JAM rules for Floor Hockey - Court 4's (Men's)


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 Floor Hockey – Court 4’s (Men’s)

There is only one format of Men’s Floor Hockey Court 4’s under JAM Rules. It is described in its entirety below.  

 

Game Time

All Floor Hockey games are approximately 55 minutes in length. Please arrive early to ensure you get the full use of your allotted arena time. Regardless of when your game begins, your game will always end on time to allow the succeeding games to begin at their scheduled time.

Time Keeping: If you’re playing without an official score clock, the JAM Ambassador on site will be keeping track of time and will determine the end of your game. In this instance, you will receive a warning indicating the final five (5) minutes of your game and a final signal for the end of your game. Once the final signal occurs your game is over.

Halftimes: There is no stoppage for halftime unless requested by one of the teams. If a half-time is requested, then it must be accommodated by the opposing team.

Switching Sides: If one side of a venue has a potential advantage (i.e. stage at one end, etc.), teams should agree BEFORE the game that they will be switching sides at approximately the mid-point of the game (and agree on the time to switch). A captain that requests a switch pre-game MUST be accommodated.

 

Players

Teams are comprised of four (4) players on the court at a time. A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad by 10 minutes after the official start time.

Defaults: A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad of a minimum of 4 players 10 minutes after the official start time

Exceptions: Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum people but this should be decided before the game starts. IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!

 

Playing Area

For all formats of JAM Floor Hockey, the net and court will always be set up for you when you arrive. All gymnasiums will vary in size, so the dimensions of the playing area will vary per location.

 

Equipment/Set Up

Equipment including nets, goalie masks, sticks and balls will be provided and set-up each week.  It is the TEAM'S responsibility to bring any additional goalie protective gear. Teams should bring both light and dark coloured shirts to each and every game.  There are two types of balls available to play with “Hard” and “Soft”.  The official ball of JAM Floor Hockey is the ‘Hard” ball.  Teams may choose to play with the “Soft” ball if both sides agree. The “Hard” ball bounces much less and we have found results in a cleaner game with more control and less hacking.

 

Uniforms

Teams are required to bring both light and coloured shirts to every game. Team colours are posted on the JAM website in your schedule. If two teams have the same colour the team captains should contact each other to ensure that each team knows what colour to wear.

Defaults: There is no default for players that don’t wear the right colour. However, that player must do everything they can to ensure it’s not confusing for the opposition. Whether this means wearing a pinny, a hat, a teammate’s shirt, etc. Under no circumstances can a player purposely deceive the opposition.

 

Floor Hockey 101

The following outlines the basis of the rules of Men’s Floor Hockey Court 4’s Programs:

 

General Rules:

 

Goalies:

 

 Goalie Crease:

 
Making Calls:

It is extremely important that all players (especially team captains) make the appropriate calls for infractions and illegal plays. Every high-stick, goal crease violation, roughing, pushing, etc, should be called and play should be stopped. However, if there is an infraction, the offensive player has the option to call “Play on”, at which point there will be no stoppage. Only players that are currently on the court at the time of an infraction may make a call.

 

Regular Season Matches

Games can be tied during the regular season.

 

Playoffs Eligibility and Tiebreak

There must be a winner in a playoff match. In the event that the match ends in a tie, teams will partake in the following tie-breaker until a winner is determined:

In the playoffs, a game that is tied at the end of regulation time is decided by a breakaway shootout. Three players on each team will participate, with a minimum of 1 male and 1 female taking part. If it is still tied after 3 shots for each team, teams continue taking shots until one team scores and the other does not score (sudden death). After the initial round of 3 shooters, anyone may shoot; players may be re-used in the shootout during sudden death. For the shootout, the ball will be played from the centre dot and players stickhandle in towards the goalie. Once the ball has made contact with the goalie or net/post, the shooter may no longer make contact with the ball (i.e. no rebound goals allowed). Please note that playoff games should only be 50 minutes in length in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie.

 

Rough Play

Any rough or physical play will result in immediate expulsion from further league play and may result in a lifetime league expulsion. Please see the JAM General Policy for our official guidelines on this subject. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play.  This rule supersedes all others. 

Please note that on-site staff members have full autonomy when supervising games. Games may be stopped entirely, players may be asked to leave the playing area or be removed from the game entirely under their discretion.

 

Alcohol

There are absolutely no alcoholic beverages permitted on JAM property. Any offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No exceptions.