Women'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
- the "fair play" rule is in effect for all regular season games. This means that all players will have the opportunity to play equally in the games that they attend
- 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
- the league convener will provide any additional information needed by the referees
- referees have final say during the game on all rules
- all current female students, staff, faculty and residents are eligible to participate, as well as alumni who are auditing
- there are to be four players per team on the floor excluding the goalie (the goaltenders, at this point in the history of women's floor hockey, will be volunteer male players only)
- 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
- all will play with a plastic blade 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)
- if a goalie opts not to wear goalie pads, they must wear shin and knee guards/pads. Along with this, all goalies will use a trapper/ball glove, blocker/player glove, and athletic protection ("jock" or "jill")
- each game consists of two 20 minute halves with a 5-minute halftime break
- one or more periods may be shortened to 15 minute halves at the convener’s discretion 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
- if shot from beyond attack line the ball touches any player (excluding goalie) before entering the net
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 goal 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. 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 be batted or 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
- 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
- goalies are intended to be defensive members of the team and as such should not need to go beyond the free throw circle
- body checking is not allowed but one may move a player out from in front of the net
- body checking will be a referee’s judgment call; if the intent was to flatten someone, knock them off-stride, 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 be a centre court faceoff
- 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
- the regular season "fair play" rule is cancelled for the playoffs. Captains can determine how and how often their players shall play in the playoffs.
- 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 play-off game, the two teams will go into a 10-minute, running time 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 3-on-3 format. Should the tie remain still, the teams will have another 10-minute period, in 2-on-2 format.
Infractions: the following minor rule violations result in a stoppage of play with a faceoff at the nearest faceoff circle
- Hand pass - a player playing the ball with their hand directly to a teammate
- Playing the ball out of bounds - ceiling, stage or mezzanine
- all penalties will be monitored by the scorekeeper and the referee closest to the stage
- a minor penalty (two minutes) ends when the two minutes are up or if the team is short-handed when the opposing team scores
- at the consultation of referees, 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
a player receiving three penalties in a game will automatically be ejected from the game
- players displaying bad attitudes will be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct (at the discretion of the referee). Three such penalties will result in ejection from the game and a suspension hearing following the game. The referee can also immediately eject a player if warranted. The convener may also deal with situations of poor sportsmanship when warranted and may consult or include the Dean of Students as necessary.
- 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
- Roughing (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 putting one’s hand on an opposing player’s back.
- 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
- 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 her stick end with force into an opponent’s body
- Fighting - players shoving or jostling one another or throwing punches – ejection from the game and possibly for the season
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.