Broomball Rules

GENERAL RULES

  1. Three ten-minute periods of running time constitute a game. There will be two minutes between periods.
  2. Conduct of teams must be above reproach. Team captains must set examples of fair play and sportsmanship.
  3. Any display of anger or roughing will result in automatic expulsion of the offender for the duration of the game and after review of the incident by the intramural coordinator, may result in permanent expulsion.
  4. Ball is put in play by a face-off at center court.  The two players making the face-off will stand with both feet and body squarely facing the opponent’s end of the rink with the tips of the brooms on the surface and approximately 24" apart. The ball will be placed on the face-off between the two brooms. Play will commence when the referee blows the whistle.
  5. If the ball leaves the rink for any reason, the team causing the ball to leave the rink will lose possession of the ball and a player on the opposite team will put the ball in play by passing the ball in from the side of the rink at the point where it left. The broom must be used to pass the ball into play and no defensive player may position himself within 15 feet of the player putting the ball in play.
  6. A score cannot be made by a direct pass in unless the ball touches another player offensive or defensive other than the goalie.
  7. The team that wins the contest shall be given two points. In case of a tie score, the game will end in a tie with both teams receiving one point.

Penalties

Minor

  1. Failure to drop broom immediately when broken.
  2. Interference with an opponent not playing the ball. NOTE: Waving arms in front of the goalkeeper by an opponent is interference.
  3. Pushing, charging, or body checking an opponent into the side or goal cages.
  4. Penalty time for a minor is two minutes.
  5. ALL MINOR PENALTIES WILL LEAVE THAT TEAM SHORTHANDED UNTIL THEIR TIME IS UP OR A GOAL IS SCORED.

Major

  1. Any flagrant minor penalties (a flagrant foul is determined by the official and usually shows intent).
  2. Charging into, roughing with, or any other foul against the goalkeeper while goalkeeper is inside his goal cage.  PENALTY TIME FOR MAJOR IS FIVE MINUTES!!
  3. ALL MAJOR PENALTIES PLAYER WILL SERVE THE FULL FIVE MINUTES!!

GAME MISCONDUCT

Fighting, slugging with fists, broom kicking or attempting to do so will be penalized with the player or players involved being removed for the remainder of the game.  They will not be allowed to participate in any further games in broomball or any other intramural sport that runs during the broomball season.

FORFEITURE OF GAME

Refusal to obey decision of the referee.

PENALTY SHOT

A penalty shot will be awarded when an opponent throws his broom to prevent a goal or a defensive player (other than goalie) freezes the ball in the crease. The penalty shot will be taken as follows: The ball will be set ten (10) feet in front of the goal and the player attempting the shot may stand stationary and shoot the ball or run up to the ball and shoot. There will be no playing off the rebound. This shot is between the player and the goalie only. During the penalty shot, the goalkeeper must remain inside the goal crease (not more than four (4) feet in front of the goal line). Any player from the offended team may take the penalty shot.     

DELAY OF GAME

No player will intentionally delay the game by throwing or hitting the ball out of the rink or commit any other act from an obvious purpose of stalling.

  • First Offense – Warning
  • Second Offense – Minor Penalty
  • Third Offense – Game Misconduct

TURN OVER PENALTY

Attempting to or playing the ball above shoulders with broom (high broom), catching, throwing, batting, kicking the ball, goalkeeper throwing overhand, leaving feet to play on opponent (the latter not flagrant), failure to have both hands on broom handle at all times except goalie.  All these will result in the other team gaining possession of the ball at the spot, with a free hit.

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

  1. All brooms will be of the cane straw type with wooden handles. The straw end of the wooden handle may be taped if desired. The straw end, if taped, may only be taped down half of the straw end.
  2. No devices for a player’s protection will be worn which are liable to cause injury to another player. Shin pads, if worn, must be worn beneath clothing. Hockey head gear is permissible to be worn by all players.
  3. Hockey gloves can be worn by all players.
  4. The goalkeeper equipment will be the same as any other players, except he can wear a hockey goalie’s mask.

TEAM PLAYERS

  1. A team will consist of six players.
  2. A team must have a minimum of four players to start a game.
  3. The team roster must have a minimum of seven and a maximum of 12 players.
  4. Team Rosters/Hold Harmless must be turned in at the organizational meeting; otherwise the team will not be admitted into a league.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Substitutions may enter the game on any dead-ball situations.

CHOICE OF ENDS

The teams will change ends at the beginning of each subsequent regular period. If conditions are more favorable at one end of the court, the third period will be divided in the middle.

ROSTERS/HOLD HARMLESS

DUE PRIOR TO FIRST CONTEST (maximum 12)

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