Men's Floor Hockey
Fast Paced. Precision. Intense. Determined. Electrifying. Floor Hockey at Tyndale is unlike any other! With both the men’s and women’s season running semester long it becomes a defining factor of the Tyndale 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
- referees will be signed up captains or volunteers who will be scheduled and supervised by the convener
- there will be 2 (two) floor referees per game and 1 stage referee responsible for time keeping stats and goal consultation
- the league convener will provide any additional information needed by the referees
- referees have final say during the game on all rules
- all current male students, staff, faculty and residents are eligible to participate
- 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 or from outside the league with the exception of a convener-approved substitute goalie for the league
- all will play with a plastic blade on their stick. No wooden blades or composite sticks are allowed. If you require further explanation please contact the convener
- 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 and the goalie consults with the convener (equal or lesser size to the provided equipment)
- each game consists of two 20 minute halves with a short (2-4 minute) break between halves
- 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; these are non-accumulative
- 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, possession is given to the defending team (not to the goalie) behind the black end line. A whistle restarts play and all players on the opposing team (and their sticks) must be on the opposite side of the black line until either the ball has crossed the black line or the 3 count has expired.
- 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 take place behind the black line at the side or the end of the floor nearest to where the infraction occurred. All players on the opposing team (and their sticks) must be on the opposite side of the black line until, following a whistle by the referee, either the ball is played or the 3 count has expired.
- the only person who may dispute a call is the team captain – if another player disputes a call the player will be given a two minute penalty or ejected (at the discretion of the referee). In short, if you’re not a captain, don’t argue with the ref.
- the convener will recruit a volunteer to keep statistics at each game. The stats will be handed in to the convenor following the game and the convenor will track team and individual player stats.
- points will be scored 2 points for a win, 1 point for an overtime loss, 0 points for a loss; players will receive 1 point for each goal or assist
- in the event of a tie at the end of a regular season game, a 5 minute 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 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 but each team will play with only three players plus a goalie on the floor. Should the tie remain still, the teams will have another 10-minute period but with only two players plus the goalie on the floor.
- the following minor rule violations result in a stoppage of play with the offending team losing possession
- Hand pass - a player playing the ball with their hand directly to a teammate
- Premature play - on a restart, a player not waiting for the whistle before playing the ball
- Encroachment - on a restart, a player from the defending team crossing the end or center line before entitled to as laid out in the rules of play
- Crease Violation - a player steps into or places any part of his body inside the blue markings of the opposing team’s goal crease
- 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). Two such penalties will result in ejection from the game and an automatic game suspension for the following game. The referee can also immediately eject a player if warranted. Any player ejected twice for unsportsmanlike conduct will be suspended for the remainder of the season. 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
- Elbowing - a player deliberately moving her elbow into an opponent’s body or face
- 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.