General Rules
  1. Have fun and play with good sportsmanship!  We expect all of our Urban Rec participants to have a “Fun First” attitude about this unique sporting opportunity.  There is an emphasis on the players knowing the rules and managing their own actions on the court.  Sportsmanship, fun and being social are number one at Urban Rec and we hope to see that exhibited by all of our participants!
  2. To be eligible to play in the league all participants must have signed an online waiver with Urban Rec. Players that do not sign an online waiver will not be issued membership keytags and are not permitted to participate. Team captains that do not fill out the online team roster will have their team removed from the schedule until they do so and all players have signed the waiver. Team captains are responsible for ensuring that all participants for their team are eligible to participate.
  3. The on-site volunteer Event Coordinator (EC) will have a list of the teams and jersey colour when you come in. The EC may do a random ID check for players at any time at their discretion to ensure they are eligible to participate.
  4. Prior to your game, please double-check the online league schedule for your game times.  A match will consist of two 25-minute halves for most sports. If necessary due to injuries or other occurrences, playing time may be shortened at the discretion of the EC.
  5. All players MUST bring their reversible pinnie to each game.

Basketball Rules

  1. Teams are comprised of 4 players
  2. Games start with a jump ball, with either the Event Coordinator, or another team member, tossing the ball.
  3. Defensive play is man to man only - no zone defenses.
  4. Rotate players at your discretion. Sub in on the offensive only before the ball has crossed half court.
  5. All games are self-refereed.  Any infractions will be discussed amongst the two players involved only.  In the event of a foul, the ball is inbound from the top of the key by the non-offending team.
  6. FOULS- Each team shall be permitted five (5) team fouls per half.  Upon a team’s sixth (and subsequent) foul, the non-offending team shall be awarded one (1) point as well as possession of the ball following the foul.
  7. Please play safely in a sportsmanlike manner and with good spirit.  ANY ROUGH OR PHYSICAL PLAY MAY RESULT IN EXPULSION FROM FURTHER GAME PLAY.
  8. The over and back rule is in effect.  If a team plays the ball over the midcourt line and then plays the ball back across the line into their own half, the other team shall take possession on the sideline at centre court.
  9. In the event of a jumpball (two opponents are both holding possession of the ball for 3 seconds), the ball is awarded to the defense.
  10. Full court man-to-man pressure is permitted. Should a team lead the game by more 15 points or more, the full court pressure must be removed by the team that is leading
  11. For additional rules that cover our leagues, please read our basketball rules. All other standard basketball regulations apply.

Dodgeball Rules

Match/Game Play

  1. Each team will start the match with 4 players lined up along the back edge of the playing zone on their side of the court.
  2. Prior to your match starting, teams must designate what side of the court eliminated players will go to once players are out.
  3. Each match is a maximum 5 minutes, although many games end much quicker.
  4. The game begins with either the Event Coordinator blowing the whistle or yelling “DODGEBALL!”
  5. Once the game has begun teams run to retrieve one of the 3 balls on their side of the center line and begin to throw them at the opposing team. Players cannot reach across the center line to grab the other teams 3 balls while they are still on the cones. Once all the balls are in play then players may without violating the center line grab balls on the other side. This means you can reach across center but if your foot touches the line you are out.
  6. Players are NOT allowed to squeeze the balls so that they impact the shape of the balls. Players that squeeze the balls will be eliminated. Any players that constantly squeeze the balls could face suspension. This action significantly shortens the life of the balls and gives an unfair advantage as the balls tends to move very differently.
  7. At the start of the game the balls are placed on cones on either side of the center line. These cones also designate a warning area commonly referred to as a dead zone. This dead zone should act as a guide that you are very close to the center line and should proceed with caution. Any violation of the center line means you are out.
  8. All games are SELF-OFFICIATED.  Players are responsible for calling their own outs.  If the ball hits a player, he/she should be honest and call themselves out and walk off the court promptly.  We ask that Team Captains ensure that their teams are honest in calling their own and others eliminations and fouls.
  9. The Event Coordinator’s job is not to officiate but if teams are not being honest or there is a safety issue (i.e. a player constantly crossing the center line without calling themselves out) the EC may step in and make necessary calls.  If this occurs, the EC’s decision is final and no dispute is permitted.
  10. When eliminated players must immediately put up their hand and call “Out!” and move PROMPTLY off the court to sit/stand at the designated wall- NO DALLYING off the court. 
  11. To eliminate a player they must be hit with a ball BELOW THE SHOULDERS (unless the player is ducking).  If the ball bounces before it hits the opposing player that player is NOT ELIMINATED.
  12. A player is also eliminated if a member of the opposing team catches the ball thrown at them “in the air” before it hits the ground.  The team that “catches” these balls also gets to have one of their eliminated players return to the court.
  13. If a ball is thrown and strikes multiple opposing players before hitting the ground/wall/etc. all of the players the ball struck are out.  If the ball strikes a player and then is caught by that player’s teammate, the initial player struck is still out as is the thrower. 
  14. A player is eliminated if they drop a ball at any time.
  15. A player may not pass a ball to another player on their own team.
  16. A player may not have more than one dodgeball in their hand at one time.
  17. Once a ball hits the ground, wall, or any apparatus in the gym the ball is considered dead and cannot either eliminate a player who is hit or be caught to eliminate a player from the other team.
  18. If a person is hit in the head, the person is not eliminated.  However the person who threw the ball, whether intentional or not is eliminated.  Two head shots results in the player no longer being able to continue to play during the evening and can be subject to supplemental discipline. – DO NOT THROW AT ANYONE’S HEAD.
  19. IF A PLAYER IS HIT IN THE HEAD AS A RESULT OF DUCKING – THAT PERSON IS ELIMINATED AND THE THROWER RECEIVES NO PENALTY.
  20. Players that are eliminated are able to return as a result of a caught ball. Players must return in the order in which they were eliminated – first off is first back on. Once a player has moved off the court and touched the wall, they are then eligible to come back into the game if one of their teammates catch a ball.  If the player is still in the act of leaving the court (i.e. has not touched the wall in the designated area where players go when they are eliminated) when a ball is caught, he/she is NOT eligible to come back into the game.
  21. Ten second rule – no player can hold a ball or balls for more than 10 seconds.  If they do so, then they are eliminated. ALL BALLS MUST BE THROWN FORWARD AND PAST THE DEAD ZONE.
  22. Players must throw the ball forward; if a player throws a ball and hits their own player (friendly fire) their own player is out.
  23. If a player has possession of the ball and drops the ball to catch another ball being thrown at them they are eliminated; the ball must be thrown with a forward motion and must cross center.
  24. If any part of a player crosses the center line that player is eliminated.
  25. You may not play the ball with your feet- this includes but is not limited to, keeping the ball from rolling to the other side or kicking a ball to a teammate.
  26. When one player is left standing on either side, all players on both sides must actively continue to play the game. If the EC feels that anyone is delaying the game, they will prompt the players to play or end the game at their discretion.  
  27. When there is 1 player remaining on both sides players may cross over the center line to attack. There is no opting out of this rule.
  28. When there is 1 player remaining vs a team with 2 or more players that one person can cross over the center line to attack. In order to avoid the potential for people colliding the 1 player cannot pick up any balls that are on the other teams side. If they choose to cross over and attack they must then retreat to their side to collect another ball. The only time they can collect a ball on the other teams side is if all the balls are on that side. The one minute rule is still activated and in effect. Players that initiate physical contact will be eliminated. No physical contact is allowed.  Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.  Prior to the start of the game any team can opt out of this style of play but they must clarify prior to the start of the game with the coordinator and other team captain that they do not want to play this style.
  29. When one player is left on both teams (1 versus 1), those players can pick up a dodgeball from any location on the court including their opponent’s half.
  30. Each game won by a team counts as 1 point; whichever team wins the most games in the match wins the match.

Coed Indoor Soccer Rules

Match Format

  1. Teams are to play with 4 players on the court (3 players and a goalie) play, they will default that game and be subject to the Urban Rec Default Policy.
  2. A match will consist of two 25-minute halves.  If games are delayed in starting, this time will be adjusted accordingly at the discretion of the Event Coordinator (EC).
  3. Teams will play until the end of time (an Event Coordinator will blow the whistle). In the event of a tie score in a regular season match, the game will go into the standings as a tie. In the playoffs, a tie game shall be settled by a shootout.
  4. Substitutions can be made “on-the-fly” – EXCEPT for the goalie, who can only be substituted for at a stoppage in play.
  5. Heading of the ball is allowed
  6. All matches are self-officiated – Team Captains are required to self-police their own teams and call their own fouls.

If you feel that a team is not calling their own fouls or is playing unsportsmanlike, at the next stoppage in play the team captains and ONLY the team captains, should have a discussion about the issue and attempt to resolve them.  In the event that a situation is unresolved, team captains are required to report the incident to the event coordinator on site or e-mail the Urban Rec offices for follow up.

Equipment

  1. Urban Rec will provide a game ball, nets, and an on-site event coordinator.
  2. Outside shoes are not allowed – please bring a separate pair of gym shoes
  3. Shin pads are not required, but recommended.  If worn, shin pads must be totally covered by socks.

Match/Game Play

  1. The game will start with one team getting the ball at mid-court – Team captains will “rock/paper/scissor” for possession of the ball.
  2. Teams will change ends after each half and alternate kick offs
  3. A kick off will start the game and restart the game after a goal is scored
  4. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off
  5. The opposing team must be at least 10 feet away from the ball on a kick off, until the ball has been put into play.
  6. Balls that are out of play (when the ball has entered into the areas behind the benches) will result in an indirect free kick from in front of the bench area.  A goal cannot be scored directly from an indirect free kick.  Gym walls are in play.
  7. Balls in the corner of the gym – If two players are running towards the corner, the lead player will be given the opportunity to retrieve the ball, the trailing player MUST stop short by 5 feet to give their opponent 3 seconds to play the ball.  After 3 seconds, the trailing player may pursue the ball.  The defensive player IS ALWAYS GIVEN THE RIGHT OF WAY in the event of there being no lead player
  8. Players may not interfere in any way with the goalie inside the goalie crease.  Players may pass through the crease, but any interference with the goalie will result in goalie’s ball.
  9. Goalies are not allowed to handle the ball with their hands when the ball is thrown or kicked to them by their own team.  They ARE allowed to use their hands inside the Goal Crease when the opposing team throws or kicks the ball towards the Goalie, or if the ball deflects off a defender.  If a goalie uses his/her hands to play the ball in anyway, when it was thrown/passed by his/her own team, then the opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick – see below for description.

General Urban Rec Indoor Soccer Rules

  1. If a player breaks a rule or commits a foul, then the opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick from the spot of the infraction.  If an infraction occurs in with in the crease area – then the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick.  Opposing players must be at least 10 feet away from the spot fo the free kick.

Fouls

  • Players may not jump to play a ball with their feet. 
  • Any player who kicks or attempts to kick a ball that is above their own waist while standing on the floor will have a foul called on them.  Two high kicking fouls in one game will result in the expulsion of the offending player from the game. 
  • No bicycle kicks
  • Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
  • Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
  • Jumping at an opponent
  • Charging an opponent in a violent, reckless or dangerous manner
  • Holding or pushing an opponent
  • Handballs: A handball occurs when the balls touches any part of your arm from top of shoulders to fingertips (except a goalkeeper within their own crease). ALL handballs are to be called a foul and the opposing team gets an indirect free-kick. The ‘Advantage’ rule is not applicable in indoor soccer.
  • Obstructing an opponent
  • Slide tackling
  • Using your body to advance

Goalkeeper Restrictions
Urban Rec Indoor soccer goalies have certain rules that are in place to encourage the flow of the game.

  1. Players may pass a ball to their goalkeeper.
  2. Goalies are ALLOWED to come out of their crease to play the ball.  The goalie CANNOT play the ball with their hands outside of the crease and they are not allowed to take the ball back to their crease area and then pick it up with their hands.  Goalies MAY NOT go over the half court line.
  3. Once a goalkeeper has gained control of the ball at any time, he/she must release the ball into play within 5 seconds.
  4. Releasing the ball in to play means: The goalie must either dribble the ball out of their crease, where they can be challenged for possession, or they must attempt to pass the ball to another player on the court.
  5. If, after a save, the goalie is playing the ball (either by throwing the ball or kicking the ball), the ball must touch the floor on his/her own side of centre prior to continuing into the opposing side of centre. This is to dissuade the goalie from throwing/kicking the ball the entire length of the court.  In the event that a goalie throws/kicks the ball into the opposing side of centre without the ball first touching the floor on the goalie's side of half, the play will be dead and the opposing team shall take possession with an indirect free kick from centre.

Goal kicks (a place kick from beside the goal after the ball goes out of bounds after touching an offensive player last) shall be exempt from the above rule and may travel into the opposing end without being required to touch the near side of centre. 

In the event a goalie breaks one of these restrictions – the opposing team will get an indirect free kick from the corner.

Miscellaneous Rules

  1. Players are ALLOWED to brace themselves on the walls with their hands to play the ball with their feet.  Defenders may attempt to take the ball (from the behind attacking position) but MUST NOT physically make contact.  Any contact by the defender will result in a foul.  The offensive player CANNOT use this position as a delay tactic.
  2. Likewise, the offensive player may not initiate contact with the defensive player (i.e. back into the defender while retaining control of the ball).  If the defender remains in position, the offensive player may not initiate contact.  In this case, the ball will be turned over to the defending team for an indirect free kick from the spot of the foul.
  3. On all restarts of play, the ball must be put into action within 5 seconds. Failure to do so will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the point of the original kick.
  4. Playoffs- to be eligible for playoffs, participants should play in at least 2 regular season games for their team. No ringers allowed!

Easily Confused Rules

  1. The player starting the play (kick or throw-in) is not allowed to touch the ball again until it has been played by another player
  2. Opposing players from the team that is kicking the ball must stay five yards away from ball until it is in play.
  3. Substitutes must enter the field at the same location (and after) the player comes off the field.
  4. Players are responsible for calling all penalties; Team Captains are responsible for informing their team of the rules and also for enforcing them.
  5. The goalkeeper is not allowed to pick up the ball if it has been passed or thrown (via throw in) to him from a person on his team. The exception to this rule is if the ball is headed back to the goalie- in this case, he may pick the ball up with his hands providing he is in the crease.
  6. All free kicks are to be indirect (except penalty shots):  must touch at least one other person besides the kicker before going into net.
  7. Fouls:  kicking, tripping, jumping at, charging, holding, pushing, yelling at, slide tackling, striking or spitting at an opponent, or ‘hand’ling the ball; all result in a indirect free kick to the opposing team from where infringement occurred.
  8. Penalty kicks are to be taken from the penalty spot located in front of the net.  This varies depending on location, but will be the same for both teams.
  9. Handballs:  A handball occurs when the balls touches any part of your arm from top of shoulders to fingertips (except a goalkeeper within their own crease).       

Floor Hockey Rules 3 v 3

Pre-game

  1. Teams are comprised of 3 players plus a goalie on the floor at all times.
  2. The Event Coordinator (EC) will be the score/time keeper.
  3. Games will be comprised of two twenty-five minute halves.  If the game started late, the length of the halves and the break may be reduced at the discretion of the EC.

Equipment

  1. Only Urban Rec-supplied floor hockey sticks may be used.  This includes goalie sticks.
  2. Players may wear soccer-style shin pads if they desire.  Players may also wear gloves (hockey/lacrosse/winter mittens- all okay).  This equipment is optional and not mandatory.
  3. Goalies may use a glove (trapper or baseball glove), blocker, mask, chest/arm protector, leg pads, athletic cup and hockey pants.  These may be from floor or ice hockey.  If a goalie does not have the proper upper body equipment (e.g. a heavy winter coat instead of arm/chest protection, this will be permissible at the EC’s discretion).  As noted above, goalies must use a regular player’s floor hockey stick. Goalies must wear a facemask or helmet with a full cage.
  4. A goalie’s leg pads cannot exceed a maximum length of 34 inches, nor a width of 12 inches (The size of the pads has been amended to reflect the sizes of floor hockey pads being sold in stores now, as well as to protect taller goalies). Ice hockey pads may be worn as long as they conform to the above size limitations.

Game play

  1. Games start with a face-off, with either the event coordinator or one of the participants dropping the ball at centre. After each goal, play is re-started with a face-off. The team that scores the goal drops the ball at centre. During a faceoff, the ball must hit the floor before being touched by any players’ stick
  2. Balls going out of bounds are brought in from the corner by the defensive team, regardless of which team touched the ball last.
  3. Any ball going out of bounds that strikes a wall or other object (including players or spectators) and comes back into bounds is considered to be in play. 
  4. When a team takes possession of the ball after it goes out-of-bounds, the opposing team must give that player 5 feet and 3 seconds to play the ball.  Once the player moves the ball, the opposing team may check him/her.  If 3 seconds elapse without the player moving the ball, the opposing team may check him/her. Any dispute over this will be decided by the EC at his/her discretion.
  5. If the goalie freezes the ball and stops play, then he/she may place or drop the ball either beside or behind the net for the defensive team to take possession.  The opposing team must move at least 5 feet away and give 3 seconds of time for the defensive player to move the ball (as in rule 17).  If the ball goes into the net as a result of the goalie accidentally dropping/placing the ball in the manner described above, it shall be no goal.  Amended- However, if the goalie attempts to throw or play the ball up to a player that is not beside/behind his/her net, the ball shall be considered live as soon as the goalie releases the ball.
  6. If a goalie advances the ball forward out of his/her trapper/glove, the following must occur or his/her team loses possession and the opposing team will get the ball at center. A goalie using his/her blocker hand can only put the ball in play beside or behind the net, they cannot throw the ball forward using their blocker hand. If the goalie attempts to throw the ball forward using their trapper/glove, then both of the following conditions must be met for the goalie’s team to gain possesion:

a. The ball must bounce at least once and be received by the team before center.

                  b. The ball can at no point go above waist height.

  1. If the goalie attempts to throw the ball forward, then it shall be considered a live ball and the opposing team can play the ball at any ponit (i.e. opposing players do not have to wait for conditions listed above (rule 4) to be met before they attempt to intercept the ball)
  2. The goalie is permitted to freeze the ball if he/she has any part of his/her body touching the crease area.  If the goalie freezes the ball and part of his/her body is not touching the crease area, the offensive team will receive possession of the ball at centre.
  3. The goalie is not permitted to come across center.  If the goalie does cross the center line, play will be stopped and the opposing team will get possession of the ball at centre.  If a team wishes to “pull” the goalie during play, the goalie must leave the court and a regular player may come on to play. 
  4. Players may not enter the goalies’ crease unless the ball is already there. Some gyms do not have a creased marked, so we ask that an area extending approximately 4 feet from the goal line is used as the crease area.
  5. Players may stand outside this area in an attempt to screen the goalie or deflect a shot, and may enter the crease area after the ball is already there, as long as they are not contacting the goalie.If the goalie attempts to throw the ball forward, then it shall be considered a live ball and the opposing team can play the ball at any point (i.e. opposing players do not have to wait for condition listed above rule 5 to be met before they attempt to intercept the ball).

Infractions

  1. All games are self-refereed. The Event Coordinator is NOT a referee.  Instead, as the emphasis in this league is on fun and participation, it is hoped that common sense prevails and players will call their own infractions. 
  2. If an infraction occurs, then the opposing team will receive possession of the ball under the following circumstances:
    • If an infraction occurs against a defending team, then the offensive team will receive the ball at center court.
    • If an infraction occurs against an offensive team, then the defending team with receive the ball by their own goal.
    • When the game is restarted, 5 feet and 3 seconds are given to the player restarting the play, however the player may not shoot the ball at the goal (the restart must be indirect). If a goal is scored off of a shot or rebound from the restart, the goal will not count.
  3. High-sticking, slashing, body-contact and slap shots are strictly forbidden. Please have consideration and respect for your opponents; you might think you are trying to get the ball but instead may be attacking their shins! Each player is responsible for their own stick, and must be able to control it. This rule applies for both players and goaltenders - there is to be absolutely NO slashing at a goalie’s pads, glove or blocker in an effort to free a ball or try to force the ball into the goal. This also includes trying to pry a ball loose under a goaltender, or jamming your stick at a goalie’s equipment to try and poke the ball into the net.PLEASE PLAY THE BALL AND NOT THE BODY!!!!
  4. A player’s wind up may not go higher than their knee as a backswing in order to shoot the ball (ie NO SLAPSHOTS)
  5. Any ball contacted by a stick above the height of the waist (of the player who is doing the high-sticking) is considered to be high-sticking, and the opposing team will receive possession. Needless to say, any goal scored in this manner will not count.
  6. If the player keeps his/her stick below the height of his/her waist while playing the ball, but makes contact with an opposing player with his/her stick, this is an infraction and the opposing team will receive possession of the ball. This also includes attempting to check another player, or their stick. If you attempt to lift their stick, and your stick contacts an opponent above the waist, this will also be considered a foul. Please be responsible for your sticks!
  7.  If the player keeps his/her stick below the height of his/her waist while playing the ball, but makes contact with an opposing player with his/her stick, this is an infraction and the opposing team will receive possession of the ball.
  8. A player may NOT engage with an opposition player, or their stick, unless they have the ball. This includes ‘tying a player up’/lifting their stick when they do not have the ball. You must play the ball, not the body or stick.
  9. No Hand Passes - Any ball intentionally touched by a players’ hand, that is then next touched by another player on their own team will be considered a hand pass, and the opposing team will receive possession. A player may touch the ball and play it to themselves.
  10. No Leaving The Feet – A player may not dive or lay down on the floor, either to check another player or to block a shot.  Players may go down on one knee to block a shot, but leaving his/her feet to sprawl across the floor in an attempt to check a player or to block a shot will result in 1) the opposing team being awarded possession at centre, and 2) a warning being issued to the offending player.  If a player commits the same foul after being issued a warning, he/she will be ejected from the game. Goalies are exempted from this rule for the purpose of blocking the shot while still in proximity to their crease (i.e. they have a foot within 1 meter of the goalmouth).  If a player commits an infraction of this rule in his/her goalmouth (they are inside or mostly inside the “crease” area- this will be at the EC’s discretion), then the opposing team will be issued a penalty shot that any member on the floor may take except the goalie. 
  11. If a player throws his/her stick anywhere on the floor, a penalty shot will be awarded to the opposing team.  Any member of the non-offending team on the floor may take the penalty shot.
  12. Please also remember that there is no intentional body contact allowed (this includes “pick”-plays). This also includes a defensive player pushing into the back of an offensive player, or an offensive player backing into a defensive player (even if they have possession of the ball).  At all times players on offense and defence may not initiate physical contact with an opposing player. All players should do everything in their power to avoid contact at all times!  Initiating physical contact will result in the opposing team receiving possession of the ball in the nearest corner (defensive team) or at centre (offensive team).
  13. If a player commits any infraction (whether it is accidental or not), it is expected that that player will call themselves and give possession to the opposing team.  If a player does not call themselves, it is their captain’s responsibility to call the infraction on their own team.  If both the player and the captain fail to call the foul, the EC may step in and call it. 
  14. If a player continuously fails to call his/her own infractions, the EC may, at his/her discretion, ask the captain to tell his/her player to take a 5-minute “break” on the bench. The EC will time the 5 minutes and notify the player when he/she may participate again.  
  15. The EC’s decision is final, and may not be questioned or disputed.  The team captains are the only players who may bring an issue to the EC’s attention.  Communication between the EC and the team captains is encouraged to keep the league enjoyable for everyone.
  16. Any player that is “benched” will not cause his/her team to be short-handed, unless they do not have any substitutes for that player.  In this case, the team will play short-handed.
  17. The first incident of any rough or physically unsafe play may result in a verbal warning or a benching for the guilty participant(s)- this will be at the discretion of the Event Coordinator. The second incident will result in a five-minute benching for the offending player. The third incident will result in that player’s IMMEDIATE EXPULSION from the game.  In this case, the team captain will be responsible for ensuring that his/her player leaves the premises. The EC’s decision will be final, and there will be no questioning the EC’s decision.  If the player refuses to sit out or leave the premises if asked to do so, the game will not re-start until that player complies.  If, in the EC’s opinion, the player takes too much time to comply, the offending player’s team will default the game (no matter what the current score is), and the opposing team will receive a 1-0 victory in the standings.
  18. Any instances of verbal abuse by a player towards another player or the EC may result in that player’s immediate expulsion from the game and/or gymnasium, at the discretion of the EC.  This includes foul language directed at another player or comments made to another player with, in the judgment of the EC, the intent of instigating a confrontation.  If a player has been asked to leave by the Event Coordinator, it will be the team captain’s responsibility to ensure that the player leaves without further incident.   

Handball Gameplay and Rules

  1. The goal of handball is to score points by throwing the ball into the opponent’s net.  The ball can be thrown in directly or can be bounced in.
  2. Games are 4-on-4 including the goalie.
  3. Players may take 3 steps, then the ball can be dribbled once (like basketball) and then the player can take 3 more steps. However, the player must pass or shoot within three seconds of receiving the ball.
  4. Players cannot enter either goal crease except in the act of shooting (after releasing the ball, the shooter may land inside the goal crease).
  5. Players can shoot while jumping into the crease but the shot must be released before either foot touches inside crease. The shot must be released while in the air. The timing of this shot must be obvious. If there is any doubt that the shooter was back on the ground at the time of the shot, then it is the goalie’s ball and any goal resulting from the play does not count.
  6. Goaltender cannot leave the crease.
  7. After a goal has been scored, play will restart with the goalie having possession of the ball and making a pass.
  8. If the goalie or a defender deflects a shot or pass over/beside the net, and it goes out of bounds over the end line, the defensive team regains possession and the goalie restarts the play.
  9. No barging or head ducking, using elbows or swiping defenders arms away in order to get past them.
  10. No hitting the opposition’s arms, no holding,  and no tripping. A defender may only attempt to block a shot or pass, but only by having their hands directly above , or directly to their sides (like a jumping jack) – at no times are they allowed to try and wrap-up an offensive player.
  11. No kicking the ball except for the goalkeeper making a save.
  12. No diving on the floor to play a ball.
  13. When the defender fouls the attacker while shooting, then it is a free throw from the top of the crease with only the goaltender to beat.
  14. No reaching in to grab ball away. Ball can only be blocked. Defender is not allowed to touch the attacker when the attacker has passed the defender.
  15. A ball that is knocked down and bounces does not count as a dribble. If the player with possession bounces it a second time while gaining control, this counts as a dribble.
  16. No punching or hitting the ball.

Team Handball is a game of positioning and not defensive contact. The rules of the game encourage lots of shooting. Please play it in this manner. Remember this is a recreational level league!


Note that the above details are generic Langley Rec Pick Up rules. The rules for each specific league may differ.