Rules, Ice Broomball

Ice Broomball
Rules of the Game -- FULL ICE

  • Six players are required on the ice at all times (5 players and one goalie). During substitutions, the player coming onto the ice must wait until the player leaving the ice comes to the bench.
  • All play is co-ed in nature. At least two players of any under-represented gender must be present on the ice at all times. A team may start and play with one member of an under-represented gender but must play a person-down until the second person of an under-represented gender arrives at the game.

  • Players are not permitted to "jump" teams. They can only play on one team.

  • The Shooter-Tutor is NOT permitted to be used as a substitute for a goalie.

  • The game will consist of two 20-minute periods. The clock will only be stopped in the last 2 minutes of the 2nd period if the game is within 3 points; otherwise, the clock will run the entire time.
  • Each team is permitted one timeout per half that will last for one minute. Timeouts do not carry over into the second half if they are not used.
  • Goalies may touch the ball with their hands when in the goal crease, but they may not advance the ball with their hands. Goalies are permitted to trap the ball for a whistle only while in the goal crease.
  • Goalies may not go out beyond the red line.

  • Once a goalie leaves the crease, he/she will lose the protected status of a goalie and may not trap the ball with their hands.
  • Players may touch the ball with their hands only by knocking it down to play it with their broom. They may not advance or pass the ball with their hands. The ball may not be kicked intentionally.
  • Penalties will be issued in accordance to the following guidelines:
  • 2 minutes: 1 or 2 knee slides, slashing, tripping and roughing. High sticking will be called when any player makes an attempt on the ball and their stick goes above the horizontal level of the crossbar.
  • 5 minutes: any flagrant or severe "major" infraction.
  • Game: any player thrown out of a game will serve an additional two game suspension.
  • During a 2-minute penalty, if the short-handed team is scored against, the penalized player will be allowed to return to the ice. When two or more penalties are given to the same team, team size will not be reduced under four players. Penalized teams will not play with fewer than four people on the ice. During a penalty, if the short handed team is scored against, the penalized player will NOT be allowed to return to the ice until they serve their entire penalty.
  • There will be no icing call. Offsides will be called if any player on the attacking team crosses the opposing team's blue line before the ball.
  • All players must wear tennis shoes. Neither boots, loafers, sandals, cleats, nor track spikes will be permitted on the ice. All players must wear pants. Shorts will not be allowed. All players must wear helmets with a full-face mask.
  • Only "dressed" players/ ready to play are permitted to be in box during the game.
  • Helmets and other protective gear will be available at Honnen Ice Rink upon presentation of valid ID.

Ice Broomball
Rules of the Game - Pond Style

Game Format

  • Proper identification is required to check out hockey equipment: no CC ID-no equipment-no exceptions.
  • Players are to remain off the ice while the Zamboni is resurfacing.
  • All players must wear helmets. Protective equipment is optional but highly recommended.
  • The league will be co-ed in nature. At least ONE member of any underrepresented gender must be on the ice at all times.
  • Players may only play on one team.
  • 4 v 4, no goalie.
  • The game will consist of two 12-minute halves with a 2-minute halftime. The clock will run the entire time.
  • Substitutions must be made within the designated substitution area at the blue line and can be made during play, “on-the-fly”, or while a puck is being retrieved. There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored or after a penalty is awarded.

Rules of the Game

  • To begin the game, teams can elect to have a faceoff, or give possession to one team to start. The other team will start the second half and the teams will switch goals after the first half.
  • There will be one referee for each game. Referees will have the discretion to also award a "penalty shot" to the opposing team when a minor penalty is flagrant and/or a team is consistently playing in a reckless manner.
    • Penalty shots will be taken from center ice and must be attempted within 30 seconds of the penalty being called. Anyone on the opposing team can take the shot. The team that is awarded the penalty shot will also be given possession of the ball following the penalty shot attempt (regardless of the outcome of the shot)
  • Any major penalty, which includes any action that could possibly injure another player, will result in that player being ejected from the game and will be prohibited from participating in the team’s next two games. The team that received the ejection will play the remainder of the game short-handed (3v4 or 2v3).
  • Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing, or arguing about calls.
  • Checking is not allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty unless deemed serious enough to be a major.
  • Raising your broom above the waist in a shooting motion is not allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
  • Players may not slide on both knees under any circumstances. Sliding with one knee on the ice is permitted. If a player slides into another player this will be a major penalty.
  • Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty.
  • Goaltending is not allowed. A player may not patrol, "camp out" or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender. A defender may deflect the ball in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area.
  • The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending out four feet from the outside corners of the goal. Goaltending also applies to offensive players in the offensive zone/goal as well. 
  • Contacting the ball with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. During restart, the defender must give his opponent 2-stick lengths of space.
  • There are no off-sides or icing calls.
  • Goals can be scored from any area of the rink.
  • Teams must give their opponents 1/2 ice after a goal is scored or an infraction takes place. 

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