This page contains a summary of the basic rules used in the actual
game and is not the complete rules for RSA Inline Hockey. Any
errors are my
For more information on rules
I have not finished the rules as yet, only up to the "H's".
will add more as I get time. :-)
ATTEMPT TO INJURE
A Match Penalty will be imposed on any
Player who deliberately attempts to injure any Opponent, Official,
Manager, Coach or Trainer in any manner. A substitute shall be
allowed after 5 minutes.
A Minor or Major Penalty, at the discretion
of the Referee based on the degree of violence of the impact with
the boards shall be imposed on any Player who Body Checks, Cross
Checks, Charges, or trips an opponent in such a manner that caused
the opponent to be thrown violently into the boards.
A Player whose stick is broken may participate
in the game provided he/she immediately drops his/her stick. A
Minor Penalty shall be imposed for an offense against this rule.
A Player may not receive a stick thrown on the floor but must
obtain one from the player bench. A Goalie may continue to play
with the paddle portion of a broken stick until a stoppage of
play or until he/she is legally supplied with one.
A Minor or Major Penalty shall be imposed
on a player who runs, jumps into or charges an opponent including
CROSS-CHECKING AND BUTT-ENDING
A Minor or Major penalty shall be imposed
on a player who Cross-Checks or Butt-Ends an opponent.
NOTE: CROSS-CHECK means a check delivered
with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the floor.
DELIBERATE INJURY OF OPPONENTS
A Match Penalty shall be imposed on
any Player who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.
A substitute shall be allowed after five minutes. All such incidents
shall be reported to the appropriate authorities for any further
penalties deemed necessary for an offense against this rule.
DELAYING THE GAME
No Player shall delay the game by deliberately
shooting or batting the puck outside the playing area or by deliberately
displacing the goals from there normal position. A Minor Penalty
shall be imposed for an offense against this rule. A Penalty Shot
shall be awarded to the opposing team if on a Breakaway scoring
opportunity the goals are deliberately displaced by a player.
ELBOWING AND KNEEING
A Minor or Major Penalty shall be imposed
on a Player who uses his/her elbow or knee in any way to foul
Players facing-off will stand facing
their opponents end of the rink approximately one stick length
apart, with bodies, skates and sticks squarely aligned and with
the full blade of the stick on the floor. All other players must
be a least 3 metres (10 feet) away from the face-off spot and
must be on-side.
During a face-off no player shall make
any physical contact with his/her opponents body by means of his/her
body or stick except in the course of playing the puck. A Minor
Penalty will be imposed for an offense against this rule.
The Referee is under no obligation to
wait for players to get to the face-off spot. It is the players
responsibility to get there as quickly as possible. If one team
is lined up and the other team is procrastinating the Referee
can start play by blowing the whistle and putting the puck into
NOTE: once a team is in the face-off
position, the puck should be put into play within 5 seconds.
FALLING ON THE PUCK
A Minor Penalty shall be imposed on
any player other than the Goalie who deliberately falls on the
puck or gathers a puck to the body. A Minor Penalty shall be imposed
on a Goalie who deliberately falls on a puck or gathers it into
the body when entirely outside the boundaries of the goal crease
A Match Penalty shall be imposed on
any player who starts a fight. A Major Penalty shall be imposed
on a player who having been struck shall retaliate with a blow
or attempted blow. However at the discretion of the Referee, a
Match Penalty may be imposed if that player continues the altercation.
NOTE: The Referee is given very wide
latitude in the penalties he/she can impose under this rule. This
is done to enable him/her to differentiate between the obvious
degrees of responsibility of the participants for starting or
persisting with the fighting.
A Misconduct or Game Misconduct Penalty
shall be imposed on any player involved in fighting off the playing
GOALS AND ASSISTS
A goal shall be scored when the puck
has passed between the goal posts and is entirely across the goal
line. 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 touched the puck will be awarded the goal.
A goal shall not be scored if it is propelled or kicked into the
net deliberately by any means other than the stick. If the puck
is deflected unintentionally off an attacking player the goal
shall be awarded. When a player scores a goal, an assist shall
be credited to the player who made the pass leading to a direct
goal in the offensive zone; also when manning the puck leading
to a breakaway.
HANDLING THE PUCK
If a player except the goalie, closes
his/her hand intentionally on the puck, the play shall be stopped
and a Minor Penalty imposed on him/her. A goalie who holds the
puck with his/her hands for longer than 3 seconds shall be give
a Minor Penalty if no attacking players are in the immediate vicinity.
If a player picks up the puck in the goal crease a Penalty Shot
shall be awarded to the non-offending team. A player is permitted
to 'bat' the puck in the air with the open hand or push it along
the floor unless in the opinion of the Referee it was deliberately
directed to a team mate, in which case play shall be stopped and
the puck faced-off at the spot where the offense occurred.
The carrying of sticks above normal
shoulder height is prohibited, and at the discretion of the Referee,
a Minor Penalty may be imposed. A goal scored from a stick so
carried shall not be allowed, except by a player of the defending
team. If a player carries or holds any part of the stick above
shoulder height so that injury to the face or head
Penalties are actual playing
time (not stoppages) and are divided into the following classes.
For Minor Penalties the player committing
the offense will be ruled off the floor for two minutes.
A Bench Minor involves the removal from
the floor a player from the team against which the penalty has
been awarded for a period of two minutes. Any player on the team
may be selected by the Coach or Manager to serve the penalty.
If a team is short-handed while serving
a Minor or Bench Minor Penalty and the opposing team scores a
goal the penalty shall terminate. NOTE:
If multiple penalties are being served only the first is terminated.
For the first Major Penalty in a game
the offending player will be ruled off the floor for five minutes. NOTE: A goal scored
by the opposing team does not terminate this penalty.
For the second Major Penalty in the
same game by the same player, the player will serve a five minute
Major Penalty and an automatic Game
Misconduct Penalty. One player from
the offending team must be placed on the penalty bench to serve
the five minutes.
When a Major Penalty is imposed on an
equal number of players from each team, the penalized players
should take their places on the penalty bench. Immediate substitutions
can be made for the penalized players. The penalized players shall
not return to the floor till the first stoppage of play after
the penalty time has expired.
A Misconduct Penalty against any player
will result in removal from the floor for ten minutes. A substitute
player is permitted to immediately replace the offending player.
A player whose Misconduct Penalty has expired cannot return to
the floor till the first stoppage in play.
A Game Misconduct
Penalty will result in the player being suspended from the remainder
of the game but an immediate substitute is allowed. A 'Game Misconduct
Penalty shall result in an automatic one game suspension. (Immediate
A second Game Misconduct Penalty in
a tournament will result in the player being suspended from the
All Game Misconduct Penalties will result in ten minutes being
shown on the score sheet against the offending player.
A Match Penalty will result in the offending
player being removed from the game and ordered to the dressing
room. A substitute player, selected by the Coach/Manager is to
be placed in the penalty box to serve a five minute penalty. A
Match Penalty will disqualify the offending player from the remainder
of a tournament.
A player incurring a Match Penalty will
be promptly investigated by the proper authorities who have full
power to impose further penalty. NOTE: For all Match Penalties a
total of ten minutes will be charged on the records against the
The Penalty Shot will be taken as follows:
The Referee shall place the puck on the center face-off spot.
The player to take the Penalty Shot will, on the Referee's whistle,
play the puck from there and attempt to score. The goalkeeper
must stay in the crease until the Referee sounds the whistle.
The player taking the shot must keep the puck in motion in the
direction of the opponents goal line and once the shot is taken
the play shall bee considered complete. No goal can be scored
on a rebound of any kind.
The goalkeeper may attempt to in any
manner except by throwing his/her stick or any other object,in
which case a goal will be awarded. If a goal is scored from a
penalty shot the puck will be faced-off from the center spot in
the usual way. If no goal is scored the face-off will be from
either spot in the zone in which the penalty shot was awarded.
Should a goal be scored from a penalty
shot, no further penalty shall be applied to the offending player