Rule Changes

2023-2025 Rule Changes


1) Article 49 j) - Overtime Period

ADD: “In the Mixed category, if the team in numerical disadvantage is penalized with a second (or additional) penalty (which will be delayed), this team sends a player on the playing surface, of the same sex as the second to last player to have been penalized, in order to remain at 2 against 3. When the penalty ends while another is delayed, the player who has finished his/her penalty must wait for a stoppage of play before leaving the penalty bench.”

2) Article 73 b) - Legal Contact

Change to read: “No Body Checking (Mixed, Masters and Senior Women’s Non-Checking Division) - any player who, in the opinion of the Official, intentionally bodychecks, bumps, shoves or pushes any opposing player.

Sanction: Minor penalty or, at the discretion of the Official, a Major penalty and a Game Misconduct. If a player is injured, a Major penalty and a Game Misconduct shall be assessed

When the offensive player is moving towards the defensive player, the defensive player may not hit the offensive player by going in the opposite direction of that player. The body contact must be as a result of the movement of the offensive player. There must be no action where the offensive player is pushed, checked or shoved into the boards. Where in the discretion of the Official, accidental contact has taken place, no penalty shall be assessed.

3) Article 101 - Delay of Game

ADD: h) 8th Specification: If a team commits three faults on the same face-off, it will be assigned a Bench Minor penalty for delaying the game. A player who has made a fault on a face-off cannot return to perform this same face-off.

4) Article 108 - Playing in Possession of Two Brooms

Change to read: “Definition: Any player in possession of more than one broom. A player may at no time have more than one broom in his/her hands while engaged in the play. Any player may pick up another broom and hand it off (from hand to hand) to another player.

Sanction: Minor penalty

a) The player picking up the second broom may not be involved in the play.

Sanction: Minor Penalty

b) If a player throws, pushes or kicks the broom to another player

Sanction: Minor Penalty 

5) Article 113 d) - Unsportsmanlike Conduct Towards the Officials

Change to read: “4th Specification: If the unacceptable behaviour is continued.

Sanction: Game Misconduct Penalty or Match Penalty (depending on severity).

6) Article 126 - High Broom

Change to read: Definition: The act of contacting an opponent above his/her normal shoulder level with one's broom (including stick on stick contact above the normal shoulder level) OR the act of contacting the ball with the broom above the normal shoulder height.

Sanction: Minor penalty

7) Article 130 - Fighting

Change to read: Definition: There is fighting when two players have a fistfight.

Sanction: Major penalty and Game Misconduct

a) 1st Specification: As well, it shall be determined if someone instigated the fighting.

Sanction: Major penalty and Game Misconduct

NOTE: An instigator is a player who, in word, or gesture, provokes or incites an opponent or hits him/her first.

b) 2nd Specification: As well, it shall be determined if there was an aggressor.

Sanction: Major penalty and Game Misconduct


New Nationals Policies:



  • Applicable only for the 2024 National Championships, for round robin games only: Five (5) minutes of overtime; if still tied, then it ends in a tie 
    • Points will be awarded for as follows:
    1. Regulation Time
      1. Winning Team - 2 points
      2. Losing Team - 0 points
    2. Overtime
      1. Winning Team - 2 points
      2. Losing Team - 0 points
      3. Tie - 1 point to each team
    • Article 49: Overtime Period d) The duration of each overtime period shall be [1] one five (5) minute stop time period for all round robin games or [2] as many 18 minutes period for all other championship games until a goal is scored.

Tuesday/Wednesday Start:

  • Applicable as of the 2024 National Championships, upon team registration:
    • should the number of teams require up to seventy six (76) ±4 (four) games for tournament play, the National Championship will have a Wednesday start.
    • Should the number of teams require up to one hundred and twelve (112) ±4 (four) games for tournament play, the National Championship will have a Tuesday start.

* To be re-evaluated on a rule change year

** The CBF Board is empowered to make policies and procedures or manage the affairs of the CBF in accordance with the the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and the CBF By-laws. 

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