Rule Changes


2017-19 Rule Changes

Article 23 – a)  The broom shall consist of a wooden, aluminum, carbon, composite or graphite handle (with a maximum circumference of 10 cm) that is commercially produced for Broomball and recognized by the Canadian Broomball Federation.  The shaft and the head must be made by the same manufacturer and must match as commercially produced.

Article 60 –   d) When a violation of the face-off procedure occurs and the officials can determine the violator or violators, the centre(s) of the offending team(s) will be replaced for the drop of the ball.  The player who causes the infraction shall not be allowed to take the face-off.

Article 61 –a) Following a stoppage of play, the face-off occurs in the territory of the player who caused the stoppage in play, except for a delayed penalty.  In such a case, the face-off will occur in the defensive zone of the last penalized player.

Article 81 – d)  If any player (including the goaltender) receives a major penalty with five minutes or less remaining in regulation or Overtime, he/she will be ejected from the game and suspended for the next scheduled sanctioned game.

Article 85 –d) A misconduct penalty awarded to any player (including the goaltender) during the last 5 minutes of regulation or overtime periods shall also automatically signify a game misconduct.

Article 117 – TRIPPING c) 3rd Specification:  Any player who puts his/her knee to the ice, or bends very low, in order to have an opponent trip over him/her (ie. Submarining).  Sanction: Minor or Major penalty (was previously 118 a).

Article 118  SLEW-FOOTING:  Definition:  Slew-footing is the act of a player or          goalkeeper using his/her leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him/her, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a  forward motion of his/her leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him/her.  Sanction:  Minor or Major penalty.

Article 119 – OBSTRUCTIVE FALL:  Definition:  Any deliberate fall of a player on the ice, whether to reach the ball or not, resulting in the fall of an opponent.

                     NOTE:  If in this gesture a player succeeds in reaching or taking away the ball from their opponent without causing the opponenet to fall, the penalty will not be assessed.  If this gesture causes the opponent to fall, the penalty will be assessed.

Sanction:  Minor or Major Penalty

Article 130 – FIGHTING:  i) 9th Specification:  When players belonging to the same team start a fight between themselvesSanction: Game Misconduct penalty (Formerly Article 130 FIGHTING BETWEEN TEAMMATES).

Article 131 – HEAD SHOT – Definition:  Any contact to the head of another player by using either a part of the body or equipment.   Sanction: Minor or Major penalty.