Infractions, Penalties and Ejections

  • Infractions – result in the referee stopping play and face-off location is dependent on the type of infraction.
    • On a defensive infraction, the face-off shall stay in the zone. On an offensive infraction, the face-off goes to the other end of the court (like an icing in hockey).
    • On defensive infractions, a delayed infraction may be called. The infraction that resulted in the delayed call will not be made until the team on defense takes possession of the puck, advances the puck or a goal is scored against the defending team.
  • Infractions occur in the following instances:
    • When a player deliberately holds, lies on, or steps on the puck.
    • When a goalkeeper uses an overhand throw, or throws the puck to the center side of the two face-off circles (delayed infraction).
    • When a forward or defensive player crosses the center court line (delayed infraction).
    • When a player other than the goalkeeper deliberately leaves their feet to block a shot or pass (delayed infraction).
    • When an offensive player and/or their stick goes into the goal crease at any time.
    • When high sticking takes place. This infraction occurs when a player raises their stick above their waist.
  • Five Infractions – on the fifth infraction, a player will receive a one and a half minute penalty.
  • Penalties – result in a one and a half minute expulsion of the offending player or a player to be determined by the coach in the case of a bench penalty. The offending team will play a person short for the duration of the penalty unless the opposing team scores a goal.
    • Penalty time begins at the start of the next play
    • If concurrent penalties take place, both teams will play one athlete short until the penalty time has ended. If a team scores a goal, both teams continue to play short-handed until the full penalty time has expired. A team can score more than one goal during this time and if they score, the other team’s player does not enter the game.
  • Penalties occur in the following instances:
    • When a player charges an opponent from behind, trips, elbows or intentionally pushes.
    • When a player crosschecks an opponent.
    • When any deliberate roughness takes place.
    • When a player accumulates five infractions.
    • When a bench penalty takes place.
    • When unsportsmanlike conduct takes place.
  • If a center receives a penalty, the team loses that position for the duration of the penalty. During this time, another player takes the face-offs but doesn’t have the ability to go the length of the court.
  • Ejections – a player or coach who commits an act which results in the ejection penalty must leave the playing area for the remainder of the game and will not be allowed to return to the following game (at minimum). Player or coach will be eligible to return the next day at the event management’s discretion.
  • Ejections occur in the following instances:
    • A player commits three penalties or ten infractions
    • When a player deliberately does anything that could cause injury or harm.
    • When a coach’s conduct becomes detrimental to the players and/or game. If, after the ejection, the coach’s misconduct continues, the game will be forfeited.
    • When a player or coach intentionally throws or swings a stick.
    • When a player engages in a fight or throws a punch.
  • Penalty Time – when a player is ejected from a game, a teammate shall serve the one and a half minute penalty.