Rules

Vancouver Ball Hockey League Rules


1) Game location, time, and length
A. Games are played on Sunday

B. Games are played at Hastings Community Centre. Game starts at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 or 7:00pm. Sunset Community Centre Games will start at 9:00 and 10:00pm sharp

C. Please arrive at the gym (check your schedule) 10 minutes before the start of your game.

2) Teams
A. Each team is permitted to carry a maximum of 16 players, excluding goalies, on their roster but only 12 can be dressed per game.

B. Teams are comprised of 4 players on the court - plus a goalie.

C. All players should bring a dark shirt and a light shirt to all games. Home teams should be light and away teams should be dark. Teams should consult each other prior to the start of the game to ensure team colors don't conflict with each other.

D.All players must play a minimum of 4 games in the regular season inorder to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

3) Equipment
A. A hockey ball will be used for games.

B. Players must bring their own equipment to each game; the league will not supply any equipment, except fort the nets and ball.

C. Wooden sticks are allowed but tape on the blade of the stick is not permitted

D. Players may wear soccer-style shin pads if they desire. Players may also wear hockey gloves and goggles. This equipment is optional (although recommended)and not mandatory.

E. Goalie's equipment should include: a glove (trapper or baseball glove), blocker, chest/arm protector, and facial protection (mask).

F. If a goalie does not have the proper equipment, it will be permissible at the referee's discretion.

G. All players should wear a protective cup.

4) Game Play
A. A referee will be present at every game. The referee will call infractions, keep score, and keep stats. Please understand that the referee may not see everything that happens during a game, so please call your own infractions.

B. Please check area for potential dangers and obstacles prior to the start of the game and notify the referee.

C. Players may not make contact with the ball above their shoulders; slap shots are permitted, but please be aware of your stick at all times.

D. Games start with a face-off with the referee dropping the ball. After each goal, play is re-started with a face-off at centre.

E. Games are 50 minutes long (continuous run time); consisting of two 25 minute halves with a 2 minute break between. The length of the halves and the break may be reduced at the discretion of the referee. Any default games will be recorded as a 1-0, on the score sheet, victory for the team that shows up.

F. During the regular season, if a game is tied at the end of 50 minutes, it will result in a tie and a point will be given to each team..

G. In the playoffs, if a game is tied at the end of regulation time, 5 minutes of overtime will be played. If the game is still tied at the end of overtime, teams will move to a 5-person shootout. Teams will flip a coin to decide which team shoots first. Team that wins the coin toss will have the option to shoot first or last. Teams will alternate shots. If still tied after 5 shooters each, then it moves to a sudden-death shootout. After the first 5 shooters, the same players may shoot again (not everyone from a team has to shoot before a person may shoot again). Goalies may not shoot in the shootout.

H. If two or more teams are tied in the standings at season's end, the 1st tie-breaker will be the team with the most wins. The 2nd tie-breaker will be the head-to-head results. And the 3rd tie-breaker the team with the highest goals total(GF) for the season.

I. Balls going out of bounds will result in a lost of possession for the team that made the last contact with the ball. The opposing team will then receive possession of the ball.

J. Any ball going out of bounds that strikes a wall or other object (including players or spectators) and comes back into bounds is considered to be in play. If a player attempts to bring a ball back into play when it is out of bounds, the opposing team will take possession of the ball in that corner.

K. When a team takes possession of the ball after it goes out-of-bounds, the opposing team must give that player 5 feet (or 5 seconds) to play the ball. Once the player moves the ball, the opposing team may check the player.

L. The goalie is permitted to freeze the ball in his team’s defensive zone only; the defensive team will then receive procession of the ball behind their net.

M. The goalie is not permitted to come across center. If the goalie does cross the center line, play will be stopped and the opposing team will get possession of the ball at centre court. If a team wishes to pull the goalie during play, the goalie must leave the court and a regular player may come on to play.

5) Infractions
A. A referee will be present at every game. The referee will call infractions, keep score, and keep stats.

B. As the emphasis in this league is on fun and participation, it is hoped that common sense prevails and players will call their own infractions. When an infraction occurs, the opposing team will receive possession of the ball in the corner nearest the spot of the infraction.

C. High-sticking, slashing, body-contact, tripping, and hooking are strictly forbidden. Please have consideration and respect for your opponents.

D. If a player commits an infraction (hooking, tripping, slashing, high-sticking, body checking, cross-checking), that player will receive a 90-seconds penalty. And if that player commits three infractions during a single game, that player will be ejected from the game and the opposing team will be awarded a penalty shot.

E. If a player has been ejected from the game, it is the team captain's responsibility to ensure that the player leaves without further incident. The game will not resume until that person has complied (by leaving the court/gym). If, in the referee's opinion, the player takes too much time to comply, the offending player's team will default the game (no matter what the current score is), and the opposing team will receive a 1-0 victory in the standings.

F. The first incident of any rough or physically unsafe play will result in a verbal warning by the referee and a time-out for that player. The second incident will result in a 90-second penalty for the offending player. The third incident will result in that player's immediate expulsion from the game and an penalty shot will be awarded to the opposing team.

G. If a player has three game ejections, during the course of the season, that player will be suspended for two games. If that player receives another game ejection, upon his return it will result in immediate expulsion from the league.

H. Players with a time-out will not cause his/her team to be short-handed, unless they do not have any substitutes for that player. In this case, the team will play short-handed.

I. Any ball contacted by a stick above the height of the shoulders(of the player who is doing the high-sticking) is considered to be high-sticking, and will result in a penalty to that player. Any goal scored while making contact with the ball above the height of the goal net (crossbar) will not count.

J. There is NO intentional body contact allowed. This includes pick-plays, as well as, for example, a defensive player pushing into the back of an offensive player or an offensive player backing into a defensive player (even if they have possession of the ball). Even if the offensive player has possession of the ball, he may not initiate physical contact with an opposing player.

K. Please PLAY THE BALL AND NOT THE BODY

L. Initiating physical contact will result in the opposing team receiving possession of the ball at centre court; or possibility a penalty shot may be awarded, by the referee, to the opposing team, which may be taken by any team member on the floor at the time.

M. Any verbal or physical abuse by a player towards another player or the referee will result in that player's immediate expulsion from the game and gymnasium, at the discretion of the referee. This includes foul language directed at another player or comments made to another player with, in the judgment of the referee, the intent of instigating a confrontation. If a player has been asked to leave by the referee, it will be the team captain's responsibility to ensure that the player leaves without further incident.

N. The league has the right to expel any player/team from the league if they deem to play in a unsafe manner or threatens any other players, teams, and/or officials in the league. Expelled players/teams will not be entitled to a refund..


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PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS A RECREATIONAL LEAGUE AND THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE LEAGUE IS TO HAVE FUN AND PLAY SAFE! "WE ALL HAVE TO GET UP FOR WORK THE NEXT DAY!"