ESSC League Policies

Ball Hockey Rule Book

Last Updated: June, 2021

Summer 2021 Rule Updates

Goalies and Player Minimums– Removed the rule stating that female goalies may not count towards the player minimums.

Shoot Out Order – In the event of a shoot out:

  • 3 different players from each team will shoot, 1 of which must be female
  • If the score is still tied after 3 shooters, teams will alternate shooters until the tie is broken (sudden death, per pair of shooters)
  • After the initial 3 shooters, any player on the team can shoot in any given round (teams can repeat shooters)


Fall 2020 Rule Updates

Hockey Gloves – Glove up! You are now allowed to wear your Ice/Ball Hockey and Lacrosse gloves if you feel like adding some extra protection for your hands. Just make sure you don’t drop them, because fighting is definitely not allowed!

Goalie Creases – Alright goalies, we are allowing you to leave your tight space; you are free! You now have free reign and can leave your crease to play the ball.

Extra Attacker –  Moving forward, teams have the option to pull their goaltender for an extra player (can be any gender) in an attempt to even the score!

Short-handed Plays – Moving forward, you can expect more short-handed plays and scoring opportunities. We have removed the confusing lingo and simplified it for everyone involved.

High Sticking – The definition of a high-stick remains the same, but you will no longer be called for a high-sticking infraction that is not part of the play. Get ready to celebrate that goal!

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