Etna Deck Hockey

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Etna Deck Hockey Rules and Regulations  


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

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.

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, junior, or developmental division based on their age at the time of the first game of the season. 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 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.


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 will be called whenever the blade of a player?s stick, whether intentional or not, rises above the crossbar of the goal. For the junior division it may be called if the blade rises above the player?s shoulders. If the blade strikes another player a penalty shall be assessed, otherwise it shall result in a faceoff. 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 game suspension.

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

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 also be stopped in the event of a player injury, penalty, or other circumstances such as the ball leaving playing area. In addition during the regular season the clock will stop whenever the whistle is blown during the final minute of each period.  For the playoffs and championship the clock will stop whenever the whistle is blown during the final minutes 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 until there is a winning goal.  The coaches must use all players on their bench no repeats.  If both teams go through all their players the game will end in a tie.  Should the teams be an uneven number the shoot out will only go as far as the team with the fewest players.  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 the teams will continue sending shooters till one team wins.  The teams may repeat player once the team with the fewest players has gone through their entire roster.)  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) team with higher number of goal scorers
  • 4) goals for vs. goals against. 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 four 3 minute shifts per game. If player is being benched for disciplinary reasons the coach must inform that player?s 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 opponent?s 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. The exception to this is if it occurs in the player?s defensive zone. Goalies may only glove the ball while they are in the goal crease. Violation may result in 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 to correct equipment problem which may affect safety of player, such as a broken or knocked off helmet. Clock will be stopped while correction is made.

Icing - icing will not be called

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 ball will be placed at closest circle to where ball left playing surface. If after penalty or off-sides, ball will be placed at circle in offending teams zone. Face-offs following any other stoppage in play, including three minute bench changes will be at circle closest to area where it was when play stopped.


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.


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