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Unihoc Rules

The Court

  • The goal line will be at 1 metre forward of the wall to allow play to continue all around the goal.
  • The goal area will measure 1.5 metres in a semi-circle forward of the centre of the goal line.
  • Neither players nor sticks are permitted within the goal area.
  • A defender who deliberately enters the goal area or allows his stick into the goal area or plays the puck inside the goal area will concede a Penalty.
  • An attacking player who deliberately enters the goal area, allows his stick or plays the puck within the area will concede a Free Stroke. No goal can be scored by an attacking team if a member of that team has entered the goal area.
  • Where the puck comes to rest in the goal area without a goal having been scored, there will be a Free Stroke given to the defending team from the edge of the goal area.
  • The goal will be approximately 1 metre wide.


The Players

  • Teams will consist of four boys.
  • The game is played without a goalkeeper.
  • The squad may comprise up to 7boys.
  • Substitutions are not permitted during a game except in case of serious injury.


The Game

  • The game starts with a bully off, between 2 players, at the middle of the court.
  • After each break the game will restart with a bully off from the nearest place to where the game was stopped. In the event of a goal being scored the game will restart with a bully off from the middle of the court.
  • All players must be in their own half of the court when the game starts, or restarts following a goal.
  • The duration of each match will be set once the number of team entries is confirmed and will be announced shortly before the first match.


Playing the Puck

  • A player must have both hands on the stick when the puck is played.
  • Both sides of the stick head may be used to pass, shoot and dribble with the puck.
  • A player may shoot for goal from any position on the court.
  • Players may NOT raise the stick head above waist height. A player who does so will concede a Free Stroke to the opponents' team.
  • A player may not throw the stick to hit the puck. A player who does throw his stick will concede a Free Stroke to the other team.
  • A player may not hit or otherwise propel the puck if he is lying on the floor. A player who does so will concede a Free Stroke.
  • A player may not deliberately stop the puck with hand, foot or any other part of the body.
  • The puck may be passed in any direction. There is no "off-side".
  • The puck may be played off both side and end walls.
  • The puck must be kept below head height.
  • In cases where there are no side walls or end walls, a Free Stroke will be awarded against the team which put the puck out of play, from the point where the puck went out.


Obstruction

  • No bodily contact is permitted, thus players may not push, pull or hold up any other player.
  • Players may not impede or trip their opponents either bodily or with their sticks.
  • A player who commits violent or serious foul play under either of the above rules will be sent off for the remainder of the game.
  • Where players are sent off for a less serious offence they may be sent off for a limited period.


Moving the Goal

  • Where a defending player deliberately moves the goal from its correct position whilst the puck is in play that player will concede a penalty.


Free Strokes & Penalties

  • When a Free Stroke has been awarded it must be taken from the place where the foul was committed.
  • Members of the team against which the Free Stroke is awarded must not stand nearer the puck than 2 metres.
  • A goal can be scored directly from a Free Stroke except where no.4 below applies.
  • Where a Free Stroke is awarded within 2 metrres of the goal area, it will be taken from a point 2 metres from the edge of the goal area allowing defenders between the goal and the player taking the Free Stroke. A goal cannot be scored directly in this case.
  • A Penalty must be taken 5 metres from the goal line.
  • All players must be behind the Penalty spot.
  • Following a Penalty the puck is deemed out of play if a goal is not scored. The defending side take a Free Stroke from the goal line at the side of the goal area.


Miscellaneous

  • Players must wear trainers with non-marking soles.
  • Shin pads must be worn by all players.
  • Teams that arrive more than 15 minutes late will concede any matches that should have been played before their arrival.
  • Teams must be on the pitch ready to start a match within 30 seconds of the previous match finishing, or the match may be conceded.


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