Etna Deck Hockey

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Etna Deck Hockey Rules and Regulations and Covid 19 Policy 

Updated as of September 16, 2020


The Etna Deck Hockey league was formed to facilitate healthy youth recreation. Rather than competitiveness, we emphasize instruction, sportsmanship, and safety. The rules contained here are aimed at promoting these things. The Association shall have power to enforce all regulations contained herein or to create new regulations to ensure the safety of players, coaches, fans, etc. where deemed necessary.


Section 1:  Equipment

All equipment must be worn for all games and practices

Sticks - any street, roller, or ice hockey stick in good condition.

Shoes - Athletic type shoes should be worn. No spikes cleats, or skates of any kind will be allowed on deck.

Protective gear -

  •       - Approved hockey helmet with full face shield and mouth guard
  •       - Hockey style elbow pads
  •       - Shin guards properly strapped/ taped in place. Should extend from the ankle to above the knee.
  •       - Hockey gloves.
  •       - Goalies must wear full protective, approved goalie equipment.
  •       - Sports cup mandatory for seniors optional for juniors.

Any questions regarding approved equipment should be directed to an association member.


Section 2: Rosters

a) All players must complete proper registration paperwork and submit league fees before they will be allowed to play. Any team found to have an unregistered player in a game shall forfeit that game.

b) Players will be divided into either the senior age group of 10,11,12 can be 13 as long as they don't turn 13 before January 1st of that year, junior age group of 7,8,9 or developmental division age group of 5 and 6 year old. A player wishing to play up into a higher division must be within 1 year of that division and must have approval of the association and coach.

c) Teams will be selected prior to the start of the season at a coaches meeting by way of a blind draft. The association shall have final say regarding requests to modify roster, and will only due so if a valid reason is given for the request.

d) If a team loses players during the season they shall inform the association so the spots can be filled with players from the waiting list. Players will be assigned based on a first come first serve basis.

e) The association reserves the right to decide the number of teams and number of players per team that may be registered in a season.

f) Teams will be allotted one 1 hour practice slot per week. This time slot is for the sole use of that team. If team is unable to use deck because of persons already there they may contact an Association member or if necessary the Etna Police. 


Section 3: League rules

The league will not tolerate any of the following behavior from players, staff, of fans: illegal/ illicit drug use, drinking of alcohol, swearing or obscene language, unruly behavior, fighting, harassment, abuse of officials, damage to property, or any other behavior deemed by officials to be inappropriate.  The officials will warn the head coach if either the coaching staff, player, or that teams fan is inappropriate for the head coach to get things under control.  Should the same problem happen again from the same person that team will receive a 1 minute penalty to a player on the deck.  The third time offending person(s) will be asked to leave and where applicable the Etna Police will be notified. If the offending party is a coach, official, or player they are subject to a suspension of up to 1 year, to be determined by the Association.

Only the head coach will be permitted to discuss any issues on the deck with the refs.  Should any assistant coaches speak with the refs the team will get a one minute bench penalty any further problems said person will be asked to leave the deck. 

Section 4: Playing rules


Games will be officiated by 3 referees. One shall serve as timekeeper and 2 will monitor play while on the deck. All referees including the timekeeper are able to stop play and make calls as necessary. These referees will generally follow the rules and regulations established by USA Hockey although some rules have been modified to fit our specific needs.

For the purpose of our league the following infractions have been accepted as being penalties:

1)     Boarding - a player cannot intentionally push or shove another player into the boards

2)     Crosschecking - a player cannot intentionally strikes another with his stick in a pushing manner

3)     Holding - a player cannot wrap his/her arms around an opponent or use a free hand to clutch, grab or hold the stick, jersey or body on the opponent in a manner that impedes their progress

4)     Interference - a player cannot use his/her body ("pick" or "block") to impede the progress of an opponent with no effort to play the ball or maintain normal foot speed. Interference may also be called if player is in opposing goal crease in a position that impedes goalies movement.

5)     Roughing - any other intentional contact not fitting in another category shall be deemed as roughing

6)     Delay of game - a player cannot intentionally shoot, kick, or throw the ball outside of playing area, or hold onto or conceal ball. Delay of game may also be called if a player by any other manner causes play to be stopped.

7)     Tripping - a player may not intentionally use his stick, feet, or body to cause another to lose balance and fall

8)     Slashing - a player may not intentionally swing his stick at another player

9)     High Sticking - high sticking in the senior division will be called whenever the blade of a players stick, whether intentional or not, rises above the crossbar of the goal.  For the junior division it will be called if the blade rises above the players shoulders.  If the blade strikes another player a penalty shall be assessed, otherwise it shall result in a faceoff in the offending teams end. If a goal is deemed to have been knocked in by a high stick it shall be disallowed.

10) Fighting - under no condition will fighting be allowed anywhere   within or around rink area. Fighting will result in a minimum 1 game suspension. If a fight occurs, those players not involved shall go directly to their bench or they will be assessed a game misconduct penalty. Any player who enterers the rink during a fight, whether from the bench or outside will be subject to a minimum 2 game suspension.

11) Abuse of Officials- anyone who verbally or physically abuses an official will receive a minimum of a 1 minute penalty next will be a game misconduct.

12) Unsportsmanlike conduct- any act deemed to be unsportsmanlike, including but not limited to: swinging or throwing stick, using profanity or obscene gestures, taunting, throwing equipment, contact or attempted contact of any kind with an opposing player while play is stopped, or any other vicious act, will result in a game misconduct.

13) Penalty Shot - If non goalie player covers the ball in the crease with time on the clock or if a player is illegally impeded while on a breakaway by way of tripping, holding, slashing etc.

Penalties will be served by the offending player. If goalie is offender, or if offender has been ejected or injured, the coach may choose another player who was on the rink at the time to serve penalty for him.

If injured, the offender may not return to play before expiration of penalty.

Any player accumulating 3 penalties in a single game shall be given an automatic game misconduct penalty and will be subject to further suspension. Referees shall warn the offending player?s coach after the second penalty is assessed.


Grading of penalties:

      Minor penalty - a minor penalty will be assessed for any of the above infractions, unless otherwise stated, as long as no injury has occurred. Offending player shall remain in penalty box for 1 minute, unless non-offending team scores.

     Major penalty - a major penalty will be assessed for any of the above infractions, unless otherwise stated, where a visible injury has occurred to the victim. Offending player shall remain in the penalty box for 3 minutes, regardless of whether the other team scores.

    Game misconduct - offending player must leave rink for the remainder of the game. They shall not be permitted on the bench or rink for the remainder of the day. If they refuse to leave the team will forfeit that game and the player will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game.


Suspended players may sit on the bench during games as long as they do not interfere. Violation will result in additional suspensions.

Suspended coaches may not in any way participate in any game or warm up while under suspension. Violation will result in additional suspension or termination.

.All game misconducts and suspensions will be reviewed by the Association before the team?s next scheduled game, after conferring with referees and coaches involved. The Association will determine, based on the circumstances of the infraction, whether or not the offending player will receive any additional suspension.


Official games:

Teams should arrive at the deck 15 minutes before the scheduled start of their game. Any team not ready to play at game time shall forfeit that game. There will be five minutes allotted for warm up between games.

Only registered players and coaches will be allowed on bench or on rink during game or warm ups. This is for insurance reasons and is non- negotiable. If unauthorized person(s) remain that team shall forfeit game.

Games shall consist of three 12 minute periods with a 1 minute break between periods. The clock will be stopped every 3 minutes to allow line changes.  The clock will stop momentarily after each goal and will restart once the ref is at the red line ready to drop the ball. The clock will also be stopped in the event of a player injury, penalty, or other circumstances such as the ball leaving playing area. In addition the clock will stop whenever the whistle is blown during the final minute of periods 1 and 2 but will stop during the last 3 minutes of the 3rd period. 

During game play senior teams shall have 4 players plus goalie, junior shall have 5 players plus goalie. Any more will result in bench penalty.

For purposes of standings, wins shall count as 2 points, ties as 1 point each team, and with no points given for a loss.

Overtime: If score is tied after regulation during regular season it shall go to a shoot out.  Each team will select three players from their roster for the shootout.  The two teams will alternate shooters.  Whichever team has the most goals after all six players have gone wins the game.  Should the game still be tied after the six players have gone each team will then select one player each and continue going one for one as far as the team with the fewest players on their bench.  If someone scores by then that team wins.  Should it still be tied after all the players permitted to go then it ends in a tie.  During playoffs the teams shall continue through 2 full 12 minute sudden death overtime periods if necessary. After that the game will be decided with a shootout (Same rules as the regular season shootout only no ties and once the amount of players as written has gone then you can use a previous player).  For the championship game teams will continue to play overtime periods until a team scores.

Playoff seeding will be determined in this order:

  • 1) overall points (wins and ties)
  • 2) head to head results
  • 3) goals for vs. goals against
  • 4) team with higher number of goals scorers. In the event a tie still exists, the association shall determine seeding

The officials shall have the right to pause or postpone any game due to foul weather or any other condition which they deem to be unsafe for themselves, players, or fans. A game will be considered complete if two periods have elapsed. If it is incomplete it will be rescheduled and the teams will start over from the first period with no score.

Coaches will be responsible to ensure all players get playing time. Players shall play at least six 3 minute shifts per game. If player is being benched for disciplinary reasons the coach must inform that players parent(s) and the association. First offense will be a warning. Second and subsequent will result in game forfeiture(s).

No player shall be replaced by another during his shift except in the case of injury or at the discretion of the referee. Violation will result in bench penalty.

Each team will be given one 1 minute time-out per game.  Only when the clock is stopped.

In the event of a forfeit after game has started, the non offending team will still get credit for any points scored.


Game Play 

       Etna Deck Hockey shall generally follow rules established by USA hockey, however not all will apply and some have been modified.

Off-sides - off-sides will be determined by the center line. A player must not precede the ball while going into opponents end of the rink. The only exception is if the player is entering zone backwards and has actual control of the ball at the time. Referee will signal on delayed off-sides (where the ball comes back out of the zone) and players will have opportunity to get back on sides before ball re enters or opposing team gains control.

Use of hands - a player may touch the ball with his hand provided it is immediately released and he or opposing player is next to touch it. If the player that touched it has a teammate touch it first then it's a hand pass and a faceoff will go in offending players end.  Goalies may only glove the ball while they are in the goal crease.  Violation may result in a delay of game.  

Goals - players may not kick or throw ball into goal. Offensive players may not interfere with goalie. If goal is scored while offensive player is in crease under his own will, goal shall be disallowed.

Broken sticks - player must immediately drop stick. They may elect to go to bench to retrieve a new one, or may get one from a teammate on the rink.

Injuries - a player who is injured should drop down onto deck surface to signal referee of his injury, unless doing so creates a risk of further injury. Play will be stopped by referee and if necessary a substitute player can replace injured player.

Equipment malfunction - referee may stop play immediately to correct equipment problems which may affect safety of player, such as a broken or knocked off helmet. Clock will be stopped while correction is made.  Once corrected clock will start again and the faceoff will be at center ice.  Referees can stop the game should shoes, shin guards, or elbow pads come off if the player is in area of play.  However if the player is behind the play play may continue till it gets to said players area.  The player has to stay where their equipment is they may not continue play.  They can work on putting their equipment back on.  Refs can not help.

Icing - icing will only be called in the senior division.

Icing Even Strength - If a player in their defensive zone is behind their blue line they must either pass to their offensive teammates at either their blue line or before the red line.  If not they must carry it to their blue line then dump it in.  Should they dump it in from behind their defensive blue line to the other teams end without hitting either team's players or the opposing goalie by way of direct shot or lifting the ball to the opposing end and hitting the boards behind the opposing net it will be an automatic icing call and the faceoff will go back to that team's end for a faceoff.  The clock will not stop unless we are in the regular clock rules.  If the ball hits any player or the opposing goalie icing will be waived off.  Should the ball go in the goal will count.

Icing Power Play/Penalty Kill - The team on the power play will have the icing call rule should they dump it in.  The team on the penalty kill will be free to dump it in with no icing call while they serve their penalty.

Icing Pulling Your Goalie - Both teams will have the icing call enforced.

Face-offs - Face-offs will be at center rink during start of period or after a goal is scored. If goalie holds ball face off will be at closest circle to where ball was stopped. If ball leaves play accidentally between the blue lines ball will be placed at center rink but if it happens in either defensive end it will be placed at the closest circle.  If after penalty or off-sides, ball will be placed at circle in offending teams zone.  Faceoffs following any other stoppage in play, including three minute bench changes will be at circle closest to area where it was when play stopped.

Pulling Your Goalie - If you pull your goalie during the game they must use the team bench door.


Final Notes:

Etna Deck Hockey is designed for children to have fun and learn the sport of hockey. These rules may not cover every situation that may occur at the rink but are written as a guide. We ask that coaches and players use common sense and exercise good sportsmanship. Any questions or comments can be directed to an Association board member.

Etna Deck Hockey (EDH) COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and

Response Plan

EDH takes the health and safety of our volunteers, players, and families very seriously. With the spread

of the coronavirus or “COVID-19,” a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we all must

remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak, and creating an environment for safe play. In order to be safe

and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and

Response Plan to be implemented throughout the Organization and at all of the locations our teams

may play.

This Plan is based on currently available information from the CDC and OSHA, and information provided

by the State of PA Health Department, and PA Recreation and Parks Society. It is subject to change

based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, PRPS, and other public officials. It will be the

responsibility of the EDH Board of Governors, Commissioners, Coaches, and all volunteers to ensure this

plan is followed accordingly.

Responsibilities of EDH Board of Governors

All board members must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from coaches,

volunteers, families, and players. Board Members must set a good example by following this Plan at all

times. This involves practicing good personal hygiene and facility safety practices to prevent the spread

of the virus. Board Members must encourage this same behavior from members of the organization and

their families.

Responsibilities of Coaches, Volunteers, and Players

Every coach, volunteer, and player need to help with our prevention efforts while at play in order to

minimize the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities. As set forth below, the Organization has instituted

various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices for our facilities. All members of the

organization must follow these. In addition, coaches, volunteers, and players are expected to report to

The EDH Board Members if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below.

OSHA and the CDC have provided the following control and preventative guidance to all people,

regardless of exposure risk:

• Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and

running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, or may have symptoms

• Use of mask or face coverings are mandatory with the exception of players engaged in activity

COVID-19 Symptoms

All organizational members and their families must familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-


• Coughing

• Fever

• Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing; and

• Early symptoms such as chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting,

and runny nose.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, DO

NOT GO TO ANY EDH ACTIVITIES and call your healthcare provider right away. Likewise, if you come into

close contact with someone showing these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away.

On Site Requirements

• Any person/persons showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the facility and

return home.

• All must try and avoid physical contact with others where possible.

• Members should limit the use of shared tools and equipment. These items should be cleaned

after each use

General Facility Use

• All guidelines in the attached appendix from PRPS are to be followed as well as the items below:

• Gatherings should be mitigated to keep total numbers under the advised limits from the PRPS

and State of PA; currently <250 persons for outdoor activities (assuming distancing guidelines

are met.

• Benches, Bleachers, and Common Surface areas will be wiped down in between uses by exiting

coaches/volunteers for both Practices and Games and disinfected every four hours.

• Trash cleanup and disposal of cardboard materials will be done with gloves, and immediately

sanitized hands after

• Signage will be posted (Official Signage to be approved by Etna Borough) to encourage proper

COVID-19 Safety Practices such as distancing, cleanliness, hand sanitizing, etc.

• Bathroom facilities, if opened for use are to be shut down and disinfected in between uses by

exiting coaches/volunteers for both Practices and Games, or every four hours of consecutive use

o Maintenance of Portable Restroom facilities will be managed by Etna Borough

General Attendance at Facility for all Activity

• All guidelines in the attached appendix from PRPS are to be followed as well as the items below:

• Local Government guidelines currently state that capacities for outdoor venues are not to

exceed 250 persons at any time. This also includes following guidelines for proper social

distancing in a facility of 6 feet. Attendees of any event for Etna Deck Hockey; either practice or

game; must maintain proper distancing at all times. At no point will the park permit a total of

more than 250 persons, nor allow congregations not adhering to social distance requirements.

• Arrivals and exits from game days are further addressed in the Gameday Arrival/Departure

Sequence of Operation section of this document. This is done to help minimize the attendance

and keep it below threshold, as well as close contact pf entering/exiting teams and families.

• At any point that local governments increase restriction on attendance at outdoor facilities, EDH

may increase their own restrictions on attendance to minimums that comply with those orders.

This may include restricting only one parent/guardian per player within the facility if necessary.

This could exclude siblings, and extended family as well, based purely on the limitations

mandated at that time.

• Although restricting attendance entirely could be a possibility, due the emergent nature of

possibly needing a parent present for a child participant, EDH will not go to that extreme

without consultation with the participating families ahead of time.

Use of Facility for Practices

• All guidelines in the attached appendix from PRPS are to be followed as well as the items below:

• Players should not crowd the bench areas. Maintain 6ft. Distancing. Half of the team may have

their equipment located outside of the bench area as necessary. Areas will be designated by the


• Hand sanitizer should be brought by each individual coach and player, and used frequently

• All Coaches and Volunteers must be wearing masks when in proximity of others

• Players should avoid equipment sharing, especially for helmets and gloves

• No sharing of water bottles or other food/drink items

• No use of sunflower seeds or other snack that results in spitting

• No unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, crowds, group hugs, or gatherings

• Spectators should remain in cars, or socially distanced at a minimum of 6ft.

• Upon conclusion of practices, participants must leave immediately. No lingering or post practice


• Teams must maintain ownership of their Association issued practice balls and disinfect them

after each practice use.

Use of Facility for Games

• All guidelines in the attached appendix from PRPS are to be followed as well as the items below:

• Players should not crowd the bench areas. Maintain 6ft. Distancing. Half of the team may have

their equipment located outside of the bench area as necessary. Areas will be designated by the


• Hand sanitizer should be brought by each individual coach and player, and used frequently

• All Coaches and Volunteers must be wearing masks when in proximity of others

• Players should avoid equipment sharing, especially for helmets and gloves

• No sharing of water bottles or other food/drink items

• No use of sunflower seeds or other snack that results in spitting

• No unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, crowds, group hugs, or gatherings

• Spectators should remain in cars, or socially distanced at a minimum of 6ft.

• Game balls are issued by EDH. Game balls are to be disinfected before and after every game.

Edh already maintains keeping game balls at the conclusion of games and will be responsible for

disinfecting them between uses.

• No post game handshakes. “Tip of the Cap” motion (without removing helmets) Sportsmanship

practices will be used.

• Upon conclusion of games, participants must leave immediately. No lingering or post game


Gameday Arrival/Departure Sequence of Operation

• All players are advised to come to the deck as dressed and equipped as possible prior to

entering the park grounds. EDH wishes to limit the amount of time spent “changing” at the

park. Conversely, it is also advised that players leave without disrobing to large extents leaving

equipment lying around the park.

• Initial teams for the day may make their way to their respective side of the deck for pregame


• As sequential games occur throughout the day, EDH will have arriving teams enter the park

through the South Gate from Locust street closest to the former Scarehouse location. Players

can then arrive and congregate in their designated locations along the former Scarehouse

sidewalk, near our equipment shed, awaiting their turn to enter the deck. Departing teams will

exit the deck at the north end, towards the gazebo area, to cleanly leave the paying area and

ultimately exit the park through the main gate. This circular traffic pattern will eliminate clutter

and large gatherings at the entrances and exits of both the deck itself, and the park overall.

• Arriving teams will await a 15-minute buffer between games to allow for proper wipe down of

the bench and high traffic areas before entering the playing area.

• Circular traffic for teams will occur for all games throughout the day until the final game ends.

At that point the last teams will be asked to exit the park without lingering to allow for final

cleaning and disinfecting of the playing area and associated bleachers etc.

Concession Stand Operation

• All guidelines in the attached appendix from PRPS are to be followed as well as the items below:

• No more than 2-3 people will operate the stand at one time while maintaining distancing rules

within the facility

• All persons operating the stand will be required to wear masks during their shift, and during

cleaning procedures.

• EDH will provide hand sanitizer for use by concession stand operators.

• High traffic/touch areas within stand to be disinfected every two hours, and/or in between, or

after, use for game setting

• Waiting lines will be established on ground with 6ft distance marks for customers

• No use of self-serve concessions or condiments will be utilized

EDH has every intention of continuing to maintain all the procedures laid within this plan for as long as

required while we continue to battle the spread of the COVID-19 virus. EDH is also open to discussion

with Emergency Responders, Law Enforcement, and Local Government for advice and further instruction

as necessary to ensure we can keep a safe environment for our community and remain open for our

organization to happily play and enjoy the rest of the fall season. For any further details, inquiries or

comments, please contact EDH via email at [email protected]


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