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CBHK Official Rule Book

  • A few notes for players and referees
  • 1. These rules were unabashedly stolen from the NHL and transformed into applicable rules for the CBHK, a non-checking league. As such, many penalties may be superfluous but are included to give the Referees more latitude to ensure a safe and fair playing environment. This is particularly true in the addition of Rule 30.1b.
  • 2. The CBHK is a non-checking league, but it is not a non-contact league. There may be intentional contact between players along the boards or in front of the nets. However, Referees are encouraged to utilize Rule 30.1b to control the amount and nature of the contact.
  • 3. The CBHK has done its best to highlight sections of this rule book to draw attention to areas that are markedly different from the NHL or have been points of contention in past seasons.
  • 4. This publication is intended to aid Referees in their duties, and players in their enjoyment of the league. A Referee may choose to reference this rulebook during a game, however, an on-ice officials' ruling is final and a Captain or player may not challenge the ruling during the match. Nevertheless, a post-game review of the ruling in question with the Head Referee or the CBHK Board may be warranted to ensure the rule is correctly implemented in future matches.
  • Rule 1 - Captain and Alternate Captains
  • 1.1 Captain - One Captain shall be appointed by each team, and he alone shall have the privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game. He shall wear the letter "C" in a conspicuous position on the front of his sweater. No co-Captains are permitted. Either one Captain and no more than two Alternate Captains, or no Captain and no more than three Alternate Captains are permitted (see Rule 1.2). Only the Captain, when invited to do so by the Referee, shall have the privilege of discussing any point relating to the interpretation of rules. Any Captain, Alternate Captain or any player who comes off the bench and makes any protest or intervention with the officials for any purpose shall be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct under Rule 19 - Abuse of Official. Should this protest continue, he may be assessed a misconduct penalty, and if it further continues, a game misconduct penalty shall be warranted. A complaint about a penalty is NOT a matter "relating to the interpretation of the rules" and a minor penalty shall be imposed against any Captain, Alternate Captain or any other player making such a complaint. The Referee and Official Scorer shall be advised, prior to the start of each game, the name of the Captain and the Alternate Captains of both teams.
  • 1.2 Alternate Captains - If the permanent Captain is not on the ice, Alternate Captains (not more than two) shall be accorded the privileges of the Captain. Alternate Captains shall wear the letter "A" in a conspicuous position on the front of their sweaters.
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  • Rule 2 - Injured Players
  • 2.1 Injured Player - When a player is injured or compelled to leave the ice during a game, he may retire from the game and be replaced by a substitute, but play must continue without the teams leaving the ice. During the play, if an injured player wishes to retire from the ice and be replaced by a substitute, he must do so at the players' bench and not through any other exit leading from the rink. This is not a legal player change and therefore when a violation occurs, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed. If a penalized player has been injured, he may proceed to the dressing room without the necessity of taking a seat on the penalty bench. If the injured player receives a minor penalty, the penalized team shall immediately put a substitute player on the penalty bench, who shall serve the penalty until such time as the injured player is able to return to the game. He would replace his teammate on the penalty bench at the next stoppage of play. If the injured player receives a major penalty, the penalized team shall place a substitute player on the penalty bench before the penalty expires and no other replacement for the penalized player shall be permitted to enter the game except from the penalty bench. For violation of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed. Should the injured penalized player who has been replaced on the penalty bench return to his players' bench prior to the expiration of his penalty, he shall not be eligible to play until his penalty has expired. If, however, there is a stoppage of play prior to the expiration of his penalty, he must then replace his teammate on the penalty bench and return to play once his penalty has expired. When a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player's team has secured possession of the ball. If the player's team is in possession of the ball at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless his team is in a scoring position. In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a serious injury, the Referee and/or Referee may stop the play immediately. When play has been stopped by the Referee or Referee due to an injured player, or whenever an injured player is attended to on the ice by the Trainer or medical personnel, such player must be substituted for immediately. This injured player cannot return to the ice until play has resumed. When play is stopped for an injured player, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at the face-off spot in the zone nearest the location of the ball when the play was stopped. When the injured player's team has possession of the ball in the attacking zone, the face-off shall be conducted at one of the face-off spots outside the blue line in the neutral zone. When the injured player is in his defending zone and the attacking team is in possession of the ball in the attacking zone, the face-off shall be conducted at one of the defending team's end-zone face-off spots.
  • 2.2 Injured Goalkeeper - If a goalkeeper sustains an injury or becomes ill, he must be ready to resume play immediately or be replaced by a substitute goalkeeper and no additional time shall be allowed by the Referee for the purpose of enabling the injured or ill goalkeeper to resume his position. The substitute goalkeeper shall be allowed a two (2) minute warm-up during all pre-season games. No warm-up shall be permitted for a substitute goalkeeper in all regular League or Playoff games. The Referee shall report to the Commissioner for disciplinary action any delay in making a goalkeeper substitution. The substitute goalkeeper shall be subject to the regular rules governing goalkeepers and shall be entitled to the same privileges. When a substitution for the regular goalkeeper has been made, such regular goalkeeper shall not resume his position until the next stoppage of play. When play has been stopped by the Referee or Referee due to an injured goalkeeper, such goalkeeper must be substituted for only if he has to proceed to the players' bench to receive medical attention. If the Trainer has come onto the ice to attend to the goalkeeper and there is no undue delay, the goalkeeper may remain in the game without substitute. However, no additional time shall be permitted by the Referee for the purpose of enabling the injured goalkeeper to resume his position (i.e. no warm-up).
  • 2.3 Blood - A player who is bleeding or who has visible blood on his equipment or body shall be ruled off the ice at the next stoppage of play. Such player shall not be permitted to return to play until the bleeding has been stopped and the cut or abrasion covered (if necessary). It is required that any affected equipment and/or uniform be properly decontaminated or exchanged.
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  • Rule 3 - Equipment
  • 3.1 Goalie Equipment - Goalie equipment will be supplied by the league (except shoes), however, goalies may choose to use their own equipment. Regardless of which equipment is used, a goalie must use the following: a helmet with face shield, chest/arm protector, hockey shorts, two leg pads, a groin protector, a goalie glove, a goalie blocker, shoes and a regulation goalie stick. Goalies may choose additional protection such as neck/throat protection or a mouth guard at their own discretion.
  • 3.2 Player Equipment - Players are responsible for their own equipment, which must only consist of a regulation hockey stick. HOWEVER, it is strongly suggested players utilize a mouth guard, protective gloves, soccer style shin pads and groin protection.
  • 3.3 Adjustment to Clothing or Equipment - Play shall not be stopped nor the game delayed by reasons of adjustments to clothing, equipment, shoes or sticks. The onus of maintaining clothing and equipment in proper condition shall be upon the player. If adjustments are required, the player shall leave the rink and play shall continue with a substitute or the player must make adjustments on the rink while play continues. The CBHK will maintain goalie equipment, however the CBHK also understands goalie equipment may need minor repairs during a game. At that point, the goalie will notify a referee who will call a referee timeout. All efforts should be made to permanently fix the problem at the first instance to eliminate further stoppages. TYPES OF PENALTIES Back to top.
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  • Rule 4 - Calling of Penalties
  • 4.1 Calling a Penalty - Should an infraction of the rules which would call for a minor, major, misconduct, game misconduct or match penalty be committed by a player or goalkeeper of the side in possession of the ball, the Referee shall immediately blow his whistle and penalize the offending player. Should an infraction of the rules which would call for a minor, major, misconduct, game misconduct or match penalty be committed by a player of the team not in possession of the ball, the Referee shall raise his arm to signal the delayed calling of a penalty. When the team to be penalized gains control of the ball, the Referee will blow his whistle to stop play and impose the penalty on the offending player or goalkeeper. When a player is ejected from the game for a violation of the playing rules, that individual must vacate the players' bench area and may not, in any manner, further participate in the game. This includes directing the team from the spectator area. Any violations shall be reported to the Commissioner.
  • 4.2 Calling a Minor Penalty - Goal Scored - If the penalty to be imposed is a minor penalty and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending side, the minor penalty shall not be imposed but major and match penalties shall be imposed in the normal manner regardless of whether or not a goal is scored. If two or more minor penalties were to be imposed and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending side, the Captain of the offending team shall designate to the Referee which minor penalty(ies) will be assessed and which minor penalty will be washed out as a result of the scoring of the goal.
  • 4.3 Calling a Double-minor Penalty - Goal Scored - When the penalty to be imposed is applicable under Rule 36 Butt-ending, Rule 38 High-sticking or Rule 40 Spearing, and a goal is scored, three minutes of the appropriate penalty will be assessed to the offending player. (This will be announced as a double-minor for the appropriate foul and the player will serve three (3) minutes only.)
  • 4.4 Calling a Penalty - Short-handed Team - Goal Scored - If when a team is "short-handed" by reason of one or more minor or bench minor penalties, the Referee signals a further minor penalty or penalties against the "short-handed" team and a goal is scored by the non-offending side before the whistle is blown, then the goal shall be allowed. The penalty or penalties signaled shall be assessed and the first of the minor penalties already being served shall automatically terminate under Rule 5 - Minor Penalties. Major and match penalties shall be imposed in the normal manner regardless of whether or not a goal is scored. Should a penalty be signaled against a team already short-handed by reason of one or more minor or bench minor penalties, and the signaled penalty would result in the awarding of a penalty shot, but before the Referee can stop play to award the penalty shot, the non-offending team scores a goal, then the signaled penalty (that would have resulted in a penalty shot) shall be assessed as a minor (double-minor, major or match) penalty and the first of the minor penalties already being served shall automatically terminate under Rule 5 - Minor Penalties.
  • 4.5 Delayed Penalty - If a third player of any team shall be penalized while two players of the same team are serving penalties, the penalty time of the third player shall 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 but may be replaced by a substitute until such time as the penalty time of the penalized player shall commence.
  • 4.5a Penalty Expiration - When any team shall have three players serving penalties at the same time and because of the delayed penalty rule, a substitute for the third offender is on the ice, none of the three penalized players on the penalty bench may return to the ice until play has stopped. When play has been stopped, the player whose full penalty has expired may return to the ice. During the play, the Penalty Timekeeper shall permit the return to the ice of the penalized players, in the order of expiry of their penalties, but only when the penalized team is entitled to have more than four players on the ice. Otherwise, these players must wait until the first stoppage of play after the expiration of their penalties in order to be released from the penalty bench. When the penalties of two players of the same team will expire at the same time, the Captain of that team will designate to the Referee which of such players will return to the ice first and the Referee will instruct the Penalty Timekeeper accordingly (this is done to expedite the release of a player from the penalty bench when the opposing team scores on the power-play).
  • 4.5b Major and Minor Penalty - When a major and a minor penalty are imposed at the same time on players of the same team, the Penalty Timekeeper shall record the minor as being the first of such penalties. This applies to the case where the two penalties are imposed on different players of the same team.
  • 4.8 Face-off Locations - When players are penalized at a stoppage of play so as to result in penalties being placed on the penalty time clock to one team, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at one of the two face-off spots in the offending team's defensive zone. There are only two exceptions to this application: (i) when a penalty is assessed after the scoring of a goal - face-off at center ice; (ii) when a penalty is assessed at the end (or start) of a period - face-off at center ice.
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  • Rule 5 - Minor Penalties
  • 5.1 Minor Penalty - For a minor penalty, any player, other than a goalkeeper, shall be ruled off the ice for three (3) minutes during which time no substitute shall be permitted.
  • 5.2 Short-handed - "Short-handed" means that the team must be below the numerical strength of its opponent on the ice at the time the goal is scored. The minor or bench minor penalty which terminates automatically is the one with the least amount of time on the clock. Thus coincident minor penalties to both Teams do not cause either side to be "short-handed" (see Rule 8). If while a team is "short-handed" by one or more minor or bench minor penalties, the opposing team scores a goal, the first of such penalties shall automatically terminate. This rule shall also apply when a goal is awarded. This rule does not apply when a goal is scored on a penalty shot (i.e. offending team's penalized player(s) do not get released on the scoring of a goal on a penalty shot). Minor penalty expiration criteria: (i) Is the team scored against short-handed? (ii) Is the team scored against serving a minor penalty on the clock? If both criteria are satisfied, the minor penalty with the least amount of time on the clock shall terminate except when coincidental penalties are being served. No penalty shall expire when a goal is scored against a team on a penalty shot. When the minor penalties of two players of the same team terminate at the same time, the Captain of that team shall designate to the Referee which of such players will return to the ice first and the Referee will instruct the Penalty Timekeeper accordingly.
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  • Rule 6 - Bench Minor Penalties
  • 6.1 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty involves the removal from the ice of one player of the team against which the penalty is assessed for a period of three (3) minutes. Any player except a goalkeeper of the team may be designated to serve the penalty by the Captin and such player shall take his place on the penalty bench promptly and serve the penalty as if it was a minor penalty imposed upon him.
  • 6.2 Short-handed - see Rule 5.2.
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  • Rule 7 - Double-minor Penalties
  • 7.1 Double-minor Penalty - For a double-minor penalty, any player, other than a goalkeeper, shall be ruled off the ice for six (6) minutes during which time no substitute shall be permitted.
  • 7.2 Short-handed - see Rule 5.2. When a double-minor penalty has been signaled by the Referee and the non-offending team scores during the delay, one of the minor penalties shall be washed out and the penalized player will serve the remaining three minutes of the double-minor penalty. The penalty will be announced as a double-minor penalty but only three minutes would be shown on the penalty time clock.
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  • Rule 8 - Coincidental Penalties
  • 8.1 Coincidental Minor Penalties - When coincident minor penalties or coincident minor penalties of equal duration are imposed against players of both teams, the penalized players shall all take their places on the penalty benches and such penalized players shall not leave the penalty bench until the first stoppage of play following the expiry of their respective penalties. Immediate substitution shall be made for an equal number of minor penalties or coincident minor penalties of equal duration to each team so penalized and the penalties of the players for which substitutions have been made shall not be taken into account for the purpose of the delayed penalty rule (Rule 4.5). This rule only applies when at least one team is already serving a time penalty in the penalty box that causes them to be short-handed. When one minor penalty is assessed to one player of each team at the same stoppage in play, these penalties will be served without substitution provided there are no other penalties in effect and visible on the penalty clocks. Both teams will therefore play four players against four players for the duration of the minor penalties. Should one or both of these players (or any other players) also incur a misconduct penalty in addition to their one minor penalty, this rule shall apply and the teams would still play four players against four players (the player incurring the misconduct penalty would have to serve the entire 13 minutes - minor plus misconduct - and his team would have to place an additional player on the penalty bench to serve the minor penalty and be able to return to the ice when the minor penalty expires). When multiple penalties are assessed to both teams, equal numbers of minor and major penalties shall be eliminated using the coincident penalty rule and any differential in time penalties shall be served in the normal manner and displayed on the penalty time clock accordingly. If there is no differential in time penalties, all players will serve their allotted penalty time, but will not be released until the first stoppage of play following the expiration of their respective penalties.
  • 8.2 Coincidental Major Penalties - When coincident major penalties or coincident penalties of equal duration, including a major and/or a match penalty, are imposed against players of both teams, the penalized players shall all take their places on the penalty benches and such penalized players shall not leave the penalty benches until the first stoppage of play following the expiry of their respective penalties. Immediate substitutions shall be made for an equal number of major penalties, or coincident penalties of equal duration including a major penalty to each team so penalized, and the penalties of the players for which substitutions have been made shall not be taken into account for the purpose of the delayed penalty rule, (Rule 4.5). In such situations, if one or both players have received a game misconduct in addition to their major penalties, no substitutes are required to take their places on the penalty benches.
  • 8.3 Coincidental Match Penalties - When coincident match penalties or coincident penalties of equal duration, including a major and/or a match penalty, are imposed against players of both teams, the players with the match penalties shall be immediately removed from the game and their substitutes shall take their places on the penalty benches. These penalized players shall not leave the penalty benches until the first stoppage of play following the expiry of their respective penalties. Immediate substitutions shall be made for an equal number of major and/or match penalties, or coincident penalties of equal duration including a major or match penalty to each team so penalized, and the penalties of the players for which substitutions have been made shall not be taken into account for the purpose of the delayed penalty rule, (Rule 4.5).
  • 8.4 Applying the Coincidental Penalty Rule - When multiple penalties are assessed to both teams at the same stoppage of play, the following rules are to be utilized by the Referees to determine the on-ice strength for both teams: (i) Cancel as many major and/or match penalties as possible (ii) Cancel as many minor, bench minor and or double-minor penalties as possible
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  • Rule 9 - Major Penalties
  • 9.1 Major Penalty - For the first major penalty in any one game, the offender, except the goalkeeper, shall be ruled off the ice for five (5) minutes during which time no substitute shall be permitted. When one player receives a major penalty and a minor penalty at the same time, the major penalty shall be served first by the penalized player (or substitute for the goalkeeper), except under Rule 8.2 where coincidental major penalties are in effect, in which case the minor penalty will be recorded and served first.
  • 9.2 Short-handed - Although a major penalty does cause a team to be short-handed, the penalized player serving the major penalty does not leave the penalty bench when the opposing team scores. The player must wait for the entire major penalty to expire before he is permitted to exit the penalty bench.
  • 9.3 Substitution - When a player has been assessed a major penalty and has been removed from the game or is injured, the offending team does not have to place a substitute player on the penalty bench immediately, but must do so at the first stoppage of play proximate to 2 minutes remaining on the major penalty (Referee and Time Keeper discretion). He may then legally exit the penalty bench when the major penalty has expired. If the player has been assessed minor penalties in addition to the major penalty that must also be served on the penalty time clock, the offending team must place a substitute on the penalty bench immediately. Failure to place a player on the penalty bench prior to the expiration of the major penalty will result in that team having to continue to playing one player short (but not officially considered short-handed) until the next stoppage of play. Any replacement player who enters the game other than from the penalty bench shall constitute an illegal substitution calling for a bench minor penalty. Furthermore, if the team fails to place a player on the penalty bench to return to the ice at the end of the major penalty, they continued to play short-handed but are not permitted to ice the ball as they are no longer short-handed by reason of a penalty.
  • 9.4 Automatic Game Misconduct - An automatic game misconduct shall be applied to any player who has been assessed a two major penalty in the same game.
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  • Rule 10 - Match Penalties
  • 10.1 Match Penalty - A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered off the rink immediately. A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.
  • 10.2 Short-handed - A substitute player is permitted to replace the penalized player after five (5) minutes playing time has elapsed. The match penalty, plus any additional penalties, shall be served by a player (excluding a goalkeeper) to be designated by the Captain, such player to take his place in the penalty box immediately. For all match penalties, regardless of when imposed, or prescribed additional penalties, a total of ten minutes shall be charged in the records against the offending player. In addition to the match penalty, the player shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue. see also Rule 16 - Supplementary Discipline.
  • 10.3 Reports - The Referee is required to report all match penalties and the surrounding circumstances to the Commissioner of the League immediately following the game in which they occur.
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  • Rule 11 - Misconduct Penalties
  • 11.1 Misconduct Penalty - In the event of misconduct penalties to any players except the goalkeeper, the players shall be ruled off the ice for a period of five (5) minutes each. A substitute player is permitted to immediately replace a player serving a misconduct penalty. A player whose misconduct penalty has expired shall remain in the penalty box until the next stoppage of play.
  • 11.2 Misconduct Penalty - Goalkeeper - Should a goalkeeper on the ice incur a misconduct penalty, this penalty shall be served by another member of his team who was on the ice when the offense was committed. This player is to be designated by the Captain.
  • 11.3 Short-handed - A player receiving a misconduct penalty does not cause his team to play short-handed unless he also receives a minor, major or match penalty in addition to the misconduct penalty. When a player receives a minor penalty and a misconduct penalty at the same time, the penalized team shall immediately put a substitute player on the penalty bench and he shall serve the minor penalty without change. Should the opposing team score during the time the minor penalty is being served, the minor penalty shall terminate (unless Rule 4.4 is applicable) and the misconduct to the originally penalized player shall commence immediately. When a player receives a major penalty and a misconduct penalty at the same time, the penalized team shall place a substitute player on the penalty bench before the major penalty expires and no replacement for the penalized player shall be permitted to enter the game except from the penalty bench.
  • 11.4 Reporting - All misconduct penalties assessed for abuse of officials must be reported in to the CBHK Board.
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  • Rule 12 - Game Misconduct
  • Penalties 12.1 Game Misconduct Penalty - A game misconduct penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game but a substitute is permitted to replace immediately the player or goalkeeper so removed.
  • 12.2 Suspensions - see Rule 16 - Supplementary Discipline.
  • 12.3 Other Infractions That Could Result in a Game Misconduct In addition the listed fouls, the following list of infractions can also result in a game misconduct penalty being assessed: (i) interfering with or striking a spectator. (ii) post-game verbal abuse from players, goalkeepers or non-playing club personnel (on or off the ice) (iii) racial taunts or slurs (iv) spitting on or at an opponent or spectator
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  • Rule 13 - Penalty Shot
  • 13.1 Penalty Shot - A penalty shot is designed to restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul being committed by the offending team, based on the parameters set out in these rules.
  • 13.2 Procedure - The Referee shall place the ball on the center face-off spot and the player taking the shot will, on the instruction of the Referee (by blowing his whistle), play the ball from there and shall attempt to score on the goalkeeper. The ball must be kept in motion towards the opponent's goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete. No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the ball off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal), and any time the ball crosses the goal line or comes to a complete stop, the shot shall be considered complete. The lacrosse-like move whereby the ball is picked up on the blade of the stick and "whipped" into the net shall be permitted provided the ball is not raised above the height of the shoulders at any time and when released, is not carried higher than the crossbar. The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion. Only a player designated as a goalkeeper or alternate goalkeeper may defend against the penalty shot. The goalkeeper must remain in his crease until the player taking the penalty shot has touched the ball. If at the time a penalty shot is awarded, the goalkeeper of the penalized team has been removed from the ice to substitute another player, the goalkeeper shall be permitted to return to the ice before the penalty shot is taken. The team against whom the penalty shot has been assessed may replace their goalkeeper to defend against the penalty shot, however, the substitute goalkeeper is required to remain in the game until the next stoppage of play. While the penalty shot is being taken, players of both sides shall withdraw to the sides of the rink and in front of their own player's bench.
  • 13.3 Designated Player - In cases where a penalty shot has been awarded to a player specifically fouled, that player shall be designated by the Referee to take the penalty shot. In all other cases where a penalty shot has been awarded, the penalty shot shall be taken by a player selected by the Captain of the non-offending team from the players on the ice at the time when the foul was committed. Such selection shall be reported to the Referee and cannot be changed. If by reason of injury, the player designated by the Referee to take the penalty shot is unable to do so within a reasonable time, the shot may be taken by a player selected by the Captain of the non-offending team from the players on the ice when the foul was committed. Such selection shall be reported to the Referee and cannot be changed. Should the player in respect to whom a penalty shot has been awarded himself commit a foul in connection with the same play or circumstances, either before or after the penalty shot has been awarded, be designated to take the shot, he shall first be permitted to do so before being sent to the penalty bench to serve the penalty except when such penalty is for a game misconduct or match penalty in which case the penalty shot shall be taken by a player selected by the Captain of the non-offending team from the players on the ice at the time when the foul was committed.
  • 13.4 Violations During the Shot - Should the goalkeeper leave his crease prior to the player taking the penalty shot has touched the ball, and in the event of violation of this rule or any foul committed by a goalkeeper, the Referee shall allow the shot to be taken and if the shot fails, he shall permit the penalty shot to be taken over again. When an infraction worthy of a minor penalty is committed by the goalkeeper during the penalty shot that causes the shot to fail, no penalty is to be assessed but the Referee shall permit the shot to be taken over again. Should a goalkeeper commit a second such violation during the penalty shot and the shot fails, he shall be assessed a misconduct penalty and the Referee shall permit the penalty shot to be taken over again. A third such violation shall result in the goalkeeper being assessed a game misconduct penalty. When a major or match penalty is committed by the goalkeeper that causes the shot to fail, the Referee shall permit the shot to be taken over again and the appropriate penalties shall be assessed to the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper may attempt to stop the shot in any manner except by throwing his stick or any object, or by deliberately dislodging the goal, in which case a goal shall be awarded. If, while the penalty shot is being taken, any player, Coach or non-playing Club personnel of the opposing team shall have by some action interfered with or distracted the player taking the shot and, because of such action, the shot should have failed, a second attempt shall be permitted and the Referee shall impose a bench minor penalty to the offending team, and if a player on the bench is responsible, a misconduct penalty on the player so interfering or distracting shall be assessed. When a Coach or non-playing Club personnel is guilty of such an act, he shall be automatically suspended from the game, ordered to the dressing room and the matter will be reported to the Commissioner for possible further disciplinary action. If, while the penalty shot is being taken, any player, goalkeeper, Coach or non-playing Club personnel of the team taking the shot shall have by some action interfered with or distracted the goalkeeper defending the shot and, because of such action, the shot was successful, the Referee shall rule no goal and shall impose a bench minor penalty to the offending team, and if a player or goalkeeper on the bench is responsible, a misconduct penalty on the player or goalkeeper so interfering or distracting shall be assessed. If, while the penalty shot is being taken, a spectator throws any object onto the ice or, in the judgment of the Referee, interferes with the player taking the shot or the goalkeeper defending the shot, he shall permit the shot be taken again. If, after a player's stick has been ruled illegal, he attempts to take a penalty shot with a second stick that is also ruled illegal prior to taking the penalty shot, the opportunity to take the penalty shot shall be disallowed. The player shall be assessed one minor penalty for the first illegal stick.
  • 13.5 Face-Off Location - If a goal is scored from a penalty shot, the ball shall be faced-off at center ice. If a goal is not scored, the ball shall be faced-off at either of the end face-off spots in the zone in which the penalty shot was tried, except when another rule dictates the face-off location should be in an alternate location, such as when the point men enter the zone beyond the outer edge of the end zone face-off circle or when the attacking team has been penalized on the same play.
  • 13.6 Results - Should a goal be scored from a penalty shot, a further penalty to the offending player or goalkeeper shall not be applied unless the offense for which the penalty shot was awarded was such as to incur a major, match or misconduct penalty, in which case the penalty prescribed for the particular offense shall be imposed. If the offense for which the penalty shot was awarded was such as to normally incur a minor penalty, then regardless of whether the penalty shot results in a goal or not, no further minor penalty shall be served. If the offense for which the penalty shot was awarded was such as to incur a double-minor penalty, or where the offending team is assessed an additional minor penalty on the same play in which a penalty shot was awarded, the first minor penalty is not assessed since the penalty shot was awarded to restore the lost scoring opportunity. The second minor penalty would be assessed and served regardless of whether the penalty shot results in a goal. This will be announced as a double-minor penalty for the appropriate foul and the player will serve three (3) minutes only. No penalty shall expire when a goal is scored against a team on a penalty shot. Should two penalty shots be awarded to the same team at the same stoppage of play (two separate fouls), only one goal can be scored or awarded at a single stoppage of play. Should the first penalty shot result in a goal, the second shot would not be taken but the appropriate penalty would be assessed and served for the infraction committed.
  • 13.7 Timing - If the foul upon which the penalty shot is based occurs during actual playing time, the penalty shot shall be awarded and taken immediately in the usual manner notwithstanding any delay occasioned by a slow whistle by the Referee to allow play to continue until the attacking side has lost possession of the ball to the defending side, which delay results in the expiry of the regular playing time in any period. The time required for the taking of a penalty shot shall not be included in the regular playing time or overtime.
  • 13.8 Infractions - There are four (4) specific conditions that must be met in order for the Referee to award a penalty shot for a player being fouled from behind. They are: (i) The infraction must have taken place in the neutral zone or attacking zone, (i.e. over the ball carrier's own blue line); (ii) The infraction must have been committed from behind; (iii) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the Referee, clearly would have obtained possession and control of the ball) must have been denied a reasonable chance to score (the fact that he got a shot off does not automatically eliminate this play from the penalty shot consideration criteria. If the foul was from behind and he was denied a "more" reasonable scoring opportunity due to the foul, then the penalty shot should be awarded); (iv) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the Referee, clearly would have obtained possession and control of the ball) must have had no opposing player between himself and the goalkeeper.
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  • Rule 14 - Awarded Goals
  • 14.1 Awarded Goal - A goal will be awarded to the attacking team when the opposing team has taken their goalkeeper off the ice and an attacking player has possession and control of the ball in the neutral or attacking zone on, without a defending player between himself and the opposing goal, and he is prevented from scoring as a result of an infraction committed by the defending team (see Rule 14.3 Infractions - When Goalkeeper is Off the Ice, below).
  • 14.2 Infractions - When Goalkeeper is On the Ice - A goal will be awarded when an attacking player, in the act of shooting the ball into the goal (between the normal position of the posts and completely across the goal line), is prevented from scoring as a result of a defending player or goalkeeper displacing the goal post, either deliberately or accidentally.
  • 14.3 Infractions - When Goalkeeper is Off the Ice - The following fouls also have an Awarded Goal section. Reference the specific rule for application: i) Delaying the Game, ii) Handling the Puck, iii) Illegal Substitutions, iv) Interference, v) Leaving the players' or penalty bench, vi) Throwing Stick and vii) Tripping/Fouling from behind.
  • 14.4 Infractions - During the Course of a Penalty Shot - A goal will be awarded when a goalkeeper attempts to stop a penalty shot by throwing his stick or any other object at the player taking the shot or by dislodging the goal (either deliberately or accidentally).
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  • Rule 15 - Goalkeeper's Penalties
  • 15.1 Minor Penalty to Goalkeeper - A goalkeeper shall not be sent to the penalty bench for an offense which incurs a minor penalty, but instead, the minor penalty shall be served by another member of his team who was on the ice when the offense was committed. This player is to be designated by the Captain and such substitute shall not be changed. If the goalkeeper is involved in coincidental penalties being assessed and as a result, his team is required to play shorthanded due to additional penalties assessed to the goalkeeper, the player designated to serve the additional time penalties assessed to the goalkeeper may be any player as designated by the Captain.
  • 15.2 Major Penalty to Goalkeeper - A goalkeeper shall not be sent to the penalty bench for an offense which incurs a major penalty, but instead, the major penalty shall be served by another member of his team who was on the ice when the offense was committed. This player is to be designated by the Captain and such substitute shall not be changed. Should a goalkeeper incur two major penalties in one game, he shall be ruled off the ice for the balance of the playing time and his place shall be taken by a member of his own Club, or by a regular substitute goalkeeper who is available. Such player will be allowed the goalkeeper's equipment.
  • 15.3 Misconduct Penalty to Goalkeeper - Should a goalkeeper on the ice incur a misconduct penalty, this penalty shall be served by another member of his team who was on the ice when the offense was committed. This player is to be designated by the Captain.
  • 15.4 Game Misconduct Penalty to Goalkeeper - Should a goalkeeper incur a game misconduct penalty, his place will then be taken by a member of his own Club, or by a regular substitute goalkeeper who is available, and such player will be allowed the goalkeeper's full equipment.
  • 15.5 Match Penalty to Goalkeeper - Should a goalkeeper incur a match penalty, his place will then be taken by a member of his own Club, or by a substitute goalkeeper who is available, and such player will be allowed the goalkeeper's full equipment. The match penalty, and any additional penalties assessed to the goalkeeper, shall be served immediately by a member of the team on the ice when the offenses were committed. This player shall be designated by the Captain. However, when the match penalty is coincidental with a match or major penalty to the opposing team, no player is required to proceed to the penalty bench to serve the goalkeeper's match penalty.
  • 15.6 Leaving Goal Crease - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a goalkeeper who leaves the immediate vicinity of his crease during an altercation. In addition, this incident shall be reported to the Commissioner for such further disciplinary action as may be required. However, should the altercation occur in or near the goalkeeper's crease, the Referee should direct the goalkeeper to a neutral location and not assess a penalty for leaving the immediate vicinity of the goal crease. Equally, if the goalkeeper is legitimately outside the immediate vicinity of the goal crease for the purpose of proceeding to the players' bench to be substituted for an extra attacker, and he subsequently becomes involved in an altercation, the minor penalty for leaving the crease would not be assessed. In addition, during stoppages of play in the game, he must not proceed to his players' bench for the purpose of receiving a replacement stick or equipment or repairs thereto, or due to an injury, or to receive instructions, without first obtaining permission to do so from the Referee. Otherwise, he must be replaced by the substitute goalkeeper immediately (without any delay) or be assessed a bench minor penalty for delay of game. Goalies are STRONGLY encouraged to bring water with them to net. Referees shall make the determination if a goalie is requiring too much stoppage time to obtain water from his bench area causing unnecessary delays in the game. In this case, the Referee will impose a warning and may impose a delay of game penalty for subsequent stoppages.
  • 15.7 Participating in the Play Over the Center Red Line - If a goalkeeper participates in the play in any manner (intentionally plays the ball or checks an opponent) when he is beyond the center red line, a minor penalty shall be imposed upon him. The position of the ball is the determining factor for the application of this rule.
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  • Rule 16 - Supplementary Discipline
  • 16.1 Supplementary Discipline - The CBHK is headed by a Board who will be the sole determining body for supplementary discipline in conjunction with official CBHK games. For penalties stated in this rulebook or for all other behavior/actions the Board deems unsuitable, STRIKES may be imposed. If a player incurs two STRIKES during a season, the Board will impose additional discipline, which includes single or multi-game suspensions, single or multi-season suspensions or outright banning. For the sake of the CBHK, a "single game" means one game during a two-game match; conversely a "match" consists of two games. OFFICIALS
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  • Rule 17 - Appointment of Officials
  • 17.1 Appointment of Officials - All CBHK members with at least one season of CBHK experience may volunteer to Referee and may, at any time, may also remove themselves from the referee list. Referees must, however, be approved by the Board and may be removed from service by the Board for continued poor performance at the board discretion.
  • 17.2 Head Referee - The Board will also appoint a willing candidate as the Head Referee. The Head Referee will be responsible for organizing officials, schedules and reviewing rules as necessary and making appropriate recommendations to the Board.
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  • Rule 18 - Official Scorer/Timekeeper
  • 18.1 Duties - The Official Scorer and Timekeeper may be one person or more. Their duties include keeping the official game clock, notifying Referees and Captains of game time, tracking penalties and notifying offending players when their penalty has expired as well as logging goals and assists.
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  • Rule 19 - Abuse of Officials
  • 19.1 General Description -A player shall not challenge or dispute the rulings of an official before, during or after a game. A player shall not display unsportsmanlike conduct including, but not limited to, obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures, comments of a personal nature intended to degrade an official, or persist in disputing a ruling after being told to stop or after being penalized for such behavior.
  • 19.2 Misconduct Penalty - Any player called for verbal abuse of an official will receive an automatic five (5) minutes misconduct penalty in addition to any penalties incurred contemporaneously and will be served consecutively.
  • 19.3 Match Penalty - Any player who continues to verbally abuse the officials after receiving one misconduct penalty or at any time takes physical action against an official will receive a match penalty and will have to immediately leave the playing surface for the remainder of his team's two-game match.
  • 19.4 Supplementary Discipline - Players receiving a match misconduct penalty will be reported to the Board. see Rule 16. PHYSICAL FOULS
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  • Rule 20 - Checking
  • 20.1- Checking - A checking penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who uses his body or hands to knock, by contact and excessive force, another player away from the ball anywhere on the playing surface. There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule and Referees must take into account whether the ball was already in the possession of one player or if both players reached the ball simultaneously, and while going for the ball, collided. However, Referees should also acknowledge and may call, instead, additional penalties such as high sticking, elbowing, roughing, etc, should they also occur during the course of a collision. Additionally, Referees may consider the Boarding penalty (see Rule 21).
  • 20.2 Minor Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact to an opponent.
  • 20.3 Major Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with an opponent (see Rule 20.5).
  • 20.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by checking.
  • 20.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.
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  • Rule 21 - Boarding
  • 21.1 Boarding - A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently. The severity of the penalty, based upon the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee. There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the player applying the forecheck or backcheck to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position and if so, he must avoid or minimize the contact. However, in determining whether such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule.
  • 21.2 Minor Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player guilty of boarding an opponent.
  • 21.3 Major Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player guilty of boarding an opponent (see Rule 21.5).
  • 21.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by boarding.
  • 21.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.
  • 21.6 Supplementary Discipline - Refer to Rule 16.
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  • Rule 22 - Charging
  • 22.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner. Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A "charge" may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open space. A minor, major or a major and a game misconduct shall be imposed on a player who charges a goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is within his goal crease. A goalkeeper is not "fair game" just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper. However, incidental contact, at the discretion of the Referee, will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the ball outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.
  • 22.2 Minor Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the check, to a player guilty of charging an opponent.
  • 22.3 Major Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the check, to a player guilty of charging an opponent (see Rule 22.5).
  • 22.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by charging.
  • 22.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.
  • 22.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 23 - Checking from Behind
  • 23.1 Checking from Behind - A check from behind is a check delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit, therefore unable to protect or defend himself, and contact is made on the back part of the body. When a player intentionally turns his body to create contact with his back, a checking from behind penalty shall be assessed, however, a checking or boarding penalty may still be applicable.
  • 23.2 Minor Penalty - There is no provision for a minor penalty for checking from behind.
  • 23.3 Major Penalty - Any player or goalkeeper who cross-checks, pushes or charges from behind an opponent who is unable to protect or defend himself, shall be assessed a major penalty. This penalty applies anywhere on the playing surface (see 23.5).
  • 23.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by checking from behind.
  • 23.5 Game Misconduct - A game misconduct penalty must be assessed anytime a major penalty is applied for checking from behind.
  • 23.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 24 - Clipping
  • 24.1 Clipping - Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent. An illegal "low hit" (Clip) is a check that is delivered by a player or goalkeeper who may or may not have both feet on the surface, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent's knees.
  • 24.2 Minor Penalty - There is no provision for a minor penalty for clipping. It is the Referees discretion to also consider tripping in this instance.
  • 24.3 Major Penalty - If a Referee imposes a "Clipping" penalty, the player must be assessed a major penalty (see 24.5).
  • 24.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by clipping.
  • 24.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - A game misconduct penalty must be assessed anytime a major penalty is applied for injuring an opponent by clipping.
  • 24.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 25 - Elbowing
  • 25.1 Elbowing - Elbowing shall mean the use of an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury.
  • 25.2 Minor Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence, to a player guilty of elbowing an opponent.
  • 25.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any player who uses his elbow to foul an opponent. A major penalty must be imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent (see 25.5).
  • 25.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by elbowing.
  • 25.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct penalty shall also be imposed.
  • 25.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 26 - Fighting
  • 26.1 Fighting - A fight shall be deemed to have occurred when at least one player (or goalkeeper) punches or attempts to punch an opponent repeatedly or when two players wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult for the Referees or other players to intervene and separate the combatants. Referees have wide latitude with which to penalize players in this instance. Referees must use their discretion to discern the culpability of each participant.
  • 26.2 Minor Penalty - There is no provision for a minor penalty for this rule. Referees may consider Roughing, High sticking or other fouls based on the players participation in the fight.
  • 26.3 Major Penalty - The Referee shall assess a major penalty to a participant who punches, kicks or attempts to punch or kick an opponent regardless of who instigated the fight (see 9.2).
  • 26.4 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule, a game misconduct penalty shall also be imposed.
  • 26.5 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 27 - Head-butting
  • 27.1 Head-butting - The act of head-butting involves a player making intentional contact, or attempting to make contact, with an opponent with his head.
  • 27.2 Major Penalty - A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who head-butts an opponent (see 27.3).
  • 27.3 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is assessed under this rule, a game misconduct penalty must be imposed.
  • 27.4 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 28 - Kicking
  • 28.1 Kicking - The action of a player deliberately using his feet with a kicking motion to propel the ball or to contact an opponent.
  • 28.2 Goals - Kicking the ball shall be permitted in all zones. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the ball into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks a ball that deflects into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official. A ball that deflects into the net off an attacking player's foot who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal. A ball that is directed into the net by an attacking player's foot shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident. The following should clarify deflections following a kicked ball that enters the goal: (i) A kicked ball that deflects off the body of any player of either team (including the goalkeeper) shall be ruled no goal. (ii) A kicked ball that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper's stick) shall be ruled a good goal. (iii) A goal will be allowed when an attacking player kicks the ball and the ball deflects off his own stick and then into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks any equipment (stick, glove, helmet, etc.) at the ball, including kicking the blade of his own stick, causing the ball to cross the goal line.
  • 28.3 Match Penalty - A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who kicks or attempts to kick another player. Whether or not an injury occurs, the Referee will impose a five (5) minute time penalty under this rule.
  • 28.4 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 29 - Kneeing
  • 29.1 Kneeing - Kneeing is the act of a player leading with his knee and in some cases extending his leg outwards to make contact with his opponent. At the Referee's discretion, incidental kneeing, such as when a player is attempting to kick a ball but makes contact with his opponent with his knee, may be called under this rule or Roughing (see 30).
  • 29.2 Minor Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the severity of the infraction, to a player guilty of kneeing an opponent.
  • 29.3 Major Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the severity of the infraction, to a player guilty of kneeing an opponent (see Rule 29.5).
  • 29.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by kneeing.
  • 29.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a player has been assessed a major penalty for kneeing he shall also be assessed a Game Misconduct.
  • 29.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 30 - Roughing
  • 30.1 Roughing - The CBHK has two distinct Roughing rules:
  • 30.1a Roughing is a punching motion with the hand or fist, with or without the glove on the hand, normally directed at the head or face of an opponent. Roughing is a minor altercation that is not worthy of a major penalty to either participant (see Fighting, Rule 26). (An altercation is a situation involving two players, with at least one to be penalized).
  • 30.1b Any play a Referee determines to be too physical for the CBHK, but does not fall within other rules as stated here, may be called a Roughing penalty. This rule is intended to give flexibility to Referees to call penalties that will aid them in controlling the demeanor/tone of the game that may otherwise become "out of control". For example, two opponents challenge one another for a loose ball in a corner. Using their bodies or hands they push each other in such a way that MAY cause injury or is determined, by the Referee, to not be in the spirit of fair and sportsmanlike play, which the CBHK promotes. Referees may consider off-setting Coincidental Minors in this case.
  • 30.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who strikes an opponent with his hand or fist (in a manner not meeting the threshold for Fighting, Rule 26) or conducts himself in a manner as prescribed in Rule 30.1b.
  • 30.3 Match Penalty - If, in the judgment of the Referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed.
  • 30.4 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 31 - Throwing Equipment
  • 31.1 Throwing Equipment - A player shall not throw a stick or any other object in any zone. A player who has lost or broken his stick may only receive a stick at his own players' bench or be handed one from a teammate on the rink.
  • 31.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player on the rink who throws his stick or any part thereof or any other object in any zone, except when such act has been penalized by the assessment of a penalty shot or the awarding of a goal. When a defending player shoots or throws a stick or any other object at the ball or the ball carrier in the defending zone but does not interfere in any manner with the ball or ball carrier, a minor penalty shall be assessed. When the player discards the broken portion of a stick or some other object by tossing it or shooting it to the side of the ice (and not over the boards) in such a way as will not interfere with play or opposing player, no penalty will be imposed for so doing. When moving a stick that is not broken, no penalty shall be assessed as long as it does not interfere with the play and the player who lost said stick is not attempting to retrieve it, otherwise an interference penalty must be assessed. A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct plus a misconduct penalty shall be imposed on a player who throws his stick or any part thereof or any other object or piece of equipment outside the playing area in protest of an official's decision.
  • 31.3 Bench Minor Penalty - Should any player on the players' bench or penalty bench throw anything on the rink during the progress of the game or during a stoppage of play, a bench minor penalty unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed.
  • 31.4 Misconduct or Game Misconduct Penalty - A misconduct penalty shall be imposed on a player who throws his stick or any part thereof or any other object or piece of equipment outside the playing area. If the offense is committed in protest of an official's decision or is the second misconduct given to the offending player in one match, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to the offending player.
  • 31.5 Match Penalty - If a player attempts to or deliberately injures an opponent by throwing a stick or any other object or piece of equipment at an opposing player, Coach or non-playing club person, he shall be assessed a match penalty. If injury results from the thrown object, a match penalty must be assessed for deliberate injury of an opponent.
  • 31.6 Penalty Shot - When any member of the defending team throws or shoots any part of a stick or any other object or piece of equipment at the ball or ball carrier in his defending zone, the Referee or Referee shall allow the play to be completed and if a goal is not scored, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. This shot shall be taken by the player designated by the Referee as the player fouled. If the officials are unable to determine the person against whom the offense was made, the non-offending team, through the Captain, shall designate a player on the rink at the time the offense was committed to take the shot. If a player on a breakaway anywhere on the rink is interfered with by a stick or any other object or piece of equipment that is thrown by any member of the defending team a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
  • 31.7 Awarded Goal - If, when the opposing goalkeeper has been removed, a member of the defending team throws or shoots any part of a stick or any other object or piece of equipment at the ball or ball carrier in the neutral or his own defending zone, thereby preventing the ball carrier from having a clear shot on an "open net", a goal shall be awarded to the attacking side. For the purpose of this rule, an "open net" is defined as one from which a goalkeeper has been removed for an additional attacking player. The goalkeeper is considered off the rink once the replacement player has entered the playing surface.
  • 31.8 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16. RESTRAINING FOULS
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  • Rule 32 - Holding
  • 32.1 Holding - Any action by a player that retards the progress of an opposing player whether or not he is in possession of the ball.
  • 32.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who holds an opponent by using his hands, arms or legs. A player is permitted to use his arm in a strength move, by blocking his opponent, provided he has body position and is not using his hands in a holding manner, when doing so. A player is not permitted to hold an opponent's stick. A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player who holds an opponent's stick (assessed and announced as "holding the stick"). A player is permitted to protect himself by defending against an opponent's stick. He must immediately release the stick and allow the player to resume normal play.
  • 32.3 Penalty Shot - refer to Rule 35 - Tripping.
  • 32.4 Awarded Goal - refer to Rule 35 - Tripping.
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  • Rule 33 - Hooking
  • 33.1 Hooking - Hooking is the act of using the stick in a manner that enables a player to restrain an opponent.
  • 33.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who impedes the progress of an opponent by "hooking" with his stick. A minor penalty for hooking shall be assessed to any player who uses the shaft of the stick above the upper hand to hold or hook an opponent. This also includes turning the blade of the stick downwards and hooking the shaft or blade of an opponents stick.
  • 33.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who injures an opponent by "hooking" (see 33.4).
  • 33.4 Game Misconduct - When a major penalty has been assessed for hooking as a result of an injury to an opponent, a game misconduct penalty must also be assessed.
  • 33.5 Penalty Shot - refer to Rule 35.3 - Tripping.
  • 33.6 Awarded Goal - refer to Rule 35.4 - Tripping.
  • 33.7 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 34 - Interference
  • 34.1 Interference - A strict standard on acts of interference must be adhered to in all areas of the rink. Body Position: Body position shall be determined as the player moving in front of or beside his opponent, traveling in the same direction. A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the ball, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must move in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check. A player is allowed the area he is standing on (body position) and is not required to move in order to let an opponent proceed. A player may "block" the path of an opponent provided he is in front of his opponent and moving in the same direction. Moving laterally and without establishing body position, then making contact with the non-ball carrier is not permitted and will be penalized as interference. A player is always entitled to use his body position to lengthen an opponent's path to the ball, provided his stick is not utilized (to make himself "bigger" and therefore considerably lengthening the distance his opponent must travel to get where he is going); his free hand is not used and he does not take advantage of his body position to deliver an otherwise illegal check. Possession of the Ball: The last player to touch the ball, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. Restrain: The actions of a player or goalkeeper who does not have body position, but instead uses illegal means (e.g. hook with stick; hold with hands, trip with the stick or in any manner) to impede an opponent who is not in possession of the ball. Illegal means are acts which allow a player or goalkeeper to establish, maintain or restore body position other than by running. Pick: A "pick" is the action of a player or goalkeeper who impedes the progress of an opponent who is not in possession of the ball. A player delivering a "pick" is one who moves into an opponent's path without initially having body position, thereby taking him out of the play. When this is done, an interference penalty shall be assessed. Free Hand: When a free hand is used to hold, pull, tug, grab or physically restrain an opponent from moving freely, this must be penalized as holding. The free hand may be used by a player to "fend off" an opponents or his stick, but may not be used to hold an opponent's stick or body. Stick: A player who does not have body position on his opponent, who uses his stick (either the blade or the shaft, including the butt-end of the shaft) to impede or prevent his opponent from moving freely on the rink shall be assessed a hooking penalty.
  • 34.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who interferes with or impedes the progress of an opponent who is not in possession of the ball. A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who restrains an opponent who is attempting to "fore-check." A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who deliberately knocks a stick out of an opponent's hand, or who prevents a player who has dropped his stick or any other piece of equipment from regaining possession of it. A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who knocks or shoots any abandoned or broken stick or illegal ball or other debris towards an opposing ball carrier in a manner that could cause him to be distracted. (see also Rule 31 - Throwing Equipment.) A minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players' bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, deliberately interferes with the movements of the ball or any opponent on the rink during the progress of the play.
  • 34.3 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty shall be imposed when an unidentifiable player on the players' bench or penalty bench or any Coach or non-playing Club personnel who, by means of his stick or his body, deliberately interferes with the movements of the ball or any opponent on the rink during the progress of the play.
  • 34.4 Major Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence, to a player guilty of interfering with an opponent (see Rule 34.5).
  • 34.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.
  • 34.6 Penalty Shot - When a player in control of the ball in the attacking zone and having no other opponent to pass than the goalkeeper is interfered with by a stick or any part thereof or any other object or piece of equipment thrown or shot by any member of the defending team, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
  • 34.7 Awarded Goal - If, when the goalkeeper has been removed from the rink, any member of his team (including the goalkeeper) not legally on the rink interferes by means of his body, stick or any other object or piece of equipment with the movements of the ball or an opposing player in the attacking zone, the Referee shall immediately award a goal to the non-offending team.
  • 34.8 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 35 - Tripping
  • 35.1 Tripping - A player shall not place the stick, knee, foot, arm, hand or elbow in such a manner that causes his opponent to trip or fall. Accidental trips occurring simultaneously with or after a stoppage of play will not be penalized. If, in the opinion of the Referee, a player makes contact with the ball first and subsequently trips the opponent in so doing, no penalty shall be assessed.
  • 35.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player who shall place his stick or any portion of his body in such a manner that it shall cause his opponent to trip and fall.
  • 35.3 Penalty Shot - When a player, in the attacking zone, in control of the ball (or who could have obtained possession and control of the ball) and having no other opponent to pass than the goalkeeper, is tripped or otherwise fouled from behind, thus preventing a reasonable scoring opportunity, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending side. Nevertheless, the Referee shall not stop play until the attacking side has lost possession of the ball to the defending side. The intention of this rule is to restore a reasonable scoring opportunity which has been lost by reason of a foul from behind when the foul is committed on the opponent in the attacking zone. If, however, the player fouled is able to recover and obtain a reasonable scoring opportunity (or a teammate is able to gain a reasonable scoring opportunity), no penalty shot should be awarded but the appropriate penalty should be signaled and assessed if a goal is not scored on the play. "Control of the ball" means the act of propelling the ball with the stick, hand or feet. If while it is being propelled, the ball is touched by another player or his equipment, or hits the goal or goes free, the player shall no longer be considered to be "in control of the ball". In order for a penalty shot to be awarded for a player being fouled from behind, the following four (4) criteria must have been met: (i) The infraction must have taken place in the attacking zone. (ii) The infraction must have been committed from behind. (iii) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the Referee, the player clearly would have obtained possession and control of the ball) must have been denied a reasonable chance to score. The fact that he got a shot off does not automatically eliminate this play from the penalty shot consideration criteria. If the foul was from behind and he was denied a "more" reasonable scoring opportunity due to the foul, then the penalty shot should be awarded. (iv) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the Referee, the player clearly would have obtained possession and control) must have had no opposing player between himself and the goalkeeper. It should be noted that if the attacking player manages to get around the goalkeeper and has no defending player between him and the open goal, and he is fouled from behind by the goalkeeper or another defending player, no goal can be awarded since the goalkeeper is still on the ice. A penalty shot would be awarded.
  • 35.4 Awarded Goal - If, when the opposing goalkeeper has been removed from the ice, a player in control of the ball in the attacking zone is tripped or otherwise fouled with no opposition between him and the opposing goal, thus preventing a reasonable scoring opportunity, the Referee shall immediately stop play and award a goal to the attacking team. Stick Fouls
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  • Rule 36 - Butt-ending
  • 36.1 Butt-ending - The action whereby a player uses the shaft of the stick, above the upper hand, to check an opposing player in any manner or jabs or attempts to jab an opposing player with this part of the stick.
  • 36.2 Double-minor Penalty - A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who attempts to butt-end an opponent.
  • 36.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who butt-ends an opponent.
  • 36.4 Match Penalty - A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a butt-end.
  • 36.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed for butt-ending, a game misconduct penalty must also be assessed.
  • 36.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 37 - Cross-checking
  • 37.1 Cross-checking - The action of using the shaft of the stick between the two hands to forcefully check an opponent.
  • 37.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who "cross checks" an opponent.
  • 37.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who "cross checks" an opponent.
  • 37.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by cross-checking.
  • 37.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is assessed for cross-checking, an automatic game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the offending player.
  • 37.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 38 - High-sticking
  • 38.1 High-sticking - A "high stick" is one which is carried above the height of the opponent's shoulders. Players and goalkeepers must be in control and responsible for their stick. However, a player is permitted accidental contact on an opponent if the act is committed as a normal windup or follow through of a shooting motion. A wild swing at a bouncing ball would not be considered a normal windup or follow through and any contact to an opponent above the height of the shoulders shall be penalized accordingly.
  • 38.2 Minor Penalty - Any contact made by a stick on an opponent above the shoulders is prohibited and a minor penalty shall be imposed.
  • 38.3 Major Penalty - When a player carries or holds any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent so that injury results, the Referee shall assess a major penalty for all contact that causes an injury, whether accidental or careless, in the opinion of the Referee.
  • 38.4 Match Penalty - When, in the opinion of the Referee, a player attempts to or deliberately injures an opponent while carrying or holding any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent, the Referee shall assess a match penalty to the offending player.
  • 38.5 Goals - An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the ball with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor shall be the highest part of the stick, regardless of where the ball struck the stick. If any part of the stick is above the crossbar, the goal is disallowed. A goal scored by a defending player who strikes the ball with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall be allowed.
  • 38.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16. Hooking Although hooking can be classified as a stick-related foul, it has been placed in Section 7 - Restraining Fouls as Rule 33 as this tends to be the more prominent application of this rule.
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  • Rule 39 - Slashing
  • 39.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent's body, the opponent's stick, or on or near the opponent's hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the ball, shall be penalized as slashing. Because protective gloves are not mandatory in the CBHK, a Referee must distinguish between a slash and contact with a players hands which may cause injury, but did not reach the level of a slash.
  • 39.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who slashes an opponent.
  • 39.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who slashes an opponent. When injury occurs, a major penalty must be assessed under this rule.
  • 39.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by slashing.
  • 39.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - Whenever a major penalty is assessed for slashing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.
  • 39.6 Penalty Shot - refer to Rule 34.3 - Tripping.
  • 39.7 Awarded Goal - refer to Rule 34.4 - Tripping.
  • 39.8 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 40 - Spearing
  • 40.1 Spearing - Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.
  • 40.2 Double-minor Penalty - A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.
  • 40.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent.
  • 40.4 Match Penalty - A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.
  • 40.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.
  • 40.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16. GAME FLOW
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  • Rule 41 - Delaying the Game
  • 41.1 Delaying the Game - A player or a team may be penalized when, in the opinion of the Referee, is delaying the game in any manner.
  • 41.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player, including the goalkeeper, who holds, freezes or plays the ball with his stick, feet or body in such a manner as to deliberately cause a stoppage of play. With regard to a goalkeeper, this rule applies outside of his goal crease area. A minor penalty for delay of game shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who deliberately shoots or bats (using his hand or his stick) the ball outside the playing area during the play or after a stoppage of play. A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player who delays the game by deliberately displacing a goal post from its normal position. The Referee shall stop play immediately when the offending team gains possession of the ball. In the event that a goalpost is deliberately displaced by a defending player, prior to the ball crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee shall assess a minor penalty for delaying the game if the attacking player has not yet taken the shot or in the act of taking the shot at the open net. When an attacking player accidentally displaces the net, and the defending side is in possession of the ball and moving out of their zone, play shall be permitted to continue until such time as the non-offending team loses possession of the ball. The resulting face-off will take place at a face-off spot in the zone nearest the location where the play was stopped, unless it is in the non-offending team's defending zone, and as such the ensuing face-off would be at center ice. It is possible for a goal to be scored at one end of the rink while the net at the other end has been dislodged, provided that the team being scored upon is the team responsible for dislodging the net at the other end of the rink. A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player other than the goalkeeper who deliberately falls on or gathers the ball into his body. Any player who drops to his knees to block a shot should not be penalized if the ball is shot under him or becomes lodged in his clothing or equipment but any use of the hands to make the ball unplayable should be penalized promptly. If a goalkeeper comes out of his crease to "cut down the angle" on a shot and after making the save covers the ball, this shall be legal. If the goalkeeper races out of his crease in an attempt to beat the attacking player to the ball and instead of playing the ball jumps on the ball causing a stoppage of play, this shall be a minor penalty for delay of game.
  • 41.3 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty shall be imposed upon any Team which, after warning by the Referee to its Captain or Alternate Captain to place the correct number of players on the rink and commence play, fails to comply with the Referee's direction and thereby causes any delay by making additional substitutions (including, but not limited to, continually substituting goalkeepers for the purpose of stalling or delaying the game), by persisting in having its players off-side, or in any other manner.
  • 41.4 Objects Thrown on the Ice - In the event that objects are thrown on the rink that interfere with the progress of the game, the Referee shall blow the whistle and stop the play and the ball shall be faced-off at a face-off spot in the zone nearest to the spot where play is stopped.
  • 41.5 Penalty Shot - If the goal post is deliberately displaced by a goalkeeper or player during the course of a "breakaway," a penalty shot will be awarded to the non-offending team, which shot shall be taken by the player last in possession of the ball. If by reason of insufficient time in the regular playing time or by reason of penalties already imposed, the minor penalty assessed to a player for deliberately displacing his own goal post cannot be served in its entirety within the regular playing time of the game or at any time in overtime, a penalty shot shall be awarded against the offending team. No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the ball, hold the ball, pick up the ball, or gather the ball into the body or hands when the ball is within the goal crease. It is the Referees discretion to determine if a player fell on the ball or if the ball was subsequently shot or shoved underneath the fallen player. For infringement of this rule, play shall immediately be stopped and a penalty shot shall be ordered against the offending team, but no other penalty shall be given. The rule shall be interpreted so that a penalty shot will be awarded only when the ball is in the crease at the instant the offense occurs. However, in cases where the ball is outside the crease, Rule 41 may still apply and a minor penalty may be imposed, even though no penalty shot is awarded. The significant factor when determining whether or not a penalty shot is warranted is the location of the ball at the time it was held, grabbed or gathered into the body. If the ball is in the crease, penalty shot. If the ball is outside the crease and gathered into the body of a player (other than the goalkeeper) who is inside the crease, minor penalty). see also Rule 43 - Handling Ball.
  • 41.6 Awarded Goal - In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the ball crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, THAT CAUSES THE BALL TO NOT CROSS THE GOAL LINE, the Referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions a defending player or goalkeeper, the ball must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the ball would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts. When the goal post has been displaced deliberately by the defending team when their goalkeeper has been removed for an extra attacker thereby preventing an impending goal by the attacking team, the Referee shall award a goal to the attacking team. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if its position would cause an otherwise normal shot to not be able to score or not allow a goalie to normally defend his net.
  • 41.7 Infractions - The following list of infractions shall result in a penalty (minor, bench minor, penalty shot or awarded goal) being imposed by the Referee for delaying the game: (i) Deliberately shooting the ball out of play. (ii) Deliberately throwing or batting the ball out of play. (iii) Deliberately displacing the goal from it's normal position (or accidentally by a defending player or goalkeeper in relation to the awarding of a goal). (iv) Refusing to place the correct number of players on the rink. (v) Persisting in having players in an off-side position. (vi) Deliberately falling on the ball.
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  • Rule 42 - Diving / Embellishment
  • 42.1 Diving / Embellishment - Any player who blatantly dives, embellishes a fall or a reaction, or who feigns an injury shall be penalized with a minor penalty under this rule. A goalkeeper who deliberately initiates contact with an attacking player other than to establish position in the crease, or who otherwise acts to create the appearance of other than incidental contact with an attacking player, is subject to the assessment of a minor penalty for diving / embellishment.
  • 42.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who attempts to draw a penalty by his actions ("diving / embellishment").
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  • Rule 43 - Handling Ball
  • 43.1 Handling Ball - A player shall be permitted to stop or "bat" a ball in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has deliberately directed the ball to a teammate in any zone other than the defending zone, in which case the play shall be stopped and a face-off conducted (see Rule 54 - Hand Pass). Play will not be stopped for any hand pass by players in their own defending zone.
  • 43.2 Stoppage of Play - A stoppage of play will occur when any player, other than the goalkeeper, closes his hand on the ball while knocking it out of the air. The resulting face-off will occur in the offending teams defensive zone.
  • 43.3 Minor Penalty - Player - A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who, while play is in progress, picks up the ball off the surface with his hand. (see also, Delay of Game)
  • 43.4 Minor Penalty - Goalkeeper - A goalkeeper who holds the ball with his hands for longer than three seconds shall be given a minor penalty unless he is actually being checked by an opponent. The object of this entire rule is to keep the ball in play continuously and any action taken by the goalkeeper which causes an unnecessary stoppage must be penalized without warning. A goalkeeper shall be assessed a minor penalty when he deliberately holds the ball in any manner which, in the opinion of the Referee, causes an unnecessary stoppage of play. A goalkeeper shall be assessed a minor penalty when he deliberately drops the ball into his pads or onto the goal net.
  • 43.5 Penalty Shot - If a defending player, except a goalkeeper, while play is in progress, falls on the ball, holds the ball, picks up the ball, or gathers the ball into his body or hands from the surface in the goal crease area, the play shall be stopped immediately and a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. see also Rule 41 - Delaying the Game.
  • 43.6 Awarded Goal - When a goalkeeper, prior to proceeding to his players' bench to be replaced by an extra attacker, intentionally leaves his stick or other piece of equipment or other obstacles at or near his net that, in the opinion of the Referee, would tend to prevent the ball from entering the net, a goal shall be awarded. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goalkeeper must have been replaced for an extra attacker, otherwise a minor penalty shall be assessed. If a player, when the goalkeeper has been replaced for an extra attacker, falls on the ball, holds the ball, picks up the ball, or gathers the ball into his body or hands from the surface in the goal crease area, the play shall be stopped immediately and goal awarded to the non-offending team.
  • 43.7 Disallowed Goal - A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the ball with his hand into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the ball and it is deflected into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official. When the ball enters the net on a clear deflection off a glove, the goal shall be allowed.
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  • Rule 44 - Interference on the Goalkeeper
  • 44.1 Interference on the Goalkeeper - This rule is based on the premise that an attacking player's position, whether inside or outside the crease, should not, by itself, determine whether a goal should be allowed or disallowed. In other words, goals scored while attacking players are standing in the crease may, in appropriate circumstances be allowed. Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper's ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. The rule will be enforced exclusively in accordance with the on-rink judgment of the Referee(s). For purposes of this rule, "contact," whether incidental or otherwise, shall mean any contact that is made between or among a goalkeeper and attacking player(s), whether by means of a stick or any part of the body. The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. If a defending player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by an attacking player so as to cause the defending player to come into contact with his own goalkeeper, such contact shall be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, and if necessary a penalty assessed to the attacking player and if a goal is scored it would be disallowed.
  • 44.2 Penalty - In all cases in which an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, whether or not the goalkeeper is inside or outside the goal crease, and whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a penalty (minor or major, as the Referee deems appropriate). In all cases where the infraction being imposed is to the attacking player for hindering the goalkeeper's ability to move freely in his goal crease, the penalty to be assessed is for goalkeeper interference. In exercising his judgment, the Referee should give more significant consideration to the degree and nature of the contact with the goalkeeper than to the exact location of the goalkeeper at the time of the contact.
  • 44.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease - If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. If, after any contact by a goalkeeper who is attempting to establish position in his goal crease, the attacking player does not immediately vacate his current position in the goal crease (i.e. give ground to the goalkeeper), and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. In all such cases, whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a minor penalty for goalkeeper interference. If an attacking player establishes a significant position within the goal crease, so as to obstruct the goalkeeper's vision and impair his ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. For this purpose, a player "establishes a significant position within the crease" when, in the Referee's judgment, his body, or a substantial portion thereof, is within the goal crease for more than an instantaneous period of time.
  • 44.4 Contact Outside the Goal Crease - If an attacking player initiates any contact with a goalkeeper, other than incidental contact, while the goalkeeper is outside his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. A goalkeeper is not "fair game" just because he is outside the goal crease. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper. However, incidental contact will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the ball outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such unnecessary contact. When a goalkeeper has played the ball outside of his crease and is then prevented from returning to his crease area due to the deliberate actions of an attacking player, such player may be penalized for goalkeeper interference. Similarly, the goalkeeper may be penalized, if by his actions outside of his crease he deliberately interferes with an attacking player who is attempting to play the ball or an opponent.
  • 44.5 Face-off Location - Whenever the Referee stops play to disallow a goal as a result of contact with the goalkeeper (incidental or otherwise), the resulting face-off shall take place at center ice.
  • 44.6 Rebounds and Loose Balls - In a rebound situation, or where a goalkeeper and attacking player(s) are simultaneously attempting to play a loose ball, whether inside or outside the crease, incidental contact with the goalkeeper will be permitted, and any goal that is scored as a result thereof will be allowed. In the event that a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the ball by an attacking player after making a stop, the goal will be disallowed. If applicable, appropriate penalties will be assessed. In the event that the ball is under a player in or around the crease area (deliberately or otherwise), a goal cannot be scored by pushing this player together with the ball into the goal. If applicable, the appropriate penalties will be assessed, including a penalty shot if deemed to be covered in the crease deliberately
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  • Rule 45 - Leaving the Bench
  • 45.1 Leaving the Bench - No player or goalkeeper may leave the players' or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation. Substitutions made prior to the altercation shall be permitted provided the players so substituting do not enter the altercation.
  • 45.2 Leaving the Players' Bench - The player or goalkeeper who was the first or second player to leave the players' (or penalty bench) during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty.
  • 45.3 Leaving the Penalty Bench - Except at the end of the game or on expiration of his penalty, no player may, at any time, leave the penalty bench. A player serving a penalty on the penalty bench, who is to be changed after the penalty has been served, must proceed at once by way of the ice and be at his own players' bench before any change can be made. For any violation of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed for too many men on the ice. A penalized player who leaves the penalty bench before his penalty has expired, whether play is in progress or not, shall incur an additional minor penalty after serving his unexpired penalty. Any player who, having entered the penalty bench, leaves the penalty bench prior to the expiration of his penalty for the purpose of challenging an official's ruling, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. Any penalized player leaving the penalty bench during a stoppage of play and during an altercation shall incur a minor penalty plus a game misconduct penalty. The minor penalty plus the unexpired time remaining in his original penalty must be served by a replacement player placed on the penalty bench by the offending team. If a player leaves the penalty bench before his penalty is fully served, the Penalty Timekeeper shall note the time and signal the officials who will stop play when the offending player's team obtains possession of the ball. An additional minor penalty must be served by this player in addition to the time remaining in his original penalty (this unexpired time is calculated from the time he left the penalty bench illegally). In the case of a player returning to the ice before his time has expired through an error of the Penalty Timekeeper, he is not to serve an additional penalty, but must serve his unexpired time this unexpired time is calculated from the time he left the penalty bench through the error of the Penalty Timekeeper). At a stoppage of play following the expiration of their penalties, if a player or players exiting the penalty bench get involved in an altercation, those coming from the penalty bench shall be assessed the penalties they incur in the altercation in addition to a game misconduct.
  • 45.4 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty shall be imposed on a team whose player(s) leave the players' bench for any purpose other than a change of players and when no altercation is in progress.
  • 45.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players' or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams. Any penalized player leaving the penalty bench during a stoppage of play and during an altercation shall incur a minor penalty plus a game misconduct penalty. The minor penalty plus the unexpired time remaining in his original penalty must be served by a replacement player placed on the penalty bench by the Coach of the offending team.
  • 45.6 Penalty Shot - If a player of the attacking side in possession of the ball shall be in such a position as to have no opposition between him and the opposing goalkeeper, and while in such position he shall be interfered with by a player of the opposing side who shall have illegally entered the game, the Referee shall impose a penalty shot against the side to which the offending player belongs.
  • 45.7 Awarded Goal - If, when the opposing goalkeeper has been removed from the ice, a player of the side attacking the unattended goal is interfered with in the neutral or attacking zone by a player who shall have entered the game illegally, the Referee shall immediately award a goal to the non-offending team.
  • 45.8 Disallowed Goal - If a penalized player returns to the ice from the penalty bench before his penalty has expired by his own error or the error of the Penalty Timekeeper, any goal scored by his own team while he is illegally on the ice shall be disallowed but all penalties imposed on either team shall be served as regular penalties. If a player shall illegally enter the game from his own players' bench or from the penalty bench, any goal scored by his own team while he is illegally on the ice shall be disallowed but all penalties imposed on either team shall be served as regular penalties.
  • 45.9 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 46 - Premature Substitution
  • 46.1 Premature Substitution - When a goalkeeper leaves his goal area and proceeds to his players' bench for the purpose of substituting another player, the skater cannot enter the playing surface before the goalkeeper is within five feet (5') of the bench. If the substitution is made prematurely, the official shall stop play immediately unless the non-offending team has possession of the ball -- in which event the stoppage will be delayed until the ball changes possession. There shall be no time penalty to the team making the premature substitution, but the resulting face-off will take place at the center ice face-off spot when play is stopped beyond the center red line. When play is stopped prior to the center red line, the resulting face-off shall be conducted at the nearest face-off spot in the zone where the play was stopped. In all other situations not covered in the above, a minor penalty may result for "too many men on the ice".
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  • Rule 47 - Refusing to Play the Ball
  • 47.1 Refusing or Abstaining from Playing the Ball - The purpose of this section is to enforce continuous action and both Referees and Linesmen should interpret and apply the rule to produce this result.
  • 47.2 Hand Pass - When a hand pass has been initiated by one player to a teammate and the teammate elects not to play the ball to avoid the stoppage of play, and the opposing team also abstains from playing the ball (perhaps to allow time to expire on a penalty), the Referee shall stop the play and order the resulting face-off at the nearest face-off location to where the play was stopped for this violation.
  • 47.3 High Stick - When a player contacts the ball with his stick above the normal height of the shoulders and a teammate elects not to play the ball to avoid the stoppage of play, and the opposing team also abstains from playing the ball (perhaps to allow time to expire on a penalty), the Referee shall stop the play, assess a minor penalty if necessary, and order the resulting face-off at in the offending teams defensive zone.
  • 47.4 Penalty - When the Referee signals the delayed calling of a penalty to one team and a player of that team intentionally abstains from playing the ball in order to allow additional time to expire on the game or penalty time clocks, the Referee shall stop the play and order the resulting face-off at one of the face-off spots in the offending team's defending zone.
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  • Rule 48 - Refusing to Start Play
  • 48.1 Refusing to Start Play - This rule applies to teams who refuse to play while both teams are on the ice or who withdraws from the ice and refuses to play or who refuses to come onto the ice at the start of the game or at the beginning of any period of the game, when ordered to do so by the Referee.
  • 48.2 Procedure - Team On Ice - If, when both teams are on the ice, one team for any reason shall refuse to play when ordered to do so by the Referee, he shall warn the Captain and allow the team so refusing five (5) seconds within which to begin the play or resume play. If at the end of that time, the team shall still refuse to play, the Referee shall impose a bench minor penalty for delay of game on a player of the offending team to be designated through the playing Captain. First Violation Second Violation (i) Warn the Captain of the offending team and allow 5 seconds within which to resume play. (ii) If at the end of the 5 seconds the team still refuses to resume play, assess a bench minor penalty to the offending team for delay of game. (i) Warn the Captain of the offending team and allow 5 seconds within which to resume play. (ii) If at the end of the 5 seconds the team still refuses to resume play, assess a double minor penalty. (iii) If the team still refuses to play, the Referee shall declare the game be forfeited to the non-offending club.
  • 48.3 Procedure - Team Off Ice - (i) Once it is apparent to the Referee that the team is refusing to come onto the ice and begin play, a bench minor penalty is to be assessed to the offending team for delay of game after five minutes have passed. (ii) An additional Five (5) minutes will be provided for the offending team to return to the ice and begin play. (iii) After the additional five (5) minutes has elapsed and the offending team still has not returned to the ice to resume play, the game shall be forfeited. (iv) Once the Captain has been notified of the five (5) minute warning, and the team returns to the ice to resume play within that time frame, a bench minor penalty for delay of game must be assessed to the offending team.
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  • Rule 49 - Too Many Men on the Ice
  • 49.1 Too Many Men on the Ice - Players may be changed at any time during the play from the players' bench provided that the player or players leaving the ice shall be within five feet (5') of his players' bench and out of the play before the change is made. Refer also to Rule 46 - Premature Substitution. At the discretion of the on-ice officials, should a substituting player come onto the ice before his teammate is within the five foot (5') limit of the players' bench (and therefore clearly causing his team to have too many players on the ice), then a bench minor penalty may be assessed. When a player is retiring from the ice surface and is within the five foot (5') limit of his players' bench, and his substitute is on the ice, then the retiring player shall be considered off the ice. If in the course of making a substitution, either the player entering the game or the player retiring from the surface plays the ball with his stick, skates or hands or who makes any physical contact with an opposing player while either the player entering the game or the retiring player is actually on the ice, then the infraction of "too many men on the ice" will be called. If in the course of a substitution either the player(s) entering the play or the player(s) retiring is struck by the ball accidentally, the play will not be stopped and no penalty will be called. During the play, the player retiring from the ice must do so at the players' bench and not through any other exit leading from the rink. This is not a legal player change and therefore when a violation occurs, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed. A player coming onto the ice as a substitute player is considered on the ice once both of his feet are on the ice. If he plays the ball or interferes with an opponent while still on the players' bench, he shall be penalized under Interference.
  • 49.2 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty for too many men on the ice shall be assessed for a violation of this rule. This penalty can be assessed by the Referees or the Linesmen. Should a goal be scored by the offending team prior to the Referee or Referee blowing his whistle to assess the bench minor penalty, the goal shall be disallowed and the penalty assessed for too many men on the ice.
  • 49.3 Penalty Bench - A player serving a penalty on the penalty bench, who is to be changed after the penalty has been served, must proceed at once by way of the ice and be within five feet (5') of his own players' bench before any change can be made. For any violation of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed for too many men on the ice.
  • 49.4 Deliberate Illegal Substitution - If by reason of insufficient playing time remaining, or by reason of penalties already imposed, a bench minor penalty is imposed for deliberate illegal substitution (too many men on the ice) which cannot be served in its entirety within the legal playing time, or at any time in overtime, a penalty shot shall be awarded against the offending team.
  • 49.5 Goalkeeper - Once the goalkeeper has been removed for an extra attacker, he must wait for the next stoppage of play before returning to his position. Any attempt by the goalkeeper to return to his position prior to the next stoppage of play ("on the fly") shall be deemed to be an illegal substitution and a bench minor penalty shall be assessed for having an ineligible player would apply.
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  • Rule 50 - Unsportsmanlike Conduct
  • 50.1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Players and goalkeepers are responsible for their conduct at all times and must endeavor to prevent disorderly conduct during the game, on or off the ice and any place in the rink. The Referees may assess penalties to any of the above team personnel for failure to do so. NOTE: When such conduct is directed at an official, Abuse of Officials shall be applied.
  • 50.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct may be assessed under this rule for the following infractions: (i) Any identifiable player who uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures directed at any person. (ii) Any player who is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct including, but not limited to hair-pulling, biting, etc. If warranted, and specifically when injury results, the referee may apply Match Penalties. (iii) Any player who throws any object onto the ice from the players' or penalty bench (or from any other off-ice location). If a penalized player is assessed an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty either before or after he begins serving his original penalty(ies), the additional minor penalty is added to his unexpired time and served consecutively.
  • 50.3 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions: (i) When a player throws any object onto the ice from the players' or penalty bench (or from any other off-ice location) during the progress of the game or during a stoppage of play. (ii) Any unidentifiable player uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gesture directed towards any person.
  • 50.4 Misconduct Penalty - Misconduct penalties shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions: (i) Any player who persists in using obscene, profane or abusive language directed towards any person after being assessed a minor or bench minor penalty under this Rule. (ii) Any player who deliberately throws any equipment out of the playing area. At the discretion of the Referee, a game misconduct may be imposed. (iii) Any player who, after warning by the Referee, persists in any course of conduct (including threatening or abusive language or gestures or similar actions) designed to incite an opponent into incurring a penalty. (iv) When a penalized player challenges or disputes the ruling of an official after he has already entered the penalty bench and play has resumed. (v) In general, participants displaying this type of behavior are assessed a minor penalty, then a misconduct penalty and then a game misconduct penalty if they persist.
  • 50.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - Game misconduct penalties shall be assessed under this rule for the following infractions: (i) If a player persists in any course of conduct for which he was previously assessed a misconduct penalty. (ii) Any player who uses obscene gestures on the ice or anywhere in the rink during the game. The Referee shall report the circumstances to the Commissioner of the League for further disciplinary action. (v) Any player who directs obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures to any person after the expiration of the game. This action may occur on or off the ice. (vi) In general, participants displaying this type of behavior are assessed a minor penalty, then a misconduct penalty and then a game misconduct penalty if they persist.
  • 50.6 Supplementary Discipline - see Rule 16.
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  • Rule 51 - Face-offs
  • 51.1 Face-off - The action of the Referee or Referee in dropping the ball between the sticks of two opposing players to start or resume play. A face-off begins when the official indicates the location of the face-off and the officials and players take their appropriate positions. The face-off ends when the ball has been legally dropped. A goalkeeper may not participate in a face-off.
  • 51.2 Face-off Locations - All face-offs must be conducted on one of the nine (9) face-off spots located on the rink. Faceoff locations will adhere to the following rules: i) If the stoppage is caused by the calling of a penalty to one team, a non-dangerous high stick or clasping of the ball, the resulting faceoff will be at one of the defensive zone faceoff spots of the offending team ii) If the stoppage is caused by a ball unintentionally and directly knocked out of play, the faceoff will be held at one faceoff dot towards the defensive end of the offending player. iii) If the stoppage is caused by a ball deflected out of play, the faceoff will be at the closest faceoff dot to where the ball left the playing surface. iv) If the stoppage is caused the calling of penalties to both teams or if during the stoppage penalties are assessed to both teams, the faceoff will result at center ice. v) When a goal is illegally scored as a result of a ball being deflected directly off an official, the resulting face-off shall be made at the nearest face-off spot in the zone where the ball deflected off of the official. When a goal is illegally scored by the attacking team by directing, batting, kicking or high-sticking the ball into the goal, the resulting face-off shall take place in the offending teams defensive zone. vi) When the game is stopped for any reason not specifically covered in the official rules, the ball must be faced-off at a face-off spot in the zone nearest to where it was last played. vii) When play is stopped for an injured player, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at the face-off spot in the zone nearest the location of the ball when the play was stopped.
  • 51.3 Procedure - When the Referee blows his whistle to indicate the faceoff will begin, this will signal to both teams that they have no more than five (5) seconds to line up for the ensuing face-off. At the end of the five (5) seconds (or sooner if both centers are ready), the Referee will conduct a proper face-off. If, however: (i) One or both centers are not positioned for the face-off, (ii) One or both centers refrain from placing their stick on the ice, (iii) Any player has encroached into the face-off circle, (iv) Any player makes physical contact with an opponent, or (v) Any player who lines up for the face-off in an off-side position, the Referee shall have the offending center(s) replaced immediately prior to dropping the ball.
  • 51.4 Procedure - Centers - The ball shall be faced-off by the Referee or the Referee dropping the ball on the ice between the sticks of the players facing-off. Players facing-off will stand squarely facing their opponent's end of the rink approximately one stick length apart with the blade of their sticks on the ice. When the face-off takes place in any of the end face-off circles, the players taking part shall take their position so that they will stand squarely facing their opponent's end of the rink, and clear of the ice markings. The sticks of both players facing-off shall have the blade on the ice, within the designated white area. The visiting player shall place his stick within the designated white area first followed immediately by the home player. If a player facing-off fails to take his proper position immediately when directed by the official, the official may order him replaced for that face-off by any teammate then on the ice. If a center is not at the designated face-off area once the five (5) second time limit has elapsed, the Referee will drop the ball immediately. If the center is back from the face-off dot, is "quarterbacking" or refuses to come into the face-off area when instructed to do so by the Referee, or the center is simply slow getting to the face-off dot when the five (5) seconds has elapsed, the ball shall be dropped. If the center attempts to arrive at the face-off dot just as the five seconds elapses in an attempt to gain an advantage to win the face-off, he is to be removed from the face-off and replaced, resulting in a face-off violation. If a player is ejected from the face-off, his replacement must come into position quickly or risk having the ball dropped by the Referee without the player being set, or ejected from the face-off by the Referee resulting in a bench minor penalty for delay of game for a second face-off violation during the same face-off.
  • 51.5 Procedure - Other Players - No other player shall be allowed to enter the face-off circle or come within fifteen feet (15') of the players facing-off. All players must stand on-side on all face-offs. During end-zone face-offs, all other players on the ice must position their bodies on their own side of the restraining lines marked on the outer edge of the face-off circles. If a player other than the player taking the face-off moves into the face-off circle prior to the dropping of the ball, then the offending team's player taking the face-off shall be ejected from the face-off circle. This shall be considered a face-off violation. Players on the attacking team (exclusive of the center) must establish their position first and then the defending team may counter and hold its position until the ball is dropped. A violation of this procedure shall be treated as face-off encroachment and the Referee shall order the center of the offending team replaced. Should an attacking player attempt to establish a new position prior to the face-off, and the defending center steps back from the face-off dot in order to reposition his teammates, the face-off violation shall be charged to the attacking team as they must establish their position first.
  • 51.6 Violations - If a center should move prematurely prior to the face-off, or if the Referee or Referee shall have dropped the ball unfairly, the face-off shall be considered a face-off violation and it must be conducted again. When a least three face-off violations have been committed by the same team during the same face-off, this team shall be penalized with a bench minor penalty to the offending team. This penalty shall be announced as a "Bench Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation." Face-off violations shall be summarized as follows (any on-ice officials may identify a face-off violation): (i) Encroachment by any player other than the center into the face-off area prior to the ball being dropped. Players on the perimeter of the face-off circle must keep both skates outside the face-off circle (skate contact with the line is permitted). If a player's skate crosses the line into the face-off circle prior to the drop of the ball, this shall be deemed as a face-off violation. A player's stick may be inside the face-off circle provided there is no physical contact with his opponent or his opponent's stick. (ii) Encroachment by any player into the area between the hash marks on the outer edges of the face-off circle prior to the ball being dropped. Players must also ensure that both of their skates do not cross their respective hash marks. Contact with the line with their skate is permitted. If a player's skate crosses the line into the area between the hash marks prior to the drop of the ball, this shall be deemed as a face-off violation. A player's stick may be inside the area between the hash marks provided there is no physical contact with his opponent or his opponent's stick. (iii) Any physical contact with an opponent prior to the ball being dropped. (iv) Failure by either center taking the face-off to properly position himself behind the restraining lines or place his stick on the. "Properly position himself behind the restraining lines" shall mean that the center must place his feet on either side of the restraining lines that are parallel to the side boards (contact with the lines is permissible), and the toe of the blade of his skates must not cross over the restraining lines that are perpendicular to the side boards as he approaches the face-off spot. The blade of the stick must then be placed on the ice (at least the toe of the blade of the stick) in the designated white area of the face-off spot and must remain there until the ball is dropped. Failure to comply with this positioning and face-off procedure will result in a face-off violation. Whenever a team has committed two face-off violations during the same face-off, the Referee shall immediately assess the offending team a bench minor penalty for delay of game. This penalty shall be announced as a "Bench Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation." Players who are late to the face-off location and therefore in an off-side position for the ensuing face-off will be warned once in the game by the Referee. This warning will also be given to the offending team's Coach. Any subsequent violation shall result in a bench minor penalty for delay of game being assessed to the offending team. This penalty shall be announced as a "Bench Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Slow Proceeding to Face-off Location." In the conduct of any face-off at any of the nine (9) face-off spots on the playing surface, no player facing-off shall make any physical contact with his opponent's body by means of his own body or by his stick except in the course of playing the ball after the face-off has been completed. For violation of this rule, the Referee may, at his discretion impose a minor penalty or penalties on the player(s) whose action(s) caused the physical contact. Nonetheless, this physical contact prior to the dropping of the ball shall be deemed as a face-off violation and the Referee shall order the center of the offending team replaced. Face-off encroachment may be applied during face-offs at any of the nine (9) face-off spots on the playing surface. However, since no such lines are painted on the ice at the four (4) face-off spots adjacent to the red line, Linesmen shall use their judgment as to whether or not a violation has occurred. All players, other than the centers, shall be uniformly back from the face-off location similar to being outside the face-off circle for face-offs in the end zones.
  • 51.7 Line Changes - No substitution of players shall be permitted until the face-off has been completed and play has resumed except when a penalty is imposed which affects the on-ice strength of either team. Should an on-ice official notice that the defending team has not placed enough players on the ice for the ensuing face-off, the Referee in the neutral zone shall be notified and he will instruct the offending team to place another player(s) on the ice. If, in the opinion of the Referee that this is being done as a stalling tactic, he will issue a warning to the offending team and any subsequent violations shall result in the assessment of a bench minor penalty for delay of game. Should an on-ice official notice that the attacking team has not placed enough players on the ice for the ensuing face-off, the Referee will proceed with conducting the face-off in the normal manner. The attacking team must ensure they put the appropriate number of players on the ice at all times.
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  • Rule 52 - Game and Intermission Timing
  • 52.1 Game Timing - The time allowed for a game shall be one 45 minute period with running time except for the last two minutes which will be stop time. Referees may stop the clock at any time for a "Referee Time-Out".
  • 52.2 Intermission Timing - Play shall be resumed promptly following each intermission upon the expiration of five minutes or a length of time designated by the officials from the completion of play in the preceding game. Timing of the intermission commences immediately upon the conclusion of the game. Preliminary warnings shall be given by the Game Timekeeper to the officials and to both teams two (2) minutes prior to the resumption of play.
  • 52.3 Delays - If any unusual delay occurs that may cause a two game set to extend beyond it's allotted two hour times slot, referees may shorten the intermission time.
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  • Rule 53 - Goals
  • 53.1 Goals and Assists - It is the responsibility of the Official Scorer to award goals and assists, and his decision in this respect is final, notwithstanding the report of the Referee or any other game official.
  • 53.2 Crediting Goals - A "goal" shall be credited in the scoring records to a player who shall have propelled the ball into the opponent's goal. Each "goal" shall count one point in the player's record. Only one point can be credited to any one player on a goal.
  • 53.3 Crediting Assists - When a player scores a goal, an "assist" shall be credited to the player or players taking part in the play immediately preceding the goal, but no more than two assists can be given on any goal. Each "assist" shall count one point in the player's record. Only one point can be credited to any one player on a goal.
  • 53.4 Scoring a Goal - A goal shall be scored when the ball shall have been put between the goal posts by the stick of a player of the attacking side, from in front and below the crossbar, and entirely across a red line the width of the diameter of the goal posts drawn on the ice from one goal post to the other with the goal frame in its proper position. The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when it's angle or position is deemed to not interfere with the scoring of a goal or the goalkeepers ability to defend his net. A goal shall be scored if the ball is put into the goal in any way by a player of the defending side. The player of the attacking side who last touched the ball shall be credited with the goal but no assist shall be awarded. If an attacking player has the ball deflect into the net, off his foot or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the ball shall be credited with the goal. Should a player legally propel a ball into the goal crease of the opponent Club and the ball should become loose and available to another player of the attacking side, a goal scored on the play shall be legal.
  • 53.5 Disallowed Goals - Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee for the following reasons: (i) When the ball has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick. (ii) When the ball has been kicked using a distinct kicking motion. (iii) When the ball has deflected directly into the net off an official. (iv) When a goal has been scored and an ineligible player is on the ice. (v) When an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease. (vi) When the ball has entered the net after making contact with an attacking player's stick that is above the height of the crossbar. Where the ball makes contact with the stick is the determining factor. (vii) When a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the ball after making a save. (viii) When the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if it's position would affect the scoring of a goal or the goaltenders ability to defend his net. (ix) During the delayed calling of a penalty, the offending team cannot score unless the non-offending team shoots the ball into their own net. This shall mean that a deflection off an offending player, or any physical action by an offending player that may cause the ball to enter the non-offending team's goal, shall not be considered a legal goal. Play shall be stopped before the ball enters the net (whenever possible) and the signaled penalty assessed to the offending team. (x) When the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle. (xi) Any goal scored, other than as covered by the official rules, shall not be allowed.
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  • Rule 54 - Hand Pass
  • 54.1 Hand Pass - A player shall be permitted to stop or "bat" a ball in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has directed the ball to a teammate.
  • 54.2 Defending Zone - Play will not be stopped for any hand pass by players in their own defending zone. A hand pass in the defending zone is considered to have occurred when both the player making the pass and the player receiving the pass have both of their feet inside their defending zone.
  • 54.3 Face-Off Location - When a hand pass violation has occurred, the ensuing face-off shall take in the offending teams defensive zone.
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  • Rule 55 - High-sticking the Ball
  • 55.1 High-sticking the Ball - Batting the ball above the normal height of the shoulders with a stick is prohibited. When a player attempts to or successfully contacts the ball with a high stick and the action is considered by the Referee to be "dangerous" to any other player on the surface, a delayed minor penalty will be assessed. When a player attempts to or successfully contacts the ball in an area considered "non-dangerous" to any other player a delayed stoppage of play will be enforced. If a defending player uses a high stick in his defending zone and it directly results in a goal for the opposing team, the goal will be allowed. The delayed high sticking penalty will be waived off if a goal is scored. Cradling the ball on the blade of the stick (like lacrosse) above the normal height of the shoulders shall be prohibited and a stoppage of play shall result. If this is done by a player on a penalty shot or shootout attempt, the shot shall be stopped immediately and considered complete.
  • 55.2 Face-Off Location - When the play is stopped for the high-sticking the ball violation (dangerous or non-dangerous), the ensuing face-off will take place in the offending teams defensive zone.
  • 55.3 Disallowed Goal - When an attacking player causes the ball to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the ball above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the ball makes contact with the stick. If the ball makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed.
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  • Rule 56 - Icing
  • 56.1 Icing - For the purpose of this rule, the center red line will divide the ice into halves. Should any player of a team, equal or superior in numerical strength (power-play) to the opposing team, shoot, bat or deflect the ball from his own half of the ice beyond the goal line of the opposing team IN THE FINAL TWO MINUTES OF REGULATION or THE FINAL MINUTE OF OVERTIME, play shall be stopped. For the purpose of this rule, the point of last contact with the ball by the team in possession shall be used to determine whether icing has occurred or not. As such, the team in possession must "gain the line" in order for the icing to be nullified. "Gaining the line" shall mean that the ball (not the player's skate) must make contact with the center red line in order to nullify a potential icing. For the purpose of interpretation of the rule, "icing the ball" is completed the instant the ball crossed the goal line. Any contact between opposing players while pursuing the ball on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the ball and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the ball. Unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player. The ball striking or deflecting off an official does not automatically nullify a potential icing.
  • 56.2 Face-Off Location - The resulting face-off following an icing call shall be at the end face-off spot of the offending team, unless on the play, the ball shall have entered the net of the opposing team, in which case the goal shall be allowed. If during the period of a delayed whistle due to a foul by a player of the side not in possession, the side in possession "ices" the ball, then the face-off following the stoppage of play shall take place at center ice. If, in the opinion of the Referee, the defending side intentionally abstains from playing the ball promptly when they are in a position to do so, he shall stop the play and order the resulting face-off on the adjacent corner face-off spot nearest the goal of the team at fault. If the Referee shall have erred in calling an "icing the ball" infraction (regardless of whether either team is short-handed), the ball shall be faced-off on the center ice face-off spot.
  • 56.3 Goalkeeper - If, in the opinion of the Referee, the goalkeeper feigns playing the ball, attempts to play the ball, or skates in the direction of the ball on an icing at any time, the potential icing shall not be called and play shall continue. If, however, a goalkeeper is legitimately out of the crease in an attempt to go to the players' bench to be substituted for an extra attacker and in no way makes an attempt to play the ball, the icing should not be nullified under this section. If the goalkeeper is out of his crease prior to the shot being taken, and simply retreats to his crease making no attempt to play the ball or feign playing the ball, the potential icing shall remain in effect.
  • 56.4 No Icing - When the ball is shot and rebounds from the body or stick of an opponent in his own half of the ice so as to cross the goal line of the player shooting, it shall not be considered "icing." When a ball is shot by a team from their own half of the ice and is deflected several times before crossing the center red line, icing shall be nullified if at least one of these deflections was off an opposing player. If a player of the side shooting the ball down the ice who is on-side and eligible to play the ball does so before it is touched by an opposing player, the play shall continue and it shall not be considered a violation of this rule. If the ball shall go beyond the goal line in the opposite half of the ice directly from either of the players while facing-off, it shall not be considered a violation of this rule. If, in the opinion of the Referee, any player (other than the goalkeeper) of the opposing team is able to play the ball before it passes his goal line, but has not done so, play shall continue and the icing violation shall not be called. This includes the situation whereby the opposing team, while in the process of making player substitutions during the play, are able to play the ball, but choose not to do so to avoid being called for too many men on the ice. Icing should not be called. The Referee shall have discretion to wave off apparent icing infractions on attempted passes if those passes are deemed receivable (attainable). In order for the Referee to wash out the icing for this reason, the receiving player's stick must be on the attacking side of the center red line and he must be eligible to receive the pass (eg. he cannot be involved in a player change that would result in a too many men on the ice penalty if he were to play the ball). If the ball touches any part of a player of the opposing side, including his skates or his stick, or if it touches any part of the opposing team's goalkeeper, including his skates or his stick, at any time before or after crossing the goal line, it shall not be considered icing. If a goalkeeper takes any action to dislodge the ball from the back of the net, icing shall not be called.
  • 56.5 Numerical Strength - If the ball was so shot by a player of a side below the numerical strength of the opposing team, play shall continue and the icing violation shall not be called. When a team is "short-handed" as the result of a penalty and the penalty is about to expire, the decision as to whether there has been an "icing" shall be determined at the instant the penalty expires. Should the ball be released from the stick of the player shooting the ball down the ice prior to the penalty expiring, the icing infraction shall not apply. The action of the penalized player remaining in the penalty box will not alter the ruling. When a team is "short-handed" by reason of a major penalty, and they have neglected to ensure there is a player on the penalty bench to exit upon the expiry of the penalty, they will continue to play short-handed but are not permitted to ice the ball. Icing will be called. They may substitute for this penalized player at the next stoppage of play.
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  • Rule 57 - Line Changes
  • 57.1 Line Change - Following the stoppage of play, the visiting team shall promptly place a line-up on the ice ready for play and no substitution shall be made from that time until play has been resumed. The home team may then make any desired substitution, except in cases following an icing, which does not result in the delay of the game. "Placing a line-up on the ice" shall mean that both teams shall place the full complement of players (and not exceed) to which they are entitled within the line change time frame. If there is any undue delay by either team in changing players, the Referee shall order the offending team or teams to take their positions immediately and not permit any further player changes. When a substitution has been made under the above rule, no additional substitution may be made until play commences. Once the line change procedure has been completed (57.2), no additional player substitutions shall be permitted until the face-off has been completed legally and play has resumed, except when a penalty or penalties are imposed that affect the on-ice strength of either or both teams. This may include penalties imposed following the completion of the line change and prior to the face-off, or due to a penalty assessed for a face-off violation. Goalkeepers' substitution during a game will be conducted within the same time frame as a regular line change. No extra time will be allotted to the goalkeeper coming off the bench, except in the case where an injury to a goalkeeper occurs.
  • 57.2 Procedure - Following a stoppage of play, the Referee will enforce the following line change procedure once he has determined that this procedure may begin: (i) The Referee shall give the visiting team up to five (5) seconds to make its line change. (ii) The Referee shall raise his hand to indicate no further changes by the visiting team and to commence the home team's line change. (iii) The Referee shall give the home team up to eight (8) seconds to make its line change. (iv) The Referee shall lower his hand to indicate no further changes by the home team. (v) Any attempt by the either team to make a change after the Referee's signal, attempt to place too many men on the ice for the subsequent line change, or attempt to make additional personnel changes, shall not be permitted and the Referee will send the players who have attempted to change back to their players' bench. The Referee will then issue a warning to the offending team (through the Coach) indicating that any subsequent violations during the rest of the game (including overtime), shall result in a bench minor penalty for delaying the game. This penalty shall be announced as a "Bench Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Improper Line Change." (vi) The Referee conducting the face-off will blow his whistle (once the Referee has lowered his hand for the line changes) to indicate that all players must be in position and on-side for the face-off within five (5) seconds. The face-off will then be conducted in accordance with Rule 51 - Face-offs. (vii) Players who are slow (after the five-second warning whistle given by the Referee) getting to the face-off location or who are in an off-side position for the ensuing face-off will be warned once in the game by the Referee. This warning will also be given to the offending team's Coach. Any subsequent violation shall result in a bench minor penalty for delay of game being assessed to the offending team. (viii) In the last two (2) minutes of regulation time and in the final minute of overtime period(s), points (vi) and (vii) above are not applicable. The Referee shall give the teams a reasonable amount of time to set up for the ensuing face-off after points (1) through (5) above have been enforced.
  • 7.3 Bench Minor Penalty - Any attempt by the visiting team to make a change after the Referee's signal shall result in the assessment of a bench minor penalty for delay of game. Players must proceed directly to the location of the face-off to participate in the ensuing face-off. Any attempts to delay the game by stalling or otherwise unnecessary actions by either team shall result in the assessment of a bench minor penalty for delaying the game. This penalty shall be announced as a "Bench Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Slow Proceeding to Face-off Location (or, Slow Proceeding to Players' Bench)." During the play, if a player wishes to retire from the ice and be replaced by a substitute, he must do so at the players' bench and not through any other exit leading from the rink. This is not a legal player change and therefore when a violation occurs, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed.
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  • Rule 58 - Overtime
  • 58.1 Overtime - Regular-season - During regular-season games, if at the end of the 45 minute period, the score shall be tied the teams will then play an additional overtime period of not more than five (5) minutes with the team scoring first declared the winner and being awarded all points. The overtime period shall be played with each team at a numerical strength of four (4) players and one (1) goalkeeper. Additional penalties to be assessed consistent with the rules in regulation time. The overtime period will be commenced immediately following a one (1) minute rest period during which the players will remain on the ice. The teams will not change ends for the overtime period. Goalkeepers and penalized players may go to their respective players' benches during this rest period.
  • 58.2 Overtime- Post-season - During the post-season the CBHK will determine the overtime rules given rink availability and other time contraints.
  • 58.3 Overtime- Extra Attacker - A team shall be allowed to pull its goalkeeper in favor of an additional skater in the overtime period. Should the goalkeeper proceed to his bench for an extra attacker due to a delayed penalty call against the opposing team, and should the non-offending team shoot the ball directly into their own goal, the game shall be over and the team that was to be penalized declared the winner. Once the goalkeeper has been removed for an extra attacker in overtime during the regular-season, he must wait for the next stoppage of play before returning to his position. He cannot change "on the fly." If he does, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed for having an ineligible player. 58.3 Overtime- Penalties - When regulation time ends and the teams are 5 on 3, teams will start overtime 5 on 3. Once player strength reaches 5 on 4 or 5 on 5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4, as appropriate. When regulation ends and teams are 4 on 4 teams will start overtime 3 on 3. If at the end of regulation time teams are three (3) players on three (3) players, overtime starts three (3) players on three (3) players. Once player strength reaches five (5) players on four (4) players or five (5) players on five (5) players, at the next stoppage player strength is adjusted to four (4) players on three (3) players or four (4) players on four (4) players, as appropriate. At no time will a team have less than three players on the ice. This may require a fifth skater to be added if a two-man advantage occurs. If a team is penalized in overtime, teams play four (4) players against three (3) players. If both teams are penalized with minor penalties at the same stoppage of play (with no other penalties in effect), teams will play three (3) players against three (3) players. In overtime, if a team is penalized such that a two-man advantage is called for, then the offending team will remain at three (3) players while the non-offending team will be permitted a fifth skater. At the first stoppage of play after the two-man advantage is no longer in effect, the numerical strength of the team will revert back to either four (4) players on four (4) players or a four (4) players on three (3) players situation, as appropriate.
  • 58.4 Post-season - Shootout - During playoff games, if the game remains tied at the end of the scheduled overtime period(s) the teams may proceed to a shootout. The rules governing the shootout shall be the same as those listed under Rule 13 - Penalty Shot. The teams will not change ends for the shootout. The home team shall have the choice of shooting first or second. The teams shall alternate shots. Three (3) players from each team shall participate in the shootout and they shall proceed in such order as the Captain selects. All players are eligible to participate in the shootout unless they are serving a ten-minute misconduct or have been assessed a game misconduct or match penalty. Once the shootout begins, the goalkeeper cannot be replaced unless he is injured. No warm up shall be permitted for a substitute goalkeeper. Each team will be given three shots, unless the outcome is determined earlier in the shootout. After each team has taken three shots, if the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a "sudden death" format. No player may shoot twice until everyone who is eligible has shot. If, however, because of injury or penalty, one team has fewer players eligible for the shootout than its opponent, both teams may select from among the players who have already shot. This procedure would continue until the team with fewer players has again used all eligible shooters. Regardless of the number of goals scored during the shootout portion of overtime, the final score recorded for the game will give the winning team one more goal than its opponent, based on the score at the end of overtime. The losing goalkeeper will not be charged with the extra goal against. The player scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout will not be credited with a goal scored in his personal statistics. If a team declines to participate in the shootout procedure, the game will be declared as a shootout loss for that Team. If a team declines to take a shot it will be declared as "no goal."
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  • Rule 59 - Ball Out of Bounds
  • 59.1 Ball Out of Bounds - When a ball goes outside the playing area at either end or either side of the rink, strikes any obstacles above the playing surface other than the boards or netting the face-off shall ensue as follows i) If shot directly out, the face-off will occur one face-off spot towards the offending players defensive end from where it was shot. ii) If deflected out, the face-off will occur at the spot closest to where it was deflected (not to where it exited the rink). iii) If the ball deflects off the goal post or crossbar, when caused by either team the face-off shall always be conducted in that end zone at the nearest face-off spot. iv) If the ball comes to rest on top of the boards surrounding the playing area, it shall be considered to be in play and may be played legally by hand or stick. v) When the ball goes outside the playing area directly off the face-off, regardless as to which player may have last contacted the ball, the face-off shall remain in the same spot and no penalty will be assessed to either team for delaying the game. vi) When the ball is shot and it makes contact with any part of a players body above the boards, who is sitting on the boards, the face-off shall take place in accordance with rules i and ii above. vii) When the ball makes contact with any part of a players body below the top of the boards, who is sitting on the boards, and causes an advantageous bounce for the team who shot the ball, the play will be called dead and the face-off will occur at the dot closest to where the ball was shot.
  • 59.2 Ball Unplayable - When the ball becomes lodged in the netting on the outside of either goal so as to make it unplayable, or if it is "frozen" between opposing players intentionally or otherwise, the Referee shall stop the play. The ball may be played off the goal netting by either team. However, should the ball remain on the goal netting for more than three (3) seconds, play shall be stopped. Should the goalkeeper use his stick or glove to freeze the ball on the back of the net or should a defending player shield a an attacking player from playing the ball off the back of the net, the face-off shall take place at one of the face-off spots in the defending zone. Should the ball go under the goal either from behind or the side, or though the mesh from behind or the side, if this is witnessed by an on-ice official, play should be stopped immediately and the ensuing face-off should take place at the nearest face-off spot in the zone nearest to the location where the play was stopped.
  • 59.3 Ball Out of Sight - Should a scramble take place or a player accidentally fall on the ball and the ball be out of sight of the Referee, he shall immediately blow his whistle and stop the play. The ball shall then be faced-off at the nearest face-off spot in the zone where the play was stopped unless otherwise provided for in the rules.
  • 59.4 Ball Striking Official - Play shall not be stopped if the ball touches an official anywhere on the rink, regardless of whether a team is short-handed or not. The ball striking or deflecting off an official does not automatically nullify a potential icing. When a ball deflects off an official and goes out of play, the ensuing face-off will take place at the face-off spot in the zone nearest to where the ball deflected off the official. If a goal is scored as a result of being deflected directly into the net off an official, the goal shall not be allowed.
  • 59.5 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty for delay of game shall be imposed on a goalkeeper who deliberately drops the ball on the goal netting to cause a stoppage of play.
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  • Rule 60 - Start of Game and Overtimes
  • 60.1 Start of Game and Periods - The game shall be commenced at the time scheduled by a "face-off" in the center of the rink and shall be renewed promptly at the conclusion of each intermission in the same manner.
  • 60.2 Bench Minor Penalty - A bench minor penalty shall be imposed on either or both teams if they are not on the ice or can be seen proceeding to the ice to start the game or overtime period when the intermission time on the clock has expired. At the start of games and any overtime period, all players with the exception of the starting players must proceed directly to their respective players' benches.
  • 60.3 Choice of Ends - Captains will agree to or will Kai-Bae-Bo for choice of end at the start of the game The teams may change ends for the second game of a match at the request of the Captain who lost the initial Kai-Bai-Bo. In the playoffs, the higher ranked team will have choice of end in games 1 and 3.
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  • Rule 61 - Time-outs
  • 61.1 Time-out - Each team shall be permitted to take one 1-minute time-out during the course of any game, regular season or playoffs. All players including goalkeepers on the ice at the time of the time-out will be allowed to go to their respective benches. This time-out must be taken during a normal stoppage of play. Only one time-out shall be permitted at any one stoppage of play. Only the Captain may exercise its option and the Referee will report the time-out to the Game Timekeeper who shall be responsible for signaling the termination of the time-out. No time-out shall be granted following a face-off violation. When a penalty shot has been awarded to either team by the Referee, no time-out will be granted once instructions have been given to the player taking the shot and the goalkeeper defending the shot. No time-out will be granted during the shootout. No warm-up involving balls on the ice shall be permitted for a goalkeeper or replacement goalkeeper during a time-out. If, after one warning, this continues, the Referee shall assess a delay of game penalty to the offending team. Television commercial time-out guidelines are established by the League. However, no commercial time-out is permitted after the scoring of a goal. No commercial time-out is permitted after the calling of an icing infraction, except when a penalty or penalties are assessed that affect the on-ice strength of either team
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