Regel 57: Tripping
Regel 57.1: Tripping
A Player shall not place the stick, or any part of their body in such a manner that causes their opponent to trip or fall.
Accidental trips which occur simultaneously with a completed play will not be penalized.
Accidental trips occurring simultaneously with or after a stoppage of play will not be penalized.
Regel 57.2: Minor Penalty
The Referee shall, at their discretion, assess a Minor Penalty, based on the severity of the infraction, to any Player who place their stick or any part of their body in such a manner that it shall cause their opponent to trip and fall.
Regel 57.3: Major Penalty
The Referee, at their discretion, may assess a Major Penalty to a Player guilty of “tripping” an opponent, and who recklessly endangers the fouled Player in a way that at the discretion of the Referee such Player would not be sufficiently sanctioned by imposing a Minor Penalty. Refer to Rule 57.5
for the criteria for an additional Game Misconduct Penalty.
Regel 57.4: Match Penalty
The Referee shall, at their discretion, assess a Match Penalty if, in their judgment, the Player’s action was likely to result in injury to the opponent by “tripping”.
Note: If the Referee classifies the foul committed to be serious and severe based on the degree of force, violence and reckless endangerment, they shall assess a Match Penalty.
A Match Penalty may be assessed based on this judgment even if the foul does not result in an injury.
Regel 57.5: Game Misconduct Penalty
When a Major Penalty is assessed under this rule for a “tripping” and, in the judgement of the Referee, such foul was likely to injure an opposing Player, a Game Misconduct shall also be assessed.
Regel 57.6: “Penalty Shot”
When a Player, in the Neutral or Attacking Zone, in “control” of the puck (or who could have obtained “possession and control” of the puck) and having no other opponent to pass than the Goalkeeper, is tripped or otherwise fouled from behind, thus preventing a reasonable scoring opportunity, a “Penalty Shot” shall be awarded to the non-offending Team.
Nevertheless, the Referee shall not stop play until the attacking Team has “lost possession” of the puck to the defending Team.
The intention of this rule is to restore a reasonable “scoring opportunity” which has been lost. If, however, the Player fouled is able to recover and obtain a “reasonable scoring opportunity” (or a Teammate is able to gain a reasonable scoring opportunity), no “Penalty Shot” should be awarded but the appropriate penalty should be signaled and assessed if a goal is not scored on the play.
“Control of the puck” means the act of propelling the puck with the stick, hand, or feet.
In order for a “Penalty Shot” to be awarded for a Player being fouled from behind, the following four (4) criteria must have been met:
(I) The infraction must have taken place in the Neutral or Attacking Zone (i.e., over the puck carrier’s own Blue Line);
(II) The infraction must have been committed from behind (except a foul committed from the front by the Goalkeeper on a “breakaway” situation);
(III) The Player in “possession and control” (or, in the judgment of the Referee, the Player who clearly would have “obtained possession and control” of the puck) must have been denied a reasonable chance to score. The fact that the Player got a shot off does not automatically eliminate this play from the “Penalty Shot” consideration criteria. If the foul was from behind and the Player was denied a “more reasonable scoring opportunity” due to the foul, then the “Penalty Shot” should still be awarded;
(IV) The Player in “possession and control” (or, in the judgment of the Referee, the Player who clearly would have “obtained possession and control”) must have had no opposing Player between themself and the Goalkeeper.
If, in the opinion of the Referee, a Player makes contact with the puck first and subsequently trips the opponent in doing so, no “Penalty Shot” will be awarded, but a Minor Penalty for “tripping” shall be assessed.
It should be noted that if the attacking Player manages to get around the Goalkeeper and has no defending Player between them and the “open goal”, and they are fouled from behind by the Goalkeeper or another defending Player, no goal can be awarded since the Goalkeeper is still on the ice. A “Penalty Shot” would be awarded.
Regel 57.7: Awarded Goal
If, when the opposing Goalkeeper has been removed from the ice, a Player in “control of the puck” (or who could have “obtained possession and control of the puck”) in the neutral or Attacking Zone is tripped or otherwise fouled with no opposition between them and the opposing goal, thus preventing a “reasonable scoring opportunity”, the Referee shall immediately stop play and Award a Goal to the Attacking Team.