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Mofo Hockey utilizes the standard rules of USA Hockey (as apply to a non-ice surface and without skates of any kind). Additionally, we have modified the rules to suit our needs. The exceptions and modifications are below (subject to change throughout the season, as needed).

Standard USA Hockey rules can be found here.

MOFO HOCKEY LEAGUE RULES (in addition to or in exception to USA HOCKEY rules)


a. Anyone found fighting before, during or after a game or at any Mofo Hockey sanctioned or sponsored event will be immediately expelled from the league permanently.

b. Players assessed a game misconduct penalty must leave the rink, the playing area and benches immediately. Their personal effects must be delivered to them by their teammates either over the rink fence or after the game. Game misconduct penalties carry with them an automatic one game suspension (per USA Hockey rules).

c. There is no body checking allowed. A minor, major, or major and game misconduct will be assessed for checking.

d. Any player assessed 3 or more penalties in a game gets a game ejection for that current game. Any player ejected from 3 games in a season is given a game misconduct, and will be suspended for the next regularly scheduled game of the player’s team. Any player ejected from 4 games in a season is suspended for the rest of the season, including playoffs.

e. Any team that is assessed 10 or more penalties in a game forfeits that game, with the score being 0 for the team that forfeits, and 1 or as many goals that were scored by the non-forfeitting team at the time of the forfeit, which ever is greater.


a. OFF SIDES When entering the attacking zone the standard USA Hockey rules regarding (touch-up) off sides apply. However, once the ball has legally entered the attacking zone, the red line (which bisects the rink) will be the determining line for off sides. Once the ball crosses the far side of the red line then the blue line will be re-established as the determining line for off sides.

b. ICING Icing will be enforced as per USA Hockey rules, except that it will be determined by the defensive zone blue line (rather than the red line as per USA HOCKEY).

c. ENTERING THE RINK If a player arrives to the game after the game has begun, he or she must wait until a stoppage (whistle) before entering the playing surface to go to his or her bench. If any player enters the playing surface from anywhere but their team’s bench or legally from the penalty bench areas, their team will be assessed a bench minor penalty for illegal substitution.

d. PLAYING TIME Each regular season game will consist of three periods of 20 minutes each (running clock), with the clock stopped at stoppages during the last two minutes of the game if the score is within 2 goals and not tied. The penalty clock will be stopped clock.


i. If a game is tied after regulation then a 5 minute running clock sudden death overtime period will be played with 4 players and a goalie per team, in which the first team to score ends the game.

ii. If a game is tied after OT, then a 3 shooter shoot out will ensue, with the home team choosing to shoot first or second. The teams will defend the same goal as they defended in the OT.

iii. If the game is tied after the 3 shooter shoot out, then individual rounds of shoot out will ensue until there is a winner. No player may be repeated in the shoot out line-up until all players, except the goalies, have taken a turn in the shoot out.

iv. After taking a turn in the shoot out players will line up in chronological order along the side boards outside of their bench and out of the way of the shoot out, so that the refs may keep track of the shoot out order.

4. ROSTERS/PLAY OFFS/STANDINGS Teams will be ranked for standings/seedings and play offs according to the following criteria.

a. Teams will be credited 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an OT win and 1 point for an OT loss.

b. Teams will be ranked in the regular season according to:

i. most points, and if tied for points;

ii. winner of most head-to-head games between teams tied in the standings, and if tied;

iii. most wins in the regular season, and if tied;

iv. highest goal differential between tied teams in games contested between those teams, and if tied;

v. least goals against between tied teams in games contested between those teams, and if tied;

vi. coin toss, conducted by the league manager.

c. The play off schedule will be determined by the League Manager by standard, accepted means, in which at least the teams finishing first through eighth place in the regular season standings will participate. After each round of the playoffs the advancing teams will be reseeded according to their regular season standings. The highest seeded team in each playoff game will be the “home” team.

d. In the playoffs and final/championship games if the game is tied after regulation then 20 minute running clock 5-on-5 plus goalie sudden death overtime periods will ensue, with teams switching playing sides after each period, until one team scores and a winner is determined.

e. Team captains may alter their team rosters at anytime during the season up until the start of the last game of the regular season. Teams may have a maximum of 18 active non-goalie players and 2 goalies on their roster. All players must be registered (see, and any team playing with non-registered players will forfeit their game. Captains must immediately notify the League Manager about any changes in their rosters.

f. A player may play for only one team in the Mofo League. If a player switches teams, they must wait 8 days from the time they notify both teams’ captains before they can begin playing on a new team, unless the League Manager makes an exception due to extenuating circumstances.


a. The home team chooses which bench they will use. Teams begin the game defending the goal nearest to their bench. The home team is the first team listed in the game schedule (found at

b. Teams switch playing sides after each period, except in regular season over time (OT).

c. Teams keep the same bench throughout the game, unless a switch is agreed to by BOTH captains, OR unless the officials determine that one bench has a distinct advantage over the other.

d. In a shoot-out, the home team decides which team will shoot first.

e. Should both teams have the same or similar color uniform such that players or officials have difficulty distinguishing them from one another, the away team must wear a different, contrasting colored uniform. Captains are responsible for preparing their teams prior to games so that they’re properly uniformed.


a. All goalies must wear full goalie gear including a helmet, full facial protection (full cage), chest protector, blocker, catching glove, protective pants, and leg pads. They are allowed to use all equipment which is allowed by the USA HOCKEY rules (except skates).

b. All non-goalie players must wear eye protection. They may wear any eye protection of their choosing, including certified safety glasses/goggles, sports glasses/goggles, lacrosse cage, and helmet with full cage or any device which fully covers the eyes and does not contradict the rules.

i. In any game if a player is found to not be wearing eye protection, then at the next stoppage the player will given a verbal warning, and;

ii. if if the same game the player is again found to not be wearing eye protection the player will be assessed a misconduct penalty, and;

iii. if in the same game the player is yet again found to not be wearing eye protection the player will be assessed a game misconduct penalty.

c. All players must wear protective gloves which fully cover and protect their fingers and hands. Upon observing a player without protective gloves, the referee will at the next stoppage warn the player and remove the player from the playing surface. The player may not return to the game until they are wearing protective gloves.

d. All players are allowed to wear any protective equipment which is allowed by the rules of USA HOCKEY, except skates of any kind. The use of helmets with cages, shin guards, elbow guards and other protective equipment is encouraged.


a. Any player who is not on the playing surface of the rink (ie. is on any of the benches or outside of the playing surface) may ask the score keeper for time remaining or an explanation, clarification or interpretation of rules at any time, so long as the discourse is civil and so long as the request does not disrupt the time keeper from performing his or her duties.


The League Manager has the authority to make rulings in respect to all aspects of the league, playing rules, players and teams, including, but not limited to, expulsion of individuals from the league who are deemed violent or dangerous. The League Manager’s rulings are final and not subject to appeal. For the current season the League Manager will be Hector Melendez.


— the blue line is the determining edge for off-sides when entering the attacking zone, and once the zone has been gained, then the red line becomes the determining edge; once the ball clears the attacking zone, the blue line is again the determining edge

— players must wear some kind of eye protection (safety glasses, sports glasses, helmet with a cage, etc.), and protective sports gloves (hockey gloves, lacrosse gloves, etc.)

— any player assessed three penalties in one game will get a game ejection from that game (ie. 3 minors, 2 minors and a major, 2 minors and a misconduct, etc.)

— any team assessed ten or more penalties in one game will forfeit that game


1. Stick checking is allowed (as per USA HOCKEY rules).
2. The league is co-ed, but there is no gender quota.
3. Attackers cannot be in the crease UNLESS the ball is already in the crease.
4. Slapshots are allowed.
5. A high stick is a stick that is raised or carried above the shoulder.
6. Possession is never given to a team – all stoppages are followed by a face-off.
7. There is no limit to the height at which the ball can travel, so long as it doesn’t strike any obstructions or leave the rink.

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