Batting the puck above the normal height of the shoulders with a stick is prohibited. When a puck is struck with a “high stick” and subsequently comes into the “possession and control” of a Player from the offending Team (including the Player who made contact with the puck), either directly or deflected off any Player or Official, there shall be a whistle.
When a puck has been contacted by a “high stick”, the play shall be permitted to continue, provided that:
(I) The puck has been batted to an opponent (when a Player bats the puck to an opponent, the Referee shall give the “washout” signal immediately - otherwise, they will stop the play).
(II) A Player of the defending side shall bat the puck into their own goal in which case the goal shall be allowed.
Cradling the puck on the blade of the stick (“lacrosse style”) above the normal height of the shoulders shall be prohibited and a stoppage of play shall result. If this is done by a Player on a “Penalty Shot” or Shootout attempt, the shot shall be stopped immediately and considered complete.
→ Rule 60 – High-Sticking