OFFICIAL POND HOCKEY RULES
- All games are 30
minutes in length consisting of two 15-minute halves with a 5-minute break in
are comprised of a maximum of 5 players (4
on 4, no goalies). The spare player may be utilized as a sub each game. Player
changes allowed only during stoppages in play. (After a goal is scored). Injuries, illness or other reasons do not allow the
addition of more players to the roster during the tournament.
are played on an ice surface measuring approximately 140' x 70'
nets or goals are reduced in size. They remain the standard 6 feet in width but
are only 10 inches high.
goalie sticks or goaltending equipment permitted.
- Teams are
required to have both home (white) and away (dark) jerseys. Jerseys will be sponsored with International Pond Hockey Association for final game.
- Face-offs will be used to start games and second halves.
All other instances (goals scored / penalties) will see the appropriate team
taking "half". Both teams must move quickly so that the game is not delayed. The
defending team returns to their side of center before the attacking team advances. Once the puck or the attacking team crosses center, the
defending team may pressure or engage in play.
will be called for rule infractions
penalties will result in a goal being awarded to the opposing, non-penalized
team as well as puck possession for taking half.
penalties or any action that jeopardizes the safety of players, volunteers or
spectators will result in that player's ejection from the tournament with no
substitution allowed for that player's team. In extreme instances or actions
involving more than one player from a team, the entire team can be ejected from
the tournament. That team or any of the individual players will never be
granted entry into the tournament again.
hockey infractions such as tripping, hooking, slashing, elbowing etc are
considered infractions at this event as well (Minor penalty) ▪ Any
abuse of officials (monitors) will be considered a major penalty. This includes
yelling / swearing and excessive arguing about calls.
slap shots. Stick blades must remain on the ice. (Minor penalty)
contacting the puck with your stick above the waist (Minor penalty)
- No player
can fall / lay / slide on the ice to
protect the goal area or drop/lay your stick in a position to protect the goal
area (goaltending) (Minor penalty)
intentional lifting of the puck. "Flip" or "saucer" passes are permitted if
both teams agree; however, shots that are intentionally lifted into the air can
cause injury to players and spectators alike. The resulting action without due
care and attention = (Minor penalty) ▪ All minor penalties can be upgraded
to major infractions
will be no off-side or icing calls
must be scored from the attacking side of
center ice. The maximum +/- awarded
for any game, regardless of score will be a
+10 or -10. (May become relevant in tie breaking purposes for play-offs)
that leave the playing area result in possession being awarded to the opposing
team who in-bounds the puck at a point near to the location that the original
puck left the surface. The defending team must give them two stick lengths to in-bound the puck. (The assigned official will have extra pucks and will spot a puck at
that location. Puck chasers are provided to retrieve errant pucks)
organizers reserve the right to prohibit any player from participating in a
game should they be deemed a safety risk to themselves or anyone else.
organizers reserve the right to add or delete rules as identified in this
document. If changes are made, teams will be informed prior to any games being