FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does it start?
The summer 2014 season is going on right now. The fall 2014 season will begin in early September. Inquire now if you are interested in starting your own team or if you are interested in joining an existing team.
Is there a referee?
Yes. Games are officiated by one referee. Please be courteous and respectful to the referees. (We're always looking for good, reliable people to officiate games. If you're interested, let us know. Experience is preferred but not required. Pay is $15 per game.)
Yes! The first time you play in the league, you'll get a t-shirt in your team's color. That's included in what you pay. If at any time you want an extra shirt, or if you switch teams and need a new one in that color, we can give you a new one for $5 each. (That's less than what they cost, but we want to encourage people to wear them, and $5 is a nice simple number.)
What kind of equipment do I need?
You'll want to use either a real ice hockey stick or a real street hockey stick, not a half-sized plastic phys-ed stick. Any type of stick blade is fine (e.g., plastic, wood, fiberglass). Eyewear and shin pads are MANDATORY. For eyewear, any type of eyewear is fine. For about $7 you can get a pair of hunting/rifle safety glasses at Walmart. For shin pads, practically anything is acceptable. Soccer shin pads are probably ideal, but you can wear the big roller hockey ones, too, if you want. Everything else (e.g., mouthguard, gloves) is completely optional.
What kind of equipment do goalies need?
Goalies are encouraged to wear ice hockey goalie pads or lighter-weight street hockey goalie pads. The essentials are: helmet, chest protector, leg pads, goalie stick, blocker, and glove. Other things like elbow pads and padded pants are optional. If you have pro stuff, awesome! If not, don't worry—nobody will complain if you throw together a mismatched kit or use a baseball glove or that sort of thing (and you probably won't get as hot under all those pads).
Puck or ball?
Ball. Specifically, the red Mylec street hockey balls, which are so far the best combination we've found of firmness and (relatively) low-bounciness.
What's the game format?
4 on 4 out on the floor, plus goalies. 25-minute running time per half, with a couple of minutes for halftime but not much. This being a coed league, there needs to be at least one female out on the floor for each team at all times. Note: teams are welcome to have a female goalie, but that does not satisfy the one-female-out-on-the-floor requirement.
How many players are on a team?
That's up to the teams. We suggest 8 to 10. If you are forming a team, remember: you need to have a goalie and you want enough women on your team so that you don't have to play shorthanded if for whatever reason some of your women can't make it on a given week. Remember that people get sick, travel for work, or have other schedule conflicts. Plus, you want to have substitutes! Floor hockey is fast-paced. You will get tired if you have no subs!
Our regular goalie is sick, out of town, etc.—can we borrow a goalie?
Yes, under certain circumstances. It's no fun for anyone if a team shows up on a given week without a goalie. For that reason, teams are allowed to ask a goalie from another team to play for them for that game. Arranging this is the responsibility of the team, not the league or the referee. If you find yourself in this position, you must let the opposing captain know before the start of the game. You may borrow a goalie only when you genuinely have no other option.
Is there an age minimum or an age limit?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to play. We have people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s in this league.
What are the playing rules?
The short version: no icing, no offsides (except on face-offs), no slapshots, no high sticks, no stick lifting, no rough contact, and certainly no checking. (In terms of body-to-body contact, the intent of this league is closer to basketball than it is to ice hockey.) For a full explanation of league rules and policies, see the link at the bottom of this page.
How much does it cost?
The summer 2014 season consists of 9 weeks of regular season games plus one week of playoffs for ten total games. It is $725 per team for the season. We do team fees instead of individual fees, so that teams can have some control over the per-person cost. (If you have a big team, then obviously you'll pay less per person, but you'll get less playing time. If you have a small team, then you'll pay more per person, but you'll get more playing time.) Each team submits ONE check for their team fee, due on the first night of the season. Each team needs to pick a captain, and it is the captain's responsibility to collect the money from everyone on the team and then turn in one check for the team.
Are you still looking for people?
We are ALWAYS looking for people. If we're about to start a season, we can probably find a place for you on one of the teams. If we're in the middle of a season, we can add you to the waitlist. Either way, let us know and we'll figure something out.