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Roller Hockey Rule Book
Last Revision - August 21, 2007
 
All league games at Rivertown Sports are played under the USA Hockey Official Rules of Inline Hockey.  We also have “house rules” that have been incorporated into our official rule book. The "house rules" in effect at Rivertown Sports are denoted on this page by being blue in color.  USA Hockey rules that do not apply, such as references to outdoor rinks, have been deleted. In cases of conflict the “house rules” will supercede those of USA Hockey InLine.
 
The Rink

Rule 101. Rink
(a) The game of "inline hockey" shall be played on wood, cement, asphalt or plastic surface known as a "RINK."

Rule 102. Dimensions of Rink
(a) As nearly as possible, the dimensions of the rink shall be 185 feet long and 85 feet wide. The minimum size for a rink shall be 145 feet long and 65 feet wide. In all rinks used for State, Regional and National Championships, the surface dimensions shall not be less than 165 feet long and 65 feet wide. It is recommended that the corners be uniformly rounded in the arc of a circle with a minimum radius of 23 feet and a maximum radius of 28 feet.

(b)
The rink shall be surrounded by a permanent or temporary wall or fence known as the "BOARDS," which shall extend not less than 8 inches and not more than 48 inches in height above playing surface. The ideal height of the boards shall be 42 inches. It is recommended that the kick plate at the bottom of the boards be yellow or light in color. The boards shall be constructed in such a manner that the surface facing the playing surface shall be smooth and free of any obstruction or objects that could cause injury to players. All doors giving access to the playing surface must swing away from the playing surface. It is highly recommended that the entire rink, including players and penalty benches, be enclosed with safety glass, fencing and/or other protective screens designed to separate players from spectators. All gear used to hold such equipment in place shall be mounted on the boards on the side away from the playing surface.

Rule 103. Goal Posts and Nets
a) The goal frame shall be made of metal or other approved material. The goal posts shall be set 6 feet apart from the inside of the posts and the crossbar shall extend vertically 4 feet above the playing surface, connecting the tops of the goal posts. Alternative sizes are acceptable for regular house league play. The goal posts and cross bar shall be painted red and all other exterior surfaces shall be painted white.

(b)
Attached to each goal frame shall be netting strong enough to withstand any shot by a puck.

(c)
A minimum of 12 feet to a maximum of 15 feet from each end of the rink a red line 2 inches wide known as the "GOAL LINE" shall be painted extending completely across the rink and continuing vertically up the side boards. The goal shall be centered on the goal line and shall be fixed in such a manner as to remain stationary during the progress of the game. The goal posts shall be anchored in such a manner as to permit a goal post to become dislodged when hit by a player with a significant degree of force. Play shall be stopped immediately when the goal post has been displaced from its normal position.

Rule 104. Goal Crease and Goalkeeper's Privileged Area
(a) In front of each goal, a "GOAL CREASE" shall be marked by a line 2 inches wide. The goal crease shall be laid out as follows: A semicircle 6 feet in radius and 2 inches in width shall be drawn using the center of the goal line as the center point. In addition, an "L" shaped marking of 5 inches in length (both sides) at each front corner shall be painted on the surface. The location of the "L" marking is measured by drawing an imaginary line 4 inches from the goal line to the edge of the semicircle. At that point, the "L" shall be drawn.

(b)
The goal crease area shall include all the space outlined by the semi-circular crease lines (including goal crease lines) and extending vertically four feet to the bottom of the cross bar.

(c)
The goalkeeper's "PRIVILEGED AREA" is an area bounded in the rear by the goal line, in front by an imaginary line connecting the end zone face-off spots and on the sides by imaginary lines extending perpendicular from the end boards to the end zone face-off spots.

Rule 105. Division of Playing Surface
a) The playing surface shall be divided into two halves by a "CENTER RED LINE" 12 inches wide, extending completely across the rink and continuing vertically up the side boards.

(b)
The center red line shall be considered to be a part of the zone in which the puck is located.

(c)
The half of the playing surface in which the goal is situated shall be called the "DEFENDING ZONE" of the team defending that goal. The half of the playing surface furthest from the defending goal shall be known as the "ATTACKING ZONE."

Rule 106. Center Face-Off Spot and Circle
(a) One 12-inch in diameter face-off spot shall be at the exact center of the rink. With this spot as a center, a 15-feet radius circle shall be marked with a line 2 inches wide. On both sides of the circle there shall be two lines 2 feet long, 2 inches wide and 4 feet apart.

Rule 107. High Zone Face-Off Spots and Circles
(a) Four red face-off spots 2 feet in diameter shall be marked on the surface 32-1/2 feet from the end zone face-off spots along an imaginary line connecting the end face-off spots. Within each face-off spot draw two parallel lines 4 inches from the top and bottom of the spot. The area within the two lines shall be painted red.

Rule 108. End Zone Face-off Spots and Circles
(a) In both zones and on both sides of each goal, red face-off spots and circles shall be marked on the playing surface. The face-off spots shall be 2 feet in diameter. Within each face-off spot draw two parallel lines 4 inches from the top and bottom of the spot. The area within the two lines shall be painted red. With this spot as a center, a 15-feet radius circle shall be marked with a red line 2 inches wide. On both sides of the circle there shall be two lines 2 feet long, 2 inches wide and 4 feet apart.

(b)
The End Zone face-off spots shall be located equi-distant from the side boards and 20 feet from each goal line. It is recommended that there be a 44 foot distance between the End Zone face-off spots in the same zone.

Rule 109. Players' Bench
(a) Each rink shall have seats or benches for the use of each team. Each player bench shall have accommodations for at least 10 people and shall be placed immediately alongside the playing surface, as near as possible to the center of the rink. All doors opening to the playing surface shall swing away from the playing surface.

(b)
Only players in uniform and Team Officials (up to a maximum of four) shall be permitted to occupy the bench area.

(c)
During a game, Coaches, Managers, and Trainers are restricted to the length of the player benches. During the pre-game warm-up, Coaches, Managers, and Trainers of teams in the Squirt (10U) division and lower are allowed onto the playing surface to supervise their team's warm-up.

Rule 110. Penalty Bench
(a) Each rink must be provided with seats or benches to be used for the seating of a penalized player, the Game Timekeeper, and Official Scorer. The penalty bench shall be separated from the players' benches, ideally on the opposite side of the rink.

(b)
On the playing surface immediately in front of the Penalty Timekeeper's seat there shall be marked in red a semicircle of 10 foot radius and 2 inches wide which shall be known as the Referee's Crease.

Rule 111. Signal and Timing Devices
(a) Each rink shall be provided with some form of electrical clock for the purpose of keeping the spectators, players and Game Officials accurately informed as to all time elements at all stages of the game, including the time remaining to be played. Timing devices for both game time and penalty time shall show time remaining to be played or served.

(b)
Each rink shall be provided with a siren, or other suitable sound device to signify the end of playing time.

(c)
Behind each goal, electric lights or similar devices shall be set up for the use of the Goal Judges. A red light or other signal shall signify the scoring of a goal. This is a recommendation and not a requirement.
Inline Hockey Rink Diagram
Teams

Rule 201. Composition of Teams
(a) A team shall be composed of five players on the playing surface, including the goalkeeper. A maximum of 15 players shall be permitted on any one team roster. No player shall be permitted to be listed on two different team rosters in the same league. No team shall be allowed to start a game with less than four players on the playing surface. A team not having at least four players on the ice to start a game, will be given one minute, after the referee is ready to drop the puck, to place four players on the ice. After the one minute has expired, the game will be declared a forfeit if the team cannot place four skaters on the ice. Anytime a team has been reduced to less than three players, the game shall be stopped and declared a forfeit.

(b) In the adult divisions, the birth date and telephone number of all players under the age of 18 must be recorded on the team roster. Players under the age of 16 are prohibited from participating in adult games at Rivertown Sports. Failure to comply with this rule will result in suspension of the player and forfeiture of the game(s).

(c) In order to maintain the competitive balance of each division, all roster changes/additions that take place AFTER the season has started must have the approval of Rivertown Sports management PRIOR to the affected player’s participation in a game. Failure to comply with this rule may result in forfeiture of the game(s). It is the responsibility of the team and it’s captain/coach to notify Rivertown Sports of roster changes.

Rule 202. Captain of Team
(a) One Captain shall be appointed by each team and only the Captain shall have the privilege of discussing with the Referee any matter relating to the interpretation of rules which may arise during the course of a game. The Captain should wear the letter "C," approximately 3 inches in height and in contrasting color, in a conspicuous position on the front of the jersey. If the Captain is not available due to injury or penalty, another player may be designated to act as Captain. A complaint about a penalty is not a "matter relating to the interpretation of rules" and a minor penalty shall be assessed to any Captain or other player making such a complaint.

(b)
The Referee and Official Scorer shall be advised prior to the start of the game, of the names of the Captains of each team and the designated alternates.

(c)
Any player, except a goalkeeper, shall be entitled to be identified as the Captain.

(d)
Any Captain or player who comes off the players' bench and makes any protest or intervention with the Officials for any purpose shall be assessed a minor penalty for Abuse of Officials.

Rule 203. Players In Uniform
(a) No player (except goaltenders, in any youth or adult division will be allowed to participate in a game without a permanent number on his or her jersey/shirt. Numbers applied with tape, marker, etc. will not be allowed. Numbers must be at least six inches in height.

(b)
Each team shall be allowed one goalkeeper on the playing surface at one time. The goalkeeper may be removed and another "player" substituted. Such substitute shall not be permitted the privileges of the goalkeeper.

(c)
It is recommended that each team have on its bench a substitute goalkeeper who shall be fully dressed and equipped to play. When the substitute goalkeeper enters the game the position shall be taken without delay and no warm-up shall be permitted.

(d)
Except when all designated goalkeepers are incapacitated, no player on the playing roster in that game shall be permitted to wear the equipment of the goalkeeper. If a team's goalkeeper(s) is unavailable to continue, the team must immediately appoint a temporary goalkeeper or place an additional skater on the playing surface with none of the goalkeeper's privileges. A goalkeeper may be substituted for by another goalkeeper during play with full goalkeeper's privileges. The temporary goalkeeper is governed by full goalkeeper privileges and limitations.

Rule 204. Playing Lineup
(a) Upon the Referee's signal prior to the start of the game and following any stoppage of play, the Visiting Team shall promptly place a lineup on the playing surface ready to play and no substitution shall be made from that time until play has resumed. The Home Team may then make any desired substitution which does not result in the delay of the game. If there is any undue delay by either team in changing lines, the Referee shall order the offending team(s) to take their positions immediately and not permit line changes. When a substitution has been made under the above rule, no additional substitution may be made until play commences, except when a penalty is assessed.

Rule 205. Change of Players
(a) Players may be changed at any time from the players' bench, provided that the player or players leaving the playing surface are within 5 feet of the players' bench and out of the play before the change is made. If, in the course of making a substitution, either player deliberately plays the puck while the retiring player is still on the playing surface, the infraction "Too Many Players" shall be assessed. This shall be a bench minor penalty. If, in the course of a substitution, either player is accidentally struck with the puck, the play shall not be stopped and no penalty shall be assessed.

(b)
A goalkeeper may be substituted for by a player or goalkeeper at any time during play. The goalkeeper must be within 5 feet of the players' bench before the substitute may enter the playing surface. For a violation of this rule there shall be no time penalty to the team making the premature substitution, but the ensuing face-off shall take place at the center face-off spot.

(c)
A player serving a penalty on the penalty bench, who is to be changed after the penalty has been served, must proceed at once by way of the playing surface before any change can be made. For a violation of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed.

(d)
During a stoppage of play a goalkeeper may not go to the players' bench without the permission of the Referee unless there is a substitution by another player or goalkeeper. When a substitution is made under this rule, the replaced goalkeeper shall not return to the playing surface until play resumes, except that immediate re-entry into the game shall be permitted when a penalty is assessed to either team. For a violation of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed.

Rule 206. Injured Players
(a) When a player, other than a goalkeeper, is injured or compelled to leave the playing surface during a game, the player may retire from the game and be replaced immediately by a substitute.

(b)
Any goalkeeper who sustains an injury or becomes ill must be ready to resume play immediately or be replaced by a substitute goalkeeper. No additional time shall be allowed by the Referee for the purpose of enabling the injured or ill goalkeeper to resume the position. The substitute goalkeeper shall enter the game without delay and no warm-up shall be permitted. The substitute goalkeeper shall be subject to the regular rules governing goalkeepers and shall be entitled to the same privileges.

(c)
Any penalized player who has been injured, may proceed to the dressing room without going to penalty bench. The penalized team shall immediately put a substitute player on the penalty bench to serve the entire penalty. The penalized player who has been injured and has been replaced on the penalty bench is not eligible to play until the penalty time has expired.

(d)
When a player is injured and cannot continue play or go to the players' bench, play shall not be stopped until the injured player's team has secured possession of the puck. If the player's team is in possession of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless the team has a scoring opportunity. In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a serious injury, play shall be stopped immediately.

(e)
A player, other than the goalkeeper, whose injury appears serious enough to warrant a stoppage of play, may not participate further in the game until the completion of the ensuing face-off.

(f)
If a player or goalkeeper is obviously bleeding, play shall be stopped immediately and the injured player shall be ruled off the playing surface. Such player shall not be permitted to return to play until the bleeding has been stopped and the cut or abrasion covered. Likewise, any Official who is bleeding, shall not continue until the bleeding has been stopped and the cut or abrasion covered.

(g) During stoppages of play due to injury, the game clock shall continue to run unless there is blood on the rink that must be cleaned and/or the referee determines that the injury is serious enough to require a lengthy stoppage of play.

Rule 207. Substitute Goaltenders
(a) Due to the detrimental effect of playing a game without a goaltender, it is the policy of Rivertown Sports that there be "free substitution" of goaltenders during league play. Any goaltender that is of legal age to play in a division may substitute for a team regardless of whether they are rostered for another team in that division.

(b) Teams may not use the same “substitute” goaltender in more than five (5) games if that goaltender is the regular goaltender for another team in the same division. The five games allowed include playoff games. Failure to comply with this rule may result in forfeiture of the game(s) and suspension of the offending goaltender.

Rule 208. Teams Forfeiting Games
(a) Teams forfeiting their last regular-season game may be ruled ineligible for the playoffs if it appears that the forfeit was done in order to enhance the team’s playoff pairings or performance. Implementation of this rule will be at the sole discretion of Rivertown Sports.

(b) Teams forfeiting more than two games in one season for non-payment will be ineligible for that season’s playoffs, regardless of their league standings, and will be required to post a deposit to play in future seasons.

Equipment

Rule 301. Sticks
The sticks shall be made of wood, carbon composite, graphite or aluminum materials approved by USA Hockey InLine and must not have any projections extending from the stick. Hollow ends of the stick must be fully covered. Adhesive tape of any color may be wrapped around the stick at any place, except the blade. Adhesive tape on the stick blade should be white or clear in color. If black tape is used, it must be of the non-marking variety. The referee may rule any stick illegal if he determines that the stick is leaving marks on the floor.

(b)
No stick shall exceed 60 inches in length from the heel to the end of the shaft, nor more than 12-1/2 inches from the heel to the end of the blade. The blade of the stick shall not be less than 2 inches nor more than 3 inches in width at any point. The curvature of the blade of the stick shall not be restricted. It is recommended, however, that the curvature of the blade of the stick not exceed 1/2 inch.

(c)
The blade of the goalkeeper's stick shall not exceed 3-1/2 inches in width at any point except at the heel where it shall not exceed 4-1/2 inches. The length of the blade shall not exceed 15-1/2 inches in length from the heel to the end of the blade. The widened portion of the goalkeeper's stick extending up the shaft from the blade shall not extend more than 26 inches from the heel and shall not exceed 3-1/2 inches in width.

(d)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper who uses a stick not conforming to the provisions of this rule. If a goal is scored with an illegal stick, the proper penalty shall be assessed and the goal shall be allowed.

Rule 302. Skates
(a) All players and officials must wear skates designed for inline hockey with a maximum of five wheels. They must also be approved by USA Hockey InLine. Brakes are optional. If skates with brakes are used, the brakes must be covered with white or clear adhesive tape.

The use of speed skates or any skate so designed that it may cause injury is prohibited. The use of quad skates is not prohibited, but is not recommended.

(c) It is recommended that all axle openings have a wheel and axle. It is required that the front and rear axle openings have a wheel and axle. For a violation of this rule, play shall be stopped when the offending team gains possession.

Rule 303. Goalkeeper's Equipment
(a) With the exception of skates and stick, all the equipment worn by the goalkeeper must be constructed solely for the protection of the head or body, and must not include any garment or contrivance which would give the goalkeeper undue assistance in keeping goal. Abdominal aprons extending down the thighs or the outside of the pants are prohibited.

(b)
The goalkeeper's blocker glove shall not exceed 8 inches in width nor 16 inches in length at any point. The maximum length of a goalkeeper's catching glove shall not exceed 17 inches. The cuff shall not exceed 9 inches in width. Any bar or attachment between the cuff and the thumb shall only extend in a straight line. Any other pocket or pouch added to the glove by a manufacturer or otherwise is not acceptable and makes the glove illegal. For a violation of this rule, a minor penalty shall be assessed.

(c)
The leg guards worn by goalkeepers shall not exceed 12 inches in extreme width when on the leg of the player. For a violation of this rule, a minor penalty shall be assessed.

(d)
It is mandatory for all goalkeepers to wear a helmet designed for hockey with helmet strap properly fastened and a full-face mask designed for hockey with a chin cup. All goalkeepers must wear chest protection, a blocker glove, catching glove, and leg pads designed for goalkeepers. Throat protection is recommended.

Rule 304. Protective Equipment
(Note) Although some protective equipment is not mandatory in all age classifications, Rivertown Sports strongly recommends that all players and goalkeepers in all age classifications properly wear an internal mouthpiece, a HECC approved helmet and a HECC approved full facemask for all games and practices.

(a)
Each participant is personally responsible to wear protective equipment for all games, warm-ups and practices. Recommended equipment for all players is: hip pads, padded hockey pants, protective cup or pelvic protector, chest protection, shoulder pads and throat protection. Eye and full facial protection is strongly recommended for players 18 years and older. Mandatory equipment for players under 18 years of age is: helmet designed for hockey with helmet strap properly fastened, full face mask designed for hockey with a chin cup, elbow pads, gloves designed for hockey, knee and shin protection. Mandatory equipment for players 18 years of age and older includes: helmet designed for hockey with helmet strap properly fastened,  gloves designed for hockey, elbow pads, knee and shin protection. All Referees must wear a helmet designed for hockey with helmet strap properly fastened, and knee and shin protection. Any player who attempts to participate without the proper mandatory equipment shall be sent off the playing surface by the Referee and not allowed to return until such equipment has been replaced. For a second violation of this rule by the same player, the Referee shall assess a misconduct penalty to the offending player.

(b)
It is recommended that all protective equipment, except gloves, head gear and goalkeeper leg pads, be entirely under the uniform.

(c)
Play shall stop immediately when a player's helmet or facemask comes off during play. A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who deliberately removes the helmet/ face mask during play during a non-breakaway situation. Intentionally removing the helmet or facemask during a breakaway situation will result in the awarding of a penalty shot.

(d)
Players on the players' and penalty bench must wear the protective helmet/ face mask while in the bench area. For a violation of this rule, a misconduct penalty shall be assessed to the offending player.

Rule 305. Dangerous Equipment
(a) The use of pads or protectors made of metal or any other material that may cause injury to a player is prohibited. The wearing of casts or splints made of hard or unyielding materials is prohibited, even if padded. Elbow pads which do not have a soft protective covering of sponge rubber or a similar material at least 1/2 inch thick shall be considered dangerous equipment.

(b)
A glove from which all or part of the palm has been removed or cut to permit the use of the bare hand shall be considered illegal equipment. A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player wearing such a glove in play

(c)
The wearing of jewelry that is visible to the referee is prohibited and any offending player shall be sent off the playing surface until the jewelry is removed.

(d) All shin guards must be covered with socks or pants. No exposed shin guards will be allowed. Referees will treat exposed shin guards as illegal equipment and the player will be prevented from participating in the game.

Rule 306. Puck
(a) Pucks shall be made of plastic or other material approved material by USA Hockey InLine. The puck shall be approximately 1 inch thick, and 3 inches in diameter and shall weigh between 3-1/2 and 6-1/2 ounces.

(b)
The puck shall be of a predominant color that contrasts with the color of the playing surface.

(c)
Does not apply.

Rule 307. Uniforms
(a) All players participating in Rivertown Sports games should be uniformly dressed and have matching jerseys with long sleeves.

(b)
Each player and each goalkeeper listed in the lineup should wear an individual identifying number at least 8 inches in height on the back of the sweater. All numbers assigned must be whole numbers between 0-99. No two members of the same team should wear the same number.

(c)
At the discretion of the Referee, the Home Team shall change its jerseys if the colors of the competing teams conflict

Rule 308. Equipment Measurement
(a) A request for measurement of any equipment shall be limited to one request by each team during the course of any stoppage of play.

(b)
When a formal complaint is made by the Captain of a team against the dimensions of any stick, the Referee shall make the necessary measurement immediately. If the complaint is not sustained, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed to the team requesting the measurement. When a formal complaint is made by the Captain of a team against the dimensions of any piece of goalkeeper's equipment and the measurement would cause any delay whatsoever, other than glove measurement, such measurement shall take place at the end of the first half or immediately in the second half or overtime. If the complaint is not sustained, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed to the team requesting the measurement.

(c)
A minor plus a misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who refuses to surrender the stick or other piece of equipment for measurement when requested to do so by the Referee.

(d)
The Referee may measure any equipment used for the first time in the game.

(e)
The Referee shall assess a bench minor penalty to a team that requests a measurement of equipment only for the purpose of delaying the game.

(f) Prohibits coaches and/or captains from requesting a protective or dangerous equipment check. For a violation, after a warning by the referee, a bench minor penalty will be assessed.

Penalties

Rule 401. Penalties
(a) Penalties shall be actual playing time and shall be divided into the following classes:
  1. Minor Penalties
  2. Bench Minor Penalties
  3. Major Penalties
  4. Misconduct Penalties
  5. Match Penalties
  6. Penalty Shot
(b) When play is not actually in progress and an offense is committed by any player or Team Official, the same penalty shall apply as though play were actually in progress.

Rule 402. Minor Penalties
(a) For a "MINOR PENALTY", any player, other than a goalkeeper, shall be ruled off the surface for two minutes during which time no substitute shall be permitted. When running time is being played, the penalty will start at the moment the ensuing face-off is conducted. If a minor or bench minor penalty terminates during a stoppage of play, allowing the team to have an additional player on the playing surface, the player so penalized shall remain on the penalty bench until the ensuing face-off is conducted.

(b)
For a "BENCH MINOR" penalty one player of the team against which the penalty is imposed shall be ruled off the ice for a period of two minutes, during which time no substitute shall be permitted. Any non-penalized player other than a goalkeeper, may be designated to serve the penalty by the Manager or Coach through the playing Captain and such player shall immediately serve the penalty.

(c)
If the opposing team scores a goal while a team is shorthanded by one or more minor or bench minor penalties, the first of such penalties shall automatically terminate. "Shorthanded" means that the team must be below the numerical strength of its opponents on the playing surface at the time the goal is scored. The minor or bench minor which terminates automatically is the one which causes the team to be "shorthanded." Thus, if an equal number of players from each team are serving an equal number of minor penalties, neither team is "shorthanded." This rule shall also apply when a goal is scored on a penalty shot or an awarded goal.

(d)
When the minor penalties of two players of the same team terminate at the same time, the Captain of that team shall designate to the Referee which player shall return to the playing surface first and the Referee shall instruct the Penalty Timekeeper accordingly.

(e)
When a player receives a major penalty and a minor penalty at the same time, the major penalty shall be served first by the penalized player except if the major penalties are coincident, in which case the minor penalty shall be served first.

(f)
When coincident minor penalties are assessed to players of both teams, the penalized players shall take their place on the penalty bench and such players shall not leave the penalty bench until the first stoppage of play following the expiration on their respective penalties. Immediate substitutions shall be made for an equal number of minor penalties or coincident minor penalties of equal duration to each team so penalized and the penalties of the players for whom substitutions have been made shall not be taken into account for the purpose of a delayed penalty.

Rule 403. Major Penalties
(a) For a "MAJOR PENALTY" the offending player shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty and the offending team shall be short-handed for five minutes, during which time no substitute shall be permitted.

(b)
When coincident major penalties or coincident penalties of equal duration including a major penalty are assessed to players of both teams, the offending team(s) shall place a substitute player(s) on the penalty bench and such penalized players shall not leave the penalty bench until the first stoppage of play following the expiration of their respective penalties. Immediate substitutions on the playing surface shall be made for an equal number of major penalties or coincident penalties of equal duration including a major penalty to each team so penalized and the penalties of the players for which substitutions have been made shall not be taken into account for the purpose of a delayed penalty. Where it is required to determine which of the penalized players shall be designated to serve the delayed penalty under Rule 408, the penalized team shall have the right to make such designation not in conflict with Rule 402.

(c)
When coincident penalties of unequal duration (each including one major penalty) are assessed to one player of each team, the penalized players shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty and a substitute player shall serve any additional penalties other than the coincidental major penalty. The penalties which create the disparity in total penalty time shall be served first in the normal manner by the penalized players. Immediate substitutions on the playing surface shall be permitted for the major penalties of each player.

Rule 404. Misconduct Penalties
(a) A "MISCONDUCT" penalty involves the removal of a player, other than a goalkeeper, from the game for a period of ten minutes, but another player is permitted to immediately replace a player so removed. A player whose misconduct penalty has expired shall remain in the penalty bench until the next stoppage of play.

Unless immediate substitution is permitted under the coincident penalty rules 402 and 403, when a player receives a minor or a major penalty plus a misconduct or a game misconduct penalty at the same time, the penalized team shall immediately place an additional non-penalized player other than a goalkeeper, on the penalty bench and such player may not be changed. Any violation of this provision shall be treated as illegal substitution under Rule 205.

(b)
A "GAME MISCONDUCT" penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game, but a substitute is permitted to replace the player so removed.

(c)
A player or Team Official incurring a game misconduct penalty for abuse of officials under Rule 601 (a, e, f, i) shall be suspended for the next regularly scheduled game of that team. The Referees are required to report all game misconduct penalties and all surrounding circumstances to Rivertown Sports authorities immediately following the game. Rivertown Sports shall have full power to impose further penalties.

(d)
A "GROSS MISCONDUCT" penalty no longer exists. See Rule 405 Match Penalties.

(e)
A "GROSS MISCONDUCT" penalty no longer exists. See Rule 405 Match Penalties.

(f)
A Team Official who is assessed a game misconduct may not sit near the team bench, nor in any way attempt to direct the play of the team.

Rule 405. Match Penalties
(a) A "MATCH PENALTY" involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offending player shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately. Unless immediate substitution is permitted under the coincident penalty rules 403 and 405, the penalized team shall immediately place a non-penalized player, other than a goalkeeper, on the penalty bench to serve the five-minute time portion of the penalty and such player may not be changed. The player shall also serve any additional minor or major penalty assessed to the offending player unless immediate substitution is permitted under coincident penalty rules 402 and 403. The Referee is required to report all match penalties and all surrounding circumstances to the League Authorities immediately following the game. The League Authorities shall have full power to impose further penalties. For all match penalties, regardless of when assessed, a total of 10 minutes shall be charged in the records against the offending player.

(b)
When coincident match penalties have been assessed or when any combination of coincident major and match penalties have been assessed to a player or players of both teams, rule 403 covering major penalties shall be applicable with respect to player substitutions.

(c)
A player who has been assessed a match penalty shall be suspended from participating in any games or practices until the case has been dealt with by the League Authorities. A mandatory hearing shall be held and a decision made relative to any further disciplinary action within 30 days of the incident. If circumstances prevent the League Authorities from conducting the hearing, the suspension shall be automatically terminated after 30 days.

Rule 406. Penalty Shot
(a) Any infraction of the rules which calls for a "Penalty Shot" shall be taken as follows: The Referee shall identify the player entitled to take the shot (as appropriate) and shall then place the puck on the center face-off spot. The player taking the shot shall, on the whistle of the Referee, play the puck and shall attempt to score on the goalkeeper. Once the player taking the shot has touched the puck, it 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 and any time the puck crosses the goal line the shot shall be considered complete. Only a player designated as a goalkeeper, substitute goalkeeper or temporary goalkeeper may defend against a penalty shot.

(b)
The goalkeeper must remain in the goal crease until the Referee blows the whistle to start the penalty shot and in the event of violation of this rule or any foul committed by a goalkeeper the Referee shall allow the shot to be taken and if the shot fails the Referee shall permit the penalty shot to be taken again. The goalkeeper may attempt to stop the shot in any manner except by throwing the stick or any other object, in which case a goal shall be awarded.

(c)
In cases where a penalty shot has been awarded under Rule 609 deliberately displacing goal post or removing helmet/ facemask during a breakaway, Rule 609 delaying the game, Rule 625 illegal entry into the game, Rule 636 for throwing a stick and under Rule 639 for fouling from behind, the Referee shall designate the player who has been fouled as the player who takes the penalty shot. In cases where a penalty shot has been awarded under Rule 612 falling on the puck in the goal crease or Rule 616 picking up the puck from the goal crease area, the penalty shot shall be taken by a player selected by the Captain of the non-offending team from the players on the playing surface at the time when the foul was committed. Such selection shall be reported to the Referee and cannot be changed. If by reason of injury the player designated by a Referee to take the penalty shot is unable to do so, the shot may be taken by a player selected by the Captain of the non-offending team from players on the playing surface when the foul was committed. Such selection shall be reported to the Referee and cannot be changed.

(d)
Should the player in respect to whom a penalty shot has been awarded, commit a foul in connection with the same play or circumstances, either before or after the penalty shot has been awarded, the player shall be first permitted to take the shot before being sent to the penalty bench to serve the penalty, except when such a penalty is for a game misconduct or match penalty in which case the penalty shot shall be taken by a player selected by the Captain of the non-offending team from the players on the playing surface at the time the foul was committed. If, at the time a penalty shot is awarded, the goalkeeper of the penalized team has been removed from the playing surface for another player, the goalkeeper shall be permitted to return to the playing surface before the penalty shot is taken.

(e)
While the penalty shot is being taken, all players of both teams except those involved with the taking of the penalty shot, must withdraw from the playing surface onto their respective players' bench.

(f)
If, while the penalty shot is being taken, any player of the opposing team shall interfere with or distract the player taking the shot, a goal shall be awarded.

(g)
If the goal is scored during a penalty shot, the puck shall be faced-off at the center spot. If a goal is not scored, the puck shall be faced-off at either of the end face-off spots in the zone in which the penalty shot was taken.

(h)
Whether or not a goal is scored from a penalty shot, if an infraction for which the penalty shot was awarded was such to incur: 1.) a major, match or misconduct penalty, the penalty shall be assessed in addition to the penalty shot. 2.) a minor or bench minor penalty, a further penalty to the offending player shall not be applied.

(i)
If the foul upon which the penalty shot is based occurs during actual playing time, the penalty shot shall be awarded and taken immediately following the normal stoppage of play. The time required for the taking of a penalty shot shall not be included in the regular playing time.

Rule 407. Goalkeeper's Penalties
(a) A goalkeeper shall not be sent to the penalty bench for an infraction which incurs a minor, major or misconduct penalty, but instead the penalty shall be served by a teammate who was on the playing surface at the time the infraction was committed. Such player shall be designated by the Coach and shall not be changed.

(b)
When a goalkeeper incurs a game misconduct penalty, the position shall be taken by a teammate, or by a substitute or temporary goalkeeper who is available, and such player shall be allowed the goalkeeper's full equipment.

(c)
When a goalkeeper incurs a match penalty, the position shall be taken by a teammate or a substitute goalkeeper who is available, and such player shall be allowed the goalkeeper's equipment. However, any additional penalties specifically called for by the individual rules covering match penalties shall apply, and the offending team shall be penalized accordingly. Such additional penalty shall be served by another member of the team who was on the playing surface at the time the infraction was committed. Such player is to be designated by the Coach through the playing Captain and shall not be changed.

(d)
All penalties assessed to a goalkeeper, regardless of who serves the penalty, or any substitution, shall be charged in the records against the goalkeeper.

(e)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to a goalkeeper who participates in the play in any manner beyond the center line.

Rule 408. Delayed Penalties
(a) If a third player of any team is penalized while two players of the same team are serving penalties, the penalty time of the third player shall not commence until the penalty time of one of the two players already penalized has elapsed. Nevertheless, the third player penalized must immediately proceed to the penalty bench and may be replaced by a substitute until such time as the penalty time of the penalized player shall commence.

(b)
When any team shall have three players serving penalties at the same time and because of the delayed penalty rule a substitute for the third offender is in the playing surface, none of the three penalized players on the penalty bench may return to the playing surface until play has been stopped. When the play has been stopped, the player(s) whose full penalty has expired may return to the playing surface. The Penalty Timekeeper shall permit the return to the playing surface in the order of expiration of their penalties, of a player or players when by reason of the expiration of their penalties the penalized team is entitled to have more than three players on the playing surface.

(c)
In the case of delayed penalties, the penalized players whose penalties have expired shall only be allowed to return to the playing surface when there is a stoppage of play. When the penalties of two players of the same team shall expire at the same time, the Captain of that team shall designate to the Referee which player shall return to the playing surface first and the Referee shall instruct the Penalty Timekeeper accordingly. When a major and a minor penalty are assessed at the same time to different players of the same team, the minor penalty shall be recorded as being the first of such penalties.

Rule 409. Calling of Penalties
(a) Should an infraction of the rules be committed by a player of the team in possession of the puck, the Referee shall immediately stop play and assess the penalty(s) to the offending player(s).

(b)
Should an infraction of the rules which call for a minor, bench minor, major or match penalty, as committed by a player of a team not in possession of the puck, the Referee shall signify the calling of a delayed penalty by raising the arm and, on completion of the play by the team in possession, shall immediately stop play and assess the penalty to the offending player. "Completion of the play by the team in possession" in this rule means that the puck must have come into the possession and control of an opposing player, or has been "frozen." This does not mean a rebound off the goalkeeper, the goal or the boards or any accidental contact with the body or equipment of an opposing player.

(c)
The ensuing face-off shall take place at the face-off spot nearest to the location of the puck when play is stopped unless the stoppage occurs in the Attacking Zone of the player penalized, in which case the face-off shall be conducted at the nearest high zone face-off spot.

(d)
If the penalty to be assessed is a minor penalty, and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending team, the minor penalty shall not be assessed, but all other minor, major or match penalties shall be assessed in the normal manner regardless of whether or not a goal is scored.

(e)
If, after the Referee has signaled a penalty, but before play has been stopped, the puck enters the goal of the non-offending team as the direct result of the action of a player of that team, the goal shall be allowed and the penalty signaled shall be assessed in the normal manner.

(f)
If the Referee signals an additional minor penalty(s) against a team that is already short-handed because of one or more minor or bench minor penalties, and a goal is scored by the non-offending team before the whistle is blown, the goal shall be allowed, the delayed penalty(s) shall be assessed and the minor penalty being served which caused the team to be shorthanded shall terminate automatically.

(g)
Should the same offending player commit other fouls on the same play, either before or after the Referee has stopped play, the offending player shall serve such penalties consecutively.

(h)
All minor and bench minor penalties occurring after a goal has been scored or during the stoppage of play when a penalty shot is being attempted, shall be served in the normal manner under this rule.

Rule 410. Supplementary Discipline
(a) In addition to the suspensions assessed under these rules, the League Authorities may, at the conclusion of the game, at their discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any game and may assess additional suspensions for any offense committed before, during or after any game by a player or Team Official, whether or not such offense had been penalized by the Referee.

(b)
Does not apply.

(c) If the season should end prior to the expiration of a player's or team official's suspension, the remainder of the suspension must be served at the beginning of the next season that the player or team official participates.

(d) Playoff games will count as league games for the purpose of serving suspensions.

(e) Players or team officials that are serving a suspension in one league/division will not be prevented from participating in another league/division for which they are properly enrolled unless Rivertown Sports authorities have issued a "building ban" against the player or team official. In the case of a "building ban", the player or team official is banned from the facility for the length of the suspension.

Rule 411. Three-Penalty Rule
(a) Any player, other than a goalkeeper, given three (3) or more penalties in a game will be assessed a “game misconduct” penalty. The player will not be permitted to participate further in the game and will not be allowed to remain on the bench area for the duration of the game. A “double minor” penalty will be considered two (2) penalties for the purpose of this rule.

b) All minor, major, misconduct, and bench minor penalties will be included for the purposes of calculating three penalties. Delayed minor penalties that were disregarded due to a goal being scored will not be included in the calculation of three penalties.

(c)
The penalty that results in the disqualification may be served by the offending player or any other player.

(d) Players or coaches violating Rule 411(a) for a second time in a season will be suspended for the next game of that team. All subsequent violations will result in suspensions with escalating severity, i.e., one additional game suspension for each violation.

Rule 412. Ten-Penalty Rule
(a) Should a team accumulate ten (10) penalties in a game, the game will be immediately stopped and declared a forfeit regardless of the actual score of the game at the time it is stopped. The non-offending team may choose to accept the actual score or a score of 1-0 as the official score of the game. The forfeit will count in the official standings as a game played and a regulation time loss.

(b) All minor, major, misconduct, and bench minor penalties will be included for the purposes of calculating ten penalties. Neither "Game Misconduct" penalties or delayed penalties that were disregarded due to a goal being scored will be included in the calculation of ten penalties.  

Officials

Rule 501. Appointment of Officials
(a) Referee system - The official methods of officiating Rivertown Sports games is with two Referees (2-man system). When a 2-man system is utilized, the duties of the Linesmen under Rule 503 shall be carried out by both Referees, in addition to the duties of the Referee under Rule 502.

(b)
Does not apply.

(c)
The Referees shall have full authority and final decision in all matters of dispute, and not subject to appeal, during the course of the game.

(d)
All Referees should wear black trousers, black and white striped sweaters designed for hockey, a black hockey helmet with chin strap properly fastened, elbow pads and shin and knee protection. Referees shall be equipped with finger whistles and metal tape measures with a minimum length of 6 feet.

(e)
For tournament play, the Tournament Committee shall appoint a Game Timekeeper, a Penalty Timekeeper, an Official Scorer.

Playing Rules

Rule 601. Abusive Conduct
(a) Any player who challenges or disputes the ruling of an Official, attempts to incite an opponent or create a disturbance during the game shall be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. If the player persists in such conduct, a misconduct penalty shall be assessed and any further persistence by the same player shall result in the assessment of a game misconduct penalty. In the case of a Coach or other Team Official, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed first and if such conduct continues, a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed.

(b)
Any player who shoots the puck after the whistle shall be assessed a minor penalty if, in the opinion of the Referee, the player had sufficient time after the whistle to refrain from taking the shot.

(c)
If any player does any of the following, the team shall be assessed a bench minor penalty: 1. After being penalized, does not proceed directly to the penalty bench or dressing room when ordered to do so by the Referee. (Equipment shall be delivered to the penalty bench or dressing room by a teammate). 2. Throws anything onto the playing surface from the players' bench or penalty bench. 3. Interferes with any Game Official, (non-physically) in the performance of their duties.

(d)
If any player does any of the following, a misconduct penalty shall be assessed: 1. Uses obscene, profane or abusive language to any person before, during or after the game. 2. During a stoppage of play, intentionally shoots or throws the puck out of the reach of an Official who is retrieving it. 3. Enters and remains in the Referee's Crease, when asked to leave, except for the purpose of skating to the penalty bench. 4. Touches or holds any Game Official with the hand or stick. 5. Intentionally bangs the boards, protective glass, playing surface or goal with a stick at any time. 6. Physically or verbally threatens physical abuse to another player.

(e)
If any player does any of the following, a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed: 1. Persists in any course of conduct for which the player has previously been assessed a misconduct penalty. 2. Uses obscene gestures anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game.

(f)
If any player does any of the following, a match penalty shall be assessed: 1. Deliberately inflicts or attempts to inflict, physical harm to a Game Official or a Team Official in any manner. 2. Behaves in any manner which is critically detrimental to the conduct of the game including spitting at an opponent, Game Official or Team Official.

(g)
If any Team Official does any of the following, the team shall be assessed a bench minor penalty: 1. Bangs the boards with a stick or other instrument at any time. 2. Uses obscene, profane or abusive language to any person before, during or after the game. 3. Throws anything onto the playing surface from the players' bench. 4. Interferes with any Game Official, (non-physically) in the performance of their duties. 5. Attempts to incite an opponent into incurring a penalty.

(h)
If any Team Official does any of the following, a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed: 1. Persists in any course of conduct for which the Team Official has previously been assessed a bench minor penalty. 2. Uses obscene gestures anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game.

(i)
If any Team Official does any of the following, a match penalty shall be assessed: 1. Deliberately inflicts or attempts to inflict, physical harm to a Game Official or a Team Official in any manner. 2. Behaves in any manner which is critically detrimental to the conduct of the game including spitting at an opponent, Game Official or Team Official.

Rule 602. Adjustment to Clothing and Equipment
(a) Play shall not be stopped or delayed by reason of adjustment of clothing, equipment, skates, or sticks. For a violation of this rule a minor penalty shall be assessed.

(b)
The onus of maintaining clothing and equipment in the proper condition shall be upon the player. If adjustments are required, the player shall retire from the playing surface and play shall continue uninterrupted with a substitute.

(c)
No delay shall be permitted for the repair or adjustment of goalkeeper's equipment. If adjustments are required, the goalkeeper shall retire from the playing surface and be replaced by the substitute or temporary goalkeeper immediately and no warm-up shall be permitted. For a violation of this rule by a goalkeeper, a minor penalty shall be assessed.

Rule 603. Attempt to Injure /Deliberate Injury of Opponents (Head Butting)
(a) A match penalty shall be assessed to any player who deliberately attempts to injure an opponent, Official, Coach, or Trainer in any manner, and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action. A substitute for the penalized player shall be permitted at the end of the fifth minute.

Rule 604. Body-Checking and Boarding
(a) A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be assessed to any player who intentionally body-checks an opponent, with or without the puck.

(b)
A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be assessed to any player who makes physical contact with an opponent after the whistle has been blown, if, in the opinion of the Referee, the player had sufficient time to avoid such contact.

(c)
A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be assessed to any player who fouls an opponent in such a manner that caused the player to be violently thrown into the boards. "Rolling" an opposing puck carrier along the boards where the player is attempting to go through too small an opening is not boarding.

(d)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "boarding" or "body-checking," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

Rule 605. Broken Stick
(a) A player whose stick is broken may participate in the game provided the broken stick is dropped immediately. A minor penalty shall be assessed for an infraction of this rule. A broken stick is one which, in the opinion of a Referee, is unfit for normal play.

(b)
This rule has been eliminated.

(c)
A replacement stick may only be obtained from the players' bench or from a teammate on the playing surface. For a violation of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed to the team of the offending player, unless a penalty has been assessed under Rule 601 for throwing articles onto the playing surface. The intent of this rule is to provide for the assessment of one penalty for one illegal stick replacement.

(d)
A goalkeeper may not go to the players' bench for a replacement stick during a stoppage of play, but must receive a replacement stick from a teammate. For an infraction of this rule, a minor penalty shall be assessed to the offending goalkeeper.

Rule 606. Charging and Checking From Behind
(a) A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be assessed to a player who runs, jumps into, or charges an opponent. If more than two steps or strides are taken, it shall be considered "charging."

(b)
Charging and Checking from Behind. Requires a major penalty and a game misconduct to be assessed to a player who intentionally body-checks an opponent from behind into the boards or goal frame. A minor penalty may no longer be assessed under these circumstances.

(c)
A minor penalty or a major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to a player who body-checks or charges a goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is within the goal crease or privileged area. A goalkeeper is not "fair game" just because the goalkeeper is outside the privileged area. A penalty for interference or charging must be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper.

(d)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "charging" or "checking from behind," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

Rule 607. Cross-Checking and Butt-Ending
(a) A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be assessed to a player who cross-checks an opponent.

(b)
A major penalty and a game misconduct shall be assessed for butt-ending. A minor penalty may still be assessed for attempt to butt-end (no contact). An attempt to butt-end shall include all cases in which a butt-end gesture is made, regardless of whether body contact is made or not.

(c)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "cross-checking" or "butt-ending," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

(d)
Butt-ending may also be treated as a match penalty under attempt to injure or deliberate injury to an opponent.

Rule 608. Deliberate Injury to Opponents and Head-Butting
(a) A match penalty shall be assessed to a player who deliberately injures an opponent, Team Official or Game Official in any manner, and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action.

(b)
No substitute shall be permitted to take the place of the penalized player until after five minutes actual playing time have elapsed, from the time the penalty was assessed.

(c)
A match penalty shall be assessed to a player who deliberately head-butts an opponent, Team Official or Game Official, and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action.

Rule 609. Delaying the Game
(a) A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper, who delays the game by deliberately shooting, batting or throwing the puck outside the playing area. This penalty shall also be assessed when it occurs during a stoppage of play. Intentional delay of the game by a goalkeeper shall be assessed at the discretion of the Referee.

(b)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player or goalkeeper who delays the game by deliberately displacing the goal post from its normal position. Play shall be stopped immediately when the goal post has been displaced. If a goalkeeper deliberately displaces the goal post or deliberately removes the helmet or face mask during the course of a breakaway by the attacking team, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. The penalty shot shall be taken by the player last in possession of the puck.

(c)
A bench minor penalty shall be assessed to any team which, after a warning by the Referee, fails to place the correct number of players on the playing surface, thereby causing a delay in any manner.

(d)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player who, after a warning by the Referee, fails to maintain a proper position during the face-off.

(e) Prohibits a player from turning the blade of their stick over and using the tip to hold the puck to the surface while stick handling. For a violation, play shall be stopped and the ensuing face-off shall be that nearest end zone face-off spot of the offending team.

(f) A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player, except a goalkeeper, who delays the game by using the hand to pick the puck up off the surface.

Rule 610. Elbowing or Kneeing
(a) A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who uses the elbow or knee in such a manner as to foul an opponent, in any way.

(b)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "elbowing" or "kneeing," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

Rule 611. Face-Offs
(a) The puck shall be "faced-off" by the Referee dropping the puck onto the playing surface between the sticks of the two players facing-off. Players facing off shall stand facing their opponent's end of the rink with the blade of their sticks in contact with the nearest white area of the face-off spot and clear of the red center area of the spot. The attacking team player shall be the first player to place the stick on the playing surface. If a player facing-off fails to take the proper position immediately when directed by the Official, the Official may order a replacement for that face-off by a teammate on the playing surface. No other player shall be allowed to enter the face-off circle or come within 15 feet of the players facing-off the puck, and they must stand on-side on all face-offs. When a player, other than the player facing-off, fails to maintain the proper position, the center of the offending team shall be ejected from the face-off. For a second violation of any of the provisions of this rule, a minor penalty shall be assessed to the player who commits the second violation. No substitution of players shall be permitted until the face-off has been completed and play has been resumed except when any penalty is assessed during the face-off. The whistle shall not be blown to start play. Playing time shall commence from the instant the puck is faced-off and shall stop when the whistle is blown.

(b)
If, after a warning by the Official, either of the players fails to take the proper position for the face-off promptly, the Official shall be entitled to conduct the face-off regardless of such default.

(c)
During the conduct of any face-off, no player shall make any physical contact with an opponent except in the course of playing the puck after the face-off has been completed. For a violation of this rule the Referee shall assess a minor penalty to the player whose action caused the physical contact. "Conduct of any face-off" commences when the Official designates the spot of the face-off and takes up a position to drop the puck.

(d)
No face-off shall be conducted at a location other than at a face-off spot.

(e)
When a stoppage of play occurs between the end zone face-off spots and the near end of the rink, the ensuing face-off shall take place at the end face-off spot on the side where the stoppage occurred, unless otherwise provided in these rules.

(f)
When a violation of a rule has been committed, or a stoppage of play has been caused by any player of the attacking team in the Attacking Zone, the ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest high zone face-off spot. This includes a stoppage of play caused by a player of the attacking team shooting the puck onto the back of the defending team's goal without any intervening action by the defending team.

(g)
When a violation of a rule has been committed or a stoppage of play has been caused by players of both teams, the ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest face-off spot (excluding center face-off spot) to where the puck was when the stoppage occurred.

(h)
When a goal is legally scored, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at the center face-off spot.

(i) When the game is stopped for any reason not specifically covered in the Official Playing Rules, the ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest face-off spot to where the puck was last played.

Rule 612. Falling on Puck
(a) A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player, other than a goalkeeper, who deliberately falls on or gathers the puck into the body or who holds the puck against any part of the goal or the boards. Any player who drops to block a shot shall not be penalized if the puck is shot under the player or becomes lodged in any clothing or equipment. A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who uses the hands to obtain such stoppage.

(b)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to a goalkeeper who falls on or gathers the puck into the body, when the body is entirely outside the boundaries of the privileged area or who falls on or gathers the puck into the body, when the body is entirely outside the goal crease and the puck is behind the goal line. A minor penalty shall be assessed to a goalkeeper who holds the puck against any part of the goal or the boards.

(c)
No defending player, except the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, or gather a puck into the body or hands when the puck is within the goal crease. For a violation of this rule, play shall be immediately stopped and a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. However, if the goalkeeper has been removed from the playing surface when the infraction occurs, a goal shall be awarded to the non-offending team in lieu of the penalty shot. This rule shall be interpreted so that a penalty shot shall be awarded only when the puck is in the goal crease at the instant the infraction occurs. However, in cases where the puck is outside the goal crease, Rule 612 (a) may still be applied and a minor penalty assessed, even though no penalty shot is awarded.

Rule 613. Fisticuffs (Fighting)
(a) A major penalty shall be assessed to any player who is involved in a fight on or off the playing surface before, during or after the game.

(b)
Does not apply.

(c)
Any player receiving a major penalty for fisticuffs shall automatically be assessed a game misconduct penalty.

(d)
A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper who is the first to intervene in an altercation already in progress. This penalty is in addition to any other penalty incurred in the same incident.

(e)
A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who resists the Game Officials in the discharge of their duties during an altercation.

(f)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to a goalkeeper who leaves the immediate vicinity of the goal crease to participate in an altercation. This penalty shall be in addition to any penalty incurred during the altercation.

(g) A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who throws a punch at another player or official. It is not necessary for the punch to "connect" for the game misconduct penalty to be assessed.

(h) All game misconduct penalties for fighting or throwing punches will also include an automatic one-game suspension. The automatic suspension is a minimum suspension. Additional suspensions may be given.

Rule 614. Goals and Assists
(Note) It is the responsibility of the Referee to award goals and assists, and such decision is final. In cases of an obvious error in awarding a goal or an assist which has been announced, it should be corrected promptly. Changes shall not be made on the scoring summary after the Referee has signed the Official Score Sheet.

(a)
A goal shall be scored when the puck has been put between the goal posts by the stick of a player of the attacking team from in front, below the cross bar and entirely across the goal line, before playing time expires. A "goal" shall be credited in the scoring records to a player who shall have propelled the puck into the opponent's goal. Each "goal" shall count as one point in the player's record. An "assist" shall be credited to the player or players taking part in the play immediately preceding the goal, but no more than two assists can be credited on any goal. Only one point can be credited to any one player for any one goal scored.

(b)
A goal shall be scored if the puck is put into the goal in any way by a player of the defending team. The player of the attacking team who last played the puck shall be credited with the goal, but no assist shall be awarded.

(c)
If an attacking player kicks the puck and the puck goes directly into the goal or is deflected into the goal by any player, including the goalkeeper, the goal shall not be allowed.

(d)
If the puck is deflected into the goal from the shot of an attacking player by striking any part of any player, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the puck shall be credited with the goal. The goal shall not be allowed if the puck has been kicked, thrown, or otherwise deliberately directed by an attacking player into the goal by any means other than a stick.

(e)
If a goal is scored as a result of a puck being deflected directly into the goal off an Official, the goal shall not be allowed.

(f)
Should a player legally propel the puck into the goal crease of the opposing team and the puck becomes loose in the goal crease and available to a player of the attacking team, any goal scored on the play shall be allowed.

(g)
Any goal scored, other than as covered by the Official Playing Rules, shall not be allowed.

(h) In the Adult Tin and Aluminum (beginner) divisions only, a player is not allowed to score more than three (3) goals in a game. If a player scores three goals in a game he will be barred from scoring any further goals for the duration of the game. If player scores his/her fourth goal, the goal will be disallowed and the offending player will receive a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. This penalty will be assessed against that player for any subsequent goals for the duration of the game.

(i) Adult Tin and Aluminum division players scoring a goal in a game must report to the officials that they scored the goal. Failure to immediately and correctly report which player scored may result in the offending player and/or team captain receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct and/or misconduct penalty.

Rule 615. Gross Misconduct
(a) A "GROSS MISCONDUCT" penalty no longer exists. See Rule 405 Match Penalties.

Rule 616. Handling Puck With Hands
(a) If a player, other than a goalkeeper, closes the hand on the puck, play shall be stopped and a face-off shall follow; however, if the puck is dropped immediately, play shall be allowed to continue. If a goalkeeper holds the puck with the hand for more than three seconds, play shall be stopped and a face-off shall follow; however, after an initial warning by the Referee, a goalkeeper who holds the puck unnecessarily shall be assessed a minor penalty for delaying the game.

(b)
A goalkeeper shall not intentionally drop the puck into the pads or onto the goal net nor deliberately pile obstacles at the goal that, in the opinion of the Referee, would tend to prevent the scoring of a goal. The object of this rule is to keep the puck in play continuously and any action taken by the goalkeeper which causes an unnecessary stoppage shall be penalized. For a violation of this rule, a minor penalty shall be assessed to the offending player.

(c)
If a goalkeeper throws the puck forward toward the opponent's goal and it is first played by a teammate, play shall be stopped and the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at the nearest end zone face-off spot of the offending team.

(d)
If a defending player, other than the goalkeeper, picks up the puck in the goal crease from the playing surface with the hands, or holds the puck while it is in the goal crease, the play shall be stopped immediately and a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. If the above situation occurs while the goalkeeper is off the playing surface, a goal shall be awarded to the non-offending team.

(e)
A player shall be permitted to stop or "bat" the puck in the air with the hand, or push it along the playing surface with the hand, and play shall not be stopped unless the puck has been directed to a teammate in the Attacking Zone, in which case the play shall be stopped and the puck faced off at the nearest high zone face-off spot.

(f)
A goal that is scored as the result of the puck being propelled by the hand of an attacking player and entered the goal either directly or after deflecting off any player including the goalkeeper, shall not be allowed.

Rule 617. High Sticks
(a) The carrying of the stick above the normal height of the shoulders is prohibited. The Referee shall assess a minor penalty or a major plus a game misconduct penalty to any player who strikes an opponent with a stick so carried.

(b)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "high sticking," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

(c)
A goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with the stick which is carried above the height of the goal frame cross bar, shall not be allowed.

(d)
Batting the puck above the normal height of the shoulders with the stick is prohibited and when it occurs play shall be stopped and the ensuing face-off shall take place at an end zone face-off spot of the offending player's team unless: 1. The puck is batted to an opponent, in which case the play shall continue. 2. A player of the defending team shall bat the puck into the player's own goal, in which case the goal shall be allowed.

Rule 618. Holding an Opponent
(a) A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player who holds an opponent with the hands, legs, feet, stick, or in any other way.

(b)
A minor or major penalty shall be assessed to any player who grabs or holds the face mask of an opponent with the hand.

(c)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "holding the face mask," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

Rule 619. Hooking
(a) A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player who impedes or seeks to impede the progress of an opponent by hooking with the stick.

(b)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "hooking," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

Rule 620. Icing the Puck
No such rule.

Rule 621. Interference
(a) A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who interferes with or impedes the progress of an opponent who is not in possession of the puck, deliberately knocks a stick out of an opponent's hand, prevents a player who has dropped the stick or any other piece of equipment from regaining possession of it, or shoots a stick or other object toward an opponent. The last player to touch the puck shall be considered to be the player in possession.

(b)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player on the players' or the penalty bench who, by means of the stick or body, interferes with the movements of the puck or an opponent on the playing surface during the progress of play.

(c)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who, by means of the stick or body, interferes with or impedes the movements of the goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is in the goal crease area.

(d)
Unless the puck is in the goal crease area, a player of the attacking team may not stand on the goal crease line or in the goal crease or hold the stick in the goal crease. If the puck should enter the goal while such a condition prevails, a goal shall not be allowed. For a violation of this rule, while the attacking team has possession of the puck, play shall be stopped and the ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest high zone face-off spot. This rule shall not apply when the goalkeeper is out of the goal crease.

(e)
If a player of the attacking team has been pushed or otherwise physically forced into the goal crease by an opposing player, and the puck should enter the goal while the player so interfered with is still in the goal crease, the goal shall be allowed.

(f)
When the goalkeeper has been removed from the playing surface and any member of the same team not legally on the playing surface interferes by means of the body, stick, or any other object with the movements of the puck or an opposing player, the Referee shall immediately award a goal to the non-offending team.

(Note)
The attention of Referees is directed particularly to three types of offensive interference which shall be penalized.
1. When the defending team secures possession of the puck in its own zone and the other members of the same team run interference for the puck carrier by forming a protective screen against forecheckers. 2. When a player facing-off obstructs an opponent after the face-off when the opponent is not in possession of the puck. 3. When the puck carrier makes a drop pass and follows through so as to make body contact with an opposing player.

Rule 622. Interference by Spectators
(a) In the event of a player being held or interfered with by a spectator, the Referee shall immediately stop the play, unless the team of the player being interfered with is in possession of the puck at the time, in which case the play shall be allowed to be completed. The ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest face-off spot to where the puck was last played.

(b)
Any player who physically interferes with a spectator shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action.

(c)
In the event that objects are thrown onto the playing surface which interfere with the progress of the game, the Referee shall stop the play and the ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest face-off spot to where the puck was last played.

Rule 623. Kicking Player
(a) A match penalty shall be assessed to a player who kicks or attempts to kick another player. A substitute shall be permitted at the end of the fifth minute.

Rule 624. Kicking Puck
(a) Kicking the puck shall be permitted in all zones; however, a goal that is scored as the result of the puck being kicked by an attacking player and entered the goal either directly or after deflecting off any player including the goalkeeper, shall not be allowed.

Rule 625. Leaving the Player's Bench or Penalty Bench
(a) No player may leave the players' bench or penalty bench at any time during an altercation. Substitutions made prior to the start of the altercation shall not be penalized under this rule provided the players so substituting do not enter the altercation. A double minor penalty plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to the player who was the first to leave the players' or penalty bench during an altercation. If players of both teams leave their respective benches at the same time, the first identifiable player of each team shall be penalized under this rule. For the purposes of determining which player was the first to leave the players' bench during an altercation, the Referee may consult with the Linesmen or other Game Officials. Any player who leaves the players' bench during an altercation and is assessed a minor, major or misconduct penalty for such actions, shall also be assessed a game misconduct penalty. Other players who leave the players' bench or penalty bench during an altercation shall be assessed a misconduct penalty (maximum 5 per team). If a player illegally enters the game, any goal scored by that team while the illegal player is on the playing surface shall be disallowed, but all penalties assessed to either team shall be served as regular penalties.

(b)
Except at the end of each period, or upon the expiration of a penalty, no player may leave the penalty bench, at any time. A penalized player who leaves the penalty bench prior to the expiration of the penalty, whether play is in progress or not, shall be assessed an additional minor penalty after serving the unexpired penalty time. When a player leaves the penalty bench prior to the expiration of the penalty, the Penalty Timekeeper shall note the time and verbally alert the Referee who shall stop play when the offending player's team gains possession and control of the puck. In the case of a player returning to the playing surface prior to the expiration of the penalty, through an error of the Penalty Timekeeper, the player is not to serve an additional penalty, but must serve the unexpired time. A penalized player who leaves the penalty bench during an altercation shall be assessed a minor penalty plus a game misconduct penalty, in addition to any unexpired time. When a penalized player returns to the playing surface from the penalty bench prior to the expiration of the penalty, any goal scored by that team, while the player is illegally on the playing surface, shall be disallowed, but all penalties assessed to either team shall be served as regular penalties.

(c)
If a player of the attacking team in possession of the puck shall be in a position as to have no opposing player to pass other than the goalkeeper, and is interfered with by a player who has entered the game illegally, the attacking player shall be awarded a penalty shot. If the opposing goalkeeper is off the playing surface and the attacking player is interfered with by an illegal player, a goal shall be awarded to the non-offending team.

(d)
If a Team Official steps onto the playing surface after the start of a half and before that half is completed without the permission of the Referee, the Referee shall assess a bench minor penalty to the team of the offending Coach.

(e)
During any face-off, if a team starts with fewer players than entitled to, any player subsequently entering the game shall not be eligible to play any puck coming from the Defending Zone while the player is in the Attacking Zone unless the puck is first played by another player in the Attacking Zone.

Rule 626. Off-Sides
No such rule.

Rule 627. Passes
(a) The puck may be passed by any player to any player of the same team within any of the two zones into which the rink is divided and may be passed forward by a player in the Defending Zone to a teammate over the center red line.

Rule 628. Puck Out of Bounds or Unplayable
(a) The puck must be kept in motion at all times. Play shall not be stopped because the puck is frozen along the boards by two or more opposing players, unless one of the players falls onto the puck. If one player freezes the puck along the boards or if a player deliberately falls on the puck a minor penalty shall be assessed for delaying the game. However, the Referee may stop the play along the boards if allowing play to continue shall lead to unnecessary contact surrounding the puck.

Rule 629. Puck Must Be Kept In Motion
(a) When the puck goes outside the playing area or strikes any obstacles above the playing surface other than the boards, glass or wire, it shall be faced-off at the nearest face-off spot to where it was last played. When the puck becomes unplayable due to a defect in the rink, it shall be faced-off at the nearest face-off spot to where it was last played. However, if the puck is shot out of the rink by the attacking team, the face-off shall be at the nearest high zone face-off spot.

(b)
When the puck becomes lodged in the netting on the outside of the goal or if it is frozen between opposing players, the Referee shall stop play and face-off the puck at the nearest face-off spot to where it was last played unless, in the opinion of the Referee the stoppage was caused by a player of the attacking team, in which case the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at the nearest high zone face-off spot. The defending team and/or the attacking team may play the puck off the net at any time. However, should the puck remain on the net for longer than three seconds, play shall be stopped and the face-off shall take place at the nearest end zone face-off spot, except when the stoppage is caused by a player of the attacking team, in which case the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at the nearest high zone face-off spot. If the puck comes to rest on top of the goal frame, the play shall be stopped immediately.

(c)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to a goalkeeper who deliberately drops the puck on the goal netting to cause a stoppage of play.

(d)
If the puck comes to rest on top of the boards surrounding the playing area, it shall be considered to be in play and may be played legally by the hand or stick.

(e)
Does not apply.

Rule 630. Puck Out of Sight and Illegal Puck
(a) Should a scramble take place, or a player accidentally falls on the puck and it is out of the sight of the Referee, play shall be stopped immediately. The ensuing face-off shall take place at the nearest face-off spot, unless otherwise provided for in the rules.

(b)
If, at any time during play, a puck other than the one officially in play shall appear on the playing surface, which interferes with the progress of the game, the play shall be stopped immediately.

Rule 631. Puck Striking Official
(a) Play shall not be stopped because the puck touches an Official anywhere on the rink.

Rule 632. Refusing to Start Play
(a) If, when both teams are on the playing surface, one team for any reason shall refuse to play when ordered to do so by the Referee, the Captain shall be warned and the team so refusing shall be allowed 15 seconds to begin the game or resume play. If, at the end of that time the team shall still refuse to play, the Referee shall assess a bench minor penalty to the offending team. Should there be a reoccurrence of the same incident, the Referee shall suspend the game, and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action.

(b)
If a team, when ordered to do so by the Referee, fails to go onto the playing surface promptly, it shall be assessed a bench minor penalty. If the team shall still refuse to go onto the playing surface and start play within five minutes, the Referee shall suspend the game, and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action.

Rule 633. Slashing
(a) A minor penalty or major plus a game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be assessed to any player who slashes or attempts to slash an opponent with the stick. Referees should penalize as "slashing" any player who swings the stick at an opponent (whether in or out of range) without actually making contact, or when a player on the pretext of playing the puck makes a wild swing at the puck with the intent to intimidate an opponent.

(b)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "slashing," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

(c)
Any player who swings the stick at another player during the course of any altercation shall be subject to a match penalty, and the circumstances shall be reported to the League Authorities for further action.

(d)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who makes stick contact with the opposing goalkeeper, in the goal crease, who has covered or caught the puck, regardless of whether or not the Referee has stopped the play.

Rule 634. Spearing
(a) A major penalty and a game misconduct shall be assessed for spearing. A minor penalty may still be assessed for attempt to spear (no contact). Attempt to spear shall include all cases where a spearing gesture is made regardless of whether body contact is made or not.

(b)
When a player injures an opponent as the result of "spearing," the Referee shall assess a major plus a game misconduct penalty to the offending player.

(c)
Spearing may also be treated as a match penalty under attempt to injure or deliberate injury to an opponent.

Rule 635. Start of Game and Periods
(a) The game shall start at the time scheduled by a face-off at the center face-off spot and shall be promptly resumed for the second half in the same manner.

(b)
Each team shall defend the goal furthest from its players' bench to start the game. The teams shall change ends for each succeeding half or overtime period.

(c)
During the pre-game warm-up and before each half, each team shall confine its activity to its own end of the rink. All players must wear full equipment during warm-ups and during the handshake following the game.

(d)
It is recommended that when both teams are to leave the playing surface through a common exit, the team whose players' bench closest to the exit leave first. The home team should enter the playing surface first.

(e)
When a team fails to appear on the playing surface without a proper justification, an Official shall warn the team that it must enter the playing surface immediately. If the team fails to do so promptly, the Referee shall assess a bench minor penalty for Delaying the Game.

Rule 636. Throwing Stick
(a) When any player or Team Official of the defending team deliberately throws or shoots a stick or any other object at the puck in the Defending Zone, the Referee shall allow the play to be completed and if a goal is not scored, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the fouled player. If, however, the goal is unattended and the attacking player has no defending player to pass and has a chance to score on an open goal, and a stick or any other object is thrown or shot at the puck by a member of the defending team, thereby preventing a shot on the open goal, a goal shall be awarded to the non-offending team.

(b)
A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player on the playing surface who throws or shoots a stick or any other object in the direction of the puck in any zone except when such act has been penalized by a penalty shot or awarded goal. When a player discards a broken stick by tossing it to the side of the rink (and not over the boards) in such a way that shall not interfere with play or an opposing player, no penalty shall be assessed for doing so.

(c)
A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who throws a stick or any part thereof outside the playing area. A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who deliberately throws a stick or any part thereof outside the playing area at or in the direction of any spectators.

Rule 637. Time of Match and Time-Outs
(a) A game shall consist of three 17 minute running clock periods. If the score is within two goals, or tied, stop time shall be played during the last two minutes of play. A one-minute rest period shall be permitted between periods, after which the teams shall change ends.

(b)
The team scoring the greater number of goals during the three periods shall be declared the winner, and shall be credited with two points in the standings.

(c)
The Referee may order the game to be suspended anytime the playing area is deemed to be in an unsafe condition. The game shall remain suspended until such condition is corrected. Referees are particularly cautioned about wet playing surfaces and should take the overly-cautious approach when determining whether or not playing conditions are safe. If any unusual delay occurs during the first or second periods, the Referee may order the intermission to take place immediately and the balance of the period shall be completed upon the resumption of play with the teams defending the same goals, after which the teams shall change ends and resume play of the period without delay.

(d)
Each team shall be permitted to take one time-out of a one minute duration which must be taken during a stoppage of play. The clock shall be stopped during a time out. The clock shall be restarted upon the conducting of the ensuing face-off. During a time-out, all players on the playing surface may proceed to their respective players' bench. Any penalized player must remain in the penalty bench during a time-out. A time-out may not be used to warm-up a goalkeeper.

Rule 638. Tied Games
(a) If at the end of the three (3) regular seventeen (17) minute periods, the score shall be tied, each team shall be awarded one point in the League standings. The teams will then play an additional overtime period of not more than five (5) minutes with the team scoring first declared the winner and being awarded an additional point. In League games, if no team scores during the overtime period the game shall be declared a tie. In tournament games, additional overtime periods shall be played until a winner is determined.

(b)The overtime period will be commenced immediately following a one (1) minute rest period during which the players will remain on the ice. The teams will not change ends for the overtime period.

(c)
The overtime period shall be stop-clock time.

(d) The overtime period shall be played with each team at a numerical strength of three (3) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.

(Note 1)
If a team is penalized in overtime, teams play 3-2.

(Note 2)
In overtime, if a team is penalized such that a two-man advantage is called for, then the offending team will remain at two (2) skaters while the non-offending team will be permitted a fourth skater. At the first stoppage of play after the two-man advantage is no longer in effect, the numerical strength of the team will revert back to either a 3-on-3 or a 3-on-2 situation, as appropriate.   

(Note 4)
If there is a man power advantage situation which carries over from regulation time to overtime, the above criteria will be applied at the start of overtime. Accordingly, if at the end of regulation time, the teams are 4-on-3, overtime begins at 3-on-2.

(Note 5)
When the regulation ends with an on-ice manpower strength of 4-on-2, teams will commence the overtime with a strength of 4-on-2. With the expiration of penalties, due to continuous action, player strength may get to 4-on-4 or 4-on-3. At the first stoppage of play following, player strength must be adjusted to 3-on-3 or 3-on-2.

(Note 6) If at the end of regulation time teams are 2-on-2, overtime starts 2-on-2. Once player strength reaches a 4-on-3 or 4-on-4, at the next stoppage player strength is adjusted to 3-on-2 or 3-on-3, as appropriate.

(Note 7) If at the end of regulation time teams are 3-on-3 with a player or players in the box serving non-coincidental penalties, overtime starts 3-on-3 and players exit penalty box as normal to 4-on-3 or 4-on-4. At first stoppage of play, teams are adjusted to 3-on-2 or 3-on-3, as appropriate.

Rule 639. Tripping
(a) A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who places the stick, leg, knee, foot, arm, hand, or elbow in such a manner that it causes an opponent to trip or fall. If, in the opinion of the Referee, a player is unquestionably hook-checking the puck and obtains possession of it, thereby tripping the opposing player, no penalty shall be assessed. Accidental trips that occur simultaneously with the whistle shall not be penalized. Any player who deliberately dives onto the playing surface, except to block a shot, contacts an opponent and causes the player to trip or fall, shall be assessed a minor penalty.

(b)
When a player, in possession and control of the puck in the Attacking Zone and having no opponent to pass other 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 team. The Referee shall not stop the play until the attacking team has lost possession and control of the puck to the defending team. The intent of this rule is to restore a reasonable scoring opportunity which has been lost by reason of a foul from behind when the foul is committed on the opponent's side of the center red line. "Possession and control" of the puck means the act of propelling the puck with a stick. If, while it is being propelled, the puck is touched by another player, hits the goal or goes free, the player shall no longer be considered to be "in possession and control" of the puck.

(c)
If, when the opposing goalkeeper has been removed from the playing surface, a player in possession and control of the puck is tripped or otherwise fouled with no opposing player to pass, thus preventing a reasonable scoring opportunity, the Referee shall immediately stop play and award a goal to the non-offending team.

Rule 640. Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)
(a) At the discretion of the Referee, a minor or double minor penalty may be assessed to any player who uses unnecessary roughness against an opponent.

(b)
A minor penalty for unnecessary roughness must be assessed every time an opposing player makes unnecessary physical contact with the player in possession of the puck. It is not the intent to penalize incidental contact between two opposing players who are actively in pursuit of the puck. The act of riding an opponent off the puck shall not be considered to be roughing. However, this does not allow the player without the puck to throw his or her body into the opponent to achieve possession.

Rule 641. Eight-Point Differential Rule
(a) When the score of any regular-season game reaches an eight-goal differential, the officials will notify both teams that the "mercy rule" is in effect. From that point on, the team leading in the score will skate with one less player than they would normally be allowed. The team leading in the score will skate "short-handed" for the remainder of the game. 

(b) This rule will remain in effect regardless of the number of goals that are scored by either team for the remainder of the game unless the game becomes tied at some point..
 
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