Results from Past Seasons
2015-2016 (Fall, Winter)
2014-2015 (Fall, Winter, Spring)
2014 (Summer)

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About UVFH

Upper Valley Floor Hockey is a coed, recreational indoor floor hockey league for adults in New Hampshire and Vermont's Upper Valley. Our aim is to bring the sport of floor hockey to the area in a way that is competitive, safe, and fun for everyone.

We play in the third-floor gym of the CCBA Witherell Recreation Center at 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. You do not need to be a CCBA member in order to play. You can form your own team, or we can try to find a space on an existing one. Just send an email to play@uvfloorhockey.com. There are usually five to seven teams per season.

Game Shirts

The first time you play in the league, you'll get a game shirt at no extra cost. If you wear it out, change teams, or simply decide that you'd like to have an extra one, you can buy additional game shirts for $10 each. Not all sizes are always available on hand. We generally place a new order with our local t-shirt maker before each season.

To purchase an extra shirt, write to play [at] uvfloorhockey.com and include the size and color you want. We'll likely be able to get your new shirt to you at the following week's game night, but come with a backup. Please bring cash.

UVFH Sporty Tee

The fancy new three-quarter sleeve gray/charcoal heather UVFH shirts are here, and they're nice! $20. Write to play@uvfloorhockey.com and let us know what size you want.

UVFH Gear

What better way to carry your floor hockey sneakers, shin pads, and eyewear than in a UVFH gym bag! $30. Write to play@uvfloorhockey.com. This is a special order item.

FAQ & RULES

  1. What are the basic rules?
    Player safety and fun are of utmost importance in this league. There is no rough body contact allowed, no slapshots, and no stick lifting or stick trapping. Keep your stick blade below your waist at all times, even when the ball isn't near you. Raising your stick to knock down a ball, signal a pass, or to go up-and-over the head of another player will result in a high-sticking a penalty. Play a finesse game, not a physical game, and keep your body and stick under control at all times. If you find yourself bumping into other players, then you're over the line, as this is not "ice hockey on sneakers." There is plenty of opportunity to run fast and be competitive without putting yourself in a position where you are going to hit the floor hard or cause someone else to do so. As for other basic rules governing game flow, we do not call icing and we do not call offsides. Hand passes will be blown dead if they advance the ball in an advantageous way. Teams may substitute on the fly. Do not dive or slide, as it is dangerous for you and others. Players are expected to exhibit class and sportsmanship at all times. Failure to do so could result in suspension or expulsion from the league.
  2. What kind of equipment do I need?
    You'll need a hockey stick, eye protection, and shin guards. Any type of stick blade is fine (e.g., plastic, wood, carbon). If you can tape your stick blade, please do, as we think this helps to protect the gym floor. Eyewear and shin pads are MANDATORY. Any type of eyewear is fine. You can get a pair of sports safety glasses at Walmart for about $8 dollars that will do just fine. For shin pads, most people prefer soccer shin pads, but you can also wear the big ice hockey ones if you want. Everything else (e.g., mouthguard, gloves) is optional. Many people wear lightweight half-finger gloves for better grip. You may wear regular hockey gloves if that's what you're used to, but remember that this does NOT give you license to stick check up high near other players' bare hands.
  3. What kind of equipment do goalies need?
    Goalies are encouraged to wear 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. Some goalies in our league wear a lot of protective gear, and other goalies wear less. It is quite normal to see improvised goalie outfits that include baseball gloves, etc.
  4. Puck or ball?
    Ball. Specifically, the orange street hockey balls manufactured by Mylec. (By the way, we will put out extra balls to warm up with before the game. Please do not bring your own; it just adds unnecessary confusion when we go to collect them after warmups.)
  5. Is there a referee?
    Yes, all games are officiated by a referee. Please be courteous and respectful to the referee at all times, and maintain a spirit of good sportsmanship. The referee has broad discretion to take any reasonable action that is in the interest of controlling the environment, keeping things under control, and ensuring player safety. Failure to heed the rules could result in player suspension or expulsion.
  6. What do we do for uniforms?
    The first time you join a team, you will receive a t-shirt in your team color to serve as your uniform. Please wear it. If you want an extra shirt or if you switch teams and need a shirt of a new color, you can buy one for $10. For about the first two weeks of any season, we'll have our inventory of shirts on hand at the gym. After that, you need to email your request to us in advance. Not all size/color combinations are always available, but we place a new order almost every season, so let us know what you need. (For drop-in sessions in the offseasons, pinnies will be provided, so wear any shirt you want.)
  7. What's the game format?
    Games consist of two, 25-minute running time halves, separated by a brief halftime. Since we are renting the gym in hour-long blocks of time, games need to begin and end on time. Normal game play consists of 4-on-4 out on the floor, plus goalies, and with two of each team's four floor players being women. If you are low on players for a given game, then you may play shorthanded, but you cannot put more than two men on the floor (not including the goalie). If you only have two women show up, they can play the whole game without substitutes, or your team can play shorthanded if they wish to take breaks. If you only have one woman show up, you will have to play one person shorthanded, and she can play the whole game or take breaks, at which point you will temporarily be two people shorthanded on the floor. If you have zero women show up, then you must forfeit the game. An alternative option to playing shorthanded, if you have one woman show up, is to ask the other team's captain prior to the start of the game if they would be willing to play the game 3-on-3 with one woman on the floor. The other captain is in no way obligated to agree to this (and might have good reasons not to, such as wanting to give people enough playing time), but you can ask.
  8. If we have a female goalie, can we play three men out on the floor?
    No. You still need to have two women and two men on the floor, per the above rule.
  9. If it's a close game, can we pull our goalie?
    Yes. And when your goalie goes off the floor, you can replace him or her with a player of either sex.
  10. How many players are on a team?
    That's up to each team. We recommend about 10-12. If you are forming a team, remember: you need to have a goalie and you want to have enough men and women on your team so that you don't have to play shorthanded if for whatever reason some of your players can't make it on a given week. Don't forget that people occasionally get sick, travel for work, go on vacations, or have schedule conflicts. Ideally, you want a few substitutes on the bench because you will get tired, but you also don't want to have such a large team that your players feel like they don't get enough playing time.
  11. How are teams managed?
    Teams are in charge of recruiting their own players and managing their own rosters. The league does not manage teams centrally or ask that teams submit official rosters. When new individuals who are interested in playing contact the league, we'll inquire with the captains to see which teams, if any, are looking to add players and we'll help make matches on a first-come first-served basis and on the basis of who needs what (e.g., men, women, a goalie). Often there is a small waitlist if all of the teams are full but some individuals have contacted us. If that waitlist gets sufficiently large and there is room for a new team, we will attempt to form a new team out of those "single" individuals who are seeking to play.
  12. Our regular goalie is sick, out of town, or busy. Can we borrow a goalie?
    Yes, under certain circumstances you may borrow a goalie from another team in the league. It's no fun for anyone if a team shows up without a goalie. For that reason, teams are allowed to ask a player from another team to play goalie for a given game. Arranging this is the responsibility of the team, not the league or the referee. You should borrow a goalie only when you are genuinely short on people or have no alternative. If you have pads available and ample people, then the right thing to do is to have someone on your team volunteer before you ask another team to borrow their goalie.
  13. We are short on players. Can we borrow regular floor players?
    No, not if you want to play a legal game. In order to play a legal game, you need at least a goalie and three floor players. (In such a situation you would essentially be playing shorthanded without any subs the entire game.) If you have less than that, then you must forfeit. Alternatively, if you have enough players to meet the requirements for a legal game but do not wish to play with so few players because it would not be fun or competitive, you may forfeit and then borrow players and play an unofficial scrimmage. Whatever your decision, you must inform the opposing team's captain and referee.
  14. Can we add a player to our roster just for the playoffs?
    Of course not! For a player to be eligible to play in the playoffs, he or she must play in at least a third of his or her team's regular season games (after rounding, that means 3 games in an 8-game regular season, or 4 games in a 10-game regular season, and so on). Having a "part-time" player on your roster is fine, but don't bring a ringer in just for the playoffs or the "important" games.
  15. What is the tiebreaker rubric for determining playoff seeding?
    If two or more teams are tied for points at the end of the season, the following tiebreaker criteria are applied, in order: 1) any team that has forfeited during the regular season is automatically seeded lower, 2) head-to-head records, 3) number of wins, 4) records against common opponents starting with highest-placing teams, 5) coin toss in the presence of the team captains (or agreed-upon proxies).
  16. In playoff games, how are ties broken?
    Unlike regular season games, playoff games cannot end in a tie. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, the teams will get a very brief break and then play a five-minute "sudden death" overtime period. If the game is still tied, then the teams move to a shootout. The shootout proceeds one round at a time until one team scores and the other does not. Every person on a team must shoot before the first person can shoot again, but other than that, there is NO requirement to alternate genders or follow any particular order.
  17. Is there an age minimum or an age limit?
    Adults of all ages are welcome to play. We have people in their 20s through 50s playing in this league. However, note that floor hockey is a fast-paced, strenuous physical activity. If you aren't sure whether this activity is right for you, please consult your doctor.
  18. Do I need hockey experience to play?
    Not necessarily. This is an adult recreational league. It is designed to have a broad appeal across all skill levels, not to be something just for hockey players. If you are looking for something active but are relatively new to floor hockey or it's been decades since you played as a kid, then this will likely be a good league for you. Having some experience with a stick (e.g., field hockey, lacrosse) will benefit you, but it's possible to pick it up quickly. Note that if you are a highly experienced former ice hockey player who is used to playing a very rough game with flying elbows and body checking, then this league may not be right for you. You are certainly still welcome to play, but you need to understand the rules of the league and be extra careful to adjust your style of play accordingly. Many players find it challenging to break out of certain ice hockey habits, but eventually are able to do so.
  19. How much does it cost?
    The team fee depends on how many games there are in the season. It goes up or down proportionally depending on how many games you get to play. We do team fees instead of individual fees so that teams can decide for themselves how many people they want on their roster, and thus control how they divide their team fee. The earlier we get confirmation from team captains regarding their participation for an upcoming season, the earlier we can announce to everyone the season structure. Below are some of the possible season structures.
  20. * Total can vary based on playoff seed, etc.
    No. Teams No. Times
    Teams Play
    Each Other
    Regular Season
    Games
    Playoff
    Games
    Total No.
    Games*
    Team Fee
    4 Thrice 9 1 10 $715
    5 Twice 8 0 or 1 9 $645
    6 Twice 10 1 11 $785
    6 Once 5 1 or 2 7 $495
    7 Once 6 1 or 2 8 $575
    8 Once 7 1 or 2 9 $645
  21. What does the team fee go towards?
    The vast majority of the team fee goes to running the league, including gym rental, insurance, referees, equipment such as nets and balls, foam barriers, t-shirts, first aid supplies, advertising in order to recruit players, the website, and other miscellaneous fees. We try really hard to keep it so that each person on an average-sized team (i.e., 10 players) pays no more than about $8 per game in order to play in this league. When you compare it to other recreational activities and what they cost, we think it is a REALLY good deal!
  22. Is this league run by the CCBA?
    No. We're an independent, outside group that rents the CCBA's gym. The CCBA is a great partner, but Upper Valley Floor Hockey is a completely separate and distinct entity. You do not need to be a CCBA member in order to play in the league. Please be respectful of the facility, courteous to the CCBA staff, and don't leave behind water bottles, stick tape, and other trash.
  23. Are spectators allowed?
    Spectators are welcome, but seating space is extremely limited. There are some bleacher seats if you are willing to climb up high. Or, you can sit on the benches with the players. Spectating is potentially dangerous, as there is only a one-foot-high barrier between the benches and the area of play. Spectators need to stay alert at all times, as balls may sail out of bounds without warning.
  24. When does it start?
    The fall season generally begins in September, the winter season generally begins in January, and the spring season generally begins in April. Sometimes we have offseason drop-in dates in between the three seasons, depending on player demand and facility availability.
  25. Anything else I should know?
    Yes—we really appreciate when players lend a hand in setting up the gym at the beginning of the night and putting things away when we're done. It doesn't take much effort, but it helps a lot!
  26. I want to play! What do I do?
    We are always welcoming new players, and no, you do not need to put together a whole team in order to sign up. Sign up as an individual and we will get in touch with the captains and try to place you on a team, or sign up as an entire team. We play year-round, with formal seasons in the fall, winter and spring, and informal drop-in sessions during the summer. If we are already in the middle of a season and it is too late to add you to a current team, then we can add you to the waitlist and will get in touch with you before the beginning of the next season.