Etiquette & Spirit of the Game

  • All players participating in CSSC tournaments are expected to play with respect for everyone at the gym and with a “fun-first” attitude. Hockey can be an intense and physical sport however, the CSSC Floor Hockey leagues must be a fun, non-threatening environment.
  • All players are expected to know the rules and manage their actions on the floor.
  • Players are required to call themselves if they commit violations or penalties. Not calling yourself can be considered poor sportsmanship.
  • Players should promote fun and safety throughout the game by: yelling “corner" to their own player when running into the corner; yelling "Goalie's ball" to prevent hacking at their hand; talking to their players who are not following the rules.
  • Promote fun and safety throughout the game. Let the GC know if you are enjoying an opponent, congratulate your opponent on fun and fair play throughout the game.
  • Players that are concerned about a player on the opposing team are required to talk to their team captain so he/she can address the issue with the GC at the appropriate time.
  • Players are expected to act in a respectful manner if approached by a GC or an opposing team captain regarding their style of play and to make any requested changes.
  • Players should be mindful of how hard they shoot the ball, especially if an opponent is directly in front of them.
  • At any time the GC may request your name or a name of someone on your team to record on the game report sheet. Providing a false name to the GC is a serious offense and will result in suspension from the CSSC.
  • Teams are expected to cheer for their opponents at the end of a game. It is also encouraged to give an additional cheer for the GC and thank them for GC-ing the game.
  • Players can provide constructive feedback to the CSSC as needed, which can include facility conditions, unsportsmanlike play, or helpful comments.



  • Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled game time.
  • The total floor time is 40 minutes. The clock starts at the scheduled game time and teams should warm-up for no more than 3 minutes. Each game must end exactly when the next one is scheduled to begin, regardless of what time the game actually started.
  • Games consist of two 17 minute periods, with a 3 minute intermission.
  • In round robin games, ties are allowed - no overtime or shoot-outs.
  • The clock does not stop for any reason as each game must end on time.


  • Tie Games - Round Robin:
    • For round robin games, if the game ends and both teams have the same number of goals, the game will be recorded as a tie.
  • Tie Games - Playoffs:
    • For playoffs, regulation time is 5 minutes less than what is recorded on the schedule. The remaining 5 minutes will be used for a shoot-out (if necessary).
      • Shoot-out: 3 players from each team take alternating penalty shots. One of the 3 shooters from each team needs to be female. After three shots each, the team with the most goals wins. If the score remains tied, each team continues to alternate shooters until the tie is broken. At least every third shooter must be a female. No player can shoot twice until all players have gone.

General Playing Guidelines

  • Ball in Play: All areas (wall, ceiling) are generally considered to be 'live'. Further clarifications:
    • If a ball is dumped over the boards and into an area that is not considered part of the playing floor (e.g. the player bench area) then the whistle is blown and there will be a face-off.
    • At gyms that have curtains or benches on the floor area, if the ball gets caught up in these areas, the first player to arrive should dig the ball out and play will resume without a whistle. The player who retrieved the ball will get 3 seconds to gain control and opponents should stand at least one stick length away.
    • Icing and off-sides are not in effect.
  • Ball in the Corner: When two players are chasing the ball into the corner, the leading player must be given possession of the ball with the opponent standing at least a stick length away. The opposing player must not approach for 3 seconds and must count out ‘1, 2, 3’ once the player has gained control of the ball. Teams should yell ‘corner’ to their own player, if this does not happen the GC will call it. Further clarifications:
    • If there is a race towards the corner, whoever is leading within five feet of the corner must be given possession of the ball; the pursuer must stop and give a stick’s length space.
      • If a player carries the ball into the corner, the 3 second rule does not apply but all other noncontact rules apply (e.g. no body contact).
      • If the ball moves into the corner from close proximity (less than 20 feet), the 3 second rule does not apply; the 3 second rule is set-up to avoid collisions when two players are running at fast speeds into the corner.
  • Face-Offs: The ball must hit the floor before a player can play the ball on a face-off. Face-offs occur after: a goal, a penalty or the ball leaving the playing floor. In most cases, face-offs are done at centre.
  • Shooting: All styles of shots are allowed, including ‘slap shots’ provided that the players stick does not go above the waist in delivery and/or follow-through.
  • The Bench: Players should keep their body and stick out of the playing area. Bags, coats and other items should be stowed safely out of the way.
  • Changing On the Fly: The player that is being replaced must be at the bench area before a substitute can replace them on the floor.
  • Pulling the Goalie: Pulling the goalie for an extra player is not permitted.
  • Crease Area:
    • The crease area will be confirmed by the GC with the captains prior to the start of the game.
    • A player cannot remain stationary in the opposing team’s crease. If a goalie thinks that a player is interfering with them, they are prohibited from making contact with the player. If a goal is scored and the GC deems that an offensive player was interfering with the goalie, the goal will be disallowed.
    • Players should try to avoid running through the crease and must never make contact with the goalie.
    • Players are permitted to score while in the crease.
    • Defensive players are permitted to block shots with their body while they are in their own crease.
    • Once the goalie has covered the ball, the play is dead. In this case, the GC will yell ‘goalie’s ball’ and play will resume as soon as the goalie releases the ball.
  • Goalie Possession: If a goalie gains possession, they can:
    • Use their stick and pass the ball immediately. The ball is considered live at this point.
    • Pick up the ball and drop it over their net to their own player; his/her player now has 3 seconds to put the ball in play. The opposing team may shadow the movement of the player with the ball but must not cross the goal line in pursuit of the ball until a 3 count has been given. If the goalie tosses the ball to the corner or around the side of the net, it is considered ‘live’ and the 3 second rule does not apply.
    • Note: a goalie may smother the ball as long as they have at least one foot in the crease.
  • Net out of Position: If the net is moved during a play, the GC will decide whether to stop play and fix the net (applicable if there is potential for a goal to be scored) or fix the net while the play continues (if the play has moved down the court). The goalie may readjust their own net.
  • Kicking the Ball: A player cannot score by kicking the ball or intentionally directing it into the net with their foot.
    • If a ball deflects off a player’s body inadvertently, and a goal is scored – the goal will count.



  • Violations in SSC Floor Hockey are plays that may or may not be intentional, but typically represent unsportsmanlike play and should be avoided. They do not result in a penalty or short-handed play unless they are repeated by the same player or team.
    • If a player commits a violation, the player or their teammates are expected to call it.
    • Players can call a violation by apologizing to their opponent and stepping back from the play. If a player has illegally taken the ball because of a violation, they should give the ball back to them and resume play.
    • A GC can call a violation by blowing the whistle and stopping the play or by verbally warning the player and allowing the play to continue.
    • If the GC notices the same violation being repeated by a team or player, he/she is obligated to issue penalties (minor, major, game misconduct). For example, if a player repeats a violation, it may become a minor penalty.


  • Hand Pass: Players cannot pass the ball to their teammate by directing the ball to them with their hands. Players can catch the ball, but they must drop the ball to the floor immediately. Goalies are also restricted from throwing the ball to a teammate. GCs must blow the whistle and do a face-off after any hand pass.
  • Ball in the Corner: When two players are chasing the ball into the corner, the leading player must be given possession of the ball with the opponent stopping at least a stick length away. If one player does not stop, the GC will blow the whistle and re-start the play with the person who reached the corner first getting possession.
  • Shielding the Ball: A player cannot stick-handle with the ball while their back is to their opponent. If a player turns their back to their opponent and has possession of the ball, they must turn and face the play within 3 seconds. In either violation, the GC will yell ‘turn around’ and if the player does not, play will be stopped with a whistle.
  • Sliding: Players cannot slide at any time; this includes cutting off an opposing player or trying to block a shot. Blocking shots is permitted if the defensive player is stationary; this includes kneeling.
  • Reaching Around: A player cannot reach around another player with their stick when pursuing an opponent who has the ball and is moving. Note: if a player is stationary with their back to the play, the opposing player is allowed to attempt to gain the ball by going around the player with their stick (this does not apply to The Ball in the Corner rule – in that instance, the defender must always give 3 seconds before challenging their opponent) but if they slash or trip their opponent they will receive a penalty.
  • Going Over The Top: A player cannot impede an opponent's progress by hooking or slashing over top of their stick while they are carrying the ball or expecting to receive a pass.
  • Lifting The Stick: A player can lift their opponent’s stick only one time while they are receiving a pass or in possession of the ball. An aggressive lift that results in contact with the opponent’s hands or violently lifts their stick will result in a penalty to the defensive player.
  • Goalies:
    • Are permitted to sweep their sticks around the side of the net unless it interferes with an individual’s motion or play. Aggressive sweeping will be called a slash.
    • Goalies must keep at least one foot in the crease at all times.
    • Players cannot hack at the goalie while they are trying to gain possession of the ball.
    • Goalies are not penalized if their stick goes above their waist while making a save. If they are shooting, passing or batting the ball out of the air, they are subject to the same high-sticking rules as all players.
  • Too many players: If a player comes onto the floor several steps before their teammate reaches the bench the GC will stop the play.
  • Delay of Game: Any player who purposely shoots the ball out of bounds or deliberately falls on a ball.



  • Penalties in SSC Floor Hockey are plays that may or may not be intentional, but they are dangerous and are considered to be serious offenses. When a penalty occurs, the play must stop and the player must serve time off.
  • Penalties are categorized as minor, major or game misconducts.
    • Minor penalties result in the player sitting off for two minutes and the team is not shorthanded.
    • Major penalties result in the player sitting off for two minutes and the team plays shorthanded.
    • Game misconducts result in the team being shorthanded for two minutes, the offending player,is ejected from the gymnasium and the player will be subject to a possible further suspension.
  • If a player commits a penalty, the player or his/her teammates are expected to call it. If the player or,his/her team does not call it, the GC will stop play and enforce the penalty.
  • On all penalties, after the GC stops the play they should announce to the players why the play was,stopped and who got the penalty.
  • If the same penalty is being repeated by the same player(s), the GC has the discretion to rectify the,situation as appropriate (e.g. stopping the game and talking to the team or calling a major in the next incident).
  • If a team calls a penalty against themselves and a goal is then scored on the play, the goal will stand and the player will serve the penalty (i.e. you can't stop a goal by taking a penalty).
  • In recent years, the SSC has become aware of smaller players being aggressive because they think that they are exempt from the rules. All players must abide by the same guidelines.


  • Players are required to honour the SSC equipment guidelines. These are outlined in section 10 above. Players caught bringing illegal equipment into the gym will be asked to remove the items and replace them with SSC authorized equipment.
  • Illegal Equipment includes:
    • Goalie leg pads: maximum size is 34 inches tall by 11.5 inches wide. Each GC has access to a measuring device. If a goalie is wearing oversized leg pads, the GC will ask them to remove the pads and put on the set provided by the Club. The game will not be delayed while the goalie changes.
    • Illegal sticks: Section 10 clarifies which sticks are allowed at each facility. Any player caught using an illegal stick will be asked to remove the stick from the gym and replace it with a legal stick.
    • Player Gloves: players are not permitted to wear ice hockey, ball hockey or lacrosse gloves.


  • Reckless play results in a minor penalty and is the result of a player being overly careless or aggressive in a nonthreatening manner.
  • A player’s first offense will result in a 2 minute minor penalty.
  • A second offense by the same player will result in a major penalty.
  • A third offense will result in a game misconduct.
  • The following are examples of reckless play:
    • Incidental Body Contact: This can occur when a player makes contact with an opponent accidentally. For example, if a player is running too fast or with their head down and brushes another player.
    • Tripping: Unintentional tripping occurs when a defender is pursuing a ball carrier and their stick accidentally results in the player falling.
    • Slashing: If a player lightly slashes an opponent with their stick while pursuing the ball and it is evident that it was an accident.
  • In each of the three reckless play examples above, the GC has the discretion to call a major penalty or a game misconduct if they deem it was not an accident and/or the offending player does not acknowledge their action.


  • A high stick occurs when a player’s stick goes above their waist - this action is dangerous and strictly prohibited especially because SSC players do not wear protective head gear. A high stick can happen when a player is shooting the ball, deflecting the ball, waving for a pass or going around an opponent.
  • Calling high sticks is difficult for the GC as can they happen quickly and sometimes from a distance. A GC may allow for a ‘gray zone’ that includes from the waist to the bottom of the rib cage. Anything above that level will be called.
  • Goalies will not be penalized for a high stick while making a save. If they are shooting, passing or batting the ball out of the air, they are subject to the same high-sticking rules as all players.
  • On a player’s first high stick, if the team calls the penalty it is a minor – the player serves 2 minutes but the team is not short handed. If the GC has to call the first high stick, it is a major penalty and the team will be shorthanded.
  • A second high stick by a player is a major regardless of whether or not their team called the penalty. The offending player will be ejected from the game. The ejected player is allowed to remain in the gym as long as their high sticks were unintentional and they do not argue the call with the GC.
  • Lifting The Stick –
    • If a player lifts an opponent's stick, and the player’s stick does not go above their waist, but the opponent's stick does, there is no penalty to either player.
    • If a player lifts an opponent’s stick, and the player’s stick goes above their waist, this is a high sticking penalty to the player who lifted the stick. The opponent would not be subject to a penalty.
  • The following actions may not result in an automatic high sticking penalty, but if the player repeats the action, it will lead to a major penalty.
    • Running down the floor: If a player is running down the floor and is not directly involved in the play and their stick is slightly above their waist. The GC should yell a warning to the player to lower their stick.
    • Celebrating after a goal: If a player raises their stick accidentally in celebration, they will receive a warning from the GC. This is strongly discouraged.


  • Unsportsmanlike play is not tolerated in the SSC Floor Hockey leagues and encompasses playing in an overly aggressive or intense manner, or showing a lack of respect to anyone at a game. The following items may cause a team to lose sportsmanship points from their opponent or the GC, and will result in a major penalty.
  • A player’s first offense will result in a 2 minute major penalty.
  • A second offense by the same player will result in a game misconduct.
  • Unsportsmanlike play includes:
    • Showing displeasure at a play by: throwing equipment in a non-threatening manner, slamming a stick or swearing out loud (not directed at another person).
    • Players attempting to make calls during a game: this can include players on the bench or floor trying to make calls against their opponent or petitioning the GC to make calls.
    • Contacting an opponent in a non-threatening manner where it appears to be intentional: for example, two players gaining position on the ball and one player pushes against their opponent with their back, hip or shoulder – it is clear that they are not trying to hurt their opponent but they are physically moving them away from the ball. Any use of the hands or more aggressive action will result in a game misconduct.
    • A defensive player using their hand to smother a ball that is on the ground and in their own crease. There are no penalty shots in SSC Floor Hockey leagues.


  • Threatening behaviour is a serious offense in the SSC Floor Hockey leagues and will result in a game misconduct and automatic further suspension upon review by the Club.
  • A player’s first offense will result in a game misconduct.
  • Threatening behaviour towards an opponent includes:
    • Aggressive reaction to a play: throwing equipment in a threatening manner or verbally responding in a way that is inappropriate and compromises a fun and safe playing environment.
    • Verbally threatening an opponent: this includes swearing or yelling directly at an opponent or verbally challenging them to a confrontation.
    • Physically threatening an opponent includes:
      • Slashing, tripping, pushing or checking an opponent with a clear intent to injure or start an altercation.
      • Being involved in a physical altercation that include pushing, punching, slapping, wrestling or any other physical misconduct.


  • The SSC GCs are valuable assets to the sports programs and without them, there would be no Floor Hockey leagues or tournaments. As with all other SSC participants, GCs should be treated with respect. Players may disagree with the way a GC is calling their game, but must refrain from challenging a GC during the game.
  • A player’s first offense will result in a minor or major penalty or a game misconduct depending on the severity of the actions. An automatic review will be done by the Club and further action may be taken.
  • Disrespecting the GC includes:
    • Challenging calls: any player that disagrees with a call and tries to make the GC change their call. Once a GC has made a call, the play will resume with no further discussion.
    • Players on the sidelines discussing the GC in a negative manner.
    • Players questioning the integrity of the GC: all GCs are trained in the same manner and do not favour one team over another.
    • Swearing at a GC: this will result in an automatic game misconduct.
    • Physically threatening or confronting a GC: this will result in a game misconduct and automatic further suspension upon review by the Club.
    • Ignoring a GC as they are giving feedback or having a discussion: these conversations can happen before, after or during a game.


  • Any time a player receives a minor or major penalty, they must stay off for the full 2 minutes, even if a power play goal is scored.
    • When a power play goal is scored, the team that was penalized can bring on a replacement player but it cannot be the player who is serving the penalty.
    • The exception to this is if the team would be short players if the player serving the penalty does not return to the floor.
  • If a team has only two female players at the game and one of them receives a minor penalty, she will not serve the penalty because the team would be shorthanded, a male will serve the penalty for her.
  • Anytime a female or male player receives a major penalty, they will serve it on the bench and the team will be short handed. The one exception to this is if the team only has one female playing; if she gets a penalty a male player would serve it for her.
  • No team will be forced to play 2 players short due to minor or major penalties. Any penalties that would result in the team playing two players short will be served one after another.
    • If a player receives a game misconduct, they will always serve the misconduct - even if the team has to play shorthanded for the rest of the game. This applies even if the team is forced to play more than one player short.
  • If a team only has the minimum amount of players to field a full team on the floor and one of their players receives a minor penalty, that player will serve the penalty and the team will play shorthanded.
  • If a goalie gets a major penalty, a player on the floor at the time will serve the penalty. If a goalie receives a game misconduct, he/she will leave the gym and play must resume without a time-out to warm-up or equip a new goalie.