Street hockey can be played by anyone, anywhere, anytime. You can play one on one, or 10 on 10! This list of rules and regulations was found on NHL.com and should only be used as a general guide. Most kids make up their own rules anyway!
Take some time to read these street hockey rules and regulations. Street hockey is the hottest sport around and you'll definitely want to be a part of the action.
1. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME:
Shoot the puck into the other team's net. Not as simple as is sounds. Street hockey requires stamina, stickhandling skill, and pinpoint passing between teammates.
2. THE PLAYING SURFACE:
Street hockey can be played on almost any indoor or outdoor surface. Empty parking lots, net-less tennis courts, blacktop playgrounds, basketball courts, and indoor gyms can all become street hockey rinks.
3. TEAM PLAYERS:
To play street hockey, you must have 12 players in the game at any given time (6 per team). The positions are 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen and 1 Goalie. Since running is such a big part of the game, you'll need a lot of players to stay fresh. Sixteen players per team is probably best, giving you three lines of forwards and three lines of defenders, plus one goalie.
There are 3 forwards on a line: center (C), right wing (RW) and left wing (LW).
(C) Center - The center usually leads the forward line when attacking the opponent's goal to score. The center also sets up plays for his teammates to score goals in the opposing zone and take most of the face-offs.
(RW)(LW)Right Wing/Left Wing - The "wingers" play on the right or left side of the center. They cover their areas as the forward line enters and plays in the opposing zone. If you are a winger, you should always be looking for an open space, either ahead of the center to receive a pass or behind the center to send a pass.
Tip - The entire forward line is interchangeable. For example, if the center runs to the right side of the opposing zone to make a play, the right wing will take the center's place. Once the play is over, the forward line returns to its regular position.
(D)Defenders - The defenders usually play behind the forward line so that they can keep the ball in play in the opposing zone. This way, they can more easily defend their own goal when the play returns to their zone. There are two defenders, right defense and left defense.
(D)Right Defense/Left Defense - Like wingers, right and left defenders mainly cover their areas both in their opposing zone and their own zone. In their own zone, they stay close to the goal so that they can help defend the goal from the offense.
Tip - Like the forward line, defense positions are interchangeable.
(G)Goalie - The goalie's job is to stay in or near his goal area ("the crease") and stop the other team from scoring. A goalie does this by stopping the puck from entering the goal. He or she can kick it, catch it, grab it or bat it out of the way - just don't let it go past the goal line. The goalie usually plays the entire game and rarely moves away from his "crease."
Street hockey is played with street hockey sticks (usually a wooden shaft with a plastic blade) and either a plastic puck or no-bounce ball. This equipment is especially designed for street hockey and works best on playgrounds and gym floors. It's only slightly different from the equipment the pros use to play ice hockey. Your best bet is to wear comfortable sports clothes or jeans and a T-shirt with your equipment. You should wear athletic shoes that are good for the gym or the playground.
FORWARDS' & DEFENSEMEN'S GEAR - If you play forward or defense, you should wear elbow, knee and shin pads, a mouth guard, a protective cup and an approved protective helmet.
GOALIES' GEAR - Goalies are required to wear a helmet with a face mask, chest protector, blocker, catch glove and goalie shin pads. Goalie sticks are specially designed with a wider blade. Goalies should also wear a protective cup.
The referee is responsible for making sure the rules are followed by both teams. The "ref" starts the game and each period with a face-off. He calls all penalties, confirms all goals, and is the last word in any team disputes.
6. RECOMMENDED AGE GROUPS:
(Boys and Girls)
6-9 years (Mites)
10-11 years (Squirts)
12-13 years (Pee Wees)
14-16 years (Bantams)
*These are age group classifications designed by USA Hockey.
7. THE CLOCK:
You play for three 15-minute periods. The clock should continue to run even if play stops (this is called running time). There is a 3 to 5 minute break between each period.
8. TIME OUTS:
Each team gets 2 time outs. A time out lasts 1 minute. That's it. Just enough time to catch your breath and plan your next play to score. Time outs can only be called when the referee's whistle has stopped action.
9. LINE CHANGES:
Line changes should be made every 2-3 minutes. Players can change lines voluntarily (on-the-fly), or coaches or officials can call for a line change between plays. Both teams must change lines in the same manner (on-the-fly or coach/referee changes) for the entire game.
10. STARTING PLAY:
Time to FACE-OFF! Basically, there are three types of Face-Offs:
1. Standard Face-Off: Opposing centers face each other with their sticks one foot apart on the ground. Be ready because the ref is going to drop the puck and then it's HOCKEY TIME!
2. Stick-To-Stick Face-Off: Opposing centers face each other, sticks on the ground, the puck in between them. Tap the ground and then your opponent's stick three times (ground-stick, ground-stick, ground-stick), then go for the puck, because its HOCKEY TIME!
3. In-Bounding Face-Off: When the puck goes out-of-bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. Players on the defending team must stand at least 10 feet from the spot where the puck went out-of-bounds, then the inbounding team puts the puck back into play. The inbounding player must make a pass before a shot on goal is taken.
11. STOPPING PLAY:
Play stops after a goal, when the puck goes out of bounds, or when a penalty or infraction is called. When the referee blows the whistle, that means play stops. The following violations will stop play:
1. Knocking the puck into your opponent's goal with anything other than your stick (feet, hands, nose - or anything else).
2. Falling on the puck to stop play (unless you're the goalie).