Rule Changes

CBF Rulebook (2021-2023)

2021-23 Rule Changes

1) CHAPTER TWO – EQUIPMENT – Add: “The CBF must approve all new equipment that will enhance the performance of a player to ensure it is safe and meets all safety standards (i.e. Brooms, shoes but not limited to other items).  The CBF must have a minimum of 60 days to research and approve new items.”

 2) Article 28 e)  – Change to read: “Hand protection is mandatory. Gloves must be padded.  Padding must be equal to or greater than the padding contained in commercially produced broomball gloves and contain no external hard plastic. The hockey glove shall be permitted.

3) Article 60 b) – Change to read: “The face-off shall be official, and the ball considered in play, only once it has come into contact with the ice surface” (removed “without bouncing”)

4) Appendix C – Tie-Breaking System – Changed to read:

Note: In the case of a multi-team tie, if after the application of the tie breaking procedure, in the order listed, a single team is determined to have a “highest standing”, that team shall be deemed to have the highest ranking not yet assigned and all remaining teams shall return to the first tie breaking procedure to break the tie between remaining teams.

If after the application of the tie breaking procedure, in the order listed, all but one single team is determined to have a “highest standing”, the team not having “highest standing” shall be deemed to have the lowest ranking not yet assigned and all remaining teams shall return to the first tie breaking procedure to break the tie between remaining teams.

Procedure 1

The team that has the most points based on two points for a win and 1 point for a tie, (where applicable) considering games between the teams implicated in the tie, shall receive the higher standing.  See APPENDIX E, EXAMPLE #1.

Procedure 2

If equality persists, the team that has the greater difference in goals for and against, considering games between teams implicated in the tie shall receive the higher standing.  See APPENDIX E, EXAMPLE #2.

Procedure 3

If equality persists, the team that has most points, based on two points for a win and 1 point for tie (where applicable), between teams implicated in the equality, in comparison with the highest team in the standing, shall receive the higher standing.  If equality still persists, the same shall be made with the second place team in the standings, and so on. See APPENDIX E, EXAMPLE #3.

Procedure 4

If equality remains after applying procedure 3, a comparison of difference in goals for and against, between teams implicated in the equality, and considering the highest team in the standings, shall receive the higher standing.  If equality still persists, the same comparison shall be made with the second place team in the standings, and so on, if necessary.  See APPENDIX E, EXAMPLE #4 and #5.

Procedure 5

If equality remains an 8 minute period shall be imposed on the teams involved in order to achieve a final standing.  Teams play 3 vs 3 plus goalie.  If equality still persists after 8 minutes, 18 minute sudden death period(s) shall be imposed until a winner is declared.  See APPENDIX E, EXAMPLE #6 and #7.

Procedure 6

If a multi-team tie persists, the team that has scored the fastest goal, considering all the games played during procedure 5, shall receive the higher standing.  See APPENDIX E, EXAMPLE #8.

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.