Rules of the Game

Basic rules
  • Shoulder to shoulder contact only.
  • No stick to stick interference.
  • The ball cannot be played with the stick above your knee.
  • Cant’ swing stick above waist.
  • No dribbling the ball with your feet. Only one touch with the foot is allowed between touches with your stick.
  • You may not pass to a teammate with your foot.
  • No playing your stick between an opponent’s legs.
  • The ball cannot be played with your head or hands.
  • No jumping to play the ball.
  • No playing the ball without your stick.
  • Can’t play the ball when lying down.

Free Hits

When a penalty occurs the other team is awarded a free hit at the location of the foul. Free hits are often a chance for a set play and a great scoring opportunity.

  • Play starts when offense hits the ball.
  • Ball does not always have to be in exact spot of foul if does not affect play.
  • Referee will spot the ball when close to the opposing goal.


  • Must pass to a teammate or shoot at the goal.
  • May not dribble it out on your own.
  • Must strike the ball, no dragging or lifting the ball.
  • Does not have to wait for defense to get ready.


  • Players must immediately take up a position 3m (9.8 feet) away from the ball- including your stick.
  • Players may form a defensive wall.

Hit Ins

A hit-in is given to the non-offending team when the ball leaves the rink. The offending team is considered to be the team whose player, or player’s equipment, last touched the ball before it left the rink.

Hit Ins or Free Hits are not taken behind the imaginary extensions of the goal lines, instead they are moved to the nearest corner face-off dot.

Goalie Rules

  • Only the goalie can touch the ball with his hands.
  • No field players in the goalie crease.
  • No obstructing the goalies throw outs
  • Can’t pass the ball back to the goalie.
  • Field players must avoid hitting goalie with their stick.

Substitution Rules

  • Substitutions are open like in hockey.
  • Shifts should be short, less than a minute
  • The player leaving the court should be touching the bench before the substitute can enter the court