Rules for Ball Hockey
Most of the Rules of Ball Hockey mirror those of ice hockey, or
what you may already be familar with - this is not meant to be a
comprehensive list. However, there are a number of special rules
that you should be aware of if you have never played Ball Hockey
are two 30 minute stop-time periods. If you have
not played ball hockey and think that is a short period of time
to play, you will quickly find out that unlike Ice Hockey, where
you can "coast" through some of your movement, Ball Hockey
is a game for those who can keep their legs moving. 30 minutes is
a lot of running, although like Ice Hockey you are usually out for
shifts of about 2 minutes at a time.
Ball Hockey mirrors international hockey rules in that there is
no 2 line pass. However, the largest difference between Ball Hockey
and most forms of Ice Hockey is the "Floating Blue Line"
that regulates off-sides in the offensive zones. Once a player has
moved the ball over the blue line into the attacking zone, the attacking
zone increases to include the entire opponent's half of the rink.
See the illustration on the right.
Sticking & Stick Infractions
"High sticking" the ball (touching the ball with your
stick at a height greater than 4' (or above the crossbar) is a 2
minute penalty. Hence, it is best to rid yourself of the habit of
chasing a ball in the air with your stick.
Also enforced will be the double-minor for any slashing or cross-checking
penalty. High sticking involving injuries will result in a 5-minute
major and a game misconduct, and review from a league official.