Floor Hockey Rules

NCAA Ice Hockey Rules govern with the following adaptations:


Each game will consist of two twenty-minute periods (running clock) with one five-minute break. The clock will stop on each goal scored. During the last two minutes of the game and any overtime periods, the clock will stop on every whistle. No time outs are permitted.


During the regular season, games that end in a tie will stand. During playoffs, ties will be broken with a five-minute sudden death overtime period. After one overtime the game will be decided with penalty shots.


A team will be removed from the league if it forfeits two times during the season.


The officials and Rec Sports Staff will evaluate each team at the end of the game for sportsmanship. If a team receives two poor evaluations during the season it will be removed from the league. Two unsatisfactories will count as one poor.


  1. A team consists of seven players, six on the floor and one goalie. If five players are present, play must start. If at any time during regulation play a team is permanently reduced to less than five players the game is ended.
  2. No more than four of the players can be male. There has to be at least one female on the court. There may be no ex-varsity field hockey players in B league. In A league there may be no more than two ex-varsity players on the court at one time.
  3. Teams must wear uniformly colored shirts. The first team listed on the schedule is home and will wear white shirts. The second team listed is away and must wear dark shirts. No Gray shirts for either team. The home team will have choice of defending which goal.
  4. Substitutions will be “on the fly.” Players must exit the court before new players may enter. Goalies may only be replaced during period breaks, unless injured (penalty: 2 minute minor).
  5. The goalie may be pulled at any stoppage of play to add an extra offensive player, but may only return to the floor after a goal has been scored or end of the period. Added player may enter the crease and defend the goal.
  6. The goalie who was last in the net must be the goalie for the overtime penalty shots.


  1. Equipment (sticks, balls, goalie equipment) will be provided by the Recreational Activities Office. (All goalies are required to wear the safety equipment as provided by he RAO.) Floor players are encouraged to wear personal safety equipment such as shin guards (soccer), eye gear, mouth guards or gloves. Due to their dangerous nature, street hockey leg guards are prohibited. Only soccer shin guards are permitted. Jewelry, baseball hats or other potentially dangerous attire is prohibited. Court shoes (non-marking) must be worn at all times. All glasses must be shatterproof. (The Rec. Sports staff prior to play must approve any personal goalie equipment.)
  2. Participants my use their own sticks if a Rec. Sports staff person approves them prior to play, meet sanctioned requirements and all exposed metal and butt ends are cover with athletic tape. All blades must be plastic, no wood or fiberglass.


  1. A ball out of play will result in a face-off. If the last contact was made by the offensive team, it will result in a centerline face-off. If the last contact was made by the defensive team, it will result in a goalie zone face-off. All other face-offs will occur at he officials’ discretion (penalties, injuries etc).
  2. In all face-offs, except at the center line, players will be allowed to position themselves on any side of the face off circle.
  3. Goalies may cover the ball only in the crease area. This action will result in a goalie zone face-off. The goalie may not advance the ball forward once controlled unless they bat it with their stick, glove hand, or feet. Lateral clears (toss) after catching the ball are permitted. Goalies may not leave their feet outside the crease area. The goalie is considered to be in the crease if any part of his/her body is in the crease area. Any ball contacted outside the crease area must be handled as a floor player (i.e.: controlled with their stick). The only player allowed in the crease area is the goalie. Defensive players may pass through the crease but not remain in it. Floor players’ sticks are allowed in the crease only when the ball is loose in the crease area.
  4. The crease will be four feet in front of the goal and two feet to each side.
  5. The stick may not be raised above the waist on neither the back swing nor the follow through (penalty: 1 minute minor.)
  6. Floor players may play the ball with their feet although it is not recommended. In addition, the ball may be guided to the floor or blocked with an open hand, but not advanced with the hands. Players cannot kick the ball into the net. Floor players my not contact the ball with hands or arms when the ball is on the ground or below the players knees.
  7. Floor Players may not leave their feet to block or obstruct the ball. Their knees may not be in contact with the ground when any part of their body or stick is in contact with the puck.
  8. A goal is scored when the entire ball has crossed the goal line. No goal is awarded if an offensive player is in the crease area or intentionally obstructing the keeper. If an offensive player is in the clear (breakaway) or is attempting a sure goal and their progress is impeded by an illegal defensive action (hooking), an automatic point will be awarded and a major foul accessed.
  9. NO BODY CONTACT IS ALLOWED! Incidental contact will occur and will be penalized at the discretion of the officials. Officials have the authority to award higher penalties based on the severity of the infraction (i.e.: five minute major for pushing). If at any time a team’s conduct is unsportsmanlike, dangerous or disruptive, the Rec. Sports Staff may award bench penalties of 1, 5, or # minutes depending on the severity of the situation.
  10. All face offs, except at the center line, will allow players to position themselves on either side of the face off.

Violations and Penalties:

Double Major Fouls (no release, ejection or 10 minutes)

  • Conduct-Fighting (Automatic Ejection) Must have interview with Rec Sports Director before playing again
  • Flagrant Fouls (body contact)-Abuse of an official-Deliberate stick throwing-Using improper equipment for the second time during a season
  • A second major Foul

Major Fouls (no release, 5 minutes)

  • Conduct-Slashing-Roughing-Cross Checking-Hooking-Boarding-Body Checking-Using improper equipment-Tripping-Abusing the Equipment-Floor player obstructing the puck while knees are touching the ground

Minor Fouls (releasable, 1 minute)

  • Conduct-Pushing-High Sticking-Illegal Substitution-Sliding-Crease Violations-Elbowing-Advancing/Redirecting Ball-Delay of Game
  • Dangerous Play The face-off resulting from a penalty will take place in the zone of the penalized team.
  • If a player is ejected, they are removed and their substitute serves the penalty time.
  • Any player ejected from two games will be removed from Floor Hockey for the rest of the year.
  • Any player receiving two major fouls during the course of a game will be automatically ejected and their substitute will serve the penalty time. Double major and major fouls are not releasable; penalty time is served in full. Minor fouls are releasable after a goal is scored or the period ends.

Blood Borne Pathogen Policy

Any player who sustains an injury where bleeding or oozing occurs or where blood has saturated the uniform must leave or be removed from the court. The bleeding must be stopped and the area completely covered before the individual is allowed to reenter the game. A Rec. Sports staff member must clear the individual before he resumes play. If the uniform has become contaminated with blood it must be changed before the player reenters the game.