Men's Floor Hockey
Fast Paced. Precise. Intense. Determined. Electrifying. Floor Hockey at Tyndale is unlike any other! With both the men’s and women’s season running semester-long, it is historically one of the defining factors of Tyndale's culture. The sport is celebrated for its combination of competition and fun, the team camaraderie and the improved school spirit. With it being one of the greatest ways to be involved in the community, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
- generally the rules will follow those of the NHL
- there will be additional rules that are required to suit floor hockey and Christian conduct
- the intention of the league is to provide opportunities for participation, fun and good competition while at the same time maintaining Christian standards of sportsmanship; the rules will reflect this
- there will be two referees per game
- referees have final say during the game on all rules
- referees will be able to conduct respectful conversations with all players
- all current male students, staff, faculty and residents are eligible to participate, as well as auditing alumni students
- all team lists are final once the teams have been established
- there are to be four players per team on the floor excluding the goalie – extra players on the floor will result in a penalty
- a team must have at least three players plus a goalie in order to begin a game otherwise they will receive an automatic forfeit/loss
- teams may not use substitute players from other teams
- all will play with a plastic or ABS blade on their stick. No wooden blades or composite sticks are allowed.
- goalies may use the full set of goalie pads provided by Tyndale or a personal set of street hockey goalie pads. Ice hockey pads are not permitted unless they meet size requirements (equal or lesser size to the provided equipment)
- each game consists of two 20 minute halves with a 5 minute break between halves
- one or more periods may be shortened to 15 minute halves if the game is running late
- the final two minutes of each half will be played with the clock stopped each time the whistle blows. The remainder of the game the clock will only be stopped a penalty, a time out, or at the referee’s request (ie. for an injury or a disputed call)
- each team is permitted to call one 60 second time out per half at any time when the play is stopped
- for a goal to be valid the ball must entirely cross the goal line under the following conditions:
- the net is properly in place
- the ball was not kicked into the net or played into the net with a hand by the scoring team
- the whistle or the buzzer was not sounded before the ball entered the net
- the scoring team committed no infraction of the rules on the play
Rules of Play
- each half will begin with a face-off at center
- After a goal, play will resume with a face-off at center
- stick blades are not to come above the height of the crossbar when playing; this includes shots (wind-up and follow-through), high balls, deflections, checks, maneuvering around players, etc. This is to prevent injury (ie. cuts) and will be strictly enforced. However, an exception will be made if the player with the ball is the "last man", in which case the player can wind up above the height of the crossbar. Goalies will be given leeway in this matter.
- a player may take the ball from the air and set it at his feet; the ball may not thrown ahead in order to avoid another player
- when freezing the ball, a goalie must have one foot or another part of his body in the lower half of the black basketball key. If the ball is stopped outside of the key and no attempt is made to return to the key for a whistle, a penalty will be given for delay of game.
- after the ball has been held by the goalie, and play has been whistled to stop, a defensive zone face-off will follow (side will be chosen by referee)
- if the net is knocked out of position and play is around that net, the ref will stop play so that the net may be fixed; if the goalie has time to fix the net during play he should do so
- body checking is not allowed but one may move a player out from in front of the net
- body contact will be a referee’s judgment call; if the intent was to hit an opposing player, knock them off-stride while pursuing the ball, or grind them into the wall or if a player was out of control, then a penalty will be called
- the restart of play after an infraction or a penalty call will take place with a centre court face-off
- all players may dispute a call – however, if a player disputes a call in a disrespectful manner, as judged by the referee, they will be given a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. In short, don’t argue with the ref.
- points will be scored 2 points for a win, 1 point for an overtime loss, 0 points for a loss
- in the event of a tie at the end of a regular season game, a 5-minute 3-on-3 sudden death overtime period will take place. If it is still tied a 3 player shoot out will occur.
- to be eligible to play in the playoffs, a player must have played at least four regular season games
- in the event of teams being tied for points at the end of the regular season, a comparison of goals for and against will determine placement
- in the event of a tie at the end of a playoff game, the two teams will go into a 10-minute, running time sudden-death overtime period; if a tie is still in place at the end of that period, a second 10-minute sudden death period will follow. If a tie is still in place a third 10-minute period will follow, in a 3-on-3 format. Should the tie remain still, the teams will have another 10-minute period in a 2-on-2 format.
the following minor rule violations result in a stoppage of play, resulting in a face-off at the nearest face-off circle
- Hand pass - a player playing the ball with their hand directly to a teammate
- Playing the ball out of bounds - if the ball goes from the player's stick directly out of bounds (ceiling, stage, mezzanine)
- a minor penalty (two minutes) ends when the two minutes are up or if the team is short-handed when the opposing team scores
- if deliberate intent to injure or unwarranted anger or poor sportsmanship is shown, some of the minor penalties may be called as major penalties
- all major penalties (five minutes) end only when the time has been fully served
Minor Penalties: a player receiving three penalties in a game will automatically be ejected from the game, with the exception of high-sticking penalties
- Tripping - causing an opponent to fall by use of leg or stick
- Slashing - deliberate action of hitting an opponent with your stick (ref’s discretion, but look for an aggressive downward motion)
- High Sticking - any raising of the stick blade above the crossbar
- Body Contact (incidental body contact may be allowed) - any form of forceful body contact other than a defender attempting to move an opponent from in front of the net; this includes pushing opposing player’s back with one's free hand
- Holding - impeding the momentum of an opponent by taking hold of any part of their body, clothing or stick
- Hooking - impeding the movement of an opponent by wrapping your stick around them
- Cross-checking - hitting a player with your stick with intent to contact opponent with stick first
- Too Many Men - more than 5 players from one team on the floor (4 runners and a goalie) at one time
- Goalie Delay of Game - the goalie failing to have one foot inside the large black crease when freezing the ball
- Delay of Game - a player or team being unreasonably slow in change-ups, etc. or a team calling more than one time out per half or a player other than the goalie “freezing” the ball
- Interference - a player impeding the progress of a non-ball-carrying opponent
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct - any conduct that is unbecoming to a player including displays of anger (verbal or physical), intentionally forcing another player into a penalty (such as lifting an opponent’s stick so that the blade goes above their waist), dangerous play or using illegal equipment. Three such penalties will result in a suspension hearing following the game. The referee can also eject a player from the game if warranted.
- Bench Minor - players arguing with each other or with the referee (other than captains); players on the bench shouting insults or abuse to the opposing team or game officials
- Spearing - jabbing at or into an opponent’s body with your stick
- Butt-ending - a player sliding hisstick end with force into an opponent’s body
- Fighting - players shoving or jostling one another or throwing punches – ejection from the game and automatic suspension hearing
New rules regarding team character: this year, in an attempt to emphasize fun, community and good sportsmanship, we are adding Team Character (TC) points as an aspect of Team Standings. Each team will start with seven TC points. A team needs to have at least two TC points to be eligible to play in the playoffs. TC points will be removed as a result of a collaborative decision made by a combination of the commissioners, the captains, and the Dean of Students. If one team receives three unsportsmanlike penalties, they will lose a TC point. TC points can also be taken from a team for unsportsmanlike (and truly ungodly) conduct in relation to floor hockey outside of the confines of the gym. If a team loses all 7 TC points, they are unfortunately no longer eligible to play. The season will continue without their team's involvement. Bottom line: your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Any questions or comments regarding the floor hockey scheduling, rules, etc. should be directed to the league convenor. All rules and the schedule are subject to change or clarification at the discretion of the league convenor.