Rules & Policies

Rules

The Greater Sudbury Ball Hockey League believes that in order to help keep gameplay safe and enjoyable for all of our players, rules are needed. Similar to that of ice hockey, we have instituted a simple set of rules and regulations that must be followed by all league players.  These rules and regulations are important and will be enforced by game referees and league officials.  Failure to play by these posted rules and regulations may result in a penalty, a fine or expulsion from the league. Click here to read the Official Greater Sudbury Ball Hockey League Rules.

 

Policies

The Greater Sudbury Ball Hockey League respects the privacy and rights of all players, sponsors, spectators and other persons directly & indirectly involved with the operation and gameplay of the GSBHL. Click here to read the Greater Sudbury Ball Hockey League Policies.

 

OFFICIAL RULES

 

Section 1 – Teams
Rule 1 – Team
Rule 2 – Captain
Rule 3 – Starting Lineup & Start Time
 
Section 2 – Equipment
Rule 4 – Uniforms
Rule 5 – Player’s Equipment
Rule 6 – Goaltender’s Equipment
Rule 7 – Sticks
Rule 8 – Balls
 
Section 3 – Types of Penalties
Rule 9 – Calling of Penalties
Rule 10 – Minor Penalties
Rule 11 – Double Minor Penalties
Rule 12 – Major Penalties
Rule 13 – Game Misconduct Penalties
Rule 14 – Penalty Shots
 
Section 4 –Physical Fouls
Rule 15 – Contact
Rule 16 – Fighting
Rule 17 – Kicking
Rule 18 – Throwing Equipment
 
Section 5 – Restraining Fouls
Rule 19 – Holding
Rule 20 – Hooking
Rule 21 – Tripping
 
 
Section 6 – Stick Fouls
Rule 22 – Cross Checking
Rule 23 – High Sticking
Rule 24 – Slashing
Rule 25 – Slap Shot
 
Section 7 – Other Fouls
Rule 26 – Delaying of the Game
Rule 27 – Interference of the Goalkeeper
Rule 28 – Goaltenders Playing the Ball
Rule 29 – Threatening Bodily Harm
Rule 30 – Davis Effect
 
 
Section 8 – Game Flow
Rule 31 – Too Many Men on Play Area
Rule 32 – General Stoppage of Play
 
Section 9 – Game Time & Length
Rule 33 – Period Length and Format
Rule 34 – Regular Season
Rule 35 – Playoffs

 

Section 1 - Teams

Rule 1 – Team

 

1.1 Eligible Players: A league club may not be composed of more then 12 players. (11 Players and 1 goalkeeper) who will be registered to play for the representing club.

 

1.2 Replacing Goalkeeper: A team may replace there scheduled goalkeeper at the start of a game. Once a game is in play, said club may only replace the active goalkeeper due to injury, or game misconduct penalties.

 

1.3 Inegilable Players: If a club is found guilty of dressing a player who is not currently a registered GSBHL player, or belongs to another club will be assessed a minor bench penalty, and said player will be removed from the game.

 

1.4 Call Ups: Each club is permitted 3 players on there roster for call up. Only these 3 players will be eligible to play for said club. They are to be used in the event that a registered player might miss a squeduled game, or be injured.

 

Rule 2 – Captain

 

2.1 Captains: Each club will be represented by an appointed captain, and he or she alone shall have the privilege of discussing with the referee or chairman any questions relating to interpretations of rules which may arise during play. Said captains will be responsible for laying out, and collecting league jersey’s after each GSBHL game. Said captains are also responsible for contacting the call up players.

 

2.1 Assistant Captains: Each club will choose one player to be appointed assistant captain, who is to take on the responsibility of the jerseys should the captain be enable to attend a league game. He can also help the captain at any time with his responsibilities to the team.

 

Rule 3 – Starting Lineup & Start Time

 

3.1 Starting Lineup: At the start of scheduled game, both clubs will have there starting lineup in position and ready to commence play.

 

3.2 Violation: If when the referee calls for the start of the game, a club does not have there starting lineup ready, a 2 minute bench minor will be assessed to the violating club.

 

3.3 Arrival: We at the GSBHL expect to see club captains and goaltenders show up at least 20 to 30 minutes prior to game time, players are expected to be at the rink prior to game start.

 

3.4 Warm Up: Each club will be given 5 minutes for a warm up, game times will all start after warm ups, if a club is not ready, a bench minor will be assess.

 

Section 2 - Equipment

Rule 4 – Uniforms

 

4.1 Team Uniforms: All players of each club shall be dressed uniformly with approved GSBHL jerseys.

 

4.2 Numbers: All player jerseys must have an identifying number on the back of the player’s jersey.

 

Rule 5 – Player’s Equipment

 

5.1 Safety Equipment: All players must wear a CSA approved helmet and hockey gloves, ball hockey gloves or lacrosse gloves.

 

5.2 Under 19 Rule: If a league player is under the age of 19, he or she must wear a full cage in order to protect the league from lawsuits.

 

5.3 Optional Equipment: All players are permitted if they want to wear a jock, as well as shin guards for added protection. Visors and cages are permitted as an optional accessory for helmets.

 

Rule 6 – Goalkeeper’s Equipment

 

6.1 Safety Equipment: All goaltenders shall wear CSA approved helmets, with mandatory face protection. All goaltenders must wear goaltender pads and pants, blocker and trapper as well as chest protector to qualify as a team goaltender.

 

Rule 7 – Sticks

7.1 Regulation Sticks & Blades: League players may utilize any preferred stick. Be it wooden, composite or plastic as well as one piece or two pieces. This goes for players as well as goaltenders alike. The league will not regulate player stick curves.

 

7.2 Broken Stick’s: A broken stick is one which, in the opinion of the referee, is unfit for normal play.

 

A player without a stick may participate in the game. A player whose stick is broken may participate in the game provided he drops the broken stick. A 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.

 

A player who has lost or broken his stick may only receive a stick at his own player’s bench or be handed one from a teammate in the play area. A player will be penalized if he throws, tosses, slides or shoots a stick to a teammate on the play area. A player may not participate in the play using a goalkeeper’s stick. A 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.

 

A player tendered a stick thrown on the play area from the players or penalty bench will not receive a penalty. However, the player responsible for throwing the stick will receive a 2 minute bench minor penalty.

 

7.3 Broken Stick-Goalkeeper: A goalkeeper may continue to play with a broken stick until a stoppage of play or until he has one legally handed to him by a teammate. The teammate must hand the stick to him. He cannot throw it or slide it to the goalkeeper (this includes situations where the goalkeeper has lost his stick and a teammate is trying to return it to him). For a violation of this rule, a 2 minute minor penalty for throwing the stick shall be assessed to the offending player (no penalty to the goalkeeper for receiving the stick).

 

A goalkeeper whose stick is broken or illegal may not go to the player’s bench for a replacement but must receive his stick from a teammate. A goalkeeper may participate in the play using a skater’s stick until such time as he is legally provided with a replacement goalkeeper’s stick. For an infraction of this rule, a minor penalty shall be imposed on the goalkeeper.

 

Rule 8 – Balls

 

8.1 Playing Balls: All GSBHL games shall be played with certified league balls, chosen and paid for by the league commissioner or vice president only.

 

Section 3 – Types of Penalties

Rule 9 – Calling of Penalties

 

9.1 Calling a Penalty: Should an infraction of the rules which would call for a minor, major, misconduct, game misconduct or match penalty be committed by a player of the side in possession of the ball, the referee shall immediately blow his whistle and penalize the offending player.

 

Should an infraction of the rules which would call for a minor, major, misconduct, game misconduct or match penalty be committed by a player of the club not in possession of the ball, the referee shall raise his arm to signal the delayed calling of a penalty. When the club to be penalized gains control of the ball, the referee will blow his whistle to stop play and impose the penalty on the offending player.

 

When a player is ejected from the game for a violation of the playing rules, that individual must vacate the player’s bench area and may not, in any manner, further participate in the game. This includes directing the club from the spectator area or by radio communications. Any violations shall be reported to the Commissioner for further review.

 

9.2 Calling a Penalty, Goal Scored: If the penalty to be imposed is a minor penalty and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending side, the minor penalty shall not be imposed, but major and match penalties shall be imposed in the normal manner regardless of whether or not a goal is scored.

 

If two or more minor penalties were to be imposed and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending side, the captain of the offending club shall designate to the referee which minor penalty will be assessed and which minor penalty will be washed out as a result of the scoring of the goal.

 

9.3 Calling a Penalty, Short-handed Club, and Goal Scored: If when a club is “short-handed” by reason of one or more minor or bench minor penalties, the referee signals a further minor penalty or penalties against the “short-handed” club and a goal is scored by the non-offending side before the whistle is blown, then the goal shall be allowed. The penalty or penalties signaled shall be assessed and the first of the minor penalties already being served shall automatically terminate. Major and match penalties shall be imposed in the normal manner regardless of whether or not a goal is scored.

 

Rule 10 – Minor Penalties

 

10.1 Minor Penalty: For a minor penalty, any player, other than a goalkeeper, shall be ruled off the ice for 2 minutes during which time no substitute shall be permitted.

 

10.2 Retaliations: Once a referee has called a penalty, or has his hand up for a delayed penalty and the opposite team retaliates for the offence, that club will be assessed a 2 minute penalty for there offence as well as a 2 minute penalty for the retaliation.

 

10.3 Penalty Accumulation: If a player is found guilty of a minor or major penalty it will be recorded and kept on file. Once a player accumulates 20 minutes of penalties, he will be suspended by 1 game. If a player then accumulates 30 minutes of penalties he will then be suspended 2 more games. Once a player accumulates 20 penalties, he will be ejected from the league.

 

10.2 Short-handed: “Short-handed” means that the club must be below the numerical strength of its opponent on the ice at the time the goal is scored. The minor or bench minor penalty which terminates automatically is the one with the least amount of time on the clock. Thus coincident minor penalties to both Teams do not cause either side to be “short-handed”.

 

If while a club is “short-handed” by one or more minor, the opposing club scores a goal, the first of such penalties shall automatically terminate.

 

Rule 11 – Double-minor Penalties

 

11.1 Double-minor Penalty: For a double-minor penalty, any player, other than a goalkeeper, shall be ruled off the ice for two 2 minute consecutive penalties during which time no substitute shall be permitted.

 

11.2 Double-minor Penalty, Goal Scored: When a double-minor penalty has been signaled by the referee and the non-offending club scores during the delay, one of the minor penalties shall be washed out and the penalized player will serve the remaining 2 minutes of the double-minor penalty.

 

Rule 12 – Major Penalties

 

12.1 Short-handed: Although a major penalty does cause a club to be short-handed, the penalized player serving the major penalty does not leave the penalty bench when the opposing club scores. The player must wait for the entire major penalty to expire before he is permitted to exit the penalty bench.

 

12.2 Automatic Game Misconduct: An automatic game misconduct shall be applied to any player who has been assessed their third major penalty in the same game.

 

12.3 Fines: An automatic fine of 50 dollars shall also be added when a third major penalty is imposed to a player for any foul causing injury to the face or head of an opponent by means of a stick.

 

12.4 Penalty Length: When a player receives a major penalty he will serve an automatic 5 minute penalty. If the player is ejected due to his offense his club must select a player from play area to serve the penalty.

 

Rule 13 – Game Misconduct Penalties

 

13.1 Game Misconduct Penalty: A game misconduct penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game.

 

13.2 Last 5 Minutes of Game: Anyone incurring a game misconduct and ejection of the game at or under the last 5 minute mark will also incur a one game suspension in there next game.

 

Rule 14 – Penalty Shot

 

14.1 Penalty Shot: A penalty shot is designed to restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul being committed by the offending club, based on the parameters set out in these rules.

See rule 21.3.

 

14.2 Procedure: The ball must be kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete. No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the ball off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal.

 

The lacrosse-like move whereby the ball is picked up on the blade of the stick and “whipped” into the net shall be permitted provided the ball is not raised above the height of the shoulders at any time and when released, is not carried higher than the crossbar.

 

The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

 

Only a player designated as a goalkeeper can be in goal during the penalty shot. The goalkeeper must remain in his crease until the player taking the penalty shot has touched the ball. While the penalty shot is being taken, players of both sides shall withdraw to the sides of the play area and in front of their own player’s bench. 

14.3 Violations During the Shot: The goalkeeper may attempt to stop the shot in any manner except by throwing his stick or any object, or by deliberately dislodging the goal, in which case a goal shall be awarded. If, while the penalty shot is being taken, any player, of the opposing club shall have by some action interfered with or distracted the player taking the shot and, because of such action, the shot should have failed, a second attempt shall be permitted and the referee shall impose a 2 minute minor penalty to the offending club.

 

If, while the penalty shot is being taken, any player, goalkeeper, of the club taking the shot shall have by some action interfered with or distracted the goalkeeper defending the shot and, because of such action, the shot was successful, the referee shall rule no goal and shall impose a 2 minute minor penalty to the offending club.

 

14.4 Face-Off Location: If a goal is scored from a penalty shot, the ball shall be faced-off at center play. If a goal is not scored, the ball shall be faced-off at either of the end face-off spots in the zone in which the penalty shot was tried

 

Section 4 – Physical Fouls

Rule 15 – Contact

 

15.1 Body Contact: In the GSBHL there will be no actual physical contact permitted from one player to another player. This includes, knee on knee, elbowing, upper and lower body contact as well as pushing and shoving.

 

15.2 Minor Penalties: The referee, at his discretion, may assess a 2 minute minor penalty, based on the degree of contact made, and whether it was accidental or done purposely.

 

15.3 Major Penalties: The referee, at his discretion, may assess a 4 minute major penalty, based on the degree of deliberate contact made.

 

15.4 Match Penalty: The referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty resulting in the guilty player to be ejected from the game, for incurring 3 minor penalties, or 2 major penalties.

 

15.5 Game Misconduct Penalty: A game misconduct will be issued to any player who threw his own actions, deliberately causes bodily harm to another player. The length of suspension will be reviewed by the referee and chairman.

 

Rule 16 – Fighting

 

16.1 Fighting: A fight shall be deemed to have occurred when at least one player punches or attempts to punch an opponent, or when two players wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult for the referee to intervene and separate the combatants. Fighting will incur a 50 dollar fine as well as a 3 game suspension. A second fight and said player will be ejected from the league with no refunds. See rule 16.4, to see who is deemed the instigator.

 

16.2 Continuing or Attempting to Continue a Fight: Any player who persists in continuing or attempting to continue a fight or altercation after he has been ordered by the referee to stop, will incur 1 extra game suspension from league play.

16.3 Fighting Off the Playing Surface: An extra 2 game suspension shall be imposed on any player involved in fighting off the playing surface or with another player who is off the playing surface. Theses suspension will be in addition to any other suspension’s handed down.

 

16.4 Instigator: An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.

 

A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating 5 minute game penalty for said players club as well as a game misconduct. Said players club will incur the 3 game suspension as well as the 50 dollar fine.

 

If the same player is deemed to be the instigator of a second altercation in the season, he shall be immediately ejected for the rest of the season without a registration refund for his actions.

 

Rule 17 - Kicking

 

17.1 Goals: Kicking the ball shall be permitted in all zones. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the ball into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks a ball that deflects into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official.

 

A ball that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s foot that does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal. A ball that is directed into the net by an attacking player’s foot shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident. The following should clarify deflections following a kicked ball that enters the goal:

(i) A kicked ball that deflects off the body of any player of either team (including the goalkeeper) shall be ruled no goal.

 

(ii) A kicked ball that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper’s stick) shall be ruled a good goal.

 

(iii) A goal will be allowed when an attacking player kicks the ball and the ball deflects off his own stick and then into the net.

 

A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks any equipment (stick, glove, helmet, etc.) at the ball, including kicking the blade of his own stick, causing the ball to cross the goal line.

 

Rule 18 – Throwing Equipment

 

18.1 Throwing Equipment: A player shall not throw a stick or any other object in any zone. A player who has lost or broken his stick may only receive a stick at his own players’ bench or be handed one from a teammate on the ice (see 7.1). This will also include a player throwing or moving a player on the opposite teams stick, or equipment.

 

18.2 Minor Penalty: A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player in the play area who throws his stick or any part thereof or any other object in the direction of the ball or an opponent in any zone.

 

When the player discards the broken portion of a stick or some other object by tossing it or shooting it to the side of the play area (and not over the boards) in such a way as will not interfere with play or opposing player, no penalty will be imposed for so doing. When moving a stick that is not broken, no penalty shall be assessed as long as it does not interfere with the play and the player who lost said stick is not attempting to retrieve it, otherwise a 2 minute interference penalty must be assessed.

 

Section 5 – Restraining Fouls

Rule 19 – Holding

 

19.1 Holding: Any action by a player that restrains or impedes the progress of an opposing player whether or not he is in possession of the ball. As well any player who by using his stick, gloves or feet holds down another players stick will incur a 2 minute minor penalty.

 

19.1 Minor Penalty: A 2 minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who holds an opponent by using his hands, arms or legs. A player is permitted to use his arm in a strength move, by blocking his opponent, provided he has body position and is not using his hands in a holding manner, and the stick is immediately released when doing so.

 

Rule 20 – Hooking

 

20.1 Hooking: Hooking is the act of using the stick in a manner that enables a player to restrain an opponent from motion. This includes holding an opponents stick down with your own stick.

 

20.2 Minor Penalty: A 2 minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who impedes the progress of an opponent by “hooking” with his stick. A 2 minute minor penalty for hooking shall be assessed to any player who uses the shaft of the stick above the upper hand to hold or hook an opponent.

 

Rule 21 – Tripping

 

21.1 Tripping: A player shall not place the stick, knee, foot, arm, hand or elbow in such a manner that causes his opponent to trip or fall. Accidental trips which occur simultaneously with a completed play will not be penalized. Accidental trips occurring simultaneously with or after a stoppage of play will not be penalized. If, in the opinion of the referee, a player makes contact with the ball first and subsequently trips the opponent in so doing, no penalty shall be assessed.

 

21.2 Minor Penalty: A 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed on any player who shall place his stick or any portion of his body in such a manner that it shall cause his opponent to trip and fall.

 

21.3 Penalty Shot: When a player, in the neutral or attacking zone, in control of the ball (or who could have obtained possession and control of the ball) and having no other opponent to pass than the goalkeeper, is tripped or otherwise fouled from behind, thus preventing a reasonable scoring opportunity, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending club. Nevertheless, the referee shall not stop play until the attacking club has lost possession of the ball to the defending club.

 

In order for a penalty shot to be awarded for a player being fouled from behind, the following four (4) criteria must have been met:

 

(i) The infraction must have taken place in the neutral or attacking zone.

 

(ii) The infraction must have been committed from behind.

 

(iii) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the referee, the player clearly would have obtained possession and control of the ball) must have been denied a reasonable chance to score. The fact that the player got a shot off does not automatically eliminate this play from the penalty shot consideration criteria. If the foul was from behind and the player was denied a “more” reasonable scoring opportunity due to the foul, then the penalty shot should still be awarded.

 

(iv) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the referee, the player clearly would have obtained possession and control) must have had no opposing player between himself and the goalkeeper.

 

Section 6 – Stick Fouls

Rule 22 – Cross Checking

 

22.1 Cross Checking: The action of using the shaft of the stick between the two hands to forcefully check an opponent.

 

22.2 Minor Penalty: A 2 minute minor penalty, at the discretion of the referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who “cross checks” an opponent.

 

Rule 23 – High Sticking

 

23.1 High-sticking: A “high stick” is one which is carried above the height of the opponent’s shoulders. Players must be in control and responsible for their stick. However, a player is permitted accidental contact on an opponent if the act is committed as a normal windup or follow through of a shooting motion or accidental contact on the opposing center that is bent over during the course of a face-off. A wild swing at a bouncing ball would not be considered a normal windup or follow through and any contact to an opponent above the height of the shoulders shall be penalized accordingly.

 

23.2 Minor Penalty: Any contact made by a stick on an opponent above the shoulders is prohibited and a 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed.

 

23.3 Double-minor Penalty: When a player carries or holds any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent so that injury results, the referee shall assess a 4 minute double-minor penalty for all contact that causes an injury, whether accidental or careless, in the opinion of the referee.

 

23.4 Goals: An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the ball with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the ball makes contact with the stick. If the ball makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed. A goal scored by a defending player who strikes the ball with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall be allowed.

Rule 24 – Slashing

 

24.1 Slashing: Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the referee, is not an attempt to play the ball, shall be penalized as slashing.

 

24.2 Minor Penalty: A 2 minute minor penalty, at the discretion of the referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who slashes an opponent.

 

Rule 25 – Slap Shots

 

25.1 Shot Being Deemed a Slap Shot: In the GSBHL we deem any shot where the players stick breaks the horizontal plain, where the tip of the blade is found to be higher then a players knob of his stick. As well the highest we will allow his stick to go is waist height.

 

25.2 Penalty: If a player is found guilty of breaking the slap shot rule by the referee, he will be assessed a 2 minute penalty immediately.

 

 

Section 7 – Other Fouls

Rule 26 – Delaying the Game

 

26.1 Delaying the Game: A player or a club may be penalized when, in the opinion of the referee, is delaying the game in any manner.

 

26.2 Minor Penalty: A 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed on any player, including the goalkeeper, who holds freezes or plays the ball with his stick, feet or body in such a manner as to deliberately cause a stoppage of play. With regard to a goalkeeper, this rule applies outside of his goal crease area as well.

 

When any player, while in his defending zone, shoots or bats (using his hand or his stick) the ball directly (non-deflected) out of the playing surface, a 2 minute minor penalty shall be assessed for delaying the game. When the ball goes out of the playing area directly off a face-off, no penalty shall be assessed.

 

A 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed on any player who delays the game by deliberately displacing a goal post from its normal position.

 

A goaltender may play the ball only before the ball crosses the goal crease. Once said ball has crossed the goal cress, the goaltender may only play the ball inside the trapezoid area. If the goaltender plays the ball outside the trapezoid area, a 2 minute minor penalty shall be imposed.

 

A goaltender who covers the ball outside his crease, or behind the net in the trapezoid area will be assessed a 2 minute penalty.

 

Rule 27 - Interference on the Goalkeeper

 

27.1 Contact Inside the Goal Crease: In all cases in which an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper shall incur a 2 minute penalty, any goal’s scored resulting in the interference will be disallowed.

 

27.2 Contact Outside the Goal Crease: If an attacking player initiates any contact with a goalkeeper, other than incidental contact, while the goalkeeper is outside his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

 

Rule 28 – Goaltenders playing the ball

 

28.1 Playing the Ball: A clubs goaltender shall not throw the ball with his blocker or trapper in any forward motion, a goaltender may use his trapper to throw or roll the ball into the corner. A goaltender shall not bad the ball ahead with his goal stick.

 

28.2 Minor Penalties: For one of those infractions a two minute minor penalty will be assess and served by a player that was on the playing surface at the time of the offence.

 

Rule 29 – Threatening Bodily Harm

 

29.1 Threatening a Player: Any player who is over heard and found guilty of threatening harm to another player by the referee will be immediately assessing a two minute minor penalty.

 

29.2 Threatening a Referee: Any player who is over heard and found guilty of threatening harm to a referee will be immediately ejected for the remaining of the game. If there is less then 5 minutes, See Rule 13.2.

 

Rule 30 – The Davis Effect

 

30.1 To Many Penalties: Once a player has incurred 20 minutes of penalties he will be suspended one game. Once a player has incurred 30 minutes of penalties he will be suspended a second game. Once a player has accumulated 20 penalties in total, he will be removed from league play.

 

30.2 Club or Player Ejection: If at any time the league board feels that a club or player attempts to injure another player deliberately, is over aggressive and shows no signs of cooperating with the league rules he or they will be swiftly removed from the league with no refund.

 

Section 8 – Game Flow

Rule 31 – Too Many Men on Play Area

 

31.1 Too Many Men on the play area: Players may be changed at any time during the play from the players’ bench provided that the player or players leaving the bench do not attempt to play the ball until the player they replaced has left the play area.

 

31.2 Bench Minor Penalty: A 2 minute minor penalty for too many men on the play area shall be assessed for a violation of this rule.

 

Rule 32 – General Stoppage of Play’s

 

32.1 Icing: In GSBHL we will be using the touch icing format, the ball must be played before the blue line of your zone or else it will be ruled icing. The resulting face-off will be held at the opposite end of the offence. The offending team will not be permitted to commit a line change until after the face-off has taken place.

 

32.2 Off-side: Off-sides are called by referees directly after the attacking club crosses the defenders blue line, if one or more attackers enter the defending zone before the ball does. If the ball exits and then re-enters the defending zone while an attacker is still inside the zone, the referee shall raise his hand to signal a delayed off-side, giving the attacker a chance to leave the zone. If the attacker doesn’t leave or touches the ball, the referee will call it off-side. There will be no intentional off-sides in the GSBHL.

 

32.3 High Stick: When the ball is struck out of the air, with a stick above normal shoulder height the ball will be ruled dead once the offending team makes contact with the ball. The resulting face-off will be the nearest location to the high stick.

 

32.4 Hand Pass: When the ball is passed from one team mate to another using his hand, the referee will signal a hand pass and rule the ball dead. The face-off will be held at the nearest location to the offence. A club may make a hand pass as long as the pass is made in there zone, and the pass is received in there zone.

 

32.5 Ball out of Bounds: When the ball is shot out of bounds in the neutral zone, or sent out of bounds off of a deflection in the defending or attacking zones, the ball will be ruled dead. The face-off will be held at the nearest location to the offence. If the ball makes no contact with another players stick, then the team charged with throwing the ball out of bounds will not be permitted a line change.

 

32.6 Ball Unplayable: When a ball became lodged in the boards, between the boards and cement, or in the netting. The referee will rule the ball dead, and a face off in the nearest location will be held.

 

32.7 Ball out of Sight: When during a scramble in any location on the play area, becomes invisible to a referee he can rule the ball dead and stop play. The resulting face-off will be held at the nearest location.

 

32.8 Time Outs: In the GSBHL each team will be given 1, 30 second time out. The time out can be called at anytime during play, but line changes and pulling of the goalies may not be done while on a time out.

 

 

Section 9 - Game Time and Length

Rule 33 – Period length and format

 

33.1 Period Length: The game will be 3, 12 minute stop time periods. There will be a 1 minute break after each period. The winner will be determined at the end of the 45 minute game. If no winner is found, then over time will commence.

 

33.2 Over time: If after 3 periods of play, both clubs are tied in points, there will be a 5 minute sudden death period, to be played non stop time. If no winner is found, the game will move on to a shoot-out.

 

33.3 Shoot Out: If after the 5 minute sudden death over time period, if no winner is determined clubs will nominate 3 players for a shoot-out. Each club will have a shooter challenge the other clubs goaltender in a penalty shot format. See rule 21.3. If the first club scores, the opposite club is giving a chance to match the goal. The shoot-out will be best of 3, with the team with most goals winning.

 

33.4 Sudden Death Shoot Out: If no club is found to be the victor, each club will nominate a shooter one after the other, with the club scoring a goal and the other not scoring to be found the winner. Clubs will continue to nominate shooters till a victor is found. Nominated players must be players who have not already taken a turn in the shoot out.

 

Rule 34 – Regular Season

 

34.1 Games: The regular season will be 30 games in length. Beginning on June 8th, and ending on September 21st. At the end of the regular season the play offs will begin. All games will be held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.

 

The first game will be hold at 7:40pm, the second at 8:50pm and the third will be at 10:00pm

 

34.2 Points: A winning club will be granted 2 points and the victory; the losing club will receive 0 points and the loss. If after the 3 periods of play, no victor is found, then both clubs will be giving 1 point each. The victor of either the sudden death over time or the shoot-out will be giving 1 extra point, and the loser will be given 0 extra points.

 

34.3 Qualifying for Playoffs: All teams will qualify for the playoffs after the end of the regular season.

 

Rule 35 – Playoffs

 

35.1 Format: Clubs from each conference will play one another only until the last two teams are left. The top of each conference will have a bi, while the 2nd and 3rd over all in each division will play. The winner will then play the 1st place club. The winners will be crowned the division champion, and will play the other division champion.

 

35.2 Games: Games will be the best of 7, if a club eliminates there opponent in 3 games and the other 2 clubs are still playing, they must wait for the other clubs to finish there series before continuing play.

 

35.4 Eligible Players for Playoffs: Only players from the original roster or call up may compete in playoffs. Special circumstances may apply to clubs in situations, but must be run by the league board first.

 

 

The league rules have been created by the the Greater Sudbury Ball Hockey League in hopes to provide a safe and enjoyable league.

 

 

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