The Gas City Ball hockey League adheres to the game rules as set out by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association and the Alberta Ball Hockey Association. The Association may from time to time strength these rules as determined by the Referee in Chief and the Technical Director and approved by the Board of Directors. The complete standard rule book as released by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association is available from the Referee in Chief or the Technical Director upon request. The following is a summary of the basic rules as posted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association and the Alberta Ball Hockey Association.
The object of the game quite simply is to strike the ball with the hockey stick and knock it into the opponent's hockey net (6 feet wide x 4 feet high, 1.83 m x 1.22 m) Typically a low-bounce type of ball is used. For added safety, hockey gloves and helmets are recommended, and in fact are mandatory for play in our league.
Any size or type of non-slip flooring can be used as a playing field. In Canada, most of our leagues operate in hockey arenas or gymnasiums. All CBHA provincial, regional and national events are held in full sized hockey arenas (generally around 200 feet long x 85 feet wide, 60.96 m x 25.91 m). When played on the surface of a hockey rink, six players, including the goalie, compete against the opposing team's six players. Extra players are usually kept on each bench, outside the playing surface, and interchanged with the six on the floor either during play or at a stoppage of play.
When played on smaller surfaces, fewer players can be used during play. In its simplest form, the game can be played without floor markings and few rules. However, in organized competition regular ice hockey floor markings are used, including goal lines, goal creases, blue lines, center line, face-off circles and neutral zone face-off dots.The following are additional rules:
Floating Blue Line Rule
Games may vary in length, but are generally played with either two or three periods of equal time, example 10 or 15 minute periods. Where a time clock is available, there is a stoppage in play, after a goal, penalty, offside, icing, ball out of play, or goaltender holding the ball for more than a few seconds. If a clock is not available, or the time available to play is limited, running time periods may be used, for example three 15 minute periods.
Gas City Ball Hockey typically uses 20 minute stop time periods for all divisions U8 and up.
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