Special Hockey Rules

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The Valencia SNAP Flyers observe the following American Special Hockey Association Rules

PLEASE NOTE: Some of these rules differ from traditional USA Hockey rules to allow for special needs considerations

1. Players 

  1. Each team may have five (5) skaters plus one (1) goaltender on the ice during play.
  2. In addition, one (1) or more “roamers” may be on the ice during play with both coaches in agreement. 
  3. Roaming players can, but are not required to utilize “pushers” for balance. 
  4. There is no limit to the number of players a team has on its roster for a game. 
  5. All National and Regional tournaments and Festivals will consist of various divisions based on skill levels (A, B, C) 

 2. Play 

  1. There are no icings or off sides.
  2. Slap shots are not allowed. A whistle is blown and a face-off occurs as USA Hockey rules dictate.
  3. Play is non-checking and only incidental contact is allowed. 

3. Time 

  1. Advanced Division (Senior Division) – Play is three (3), fifteen (15) minute running time periods. 
  2. Change on the fly or at the stoppage of play (whistle) at the discretion of the referee. 
  3. Beginner Division (Junior Division) – Play is three (3), fifteen (15) minute running time periods. 
  4. Horn or whistle blows every three (3) minutes to allow for line changes.

4. Penalties 

  1. Penalties are issued for tripping, holding, roughing and un-sportsmanlike behavior.
  2. Penalties will result in a penalty shot.
  3. Non-offending team may elect to have player serve a two (2) minute penalty in addition to penalty shot.
  4. Players exhibiting aggressive behavior must serve a two (2) minute penalty.
  5. Coach of non-offending team may choose any player to take the penalty shot.
  6. An unlimited number of shots are allowed on a penalty shot. Referee blows whistle at his/her discretion.