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1 In House Rules & Referee Rule Interpretations Version 4.0 Enforcement period From 1-SEP-2009 to 31-AUG-2010

2 Version Control Details Version Status Date Author Description of Change(s) 4.0 published Mohammed Ashraff Version 4 published Version 4.0 Page 2

3 Contents 1 INTRODUCTION EIHA APPROVED GAMES COLOUR SCHEME USED IN THIS DOCUMENT RULES APPLYING TO ALL LEVELS OF EIHA HOCKEY SECTION 1 DEFINITION Rule 100: Definition of the Rink ADDED for season Rule 105: Protective Glass Rule 118: Referees Crease Rule 172: Music in the arena SECTION 2 TEAMS, PLAYERS AND EQUIPMENT Rule 200: Players in Uniform Rule 201: Captain of Team Rule 210 Equipment Rule 222: Players Stick Rule 223: Players Helmet Rule 224: Players Visor CHANGED for season Rule 225: Players Gloves Rule 226 Throat Protector CHANGED for season Rule 227 Mouth Guards Rule 234 Goalkeepers Helmet and Face Mask Rule 240 Uniforms CHANGED for season Rule 260: Measurement of Equipment SECTION 3 OFFICIALS AND THEIR DUTIES Rule Off ice Bench Officials SECTION 4 PLAYING RULES Rule 400: Players on the Ice Rule 402: Start of the Game and Periods Rule 412: Change of Players Procedure during stoppage of play Rule 420: Timing of Game Rule 440 & 442: Face Offs & Procedures for Conducting Face offs Rule 493: Interference by Spectators ADDED for season SECTION 5 PENALTIES FOULS AGAINST PLAYERS Rule 505 & 506: Game Misconduct Penalty & Match Penalty Rule 510: Supplementary Discipline Rule 520: Boarding Rule 521: Butt Ending Rule 522: Charging Rule 523: Checking from Behind Rule 524: Clipping Rule 525: Cross Checking Rule 526: Elbowing Rule 527: Excessive Roughness Rule 528: Roughing and Fisticuffs Rule 529: Head Butting Rule 530: High Sticking CHANGED for season Rule 531: Holding an Opponent Rule 532: Holding the Stick Rule 533: Hooking Rule 534: Interference Rule 535: Kicking Rule 524: Kneeing Rule 528: Roughing CHANGED for season Rule 537: Slashing Rule 521: Spearing Rule 534: Interference ADDED for season Rule 539: Tripping Rule 540: Checking to the Head and Neck Area Rule 550: Abuse of Officials by Players specifically paragraphs b), c), e) & g) CHANGED for season Version 4.0 Page 3

4 Rule 550: Abuse of Officials by Players specifically paragraph e) & f) Rule 551: Abuse of Officials by Team Officials Rule 554: Keeping the Puck in Motion Rule 554c: Shooting or Throwing the Puck Outside the Playing Area Rule 558: Falling on the puck by a goalkeeper Rule 571: Prevention of Infections of Blood RULES APPLYING SPECIFICALLY TO EPIHL GAMES ONLY - CHANGED FOR SEASON TOO MANY NON-BRITISH TRAINED PLAYERS Table of penalty application of the above rule See Appendix A OVERTIME PERIOD GAME WINNING SHOOTOUT ADDED FOR SEASON RULE 528 FISTICUFFS & ROUGHING Minor or Double Minors RULES APPLYING SPECIFICALLY TO ENIHL GAMES ONLY - CHANGED FOR SEASON TOO MANY NON-BRITISH TRAINED PLAYERS Table of penalty application of the above rule See Appendix B RULE 528 FISTICUFFS & ROUGHING Minor or Double Minors RULES APPLYING TO WPL, WD1 & U16 (FEMALE GENDER GAMES) RULES APPLYING TO U12 S GAMES ONLY RULES APPLYING SPECIFICALLY TO U12 S GAMES Version 4.0 Page 4

5 1 INTRODUCTION The EIHA is part of the growing number of associations across the globe that will be adhering to a new standard of rule enforcement which began during the season of Whilst the rules themselves have not changed, the EIHA has chosen to enforce some rules on stricter basis. The goal of the enforcement standard is to eliminate restraining infractions in the sport. The standard will not eliminate body checking or body contact. As long as the player has the puck or has just released the puck, an opponent may deliver a body check or use body contact/position to gain a competitive advantage. He/she will not be penalised as long as it is performed within the rules. The new standard of rule enforcement, will give players the opportunity to improve their skill development and provide a safer hockey environment. The detailed guidelines for the new standard of rules enforcement are described in this document. This document may be amended at any time and all club secretaries will informed accordingly and issued with the relevant replacement pages. This document should ensure all equipment purchases and the use of equipment does not prevent a player from icing. If you need a copy of the IIHF rule book, a free downloadable version is available from If you have any questions or amendments please feel free to drop me an at Mohammed Ashraff EIHA Referee in Chief 1.1. EIHA Approved Games. All the Teams who play within the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) do so under the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rules and Rule Bulletins. Please note the EIHA does use the IIHF case book for interpretation guidance. The EIHA will also, from time to time, issue its own rules bulletins, covering In-House rules and interpretations of IIHF rules Colour Scheme used in this document Any text in BLACK is for the guidance of everyone. Any text in VIOLET is specifically for the guidance of Clubs, club owners, managers, coaches, players or spectators Any text in LIGHT BLUE is specifically for the guidance of Referees. Version 4.0 Page 5

6 2 RULES APPLYING TO ALL LEVELS OF EIHA HOCKEY This section is aimed to provide Referees, Coaches, Players and Spectators with EIHA Interpretations of IIHF rules Section 1 Definition Rule 100: Definition of the Rink ADDED for season The following procedure must be adopted when abandoning any EIHA sanctioned fixture or when any team wishes not to fulfil a fixture (When circumstances are not already covered by the IIHF rule book, i.e. Under Rules 200,566 & 567). The on-ice match officials do not have the authority to abandon a fixture or decide if an ice surface is suitable to play a fixture, however a fixture may be stopped and play not re-commenced for the following: In the unlikely event that no on-ice match officials are available to start or to continue officiating the game, e.g. due to illness or injury. Either managers or coaches should note this situation on the game sheet and both should sign it accordingly. If available, one of the on-ice officials will subsequently sign the game sheet as normal. In the event one team does not wish to continue e.g. due to ice or rink conditions, the coach or team manager must note on the game sheet his reason for not continuing and sign this prior to the team leaving their team benches. The Referee then subsequently signs the game sheet as normal. In the event both teams do not wish to continue e.g. due to ice or rink conditions, both team coaches or team managers must note on the game sheet his reason for not continuing and sign this prior to their team leaving their team benches. The Referee then subsequently signs the game sheet as normal. The venue operator requests the game does not continue, e.g. due to ice or rink conditions or public safety etc. The Referee will require the manager in charge of the venue to state his/her reasons on the game sheet and have them sign prior to the Referee signing the game sheet as normal Rule 105: Protective Glass c) At any interruption of the protective glass there shall be protective padding to prevent the injury of the players. The Referee may not allow the game to start or to continue unless the above is complied with. (As per the IIHF rule book on page 13 Rule 105 paragraph C) Rule 118: Referees Crease Guidance to Players and Player/Coaches: Only the Captain or Alternate Captain may wait at the crease. If the Captain is already present or the Captain is unable to carry out his role than the only one Alternate Captain may wait at the crease. All other players must withdraw at least 3 metres from the edge of the crease. Player Coaches do not have this privilege. Referees must assess a Misconduct penalty to any player, who in the opinion of the referee, does not need to be present at the crease. Linesmen, if players do not move away whilst protecting the referee at the crease, ensure you note the Team and Number of the player and inform the referee. He must assess a Misconduct penalty. If the referee fails to do so, please contact the Referee in Chief. Version 4.0 Page 6

7 Rule 172: Music in the Arena a) No music shall be played while the game is in progress, or during the time-outs. b) Compressed air horns and whistles are forbidden in the ice rink. Guidance to Clubs: The above rule shall also include penalty shots. It is the responsibility of the Home Team Manager and the Referee to ensure the DJ/Announcer, prior to face-off, is aware of the above. It is recommended that announcements regarding the above rule are made prior to the face-off and where possible included in the game programme. The Referee will warn the Home team manager should any music continued to be played during music-free times, and if it reoccurs, the DJ/Announcer will be assessed a Game Misconduct. Referees, please ensure the Game Misconduct is recorded against the bench on the game sheet. Referees can request the Game Misconduct not be announced if it may further inflame the situation. The Referee will contact the duty manager during a period break if an air horn is discharged during a game. The game should NOT be stopped unless the well being of players is at risk. In the event the Referee feels the players are at risk, the game should be stopped until the duty manager has the air horn in his possession. If the Referee hears a whistle during the game, the play should be stopped either immediately, or, in the event of a goal scoring opportunity, as soon as possible. After stopping the play the referee will ask for the duty manager. The Referee will make him/her aware of the situation and advise him/her that the game may not continue until the whistle is in the duty manager s possession. Referees are advised that if the two Team Captains are in agreement to continue the game after a whistle incident, they may do so. Version 4.0 Page 7

8 2.2. Section 2 Teams, Players and Equipment Rule 200: Players in Uniform a) Before the game, the Manager or Coach of each team shall provide the Referee or Scorekeeper with a list of names and numbers of eligible players and goalkeepers, including the names of the Captain and Alternate Captains. b) Each team shall be allowed a maximum of: - 20 players, and - 2 goalkeepers, - for a total of 22. This applies to EPIHL and ENIHL games only Guidance to Clubs: It is team manager s responsibility to ensure that each player is on the team list. The Level 2 coach is required to sign the EIHA game sheet prior to the start of the game. By signing he /she are agreeing that the players listed on the game sheet are correct. If the Level 2 coach fails to sign the sheet, the game should not be started until they have done so. In the event a player who is not listed on the game sheet participates in the game he/she is to be removed from the game. A player whose name is on the game sheet but not on the team list may play providing he is added to the team list at the end of the game. A player, who may have been delayed, is allowed to participate in the game providing that his/her name is on the game sheet at the start of the game. Away team managers must hand their team list on arriving at the rink to the scorer. Home team managers must hand their team list at least 45 minutes before the face off time and Away team manager must hand their team list at least 35 minutes before the face off time. Both team lists must be with the Referee 20 minutes before the face time. Any injuries that occur in the warm can be amended at any time prior to the face off. Referees please note that if both team lists have not arrived within 20 minutes then you are to assess the offending team a Bench Minor penalty for delaying the game. (Unless, in the referee s opinion, extenuating circumstances prevail).referees should talk to all parties before assessing the Bench Minor, i.e. talk to the Away team as well. Guidance to Clubs: All visible jewellery such as earrings, facial piercing, and rings must be removed before the players go onto the ice. There is a duty of care on the team owners, coaches, managers and players to ensure that players are not wearing jewellery prior to leaving the dressing room. The practice of taping up is acceptable For any breaches of the above, the player shall be ruled off the ice and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for the above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Version 4.0 Page 8

9 Rule 201: Captain of Team b) The Captain shall wear the letter «C» and Alternate Captains shall wear the letter «A», 8 cm in height and in a contrasting colour, in a conspicuous position on the front of their sweater. Guidance to Clubs: The use of stick tape to tape the letter C or A is a practice which is not acceptable due to the possible risks to other players. It is recommended that clubs sew the letters onto the shirt. A player who is not wearing the correct letter will not be afforded the position of Captain or Alternate Captain For any breaches of the above, the Captain or Alternate Captain shall be ruled off the ice and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for the above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player Rule 210 Equipment b) All protective equipment, except gloves, helmets and goalkeepers leg guards shall be worn entirely underneath the uniform.. Guidance to clubs and players: Players may not wear their shirt in any fashion that is detrimental to their safety or the safety of others. This includes tucking a shirt into the shorts. Goalkeepers must have adequately sized shirts ensuring ALL of their body armour is covered. For any breaches of the above, the player shall be ruled off the ice and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. The game may not continue until the breach of the above has been dealt with. For a second violation by any player of the same team for the above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Guidance to Clubs: The use of shorts which have been cut (greater than 1cm) or torn (greater than 1cm) in the inner thigh & back of thigh area is a practice which is not acceptable due to the possible risks to the players themselves. For any breaches of the above, the player shall be ruled off the ice and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Guidance to Clubs: The use of shorts which have built in zips is permissible as long as the conditions are met:- the zip is closed, the Velcro flap has covered the zip or the button at the end has been closed For any breaches of the above, the player shall be ruled off the ice and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Version 4.0 Page 9

10 Rule 222: Players Stick Guidance to clubs and players: Players may not use a stick without a butt end. The butt end must be closed and made of rubber, plastic, wood or tape. Please ensure that you take your stick gauge and tape measure out with you, so that you may carry out the necessary measures at the referees crease. For any breaches of the above, the offending player shall be ruled off the ice and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player Rule 223: Players Helmet a) During the game and during the pre-game warm-up, all players shall wear a hockey helmet with chin strap properly fastened. b) Where a player(s) fail to wear a helmet during the pre-game warm-up in International competition, the standby Referee shall report to the Chairman who shall report to the Directorate or the IIHF Disciplinary Committee. In National competitions, the procedure shall follow the national association rules in this matter. c) A helmet shall be worn so that the lower edge of the helmet is not more than one finger-width above the eyebrows, and there shall only be enough room between the strap and the chin to insert one finger. d) Should the helmet of a player come off while play is in progress, the player shall not be permitted to participate in the play except if he replaces the helmet on his head with the chin strap properly fastened. If the player continues to play without his helmet properly fastened he shall be penalized under Rule 555 e. Guidance to Clubs and players: All helmets must be CSA, HECC or CE approved. There is a serious Health and Safety risk with players failing to wear their equipment in the correct manner. There is a duty of care on the team owners, coaches, managers and players to ensure that players are wearing helmets in the correct manner prior to leaving the dressing room. A player may be subject to vision loss and various head injuries, including concussion that may result from the player not taking the time to check or when helmets are not worn properly and come off too easily. Players are required to have the middle portion of their chinstrap in contact with their chin and not the neck. Version 4.0 Page 10

11 The Referee shall report to the Referee in Chief any breach of players equipment during the warm up and therefore should take no action if they see a player breaching these rules on the warm up. Referees and Linesmen should look for loose chin straps prior to the start of the game and request players who have them too lose to tighten them up. Although the onus is on players and coaches to ensure equipment is worn correctly, Referees and Linesmen should check players chin strap during all stoppages of play. The maximum distance between the chin and the chin strap should be one finger. To ensure consistency, the gap may not be any greater than 2.5 centimetres or 1inch Once the game has started, a player who comes onto the ice during a stoppage with a loose chin strap will be sent back to the bench to fix the problem. He/She must be replaced with another player. The offending player may not return until play has restarted. If this is strongly enforced, there should be no need to hand out further penalties, however if instructions to correct the chin strap are not followed, referees should penalise guilty players accordingly. By returning a player to the bench, a WARNING has been issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for the above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Guidance to Clubs and players: The definition of participate is that the player either plays the puck or checks a player. A player whose helmet has come off and who is unable to replace their helmet is advised to immediately skate to their team bench, but they may remain on the ice as long as they do not participate in the play. Referees are directed to penalise all instances of helmet pushing/grabbing by opposing team players by assessing a Minor Penalty for Roughing or Interference. If the player participates in the play then the referee must assess a Minor Penalty under rule 555(e). Referees please be aware that no penalty should be assessed if a player is checked and his helmet strap becomes unfastened. The player may continue to participate in the game until a stoppage of play or until the player leaves the ice. No penalty is assessed to the player, as the player s helmet did not come off his head. Guidance to Clubs and players: Players who are under the age of 18 playing in the EPIHL, ENIHL, WPL or WD1 and all players playing in U18, U16, U14, U12 and U10 s fixtures must wear there helmet at all times, except when cleaning it.. The practice of sitting the helmet on top of the head is not acceptable. If a player, who has already been asked by a Referee or Linesman to wear his/her helmet correctly, returns to the ice the he/she is to be assessed a Misconduct penalty and his/her coach is to be warned. If the coach fails to enforce the above, the Referee should submit a Match Report. Any player who places any equipment on the ice surface after the final buzzer is to be assessed a Misconduct penalty and his coach is to be warned. If the coach fails to enforce the above, the Referee should submit a Match Report. Teams may place sticks and gloves on their team benches. All players who are not wearing a helmet, regardless of league, during the handshake must be assessed a Misconduct penalty and his coach is to be warned. If the coach fails to enforce the above, the referee should submit a Match Report. Version 4.0 Page 11

12 Rule 224: Players Visor CHANGED for season a) It is recommended that all players wear a full face mask or a visor... f) Players shall not be permitted to wear a coloured or tinted visor or tinted full face mask. Guidance to Clubs and players: All visors must be CSA, HECC or CE approved. Tinted Visors may not be worn. There is a serious Health and Safety risk with players failing to wear their equipment in the correct manner. There is a duty of care on the team owners, coaches, managers and players to ensure that players are wearing visors in the correct manner prior to leaving the dressing room. All visors (including face cage types) must be worn in accordance with the manufacturer s instructions. All helmet straps must be securely fastened. The diagrams below, demonstrate the correct interpretation of this rule Version 4.0 Page 12

13 All Referees are also required to meet the above guidance. The Referee has no jurisdiction over the type of players equipment worn during the warm up. It is the Referee s opinion which decides whether the tint is legal or not (IIHF Rule 312 page 33) The focus of the Referee is to see that the visor is worn correctly; the visor must cover the tip of the nose. If the visor is manufactured with a wave cut, the player may wear it as long as it covers the cheek area in the line with the tip of his nose. Referees and Linesmen should look for incorrectly worn visors prior to the start of the game and request players who have them incorrectly set to have them set correctly. Although the onus is on players and coaches to ensure equipment is worn correctly, Referees and Linesmen should check players visors during all stoppages of play. Once the game has started, a player who comes onto the ice during a stoppage with an incorrectly set visor, shall be assessed by the Referee - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Guidance to Clubs and players: A player must wear at least a half visor if he/she meets ALL of the following criteria: Are playing in either EPIHL, NL, ENIHL, WPL, WD1, BUIHA and REC Are 18 or over, on the day of the game Born after December 31, 1974, The Referee may only use the EIHA registration document for the source of the date of birth. If no document is available, the player may not be afforded the above privilege Rule 225: Players Gloves Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: There is a serious Health and Safety risk with players failing to wear their equipment in the correct manner. There is a duty of care on the team owners, coaches, managers and players to ensure that players are wearing gloves in the correct manner prior to leaving the dressing room. Players are required to have the palm portion of their gloves in order to play. The Referee has no jurisdiction over the type of players equipment during the warm up. Referees and Linesmen should look for illegal gloves prior to the start of the game and advise players who have them to replace the glove(s) He/She must be replaced with another player. The offending player may not return until the play has restarted. Although the onus is on players and coaches to ensure equipment is worn correctly, Referees and Linesmen should check players gloves during all stoppages of play. If this is strongly enforced, there should be no need to hand out further penalties, however if instructions to correct the gloves are not followed, referees should penalise guilty players accordingly. By returning a player to the bench, a WARNING has been issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Version 4.0 Page 13

14 Rule 226 Throat Protector CHANGED for season Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: A player, who is under 18, must wear a separate throat protector regardless of the league he/she is playing in. The throat protector may not be part of any upper body equipment or integrated into any upper body equipment. The throat protector must be worn around the exposed neck and as close as possible to/just below the helmet chin cup. All players in the U18, U16, U14, U12 & U10 s leagues must wear a separate throat protector. Players may not use tape on any part of the protector or roll the guard so that its effective area becomes less. Goalies must wear a separate cloth throat protector in addition to any optional plastic ones that sit under the helmet. A Goalie, who is under 18, must wear a throat protector regardless of the league he is playing in. All goalies in the U18, U16, U14, U12 & U10 s leagues must wear a throat protector. The definition of participate is that the player either plays the puck or checks a player. A Player whose throat protector has come off and are unable to replace their throat protector must immediately skate to their team bench. The Referee may only use the EIHA registration document for the source of the date of birth. If no document is not available, the player may not play in the game. The Referee has no jurisdiction over the type of players equipment during the warm up. Referees and Linesmen should look for illegal throat protectors or player without them prior to the start of the game Any player without a throat protector or with one which is deemed to be illegal should be advised to find a legal throat protector. He/She must be replaced with another player. The offending player may not return until the play has restarted. Although the onus is on players and coaches to ensure equipment is worn correctly, Referees and Linesmen should check throat protectors during all stoppages of play. Once the game has started, a player who comes onto the ice during a stoppage without a correctly worn throat protector, shall be assessed by the Referee: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player Rule 227 Mouth Guards Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: It is recommended that all players wear a custom made mouth guard. Referees may not enforce this rule until the EIHA Board has defined what a custom made mouth guard is. Version 4.0 Page 14

15 Rule 234 Goalkeepers Helmet and Face Mask Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: Goalkeepers on the bench must wear a helmet - this can be an ordinary hockey helmet, with the chin strap correctly worn, not necessarily a goalkeeper s helmet. If the goalkeeper chooses to wear their cat eye mask, it may not be perched on the top of the head. Referees and Linesmen should look at goalkeepers on the bench prior to the start of the game and request goalies who are not wearing a helmet, to do so. Referees and Linesmen should check the goalkeeper on the bench during all stoppages of play. Once the game has started, a goalkeeper who is on the bench without a helmet must be issued a WARNING. For a second violation by any player of the same team for above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: The goalies facial protection must meet CSA, HECC or CE standards. The mask must be constructed in such a way that a puck may not get through. Players may wear the cat eye example below in EPIHL, ENIHL, WPL, WD1, BUIHA and REC fixtures provided the goalie is over the age of 18. Version 4.0 Page 15

16 Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: The goalies facial protection must meet CSA, HECC or CE standards. The mask must be constructed in such a way that a puck may not get through. Players may wear only the cat eye example below in U18, U16, U14, U12 and U10. The example below is the ITECH Profile 2500 Goalie Mask with Certified Cat-Eye Cage The Referee may only use the EIHA registration document for the source of the date of birth. Version 4.0 Page 16

17 Rule 240 Uniforms CHANGED for season Guidance to team owners, coaches, managers and players: It is the responsibility of the away team manager to liaise with the home team manager on any possible shirt clashes. In the event this communication does not occur, it is the responsibility of the home team manager to ensure the home team has a change of strip in the ice rink. If the home team does not have a suitable change of strip in the ice rink, and the referee allows the game to go ahead, the home team shall be assessed a bench minor penalty. Players may not wear their shirt in any fashion that is detrimental to their safety or the safety of others. This includes tucking a shirt into the shorts. Goalkeepers must have adequately sized shirts ensuring ALL of their body armour is covered. Only apply the penalties below if there is shirt clash. If the away team is not in a DARK coloured strip then the away team must be assessed a Bench Minor Penalty Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph F If the home team is not in a LIGHT coloured strip then the home team must be assessed a Bench Minor Penalty Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph F If the home team does not have a suitable change of strip in the ice rink then the home team must be assessed a Bench Minor Penalty Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph F All Bench Minor Penalties are to be assessed to the Team Manager Rule 260: Measurement of Equipment Guidance to Captains or Alternate Captains: You must request specifically the dimension you wish to be measure. Only ONE stick measurement, in total, may occur in any ONE stoppage of play Section 3 Officials and their Duties Rule Off ice Bench Officials Guidance to Clubs: It is the responsibility of the Home Team Manager to ensure the Off Ice Bench Officials conduct themselves in an impartial manner. The Referee will warn the Home Team Manager should any Off Ice Bench Officials conduct themselves in a manner detrimental to the game. The Referee will then assess the Off Ice Bench Official a Game Misconduct for any further breaches Referees, please ensure the Game Misconduct is recorded against the bench on the game sheet. Referees can request the Game Misconduct not be announced if it may further inflame the situation. Version 4.0 Page 17

18 2.4. Section 4 Playing Rules Rule 400: Players on the Ice Guidance to Clubs: Only players who are in the starting line up for the second or third period or overtime may skate around the ice. All other players must proceed directly to the player s benches. The Referee will warn the offending team coach that his players need to return to the bench as this rules states his/her team must be assessed a Bench Minor. In the event the coach does not assist in getting the players to the benches assess a Bench Minor penalty for delaying the game Rule 402: Start of the Game and Periods Guidance to Clubs: In order for any EIHA game to start both teams must have as a minimum requirement one of the following in attendance prior to the start of the game: - A minimum number of six players (either six outfield players or five outfield players plus a netminder) A Level 2 coach and Level 1 Coach or a Level 2 coach and EIHA Qualified Manager A Level 3 or higher coach is acceptable as a replacement for either the level 2 or level 1 coach. If the one of the above criteria is not met, the Referee is not authorised to proceed, under any circumstances, until the above criteria have been met. Surplus coaches from any clubs may be used as stand in but that stand in must have a valid registration document The coaches must have their coaches card with the team list document. Referees no longer check the player registration. It is the duty of the two team managers to do so. Referees may not start the game without the required number of players as stated above. Player/Coach or Player/Managers are allowed ONLY in the following leagues: - EPIHL, ENIHL, WPL, WD1 & REC The Level 2 Coach, Level 1 Coach or EIHA Qualified Manger must be over the age of 18. All other personnel on the bench MUST be registered with the EIHA as an Off Ice Team Officials and have the necessary registration documents. Any off ice team official under the age of 18 MUST wear a helmet. Unless an Off Ice Team Official is registered they may not be situated on the bench, unless they are giving urgent medical assistance. A doctor or paramedic does not need to reside on the bench during the game, they may be situated next to the bench. If during the game the Level 2 Coach is ejected, a Level 1 Coach or EIHA Qualified Manager may finish the game. Version 4.0 Page 18

19 Guidance to Players: A club may only play the National Anthem, if in the Referees opinion, the game is likely to face off on time All Players are required to take their helmets off prior to the start of any National Anthem unless under the age of 18. Players are required to stand still during the playing of any National Anthem. The scraping of skates during the Anthem is unacceptable. Players may not skate away until the completion of the Anthem and until they have replaced their helmets and properly fastened their chin straps. For any breaches of the above, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) to the offending player. Guidance to Clubs: Club fixture secretaries have submitted a face off time to the EIHA fixture secretaries. If this is incorrect please contact your league fixture secretary to have the relevant fixtures amended. Teams may start the game early if mutually agreed by BOTH Team Managers and the Referee. The Referee will assess the offending team a Bench Minor penalty (served by anyone from the bench) against the offending team for delaying the game if the fixture does not face off within ten minutes of the published face off time. However, in the Referee s opinion it was due to circumstances outside that team s control. Situation 1 The home team submitted the incorrect or unrealistic face off time in the Referees opinion = penalty Situation 2 No appropriately qualified coach or manager is available to start the game = penalty Situation 3 Face off is delayed due to home or away team not getting off the warm up = penalty to offending team Situation 4 Excessive fan attendance queues and the away team agree to delay the face off time. = no penalty Situation 5 There is an issue with the public session such as an injury, the ice surface or rink facilities, which requires the rink staff to carry out remedial work. This issue must be brought to the attention of the Referee on their arrival = no penalty. Situation 6 A player was injured in previous game that needed medical treatment. A player is injured during the warm up that need medical treatment = no penalty Situation 7 Fog or mist in building = no penalty Situation 8 The goalkeeper of either team or the coach of the away team is late due to traffic delays = no penalty Situation 9 Repairing of goal net = penalty. It is the home teams responsibility to ensure the nets are fit for purpose after the warm up. Situation 10 Late face off due to late arrivals of official = no penalty but clubs may fine at the appropriate rates if not contacted prior to the game. Version 4.0 Page 19

20 Rule 412: Change of Players Procedure During Stoppage of Play Guidance to Clubs: All participants of the game should be made aware prior to the start of the game that this procedure will be rigidly enforced. Referees must adhere to this procedure on a zero-tolerance basis. Rule 420: Timing of Game Guidance to Clubs: No EIHA sanctioned game (except challenge or recreational) may be played as running time. In the event a game must be played as running clock it requires the agreement of both teams prior to face off. The two managers will give their approval by signing the game sheet and stating their approval for running time. In all circumstances the first period MAY ONLY be played running clock. The last ten minutes of the game may NOT be played running time. In the event the managers are unable to decide, do not proceed with the game. It is the Referee s responsibility to find out prior to the start of the game, the actual format of the game. In the event the managers are unable to decide the format of the game, do not proceed with the game Rule 440 & 442: Face Offs & Procedures for Conducting Face offs Guidance to Clubs: Linesmen have been instructed to ensure the quality of the face off is maintained at all times. Players will be required to stay outside the restraining circle and hash marks. The above mentioned enforcement standards will also be strictly penalised during any face off. Any player taking a face off may be penalised under rule 530 High Sticking. All players must ensure their stick blade is below the height of the linesman s shoulders. Any breach of this rule, must be penalised with a Minor penalty to one or both centre men. Regardless of whether contact is made, it is the height of the stick that is the determining factor. Referees and Linesmen must adhere to this procedure on a zero-tolerance basis. Players who enter the face off must come in straight and the attacking player must put their stick down first. Players outside the circle may not cross the hash marks with their sticks or bodies. The Linesman not taking the face off must blow their whistle for any player that maybe infringing the procedure behind the other linesman. Referees are to assess penalties in accordance with rule 554g) Version 4.0 Page 20

21 Rule 493: Interference by Spectators ADDED for season Dealing with unsatisfactory spectator behaviour toward officials during the game The on-ice match officials do not have the authority to move or eject spectators from the ice rink. However, if one or more identifiable spectators are behaving in a manner that is detrimental to the official s conduct of the game, then the Referee shall stop play and the facilities manager or equivalent shall be requested to the timekeeper bench. The Referee will then request the facilities manager or equivalent to deal with the situation. Version 4.0 Page 21

22 2.5. Section 5 Penalties Fouls against Players The emphasis of this section is to guide the referee s judgement. The definition of an injury includes visible marks, bruises, scratches, cuts and any ailment as perceived by the referee. Procedure to use during an injured player situation: - Blow the play down as soon as possible. If a penalty is to be assessed, the Referee shall indicate the penalised player to the Linesmen. A Linesman escorts the penalised player to the penalty box. Referee retires to a position during the stoppage, whereby he/she can keep the incident area and both benches in full view Referee to instruct both teams to return to their benches in the event a player is receiving prolonged treatment by bench/rink/first aid personnel. Any re-assessment of the injured player must be done prior to the penalty being announced to the scorekeeper The Referee should not make a decision until all aspects of the incident have been completed. If the officiating team observes an obvious serious injury, the Referee is directed to assess a MATCH penalty. If the injured player returns to his team bench at any time during the remainder of the game, the Referee should report this incident in his match report. The EIHA Disciplinary Committee may downgrade the penalty. If the officiating team does not observe a serious injury and the player returns to his team s bench, the Referee is directed to assess a 5 + Game penalty if that option is available under the EIHA guidelines Rule 505 & 506: Game Misconduct Penalty & Match Penalty Guidance to Clubs Any player ejected from the game must stay in the dressing room until the officials have return to their dressing room at the end of the period of the game. At the end of the period, an ejected player may watch the game as long as conduct does not make a travesty of the game. If in your opinion, an ejected player is conducting theirself in a manner that is making a travesty of the game, you must immediately assess the player a Match penalty, in addition to any penalties already assessed, under rule 550 (f) Rule 510: Supplementary Discipline In addition to the suspension imposed under these rules, the Proper Authorities may, at any time after the conclusion of the game, investigate any incident and may assess additional suspensions for any offence committed on or off the ice at any time before during and after the game, whether or not such offences have been penalised by the Referee. Guidance to Referees If you have signed the game sheet, submit a Supplementary Discipline match report. If you have not signed the game sheet, assess the relevant penalty and submit a match report. Version 4.0 Page 22

23 Rule 520: Boarding Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Where was the first point of body to body impact? If it is the back use rule 523 Checking from Behind If it is the head or neck, use rule 540 Checking to the Head. Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The player being checked is thrown violently into the boards The player being boarded has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The first point of body to body impact is not the head, neck or back The checking player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The player being boarded is aware of the check and able to protect himself The checking player only travelled a short distance prior to the check The checking player s body language was not aggressive The checking player s feet did not leave the ice Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty The player being checked is thrown violently into the boards and the first point of impact into the boards is the neck or head area The player being boarded has not been injured The amount of force used is neither excessive nor minimal The checking player s speed is neither excessive nor minimal prior to the impact The player being boarded is aware of the check and able to protect himself The checking player s body language was aggressive The checking player s feet did leave the ice If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The player being checked is thrown violently into the boards and the first point of impact into the boards is the neck or head area The amount of force used is excessive The first point of body to body impact is not the head, neck or back The checking player s speed is excessive prior to the speed of impact The player being boarded is not aware of the check The checking player s body language was aggressive The checking player s feet did leave the ice Version 4.0 Page 23

24 Rule 521: Butt Ending Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider Did you see the butt end gesture or the butt end make contact? Are you comfortable that the player did not use the butt end in an attempt to hook the player? Has the player been injured? What was the amount of force used to deliver the butt end? Where was the butt end gesture made? Where did the butt end make contact? Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Double Minor + Misconduct Penalty The butt end did not make contact The butt end was simply a gesture Referees may not use the 5+Game Misconduct penalty for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. Version 4.0 Page 24

25 Rule 522: Charging Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: A player may finish his check provided that he is no more than one arm length plus one stick length away as a guide. If in doubt call the penalty Has the player being checked been thrown violently into the boards? If so, use rule Boarding Where was the first point of body to body impact? If it is the back use rule 523 Checking from Behind If it is the head or neck, use rule 540 Checking to the Head. Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The player being checked is not thrown violently into the boards - If so, use rule Boarding The player being checked has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The checking player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The player being checked is aware of the check and able to protect himself The checking player only travelled a short distance prior to the check The checking player s body language was not aggressive Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty The player being checked is not thrown violently into the boards. - If so, use rule 520 Boarding The player being checked has not been injured The amount of force used is neither excessive nor minimal The checking player s speed is neither excessive nor minimal prior to the impact The player being checked is aware of the check and able to protect himself The checking player s body language was aggressive The checking player s feet did leave the ice If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The player being checked is not thrown violently into the boards. - If so, use rule 520 Boarding The amount of force used is excessive The checking player s speed is excessive prior to the impact The player being checked is not aware of the check The checking player s body language was aggressive The checking player s feet did leave the ice Version 4.0 Page 25

26 Rule 523: Checking from Behind Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider If it is the head or neck, use rule 540 Checking to the Head. Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor + Misconduct Penalty The player being checked has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The checking player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The checking player only travelled a short distance prior to the check The checking player s body language was not aggressive The checking player tried to avoid contact or cushion the impact Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty The player being checked is thrown violently into the boards and the first point of impact into the boards is the neck or head area The player being checked has not been injured The amount of force used is neither excessive nor minimal The checking player s speed is neither excessive nor minimal prior to the impact The checking player s body language was aggressive If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The checking player s speed is excessive prior to the speed of impact The player being checked is not aware of the check The checking player s body language was aggressive Version 4.0 Page 26

27 Rule 524: Clipping Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The player being checked has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The checking player s speed was minimal prior to the impact The checking player only travelled a short distance to deliver the check The checking player s body language was not aggressive Referees may not use the 5+Game Misconduct penalty for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The checking player s speed is excessive prior to the point of impact The checking player s body language was aggressive The checking player clipped the player from behind/blind sided Version 4.0 Page 27

28 Rule 525: Cross Checking Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: A player is allowed to use the stick with two hands on it to move or direct a player but not in across checking action by extending the arms, Has the player receiving the cross check been thrown violently into the boards? If so, use rule Boarding Has the player receiving the cross check, being cross checked from behind? If so, use rule 523 Checking from Behind Where was the entry/exit point of body to body impact? If it is the head or neck, use rule 540 Checking to the Head. Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The player being cross checked has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The checking player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The checking player only travelled a short distance to deliver the cross check The checking player s body language was not aggressive The checking player pushes down on the back/spine protector of the shorts also known as a back rub The checking player lifts up on the back/spine protector of the shorts also known as a back lift Referees may not use the 5+Game Misconduct penalty for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The checking player s speed is excessive prior to the speed of impact The player being cross checked is not aware of the cross check The checking player s body language was aggressive Version 4.0 Page 28

29 Rule 526: Elbowing Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Did the player elbow someone behind him? Is the elbow head/neck related use rule 540 Checking to the Head Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor The player being elbowed has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The elbowing player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The elbowing player only travelled a short distance in order to deliver the elbow The elbowing player body language was not aggressive Referees may not use the 5+Game Misconduct penalty for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The elbowing player s speed is excessive prior to impact The player being elbowed is not aware of the elbow The elbowing player body language was aggressive Rule 527: Excessive Roughness Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider Are the actions of the offence already described in the rulebook? If they are, use the appropriate rule. If in the Referee s opinion any of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The actions of the player are not described in the rulebook A player who is involved in an altercation, whilst wearing a ring, will be assessed a Match penalty for Excessive Rough Play in addition to any other penalties Rule 528: Roughing and Fisticuffs Please disregard the IIHF rule book for this rule. Guidance to Referees A player who is involved in an altercation, whilst wearing a ring, will be assessed a Match penalty for Excessive Rough Play (Rule 527 in addition to any other penalties). Version 4.0 Page 29

30 Rule 529: Head Butting Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Did you observe the motion of the head moving towards the opposing players head? Did you observe a jabbing movement of the head? If in the Referee s opinion any of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty: An attempt to head butt was made A head butt was observed Guidance for Match Reports: Please ensure you fully describe the following in your match report:- Did the head butt make contact? Has the player, receiving the head butt, been injured? What was the amount of force delivered at the time of impact? What was the speed of the player delivering the head butt? Rule 530: High Sticking CHANGED for season Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The player being high sticked has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The high sticking player s body language was not aggressive The action was careless and not reckless/dangerous A player who swung his stick in order to intimidate an opponent to which the height of the follow throw exceeded shoulder height Referees may not use the 2+2 or 5+ Game penalties for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion any or combinations of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The player being high sticked has been injured The amount of force used is minimal The high sticking player s body language was not aggressive The action was careless and not reckless/dangerous The amount of force used is excessive The high sticking player s body language was aggressive The action was not careless but reckless/dangerous Version 4.0 Page 30

31 Rule 531: Holding an Opponent Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Referees should, where possible, pro-actively and verbally communicate the following when faced with a possible Holding (pinning against boards) penalty: - Verbally communicate a phrase such as Let Go! once A player whose hand or arm has been placed in front and across an opponent s body is at risk of getting a penalty Any form of pinning needs to be released immediately after the check Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty Using a free arm/hand to restrain or impede the opponent s progress Grabbing the opponent s body or sweater with one or both hands, which impedes the opponent in any manner. The use of the armpit, legs or other body areas to clutch an opponent A defending player prevents a puck carrier from advancing along the boards and wraps his free arm around the opponent, making no attempt to play the puck or check the puck carrier Using a cross checking action to pin an opponent along the boards Any player who mis-times his check which results in the pinning, against the boards, of the puck carrier. The offending player must release immediately the puck carrier or a penalty will be assessed. A defending player may check, pin and release and then repeat the action. The defending player may do so as long he does not impede puck carriers progress for more than a second Possession of the puck changes teams as a result of a pin. Placing the knee or leg on or between the opponent along the boards in a manner that pins them against the boards and prevents them from playing the puck or skating Rule 532: Holding the Stick Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty Grabbing the opponent s stick with one or both hands. The use of the armpit, legs or other body areas to clutch an opponent stick Version 4.0 Page 31

32 Rule 533: Hooking Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: A player may lift the stick of another player, using his own stick, but he/she must do so without breaching rule 530 High Sticking Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty All points of stick contact are below shoulder height and not in the genitalia area Using the stick to tug or pull the body, arms or hands of an opponent Placing the stick to cause a loss of balance Placing the stick on the hand/arm that removes the ability for the opponent to pass or shoot the puck with a normal amount of force Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty A player uses a hooking motion with excessive force and does not injure the opponent The hook was in the area of the genitalia. If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty Rule 534: Interference Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: A player cannot use their body ( pick or block ) to impede the progress of an opponent without making any effort to play the puck, maintain normal foot speed or established skating lane. A player is entitled to the ice he/she occupies as long as they are able to maintain their own foot speed and body position between an opponent and puck without changing skating lane Players are allowed to compete for body position using their strength and balance in front of the goal or along the boards Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty A player intentionally playing the body of an opponent who does not have possession or possession and control of the puck A player using their body to establish a pick or block that prevents an opponent from being able to chase a puck carrier A player reducing foot speed or changing an established skating lane for the purpose of impeding an opponent from being able to chase the puck or puck carrier The player has knocked away the stick of an opposing player The player has impeded the progress of an opposing player who is not in possession of the puck. Remember, however, that the defenceman is allowed to stand his ground or take away the lane. Any player who is pushed into the attacking zone by a defending player, causing an offside. The defending player must be assessed a penalty Any defending player who prevents an attacking player from leaving his attacking zone. The defending player must be assessed a penalty Version 4.0 Page 32

33 Rule 535: Kicking Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider The kick needs to appear to be aimed at a body part. Did you observe the leg being drawn back prior to the kicking motion? Did the kick make contact? Has the player, receiving the kick, been injured? What was the amount of force delivered at the time of impact? What was the speed of the player delivering the kick? Did you observe a stamping action? If so, use rule 527 If in the Referee s opinion any of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The player being kicked has been injured An attempt to kick was made A kick was observed Rule 524: Kneeing Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The player being kneed has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The kneeing player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The kneeing player only travelled a short distance in order to deliver the check The kneeing player s body language was not aggressive The kneeing player s contact was incidental, in the Referee s opinion Referees may not use the 5+Game Misconduct penalty for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The kneeing player s speed is excessive prior to the point of impact The kneeing player s body language was aggressive Rule 528: Roughing CHANGED for season Guidance to Referees for EPIHL and ENIHL games please go the specific sections within this document. For all other fixtures use the flow chart on the next page. Version 4.0 Page 33

34 Rule 528 Fisticuffs & Roughing interpretation for use in BUIHA, WPL, WD1, REC and all Junior fixtures games Both players have gloves on at the start of the altercation. Assess penalties based on the action(s) of each player Both players have gloves off at the start of the altercation. Both players must be assessed a Misconduct penalty for Roughing. Assess penalties based on the action(s) of each player One player has gloves on & one player has gloves off at the start of the altercation Player with gloves off must be assessed a Misconduct penalty for Roughing. Assess penalties based on the action(s) of each player Multiple Blows to the Single Blow to the Multiple Blows to the Single Blow to the Multiple Blows to the Single Blow to the Body Head & Body Head Body Head Body Head & Body Head Body Head Body Head & Body Head Body Head Double Minor & Misconduct Penalty Match Penalty Minor Penalty Match Penalty Double Minor & Misconduct Penalty Match Penalty Minor Penalty Match Penalty Double Minor & Misconduct Penalty Match Penalty Minor Penalty Match Penalty 2 nd Misconduct = Game Misconduct 2 nd Misconduct = Game Misconduct Did any player, after he/she has been ordered by the Referee to stop continues the altercation, attempts to continue, resists a Linesman in the discharge of his duties, continues the altercation when the other player is injured, did not skate directly to the penalty bench or exit point? YES NO Offending player must be assessed a Major & Game Misconduct for Roughing No further penalties to be assessed

35 Rule 537: Slashing Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: The use of the stick will be limited to only playing the puck, lifting the opponents stick, pressing down on an opponents stick or using a sweeping motion to dispossess a player in possession of the puck. A player may feel for his opponent by making minimal contact without being in a slashing motion, in the Referee s opinion. The stick does not need to make contact in order to assess this penalty. Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty The slash was to the body It was a tap to the body The amount of force used is minimal The slashing player s body language was not aggressive A slash to the stick was not to the stick blade area (bottom third of the stick) Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty The amount of force used is neither excessive nor minimal The slash was below the shoulder. The slash was not reckless/dangerous. The slashing player s body language was aggressive A Major penalty + Game Misconduct penalty must assessed for any slashing action which results in contact to the arms, wrists or hands but does not cause an injury but the player drew his stick back before the slashing action If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The checking player s body language was aggressive The slash was reckless/dangerous. The slash was above the shoulder Rule 521: Spearing Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Double Minor + Misconduct Penalty The blade of the stick did not make contact The spear was simply a gesture Referees may not use the 5+Game Misconduct penalty for this rule. If in the Referee s opinion the spearing has made contact the player will be assessed a player a Match Penalty

36 Rule 534: Interference ADDED for season Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: A Minor Penalty for interference shall be applied to any situation when an attacking player positions himself near the opposition goalkeeper and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goalkeeper s face, for the purpose of interfering and/or distracting the goalkeeper as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play. Such attacking player may be inside or outside the goal crease Rule 539: Tripping Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Did the offence fulfil the criteria of clipping or kneeing? If so use rules 524 or 536 Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor Penalty A stick that is placed on or above the ice between the legs of an opponent. That impedes the movement of the attacking player by spinning or tripping that player must be penalised especially in front of the goal. A player who in the process of blocking a shot slides into a player, is to be assessed a minor penalty. A back checking player following a player in front of him. Who then dives and makes contact with the puck first must not be assessed a minor penalty for tripping. In all other circumstances, the back checking player should be assessed a minor penalty. The player being tripped has not been injured The amount of force used is minimal The tripping player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The tripping player only travelled a short distance in order to deliver the trip The tripping player s body language was not aggressive Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty The tripping player slew footed the opposing player The amount of force used is neither excessive nor minimal The trip was on the goalie, who was in his crease at the time of trip. The trip was not reckless/dangerous. The tripping player s body language was aggressive If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The amount of force used is excessive The tripping player s speed is excessive prior to the speed of impact The tripping player s body language was aggressive The trip was reckless/dangerous. Version 4.0 Page 36

37 Rule 540: Checking to the Head and Neck Area The signal for this penalty is the palm of the non whistle hand placed against the right side of the head. Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to Consider: Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a Minor + Misconduct Penalty The amount of force used is minimal The offending player s speed was minimal prior to the speed of impact The offending player only travelled a short distance in order to deliver the head check The offending player s body language was not aggressive Any or combinations of the Criteria below may be used to assess a player a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty The amount of force used is neither excessive nor minimal The offending player s body language was aggressive If in the Referee s opinion the player has been injured the opposing player must be assessed a Match Penalty. If in the Referee s opinion at least two of the Criteria below have been met, then the player must be assessed a Match Penalty The stick was used to deliver the head check. The head check was from behind The amount of force used is excessive The offending player s speed is excessive prior to the point of impact The offending player s body language was aggressive Version 4.0 Page 37

38 Rule 550: Abuse of Officials by Players specifically paragraphs b), c), e) & g) CHANGED for season Guidance to Referees Common Criteria to consider: Referees and Linesman should not react to comments from players in a manner that is not loud or readily audible to others. However all instances, in the Referee s opinion, of Loud Audible abuse must be penalised with a Misconduct Penalty for Abuse of Official, as is more subtle abuse that is personally directed at an official and is particularly profane or deeply personal. Referees MUST try to avoid being in the vicinity of the penalty benches at the same time as penalised players are placed their by the linesman. Referees should check with minor officials that they understand the common signals and maybe agree with them that where a minor penalty is being assessed they will just skate to the bench, give the signal and then skate away thus helping ensure that they are away from the bench in a speedy manner. Obviously, if the scorer says that they have problems with signals then discretion will be used. The EIHA interpretation of challenge or disputes is a player who approaches any Official in a manner that is aggressive in body language or tone of voice or a combination of both. Officials are to warn them initially by stating the following: - Please change your approach or some other similar communication. Guidance to players: This will be your ONLY opportunity to change your approach. If the player continues, assess a Misconduct penalty. Referees need to make sure they are not over emotional when giving the Misconduct signal, and should do a slow and calm signal. If a player has been given a Misconduct penalty, the Referee should try to avoid further discussions with the player, and should restart the game as quickly as possible. Depending on the situation, it might be advisable to request the Captain, Alternate Captain or any team mate to calm the player down as he is likely to be ejected from the game if he doesn t. If there is a second instance of abuse to a game official from a player who has already been given a Misconduct for Abuse of Official, then the player will be assessed a Game Misconduct Penalty, for Abuse of Official. If the Abuse continues and Game Misconduct has been assessed, the Referee shall assess a Match Penalty for behaviour detrimental to the running of the game under paragraph f) point 2, of this rule. Physical Assaults on Officials by players Deliberate Physical contact by a player to a match official is totally un-acceptable. In addition to the player(s) being penalised under any of the rules or guidance contained within the IIHF rule book, In house rules or governing body guide lines, officials are advised that it is their personal decision whether to involve the police in the incident or not. In all instances Officials must be given the opportunity to call the police should they so desire. If the police are called the game would be stopped until the police have completed their investigations. If the police are called, please ensure the Referee in Chief is informed prior to leaving the venue Version 4.0 Page 38

39 Rule 550: Abuse of Officials by Players specifically paragraph e) & f) Guidance to players: Any racial remark or ethnic slur, in the opinion of the Referee, will be assessed as a Match Penalty. Guidance to Referees Referees are to assess a Match Penalty for any racial remark Rule 551: Abuse of Officials by Team Officials Guidance to Coaches, Managers or Off Ice Team Officials: Any racial remark or ethnic slur, in the opinion of the referee, will be assessed as a Match Penalty. Guidance to Referees Referees are to assess a Match Penalty for any racial remark. The EIHA interpretation of challenge or disputes is a Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Official who approaches any Official in a manner that is aggressive in body language or tone voice or a combination of both. Officials are to warn them initially by stating the following: - Please change your approach or some other similar communication. Guidance to Coaches, Managers or Off Ice Team Officials: This will be your ONLY opportunity to change your approach. Referees and Linesman should not react to comments from Coaches, Managers or Off Ice Team Officials said in a manner that is not loud or readily audible to others. However, all instances of Loud Audible abuse must be penalised and announced as Abuse of an Official, as is more subtle abuse that is personally directed at an official and is particularly profane or deeply personal. One of the following penalties is to be assessed: Bench Minor Penalty Bench Minor plus Game Misconduct Bench Minor plus Game Misconduct plus Match Penalty for behaviour detrimental to the running of the game under paragraph d) of this rule. If at any further stoppage of play the Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Official, who has already been assessed a Bench Minor Penalty and then continues the abuse, should be assessed a Game Misconduct penalty. Referees need to make sure they are not over emotional when giving the Misconduct signal, and should do a slow and calm signal. If the Abuse continues and a Game Misconduct has been assessed, the Referee shall assess a Match Penalty for behaviour detrimental to the running of the game under paragraph d) of this rule. Version 4.0 Page 39

40 Rule 554: Keeping the Puck in Motion Guidance to Players, Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Officials: The puck must be kept in motion and must be in a position to be played by all players. The practice of placing the skates either side of the puck whilst against the boards or placing the skate blade on the puck is no longer permissible A Minor penalty must be assessed for any instance of a player placing his skates either side of the puck whilst against the boards or placing the skate blade on the puck Rule 554c: Shooting or Throwing the Puck Outside the Playing Area For the rule please refer to your IIHF rule book and IIHF Case Book When any player or goalkeeper, while in his defending zone (see diagram below), shoots, throws or bats the puck with his hand or stick directly, (non-deflected) out of the playing area, except where there is no glass, a penalty shall be assessed for delaying the game according to this rule. The determining factor is the position of the puck when shot, thrown or batted, and not the offending player s skates. The penalty SHALL be called when: The puck goes directly outside the playing area and does not first make contact with anything else, ie. another player, stick of either team, the goal, an Official, the boards, glass or netting. The puck goes directly over and behind a players bench or penalty box where there is protective glass or netting behind the bench. The Penalty will NOT be called when: The puck goes into a players or the penalty bench where there is no protective glass between the bench and the ice surface The puck is deflected by the offending player rather than being shot, thrown or batted. The puck once shot, thrown or batted, hits or deflects off another player or stick of either team, the goal, an Official, the boards, glass or netting. The height of the netting should be treated as the height of the plexi glass for this rule. Version 4.0 Page 40

41 Rule 558: Falling on the puck by a goalkeeper Guidance to Players, Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Officials for U12 GAMES ONLY: Referees will use their discretion in the application of this rule for U12 s game. Be pro-active and explain to the net minder about the rule at the first instance he breaches the rule. Only penalise net minders who having been warned, a few times, and continue to delay the game Rule 571: Prevention of Infections of Blood Guidance to Players, Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Officials: Players may not use any of their equipment to scrap or remove ice contaminated with blood. It is the responsibility of the rink staff to remove the contaminated ice. Referees and linesman should pro-actively prevent players from using their equipment. Referees should assist rink staff in any manner such has escorting them to the location or holding equipment. For any breaches of the above, the player shall be ruled off the ice to have his equipment cleaned and a WARNING shall be issued to his team. For a second violation by any player of the same team for the above offence, the Referee shall assess a: - Misconduct penalty (10 ) Rule 555, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment paragraph C to the offending player. Version 4.0 Page 41

42 3 RULES APPLYING SPECIFICALLY TO EPIHL GAMES ONLY - CHANGED FOR SEASON Too Many Non-British Trained Players. In EPIHL games a team may only dress 4 Non-British Trained Players. A game may not commence if more than 4 Non British Trained Players have been dressed. In all EPIHL games, each team must have at least 3 British trained players on the ice at all times during the game. A player in the penalty box with time on the clock constitutes being on the ice, as well those players who have been ejected and have their penalties served by a substitute player. For the any infraction of this rule, the Referee will assess a Bench Minor Penalty announced as too many Non- British trained players on the ice and recorded as too many Non-EIHA. Referees and Linesman must note, before the start of the game, the player s shirt numbers of non British trained players. The Linesmen are instructed to check for too many non British trained players being on the ice. The Linesman or Referee may immediately stop play if the offending team is in possession of the puck. No retrospective penalty can be assessed once play has resumed after any stoppage. The Bench Minor penalty must be served by a non British trained player who was on the ice at the time Table of penalty application of the above rule See Appendix A 3.2. Overtime Period For all EPIHL and all EPIHC (except the first leg of quarter or semi final) games, if at the end of the three regular twenty minute periods, the score shall be tied, the teams will play an additional overtime period. The overtime period will be commenced immediately following a one minute rest period during which the players will remain on the ice. The teams will not change ends for the overtime period. Goalkeepers may go to their respective players benches during this rest period, however, penalised players must remain on the penalty bench. The overtime period is five minutes in length and with the team scoring first declared the winner. The overtime period shall be played with each team at a numerical strength of four skaters and one goalkeeper. Additional penalties to be assessed consistent with the rules in regulation time. Should a penalised player exit the penalty bench during this rest period, he shall be returned immediately by the Officials with no additional penalty being assessed, unless he commits an infraction of any other rule. At no time will a team have less than three players on the ice. This may require a fifth skater to be added to the non-offending team, if a two-man advantage occurs. In the event of players being in the penalty box at the end of regulation time the following table is to be used to determine on ice strength for the OT period. Version 4.0 Page 42

43 BT = British Trained Player(s) NBT = Non British Trained Player(s) Example 1 End of Regulation Time Start of Overtime Team A Team B Team A Team B 5 Players + 5 Players + 4 Players + 4 Players + 1 Goalie 1 Goalie 1 Goalie 1 Goalie 3 BT 3 BT 3 BT 3 BT 3 NBT 3 NBT 2 NBT 2 NBT Ruling 2 5 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 3 NBT 4 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 2 NBT 4 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 2 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT 3 5 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 3 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT 5 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 3 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT The teams will start overtime 5 on 3. Once player strength reaches 5 on 4 or 5 on 5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4, as appropriate. 4 4 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 2 NBT 4 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 2 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT 5 4 Players + 1 Goalie #17 2 Min 19:10 3 BT 2 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie #5 2 Min 19:10 #7 2 Min 19:50 3 BT 1 NBT 4 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 2 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT The teams would begin the OT playing 4 on 3. At the first stoppage of play following the expiration of the penalties to A17 & B5, the on-ice strength would be adjusted from 5 on 4 down to 4 on Players + 1 Goalie #5 2 Min 19:10 #7 2 Min 19:40 3 BT 1 NBT 4 Players + 1 Goalie #17 2 Min 19:25 3 BT 2 NBT 3 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 1 NBT 4 Players + 1 Goalie 3 BT 3 NBT At the first stoppage of play following the expiration of the penalty to B17, the on-ice strength would be adjusted from 4 on 5 down to 3 on 4 If a team is penalised in overtime, teams play 4 on 3. If both teams are penalised with minor penalties at the same stoppage of play teams will play 3 on 3. In overtime, if a team is penalised such that a two-man advantage is called for, then the offending team will remain 3 skaters while the non-offending team will be permitted 5 skaters. At the first stoppage of play after the two-man advantage is no longer in effect, the numerical strength of the team will revert back to either 4 on 4 or 4 on 3 situation, as appropriate. Version 4.0 Page 43

44 3.3. Game Winning Shootout ADDED for season If the game remains tied at the end of the 5 minute overtime period, the teams will proceed to a Game Winning Shootout. The rules governing the shootout shall be the same as those listed under IIHF Rule Penalty Shot Procedure. The teams will not change ends for the shootout. Goalies will stay in the nets they are in at the end of the game and shots taken at both ends of the rink. The home team shall have the choice of shooting first or second. The teams shall shoot alternately. The Linesman will collect the numbers of three players from each team and take them to Scorer and Referee. 3 players from each team shall participate in the shootout and they shall proceed in such order as the Coach selects. All players are eligible to participate in the shootout unless they are serving a ten-minute Misconduct or have been assessed a Game misconduct or Match Penalty. Once the shootout begins, the goalkeeper cannot be replaced unless he is injured. No warm up shall be permitted for a substitute goalkeeper. Each team will be given three shots, unless the outcome is determined earlier in the shootout. After each team has taken three shots, if the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a "1 penalty shot per team". The winner is determined when one team scores and the other does not, when both teams have taken equal number of shots The Linesman on the Red line will communicate with the coach of each team to ensure a player is sent promptly. No player may shoot twice until everyone who is eligible has shot at least once. Regardless of the number of goals scored during the shootout portion of overtime, the final score recorded for the game will give the winning team one more goal than its opponent, based on the score at the end of overtime. The losing goalkeeper will not be charged with the extra goal against. The player scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout will not be credited with a goal scored in his personal statistics. If a team declines to participate in the shootout procedure, the game will be declared as a shootout loss for that Team. If a team declines to take a shot it will be declared as "no goal." Version 4.0 Page 44

45 3.4. Rule 528 Fisticuffs & Roughing Minor or Double Minors Player from Team A Action Player from Team B Yes First action by both players is to drop their gloves Yes Yes Players appear to be willing combatants either verbally or Yes by body language Yes The Player stops when he recognises or is communicated to him that the Yes other player is cut or bleeding Yes Altercation ceases immediately upon the Linesmen entering the Yes altercation, covering a player or restraining a player Yes Proceed directly to the penalty bench Yes Yes At no time does the player reinstigate the altercation, verbally or in any other manner Yes If all of the above criteria has been met then the Referee may assess either Single or Double Minor(s) 2 or 2+2 to both players If in the opinion of the Referee or Linesmen either player clearly instigated the altercation. The Referee must assess the additional instigation penalties Any player who, in the Referee s opinion, carries out the actions such as those listed below is to be assessed a Major + Game Misconduct (5 + GM) penalty, for each offence, in addition to any other penalties: - The Player does not stop when he recognises or is communicated to him that the other player is cut or bleeding Does not cease the altercation upon the Linesmen entering the altercation, covering a player or restraining a player resisting the Linesmen in any manner Does not proceed directly to the penalty bench throwing a punch or punches once the Linesmen have intervened Does not proceed directly to the penalty bench attempting to continue the altercation in any manner Version 4.0 Page 45

46 Action by player of Team A Verbalises, gestures or incites an opponent in any manner Penalty to Player of Team A Misconduct (10) for Unsportsmanlike No Action Action by Player of Team B Penalty to Player of Team B No Penalty Verbalises, gestures or incites an opponent in any manner Misconduct (10) for Unsportsmanlike Responds to the actions of a player from Team A by verbalising, gesturing or inciting in any manner Misconduct (10) for Unsportsmanlike Drops gloves and invites alteraction from player of Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing No Action No Penalty Drops gloves and invites alteraction from player of Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing Responds to the actions of a player from Team A in any manner Misconduct (10) for Roughing Drops gloves, no blows delivered and grabs the opponenet Misconduct (10) for Roughing No Action No Penalty Drops gloves, no blows delivered and grabs the opponenet Misconduct (10) for Roughing Drops gloves, no blows delivered and grabs the opponenet Misconduct (10) for Roughing Drops gloves, attempts to deliver blows but does not land any blows on the player from Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus any other other penalties No Action No Penalty Drops gloves, attempts to deliver blows but does not land any blows on the player from Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus any other other penalties Responds to the actions of a player from Team A in any manner Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus any other other penalties Drops gloves and delivers a single blow or multiple blows to a player of Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus Match Penalty (MP) for Roughing plus any other other penalties No Action or grabs the opponent and does not deliver any blows No Penalty Drops gloves and invites alteraction from player of Team B Alteraction takes place with single or multiple blows Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus Match Penalty (MP) for Roughing plus any other other penalties Does or does not drop gloves but responds to invitation of alteraction Alteraction takes place with single or multiple blows Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus Match Penalty (MP) for Roughing plus any other other penalties A Match Penalty (MP) plus any other penalties will be assessed to any player who, in the Referee s opinion, delivers a single or multiple blows to an opposition player who is unaware of that player about to use force. An example of such an action would be a player delivering a heavy blow to the back of a player s head. Version 4.0 Page 46

47 4 RULES APPLYING SPECIFICALLY TO ENIHL GAMES ONLY - CHANGED FOR SEASON Too Many Non-British Trained Players. In ENIHL games a team may only dress 2 Non-British Trained Players. A game may not commence if more than 2 Non British Trained Players have been dressed. In all ENIHL games, each team must have at least 5 British trained players on the ice at all times during the game. A player in the penalty box with time on the clock constitutes being on the ice, as well those players who have been ejected and have their penalties served by a substitute player. For the any infraction of this rule, the Referee will assess a Bench Minor Penalty announced as too many Non- British trained players on the ice and recorded as too many Non-EIHA. Referees and Linesman must note, before the start of the game, the player s shirt numbers of non British trained players. The Linesmen are instructed to check for too many non British trained players being on the ice. The Linesman or Referee may immediately stop play if the offending team is in possession of the puck. No penalty can be assessed once play has resumed after any stoppage. The Bench Minor penalty must be served by a non British trained player who was on the ice at the time Table of penalty application of the above rule See Appendix B Version 4.0 Page 47

48 4.2. Rule 528 Fisticuffs & Roughing Minor or Double Minors Player from Team A Action Player from Team B Yes First action by both players is to drop their gloves Yes Yes Players appear to be willing combatants either verbally or Yes by body language Yes The Player stops when he recognises or is communicated to him that the Yes other player is cut or bleeding Yes Altercation ceases immediately upon the Linesmen entering the Yes altercation, covering a player or restraining a player Yes Proceed directly to the penalty bench Yes Yes At no time does the player reinstigate the altercation, verbally or in any other manner Yes If all of the above criteria has been met then the Referee may assess either Single or Double Minor(s) 2 or 2+2 to both players If in the opinion of the Referee or Linesmen either player clearly instigated the altercation. The Referee must assess the additional instigation penalties Any player who, in the Referee s opinion, carries out the actions such as those listed below is to be assessed a Major + Game Misconduct (5 + GM) penalty, for each offence, in addition to any other penalties: - The Player does not stop when he recognises or is communicated to him that the other player is cut or bleeding Does not cease the altercation upon the Linesmen entering the altercation, covering a player or restraining a player resisting the Linesmen in any manner Does not proceed directly to the penalty bench throwing a punch or punches once the Linesmen have intervened Does not proceed directly to the penalty bench attempting to continue the altercation in any manner Version 4.0 Page 48

49 Action by player of Team A Verbalises, gestures or incites an opponent in any manner Penalty to Player of Team A Misconduct (10) for Unsportsmanlike No Action Action by Player of Team B Penalty to Player of Team B No Penalty Verbalises, gestures or incites an opponent in any manner Misconduct (10) for Unsportsmanlike Responds to the actions of a player from Team A by verbalising, gesturing or inciting in any manner Misconduct (10) for Unsportsmanlike Drops gloves and invites alteraction from player of Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing No Action No Penalty Drops gloves and invites alteraction from player of Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing Responds to the actions of a player from Team A in any manner Misconduct (10) for Roughing Drops gloves, no blows delivered and grabs the opponenet Misconduct (10) for Roughing No Action No Penalty Drops gloves, no blows delivered and grabs the opponenet Misconduct (10) for Roughing Drops gloves, no blows delivered and grabs the opponenet Misconduct (10) for Roughing Drops gloves, attempts to deliver blows but does not land any blows on the player from Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus any other other penalties No Action No Penalty Drops gloves, attempts to deliver blows but does not land any blows on the player from Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus any other other penalties Responds to the actions of a player from Team A in any manner Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus any other other penalties Drops gloves and delivers a single blow or multiple blows to a player of Team B Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus Match Penalty (MP) for Roughing plus any other other penalties No Action or grabs the opponent and does not deliver any blows No Penalty Drops gloves and invites alteraction from player of Team B Alteraction takes place with single or multiple blows Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus Match Penalty (MP) for Roughing plus any other other penalties Does or does not drop gloves but responds to invitation of alteraction Alteraction takes place with single or multiple blows Misconduct (10) for Roughing plus Match Penalty (MP) for Roughing plus any other other penalties A Match Penalty (MP) plus any other penalties will be assessed to any player who, in the Referee s opinion, delivers a single or multiple blows to an opposition player who is unaware of that player about to use force. An example of such an action would be a player delivering a heavy blow to the back of a player s head. Version 4.0 Page 49

50 5 RULES APPLYING TO WPL, WD1 & U16 (FEMALE GENDER GAMES) Guidance to Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Official: All fixtures are played in the Womens Category are played as Non-Checking. If a player makes a direct body-check, he or she shall be assessed, at the discretion of the Referee, a: Minor Penalty (2 Minutes) Or Major penalty or Automatic Game Misconduct penalty (5+Game) If a player makes a direct body-check, which result in the player being injured, he or she shall be assessed, at the discretion of the Referee, a: Match penalty (MP) 6 RULES APPLYING TO U12 S GAMES ONLY 6.1. Rules applying specifically to U12 s Games Guidance to Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Official: All games played in the Under 12 Category are played as Non-Checking. Guidance to Referees If a player makes a direct body-check, he or she shall be assessed, at the discretion of the Referee, a: Minor Penalty (2 Minutes) Or Major penalty or Automatic Game Misconduct penalty (5+Game) If a player makes a direct body-check, which result in the player being injured, he or she shall be assessed, at the discretion of the Referee, a: Match penalty (MP) 7 RULES APPLYING TO U10 S GAMES ONLY 7.1. Rules applying specifically to U10 s Games Guidance to Coach, Manager or Off Ice Team Official: Please download the EIHA Rules for U10 game from Guidance to Referees Please ensure you have reviewed the EIHA Under 10 s development Rules in conjunction with the Officiating Procedures Manual for U10 games. Version 4.0 Page 50

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