Rules

GENERAL RULES

Some general information about the game

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Games are scalable and size determinant on age. Boards are moved in and out depending on age group. Small area games with younger kids 3 on 3, larger games 4 on 4 and big games with the oldest group 5 on 5. 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Players shift on the fly. Referees aid in this to ensure all players get even playing time as well as  to ensure that kids shift off. 

GAME LENGTH

The hour is started with 10 minutes of non structured play with each player having their own ball and practicing whatever they want. This is followed by a 10 minute warm up drill that is progressive and encomposes shooting, stick handling, passing. Then we divide the kids into 2 even teams and play continuous shift on the fly for the duration of the hour. (U13 and above do not do a warm up drill)

GOAL AREA

In the Goal Crease,  the goalie will use his/her hands, so no player or stick may enter the goal crease at any time. A free hit and no goal is applied if a player from the other team enters this area. If a player from the same team enters his own goal crease, the other team gets the ball.

EQUIPMENT

Equipment required for Floorball

PLAYERS

All players are required to wear helmets with a cage. (This is to protect your eyes/mouth and head) from the concrete, fast moving ball and incidental sticks in the air. A floorball stick, Running shoes, shorts, a water bottle and the WEST HAMILTON YOUTH FLOORBALL white T-Shirt provided upon registration.

Watches or other jewelry are not permitted. 

GOALIES

We will be using hockey equipment with soccer goalie mitts for our sessions. Players who wish to play in net, contact us via email. info@westdalefloorball.com  Please bring the following: Hockey (Shoulder, shin, socks, elbow, jock, neck guard, helmet with cage), AND soccer goalie gloves. Goalies do not use sticks.

GAME PLAY

Here are the basic rules to follow while playing Floorball

STICK INTERFERENCE

Players cannot lift, slash, hold or otherwise impede an opposing player’s stick. A minor infraction results in a free ball, a major infraction (dangerous play, infraction in a scoring position or repeated infractions) results in a penalty shot.

HIGH STICK

Players cannot make contact with the ball using their stick above knee level. Players cannot raise their sticks above waist level at any time, including on the backswing or follow-through of a shot. This result in the other team getting a free ball.

HANDS

Players cannot use their hands to play or touch the ball with the exception of the goalie within the goal crease. If a player touches the ball, the other team gets a free ball.

FEET

Players can kick the ball to their OWN stick, but not pass to another player on their team, their goalie or into the net. If a player passes with their feet, the other team gets a free ball.

HEAD

If for any reason the ball touches the head of any player (Minus the goalie) the other team gets a free ball.

JUMPING

Players cannot jump to play the ball, one foot must be on the ground when touching the ball. If a player jumps, the other team gets a free ball.

PLAYING FROM THE GROUND

Players cannot play unless they have at least 1 foot on the ground, so no 2 knees or laying down playing, If a player has 2 knees or plays the ball from the ground, the other team gets a free ball.

PLAYING YOUR STICK BETWEEN ANOTHER PLAYERS LEGS

This is a very dangerous play especially when kids are running. Play will be stopped immediately, the other team gets a free ball.

DISTANCE ON A FREE BALL

Defensive players (or their sticks) must be within 2 stick lengths away from the ball.

CREASE VIOLATION

Defensive players (or their sticks) cannot be inside the goalie crease. Defensive player playing the ball in the crease (penalty shot), defensive players not touching the ball or offensive players in the crease, the other team gets a free ball in the corner.

BODY CONTACT

No body contact is allowed. If a player initiates any body contact, we will stop play, explain why and the other team gets a free ball. Note continued body contact by any one player will result in removal from the game.

SPECIAL SITUATIONS

Other Playing rules

FACE-OFFS

Face-offs are used to start the game at the beginning of each period, to re-start after each goal or in any other situation that does not result in a free hit (i.e. damaged ball). Face-offs to start periods or after goals take place at centre, all other face-offs are taken at designated spots on the floor (corners and spots on the centre line at each end). For a face-off, stick blade must be on the ground and perpendicular to center line (goal line for face-offs in the corner), feet equidistant to center line (goal line) and the ball must be in the middle of the two players’ sticks. Players cannot reverse their grip or hold the stick below the face-off line (a line marker on the stick). Play starts with a whistle blow.

FREE BALL

A free ball occurs in the foul situations cited above as well as when the ball goes out of play. The ball is played as a direct free pass similar to a soccer free kick and defensive players and their sticks must be at least 2 stick lengths away. All free balls must be passed with a solid hit (not a wrist shot, scooping or sweeping motion). Free balls are played once the ball is settled and the referee blows their whistle. If the offensive team is judged to be delaying the game (typically three seconds once they stop the ball), possession is reversed and the free hit goes to the defensive team. Similar to soccer a referee may opt to call an advantage if they deem that it is advantageous to the fouled team to keep play going.

PENALTY SHOTS

Penalty shots are awarded when a defender plays the ball in the goalie crease or when an infraction is committed on a clear scoring chance (typically a breakaway). Anyone on the floor at the time the penalty shot is awarded is allowed to take the shot. The ball is placed at centre and the ball must always be moving forward (cannot go backwards) or the penalty shot is over.