Floor Hockey

Floor Hockey Rules

League Rules

Any issue that arises that is not covered in the league rules should be settled by the two team captains. The issue should then be brought to the attention of the rec league so information can be added to the league rules.


  • Although the WRL encourages participants to have a good time, alcohol and other controlled substances are not allowed at any sporting events. Any player found to be under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substances will be automatically ejected from the league.


  • The Rec League rents facilities in order to provide our leagues. Facilities are rented from the City and from privately owned facilities. Please respect the facilities so we can continue using them. If we lose our permits, the season will be cancelled.
    • No Outdoor Shoes in any facility.
    • No Marking Shoes.
    • Leave the gym the way you found it.


  • WRL will provide nets, balls, plastic sticks and a goalie mask for each team
  • Court shoes are the player’s responsibility. Players may also use their own sticks, however the only approved floor hockey stick is the Dom P-7 and the Dom Elite 9300 stick.
  • Players must wear appropriate court shoes.
  • The Rec League does not provide jerseys. Each player must bring a light and dark colored shirt. Team Captains will decide which team wears which color prior to the start of the game
  • Goalies need to provide their own equipment. Ice hockey pads and leather pads are not allowed.  Goalie stick shafts can be wood or plastic but blades MUST be PLASTIC. (Update Winter 2018)


  • Roster size is unlimited. All players must be registered with the league.
  • 4 players on the floor at all times plus a goalie. At least 2 players on the floor must be female. There is no minimum requirement for male players.  A female goalie does not count towards the 2 female minimum.
  • A minimum of 3 players on the floor plus a goalie and 2 players on the floor must be female to avoid a default loss. A default is posted as a 5-0 loss. A female goalie does not count towards the 2 female minimum.
  • If a team defaults they lose their default deposit. If a team defaults a second time they may be removed from the schedule.
  • The Rec League encourages teams of 8-10 players to avoid default.
  • If both Team Captains agree, the minimum requirement can be waived and the game be played and count towards the standings.
  • Teams should arrive at the gym at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to ensure games start on time. A game that starts late will be a short game; all games must end on time. No Exceptions.


  • All games are self-officiated. Players are responsible to make their own calls and keep their own score.
  • Teams must call their own penalties
  • Teams can call penalties on their own team, but cannot call a penalty on the opposition
  • Any reckless, aggressive, threatening or unsportsmanlike behaviour will result in being ejected from the game. If this behaviour is repeated the player will be ejected from the league. If this is a team wide issue, the entire team may be ejected from the league.
  • The League Coordinator has the right to:
    • Warn a player
    • Ask a player to sit out
    • Ask a player to leave the gym
    • Recommend to the league that a player or team be ejected or suspended from the league
  • Judgement calls by the Rec League Rep are final and should not be protested or argued under any circumstances. Players or teams that argue with the Rep will be subject to suspensions or ejection from the league.
    • No arguing with the Rec League Rep
    • No Swearing towards or at the Rec League Rep
    • No complaining
  • League Coordinators are not referees. They are there to supervise the games, keep the games running smooth and to ensure players are making the correct calls. They have the right to ask a player to sit out or leave the gym. If asked to do either, you must do so immediately.

Game Play

  • Games consist of two 24-minute halves and a 4-minute half time.
  • A 5- minute warm up will be available prior to the start of the game.
  • Games must start and end on time.
  • Ties in the regular season will remain a tie

Game Rules

  • Mercy Rule - Once a team has an 8 goal lead that is the final score. Teams should continue playing, but no more goals will count.
  • The entire gym is in play except any stairs, stage, curtain, bleachers etc.  If the ball leaves the playing surface a face-off will start the play at the nearest point to where it went out of bounds.
  • When the goalie has covered the ball he/she can either play the ball with their stick or drop the ball behind the net. The opposing team must give the player 3 seconds to put the ball in play.
  • A goal cannot be scored by kicking or throwing the ball.
  • Players must back off five feet from any player chasing the ball into the wall or in a corner. The player must also give three seconds for the player to play the ball.
  • If a team or player calls their own penalty, the player that committed the penalty must sit out for 2 minutes. However, the team does not have to play shorthanded. If the team or player does not make the call and the Rec League Rep is forced to make the call then the player that committed the penalty must sit out for 2 minutes and the team must play short 1 player for those two minutes.
  • The following actions result in a penalty
    • High Sticking: Players are not permitted to lift their stick above their waist at any time - 2 min penalty
    • Slashing/hooking/tripping - 2 min penalty
    • Goalies are not permitted to leave the crease - 2 min penalty
    • Reaching around a player when chasing them or hooking the stick - 2 min penalty
    • Reckless play - 2 min penalty
    • Aggressive play - 2 min penalty
    • Body contact - 2 min penalty
    • Any threatening or unsportsmanlike behaviour - Game ejection


  • All teams get two playoff games regardless of where you finish in the standings or the result of the first playoff game
  • The top four teams in each division will play for the division championship. All other teams play for the final standings
  • Ties in the playoffs will be settled using a shootout. Three shooters from each team and one must be female. Teams rotate shooting. The team that scores the most goals wins.
  • If the game is still tied after the shootout a sudden death shootout will take place. Three players and 1 must be female (can be the same or different players). If one team scores, the other team must score on that same turn. For example If Team 1 scores on their first attempt, then Team 2 must score or they lose. If Team 1 misses on their first attempt and Team 2 scores on their first attempt then Team 2 wins.

Game Scores

  • Both Team Captains should confirm the score with the Rec League Rep throughout the game and after the game to ensure an accurate final score.


  • This is a Rec League and we expect all players and teams to have a fun first attitude. To help enforce this style of play we ask all teams to report the sportsmanship rating of the opposing team after every game.
 +1 - Good, fun spirited team, respected their opposition and made the game enjoyable
0- Was not unsportsmanlike, but didn’t go out of their way to make the game enjoyable.
-1 - Was not a fun team to play. They made the game less enjoyable and did not respect the opposition


  • Teams that have an overall sportsmanship of less than +2 at the end of the season will be required to sit out one season before they can play again.


  • Registration fees are fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the season, minus a $10.00 administration fee. After this, the league assumes you have committed and all fees are non-refundable.
  • Defaulted deposits are refunded at the end of the season if your team has showed up to all games scheduled with the minimum requirement of players to not default the game and all other scheduled meetings including the equipment pick up and drop off meetings.

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