With an ongoing effort to continually be improving our sport leagues, and with direct feedback from our players, the following updates have been made to the rules. Note – these are highlights, full changes can be found in the rules section on the website and on sport pages.
It is the responsibility of captains and players to ensure you are aware of any changes.
- There are no playoff games, trophies or prizing this season, however, scores and standings will still appear on our website.
- Leagues will be played in smaller Tiers to ensure limited contact with opponents throughout the season. Tiers will be determined based on skill rankings (at registration) and past league results.
- Substitute players are not permitted unless the substitute player is a player from another team’s official roster in the same league and tier. However, regular/consistent use of a substitute player in the same league is considered unsportsmanlike and not encouraged.
- There will be a forced-out at every base, fielding players are not permitted to tag a base runner at any time. Once a force out has been made, fielders should step away from the base to ensure physical distancing between themselves and the base runner. A commitment line will be in place between all bases.
- Intermediate leagues will follow a +5 home run rule. A team can only hit +5 home runs more than their opponents. Example: If team A has hit 5 home runs, they must wait for Team B to hit a home run before Team A can hit another. If a team hits a + 6 home run, the batter is awarded a single base (not a home run) and base runners only advance if they are forced (same as a ‘walk’ scenario).
- Stall Counts: The defender will silently count the first five (5) stalls silently rather than state them out loud. On the six (6) stall, the defender will count aloud until stall 10. Defenders should direct the stall counts away from the thrower’s face.
- When stalling, maintain 2 meters from your opponent who is trying to throw the disc.
- Instead of checking the disc, a defensive player can raise 2 hands to acknowledge a game restarting.
- Zone defense is recommended.
Outdoor Floor Hockey
Flag Football (Indoor & Outdoor)
- Once the ball has come in contact with a 2nd offensive player (Quarterback hand-off or throw to receiver), the defending players can cross over the line of scrimmage before the end of the 5 “steamboats” and engage with the offensive players.
- Lateral passes and 'flea flicker' plays are permitted.
- Sidelines – If the gym/court requires the use of a sideline (a wall is not present) to determine the width and/or length of the playing space, the following rules apply;
- All sidelines must be confirmed by both team captains prior to the start of the game.
- Players cannot touch or cross a sideline (similar to the centre line), unless they are attempting to retrieve a ball and bring it back into the playing space.
- If a player is not retrieving a ball and any part of a player touches the sideline or past the line, that player is out.
- If a player is retrieving a ball, they must return back to the game playing space immediately or that player is out.
- If a player is retrieving a ball past the sideline, they are still considered ‘live’ and can be hit by a thrown ball and can also catch a thrown ball, etc.
- Teammates who are not playing in the current game (or have been previously eliminated), should help retrieve balls and place them back into the playing space at the location they went out.