FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does it start?
The Fall 2014 season runs on Wednesdays. It starts on September 10th and goes to November 12th. Inquire now if you are interested in starting your own team or if you are interested in joining an existing team!
Are the games refereed?
Yes. Every games is officiated by a 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 color, we can give you a new one for $5 each. (They cost us more than that, but we want to encourage people to wear them, and $5 is a nice easy 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 the half-sized plastic stick you might have used in gym class. Any type of stick blade is fine (e.g., plastic, wood, fiberglass). If you can tape your stick blade with hockey tape, please do, as we think that this might help to protect the gym floor. 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 dek 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 warm weather street hockey balls, which are so far the best combination we've found of high-firmness and 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. We are paying to rent the gym by time blocks, so we have to start on time. This being a coed league, there must be at least two females on the floor for each team at all times. Female goalies DO count toward satisfying the two-females-on-the-floor requirement.
How many players are on a team?
That's up to the teams. We suggest 9 or 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 team 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, or busy. Can we borrow a goalie?
Yes, under certain circumstances you can borrow a goalie. It's no fun for anyone if a team shows up without a goalie and/or without any goalie pads. 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. You may borrow a goalie only when you are very short on people or genuinely have no other option. (If you have pads and ample people, the right thing to do is for someone on your team to volunteer, before asking another team to borrow their goalie.)
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. There should be practically no body-to-body contact. PLEASE KEEP YOUR BODY UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. Rough stick checking and hacking are not allowed. Most people in this league do not wear hockey gloves, and they should not feel as though they have to in order to avoid broken fingers. For the full version of the league rules and policies, see the link at the bottom of this page.
How much does it cost?
The Fall 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.