing player (whether in or out of range) without actually striking him or where a player on the pretext of playing the puck makes a wild swing at the puck with the object of intimidating an opponent.
Throwing Equipment: Any player throwing any equipment at any time (not just during game time) when on the floor, bench, or penalty box will be assessed a minor penalty. Any infraction occurring after a game will result in a penalty being assessed at the start of the team's next game. In addition, any player mistreating Southwick Recreation Center equipment or property will be assessed a minor penalty.
Throwing a Stick: Deliberately throwing a stick or any equipment is prohibited at all times. If a stick is deliberately thrown during a game, the following applies: Deliberately throwing a stick in an attempt to interfere with a player, or shot of a player in his/her offensive zone, preventing a reasonable shot or pass, will result in a penalty shot being awarded to the non-offending team. The officials will award the penalty shot he/she designates as the player interfered with. If the officials cannot distinguish which player was interfered with, then the coach of the non-offending team shall designate a player that was on the floor at the time of the infraction to take the shot.
If the goalie has been removed from the game for an extra attacker, and a defending team without their goalie has a player throw their stick to block a shot, or attempt to block a shot, or impede a player, a minor penalty is assessed or a goal awarded at the discretion of the officials. Deliberately throwing a stick in an attempt to interfere with a player or shot of a player in any zone will result in a minor penalty unless a penalty shot, or automatic goal has been awarded.
Delay of Game / Interference: A player or team deemed to be intentionally delaying the game shall be assessed a minor penalty. Shielding an opponent from the ball by “backing up” with the ball is considered “offensive” interference. Surrounding the ball with your body in the corner to keep an opponent from the ball, while keeping the ball moving between your feet, shall be considered delay of game. This situation usually occurs when a team is killing a penalty or protecting a lead in the last minute of a period or game. Goaltenders intentionally freezing or holding the ball, which causes unnecessary stoppage of play, shall be assessed a minor penalty. The coach of the offending team may deem any player on the floor at the time of the infraction to take the place of the goalie in the penalty box.
Goal Crease: A goal may be legally scored by a team even though one of its players is “in the crease” (an offensive player in the crease of his own volition prior to the ball arriving in the crease) ...... hence NO HARM, NO FOUL. However, if, in the opinion of the officials, the offensive player “in the crease” has in any way hindered the goaltender (by contact or not), the goal shall be disallowed. At the discretion of the officials a penalty may be assessed. The ensuing face-off shall occur at the closest face-off spot outside of the offending team’s offensive zone.
Goaltenders: Goaltenders are not permitted to throw or hand pass the ball FORWARD to a teammate in any zone. Either infraction will result in a whistle. A face off will ensue at the nearest face-off spot of the offending team. Intentionally freezing, or holding on to the ball which in the opinion of the referee causes an unnecessary stoppage of play shall result in a minor penalty. The coach of the offending team may deem any player on the floor at the time of the infraction to take the place of the goalie in the penalty box.
Goaltender interference is the act by an opposing player of contacting or hindering a goaltender so as to prohibit the goaltender from “doing their job”. A player shall be assessed a minor penalty for this infraction. PLAYERS MUST MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO AVOID CONTACT WITH AN OPPOSING GOALTENDER.
A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player who makes stick contact with an opposing goalkeeper who has covered or caught the puck, regardless of whether or not the Referee has stopped play. In other words - Goaltenders who have tied up a ball, be it under their glove(s), in their glove(s) or in their equipment, ARE NOT TO BE TOUCHED - even if the whistle has not yet been blown. Players are prohibited from trying to dig a ball free, even if the whistle hasn’t blown yet.
Coincidental Minor Penalties: Coincidental minor penalties shall not affect the number of players on the floor. Teams will continue to play with the same number of players on the floor at the time coincidental minors are assessed. The penalized players must wait for the first stoppage of play AFTER their penalties expire before they can return to the game.
Face-off Locations: All face-offs will take place at designated face-off locations (marked by a red Line). Face-offs will no longer take place at the nearest spot along an imaginary line on each side of the floor connecting the end zone face off spots; where the puck/ball was last played. Important: A team causing a stoppage of play shall not gain a territorial advantage with the ensuing face-off. For example, when a stoppage of play occurs as the result of any action by the attacking team in the attacking zone, the ensuing face-off will take place at the nearest neutral zone face-off spot.
Division Standings: Each team will be awarded two (2) points for a win, and one (1) point for a tie in league standings. In the event that two teams are tied, in points, at the conclusion of the season, the team with the most wins shall be declared to finish ahead of the other. If two (2) teams have the same number of wins then head to head competition will determine the higher finishing team. If the tie remains, a coin flip will determine the final standings.
However, if the two teams are tied for 1st place, a playoff game will be played to determine the regular season league champion.
Playoffs: All SRC Floor Hockey teams qualify for the playoffs.