Saginaw Public Schools’ Community Education Department

Elementary and Middle School Floor Hockey Rules and Regulations

Introduction

        The purpose of the elementary and middle school youth sports program is to provide the students in the City of Saginaw with a healthy outlet for their energy and an opportunity to experience the social interaction and physical and mental challenge of sports competition. The objectives of the program include helping students:

        1.     HAVE FUN!

        2.     Learn the fundamental rules and regulations of the game.

        3.     Learn and display good sportsmanship.

        4.     Acquire some of the skills necessary to play.

        5.     Experience new social contacts and develop new friendships.

Eligibility Rules

1.     A student may play on only one team for any given sport.

2.     Teams are to consist of only those students registered at that school. If a student should move to another school prior to the first game in the season, they can play at their new school after registering. If a player should move after the first game, they must remain with original team.

3.     A player is not eligible to play until their name, address and phone number are added to the roster. Players may be added until the second game of the season.

Coach and School Responsibilities

1.     Attending organizational meeting for coaches.

2.     Giving correct, full names on score sheets.

3.     Being responsible for the conduct of the team prior to, during and after each game. Coaches also assume responsibility for parents and spectators supporting their team. Spectators must remain in the spectator area. Coaches must remain in the team’s area.

4.     Being present, or having an adult substitute present for all games.

5.     Each team must schedule practices through the building principal. Total practice time for one week should not exceed four and one-half hours.

Establishing a Team

1.     During the time preceding the beginning of a sports season, Community Education staff will contact individual schools to determine the number of teams that school will sponsor during the forthcoming season.

2.     The team is responsible for submitting to the Community Education Offices by 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before the first game the following materials.

        a.     Volunteer Information card for each coach and assistant coach

        b.     Team roster with names, addresses and phone numbers for each of the players.

        c.     Completed parental permission slips for each of the players.

        d.     Practice schedule for the team

        e.     The team fee.

        Any team not submitting these materials to the Community Education Offices by 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before the first game shall NOT be scheduled for any games.

 

The Team

        Each team consists of six (6) players on the floor at one time.

      One goal tender who can stop pucks with hands, feet, body or stick. The goal tender is the only player permitted in the goal box. The goal tender is required to wear a facemask and a chest protector or heavy jacket.

       One center who is the only player allowed to move full court, in both the offensive and defensive ends. The center uses a stick that is striped with tape.

       Two defensemen who can not go past the center line into the offensive area. The defensemen’s responsibility is to keep the puck out of the defensive half of the floor.

       Two forwards who can not go past the center line into their defensive area. The forwards’ role is to work with the center on offensive play.


Play Area

1.     Any gym that is laid out for basketball can be used. See diagram

        The Center Line is the mid-court line of a basketball floor.

        The Center Circle is the small basketball mid-court jump circle. The Restraining Circle is the large mid-court jump circle. Play starts and resumes here after goals and fouls.

        The Goal Box (crease) is a restraining line, five feet from the front on the goal and four feet each side of the goal.

 

Equipment

1.     The league will provide all equipment on site. No player may bring a personal hockey stick for league play. Under no circumstances can the blade of the stick be altered in any way. If players desire hand protection, they are restricted to winter gloves or mittens, golf or batting gloves. Mouthpieces or mouth guards are not required, but are encouraged.

2.     The goal tender is required to wear a facemask as well as a chest protector. A heavy jacket that is the correct size for the player may be substituted for the chest protector. A goal tender may bring a personal mask. A mask and chest protector will be provided.

3.     Tennis shoes or basketball shoes are acceptable. Dress shoes or bare feet are not permitted. Taping shoes is allowed for purposes of holding shoe laces only.

4.     Illegal equipment includes any hard or unyielding substance, no matter how covered or padded, and any projection of metal or hard substance from a player’s person or clothing. Jewelry (other than a medical alert) is not allowed. It is the head coach’s responsibility to verify that all players are legally equipped. Violations of equipment rules will result in an Illegal Play-Equipment penalty of one minute.

 

Playing Time

1.     A game is divided into three (3) periods of twelve (12) minutes each (running time). There is a two (2) minute break between periods. Teams change goals after each period.

2.     The clock starts when the referee blows the whistle to put the puck in play at the center circle. Play is continuous and the clock only stops for an injured player, a time out or on the referee’s signal for a conference.

3.     Each team has one time out per game. Time outs last 30 seconds. Time outs can only be called while the play is already stopped.

4.       FORFEITS - Games are to start on time. Five minutes of grace time from when the game should start will be allowed before a forfeit is declared. A team may play with five players, but must use six if eligible members are present.

 

Start of Play

1.     Coin flip for possession of the puck at the start of the first period. The team that is behind at the end of a period will receive possession to start play in the next period. If the score is tied, a coin flip will determine possession for the next period.

2.     Play can not start until the referee blows the whistle. Once the whistle is blown, the player has three seconds to play the puck beyond the restraining circle. Failure to do so is a Delay-Illegal Start violation. The defense takes possession at the center circle.

3.       Any player on the floor may start play with a pass from the center circle. The player must have one foot inside the center circle. All other players must be outside of the restraining circle. If the player is not the center, they must return “onside” immediately. A goal can not be scored directly from the center circle. If in starting play, the initial pass from the center circle is on goal, it is a Delay-Illegal Start violation. The defense takes possession at the center circle.

 

Puck Going Out of Play

1.     Play will continue if the puck comes in contact with an object hanging over the court (backboard, baskets, speakers, etc.) unless the first touch results in the puck being shot into the goal. If this happens, the goal is disallowed, and a coin toss will determine possession at the center circle.

2.     If a puck goes out of play, officials will carry extra pucks and will drop the puck into the area where the puck was last in play so play can be continuous. Pucks that are shot above the goal that go out of play shall be brought back into play by giving possession to the goal tender. Exceptions are:

        a.     If a team intentionally puts the puck out of play, play will resume with the other team having possession at the center circle.

b.      If a puck is going out of play, but is deflected into play to a team’s advantage, play will be stopped and a coin toss will determine possession at the center circle.


Scoring

1.     A goal counts as one point. Anytime a puck touches or crosses the goal line or the area above the goal line, but below the top of the goal, it is a goal unless:

        a.     If in the process of scoring, the offensive team commits a foul.

        b.     If to start play, the puck is played directly from the center circle without being touched by another player.

        c.     If an offensive player or their stick is in the goal box, if the puck was kicked into the goal by an offensive player or if the puck was thrown or deflected by hand into the goal by an offensive player.

        d.     If the puck deflects off an overhanging obstruction and on the first touch is shot into the goal.

        It is not a goal if the puck hits the front of the goal frame and ricochets away without touching or crossing the goal line or the area above the goal line. Please note: unlike in ice hockey, where the entire puck must cross the goal line for a goal to count, in floor hockey any part of the puck must only “break the plane” of the goal line to be considered a goal.

2.     A puck that deflects off a player or their equipment (whether an offensive or defensive player) which goes into the goal is a goal, unless directed in by kicking or by hand.

3.     If the goal tender has kicked the net, or the net is not setting squarely on the goal line, a goal will count if the puck goes into the net, or if the puck touches the goal line or the area above the goal line regardless of the position of the net.

4.       Once a team has a seven (7) point lead, the scorekeeper will notify the referees and both coaches. The team that is ahead must remove the leading scorers from the game. If a team does not have enough reserves to remove all leading scorers, the highest scorer(s) must be removed. If and when the seven-point lead is relinquished, all players are eligible to reenter the game. This rule is waived during tournament play.

 

Goal Tending

1.     The goal tender may use their hands, legs, body or stick to stop the puck or to deflect a shot away from the goal.

2.     During play, the goal tender is required to wear a facemask and a chest protector. A heavy jacket that is the correct size for the player may be substituted for the chest protector. A goal tender may bring a personal mask.

3.     At no time is the goal tender exempt from penalties for roughing or slashing regardless of where they are on the court.

        a.     The goal tender is exempt from high sticking only while inside the goal box and attempting to make a save. The goal tender is not exempt from the high sticking rules when using the stick to clear or pass the puck.

4.     The goal tender can not clear the puck by throwing it. The goal tender may clear the puck by using their stick anywhere on the court, including shooting toward the opposite goal. The goal tender has five seconds to play the puck from the goal box once the goal tender has control and full possession. The referee will make an audible and visual count. Failure to play the puck beyond the goal box will result in a Delay-Freezing violation. The offended team will receive possession at the center circle.

 

Substitutions

1.     Play is continuous. Free substitution is allowed at any position except goal tender. The substitute should enter the court and proceed directly to the person they are replacing without interfering with play or playing the puck until assuming their proper position. A player exiting from play can not interfere with play. The player being replaced shall hand the stick to their replacement.

2.     A player can not change positions (center, forward, and defense) during play without leaving the court. For example, a forward being replaced can not replace a defenseman without coming off the court. Such changes can be made during a stoppage of play

3.     A goal tender may only be substituted for between periods or during a time out, except in case of an injury.

4.     If a team is behind in the last two minutes of play in a game, they may pull their goal tender in favor of an extra center. The extra center must tag the goal tender before entering into play, since they can not exchange sticks (the extra center will have a striped stick.) The goal tender can not enter the offensive end prior to being touched. When the goal tender has been pulled, a defensive player may play the puck from their own goal box, but may not enter the goal box to defend the goal.

3.       Violations of the substitution rules will result in an Illegal Play-Substitution penalty of one minute.

 


Administration of Penalties

1.     A player who accumulates any combination of major or minor penalties totaling five or more is disqualified for the remainder of the game. When a player is called for their fifth penalty, their coach shall be notified, and the player’s replacement at that position shall serve the duration of the penalty.

2.     The player who is charged with a major or minor penalty must sit out for either two or one minutes. Their team must play short handed (with less than 6 players on the floor) at their position for that time. The time of penalty being served begins once the player is seated in the penalty box, and play has resumed.

3.     Co-Incidental Penalties – If a referee calls penalties on a player or players from each team that are of the same duration and where the violations occurred simultaneously or were part of the same incident, the players will be removed from the court and will serve Co-incidental penalties. Neither team will result in being short handed. The players may move to their bench areas upon the expiration of their penalties.

4.       If the opposition scores a goal, all players in the penalty box from the team scored upon may return to the floor, except those players serving co-incidental or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. If a team wishes to have a substitute enter the game in place of the penalized player, the substitute must be seated in the penalty box along with the penalized player.

 

Fouls and Penalties

1.     Delay – Attempts to delay the continuous play of the game will result in loss of possession with the opposing team beginning play at the center circle. Excessive or deliberate attempts to delay the game may result in a Major-Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty. Delay violations include:

        a.     Freezing– A player (excluding goal tenders) may not hold, lay on or put their foot on the puck.

        b.     Freezing– The goal tender not playing the puck from the goal box within five seconds.

        c.     Stalling – A player can not play the puck back into their goal box. A player can not control the puck by playing it against the boards in a small area (two to four feet) when it would be to their team’s advantage for the purposes of killing a penalty or keeping possession near the end of the game when ahead. The referee will give an audible and visual three count notifying the player to play the puck toward a teammate.

        d.     Closing your hand over the puck/Hand pass – No player (excluding the goal tender) can catch or close their hand over the puck. Players may hit an airborne puck in a straight downward motion, and not advanced toward a teammate.

        e.     Illegal Start - Any violation on the start or restart of play. Includes starting before the whistle, not having one foot in the center circle, passing on goal, or not having the puck clear the restraining circle in three seconds.

        f.      If a team takes an excessive amount of time to conduct substitutions during a stoppage in play, after a warning, the referee may call a Major-Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty on the player or coach.

        g.     If the goal tender deliberately dislodges the net in an effort to have the referee stop play, this will result in a Major-Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty on the goal tender.

 

2.     Illegal Play (Minor) Fouls – Any player charged with an illegal play minor foul must sit out one minute of play. Their team will play short handed at that position for the duration of the penalty. If the opposition scores a goal, all players in the penalty box with a minor penalty may return to the floor. If a minor penalty is called on the goal tender, a defenseman for that team will serve the penalty. Illegal Play Fouls include:

        a.     Leaving Your Feet/Playing the Puck while Prone- Players may not leave their feet or slide to attempt to block a puck. Players may not play a puck while lying on the floor. Only the goal tender is exempt.

        b.     Offside - A defenseman can not step on or cross over the center line into the offensive end. A forward can not step on or cross over the center line into the defensive end. Players may reach across the center line with their sticks. The positions of a player’s feet are the key determining factor.

        c.     Goal box violation - An offensive or defensive player can not enter the goal box or play the puck from the goal box with their stick. Exception – If the goal tender has been pulled, any defensive player can play the puck from the goal box.

        d.     Illegal Substitution – A player entering into play or exiting from play can not deliberately hit, kick or play the puck until assuming their proper position.

        e.     Illegal equipment - Players being illegal equipped.

 


Fouls and Penalties … continued

3.     Roughing (Major) Fouls – Any player charged with a roughing major foul must sit out two minutes of play. Their team will play short handed at that position for the duration of the penalty. If the opposition scores a goal, all players in the penalty box with a major penalty may return to the floor. If a major penalty is called on the goal tender, a defenseman for that team will serve the penalty. Major Fouls include:

        a.     Slashing - When an opponent is hit with the stick and, in the judgement of the referee, the player slashing had no chance to hit the puck. This is attempting to play through the player.

        b.     Cross Checking - Contact with an opposing player with the stick above the waist.

        c.     Tripping - Using the stick, or the leg, to trip or attempt to trip an opposing player. A player can not place their stick between an opponent’s legs at anytime.

        d.     Hooking - Using the stick to hinder the progress of an opposing player.

        e.     Charging - Attempting to go through an opposing player who has their feet set and who has been stationary for two seconds.

        f.      Pushing - Using your hands, arms, torso or hips to force an opposing player out of the way.

        g.     Holding the Stick - Deliberately hooking, grabbing or kicking the stick out of an opponent’s hand.

        h.     High Sticking - Swinging or carrying the stick at or above the waist of a player during play.

        i.      Goal Tender Interference – Contact using either the body of stick on the goal tender while the goal tender is in the goal box.

 

4.     Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Major) – Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification if flagrant. Any player charged with an unsportsmanlike conduct foul must sit out two minutes of play regardless of the number of goals scored by the opposing team. Their team will play shorthanded at the position for the duration of the penalty. If an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty is called on the goal tender, the goal tender will serve the penalty. The scorer and timekeeper, as well as the referees, have the authority to call unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fouls include:

        a.     Excessive Rough play – Tackling, tripping, elbowing, pushing, etc. A referee may add a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to a major penalty if they feel that the conduct was flagrant, but not warranting disqualification.

        b.     Abusive, profane, vulgar or intimidating language, gestures or contact directed at a player, coach or official.

        c.     Attempting to influence or objecting to an official’s decision, or disrespectfully addressing an official.

        d.     Throwing, hitting with or slamming the stick.

        e.     Excessive delay of the game.

        Unsportsmanlike conduct fouls where an individual violator is not identifiable are charged to the head coach. A defensive player will serve unsportsmanlike conduct fouls on a coach. If a player is disqualified, the coach will designate the replacement for that player at that position who will serve the time of the penalty.

 

5.     Gross Misconduct – Gross misconduct will result in disqualification. For any player who is disqualified, the coach will designate the replacement for that player at that position who will serve the time of the penalty with an gross misconduct foul must sit out two minutes of play regardless of the number of goals scored by the opposing team. Any player disqualified for a gross misconduct penalty will not be allowed to play in their team’s next game. The official scorer and timekeeper, as well as the referees, have the authority to call gross misconduct penalties. Gross Misconduct Fouls include:

        a.     Fighting

        b.     Intentionally fouling a player

        c.     Abusive, profane, vulgar or intimidating language, gestures or contact directed at a player, coach or official.

        d.     Excessive unsportsmanlike conduct.

 

Post Game Handshakes

        To promote good sportsmanship, both teams are required to line up and shake hands with one another at the end of the game. Any team that does not complete the game and the post-game handshake will be removed from the remainder of the season’s schedule.

Procedure for Tournament Games

1.     Regular season games that end in a tie will not have overtime played. In the case of a non-championship tournament game ending in a tie, overtime will be played to determine the winner. If a championship game ends in a tie, no overtime will be played, and co-champions will be named.

2.     Overtime Procedure: After a two minute rest period, we shall have a coin toss for possession, and play shall begin as it would for a new twelve-minute period. The team that scores the first goal in overtime shall be declared the winner. Periods will be repeated until a game winner is determined.


              Penalty Summary                                                       Referee Signals

DELAY Violations (Loss of Possession)

Starting Play Early or On Goal

Freezing the Puck or Stalling

Closing your hand over the puck

Hand pass

 

ONE MINUTE MINOR Penalties

Offside

Illegal Play-Leaving your Feet

Illegal Play- Playing while Prone

Illegal Play-Goal Box violation

Illegal Play-Substitution

Illegal Play-Equipment

 

TWO MINUTE MAJOR Penalties

Slashing

Cross Checking/Pushing

Tripping

Hooking

Charging

Holding/Holding the Stick

High Sticking

Goal Tender Interference

 

TWO MINUTE MISCONDUCT Penalties

Player sits entire two minutes regardless of goals scored.

Can be a Disqualification at Referee’s discretion.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Excessive or Rough Play

Abusive, vulgar or intimidating behavior

Disrespect toward an official

Throwing, hitting with or slamming the stick

Excessive Delay of the game

 

GROSS MISCONDUCT DISQUALIFICATION Penalties

Fighting

Intentional Foul

Excessive Unsportsmanlike Conduct