Regel 1: Rink
Regel 1.1: Rink
Games under jurisdiction of the DEL shall be played on an ice surface known as the “Rink” and must adhere to the dimensions and specifications prescribed by the DEL and these rules.
No ice markings shall be permitted except those provided for under these rules unless express written permission has been obtained from the DEL. On-ice logos must not interfere with any official ice markings provided for the proper playing of the game.
Regel 1.2: Dimensions
The official size of the Rink shall be 60 m long and 26 m to 30 m wide. The corners shall be rounded in the arc of a circle with a radius of 7.0 m to 8.50 m.
Regel 1.3: Boards and Protective Glass
The Rink shall be surrounded by a wall known as the “Boards”. The ideal height of the boards above the ice surface shall be 1.07 m. Except for the official markings provided for in these rules, the entire playing surface and the Boards shall be white in color except the “Kick Plate” at the bottom of the Boards, which shall be light yellow in color. Any variations from any of the foregoing dimensions shall require official authorization by the DEL.
The Boards shall be constructed in such a manner that the surface facing the ice shall be smooth and free of any obstruction or any object that could cause injury to Players. Affixed to the Boards and extending vertically shall be an approved “Protective Glass” construction. The height above the Boards behind the Goals must be 2.4 m and must extend at least 4.0 m from the “Goal Line” towards the Blue Line. The height above the Boards along the sides must be 1.8 m, except in front of the Players’ Benches. Protective Glass shall be required in front of the Penalty Boxes.
The Protective Glass and gear to hold them in position shall be properly padded or protected and mounted on the Boards on the side away from the playing surface including the “Protective Netting”.
A visualization is available in the PDF version of the rulebook.
Regel 1.4: Protective Netting
Protective Netting shall be hung in the ends of the Arena, of a height, type, and in a manner approved by the League. The Protective Netting must be suspended above the “End-zone” Protective Glass behind both Goals and must extend around the Rink at least to where the Goal Line meets the Boards.
The Protective Netting is to be installed in such a way that it protects the top bench row viewer. Thus, the height of the Protective Netting is determined by the height of the Rink and the settings of the top row of benches.
Regel 1.5: Lines
A red line, 5 cm wide, shall be drawn across the entire width of the ice surface, 4.0 m from each end of the ice surface and continued vertically along the side of the Boards. This line shall be referred to as the "Goal Line". The Goal posts and nets shall be set in such a manner as to remain stationary during the process of the game.
In front of each Goal, an area shall be marked by a red line 5 cm wide, named as the “Goal Crease”.
The ice surface between the Goals shall be divided into three (3) zones by lines, 30 cm in width, and blue in color, and extended completely across the Rink, parallel with the Goal Lines, and continued vertically up the side of the Boards, named as the “Blue Lines”. In case advertising is allowed on the Boards, the lines must be marked at least on the Kick Plate.
Another line, 30 cm in width and red in color, drawn completely across the Rink on center ice, parallel with the Goal Lines and continued vertically up the side of the Boards, named as the “Center Line”. In case advertising is allowed on the Boards, the lines must be marked at least on the Kick Plate.
Regel 1.6: Division of Ice surface
The portion of the ice surface in which the Goal is situated shall be called the “Defending Zone” of the Team defending that goal.
The central portion shall be known as the “Neutral Zone”.
The portion farthest from the defended Goal shall be the “Attacking Zone”.
Regel 1.7: Goal Crease / On-Ice Officials's Crease
Goal Crease (markings on the ice surface):
In front of each goal frame, one goal crease shall be marked by a red line. The marked line belongs to the Goal Crease.
Goal Crease Area / Space:
The Goal Crease Area includes all of the space outlined by the crease lines and extends vertically until the top of the crossbar.
On-ice Official Crease:
In front of the Official Scorekeepers’ Box, a semi-circular area is marked on the ice surface, called the "On-ice Officials Crease". A 5 cm wide red line with a radius of 3.0 m marks this crease area.
Regel 1.8: Goalkeeper's Restricted area
Behind each goal, a trapezoidal area is marked on the ice surface, called the "Goalkeeper Restricted Area". The two 5 cm wide red lines mark the restricted area between the Goal Line and the Boards behind the Goal. The outside dimension of the marking along the Goal Line is 6.80 m and along the Boards is 8.60 m, and the lines continue vertically on the kick plate.
Regel 1.9: Face-Off Spots and Circles
Face-off Spot and Circle at Center Ice:
A circular blue spot, 30 cm in diameter, shall be marked exactly in the center of the Rink. This spot shall be referred to as the “Center Ice Face-off Spot”. With this spot as a center, a circle of 4.50 m radius shall be marked with a blue line 5 cm wide.
Face-off Spots in the Neutral Zone:
Two (2) red spots, 60 cm in diameter, shall be marked on the ice in the Neutral Zone 1.50 m from each Blue Line. These four (4) spots shall be referred to as the “Neutral-zone Face-off Spots”.
Within the Face-off Spot, draw two parallel lines 8 cm from the top and bottom of the spot. The area within the two lines shall be painted red, the remainder shall be painted white. The spots shall be 14.0 m apart and each shall be a uniform distance from the adjacent Boards.
Face-off Spots and Circles in the End-Zones (Attacking and Defending Zone):
In both End-zones and on both sides of each goal, red Face-off Spots and circles shall be marked on the ice.
The Face-off Spots shall be 60 cm in diameter. These four (4) spots shall be referred to as the “End-zone Face-off Spots”. Within the Face-off Spot, draw two parallel lines 8 cm (3 in) from the top and bottom of the spot. The area within the two lines shall be painted red, the remainder shall be painted white.
The circles shall be marked with a red line 5 cm wide with a radius of 4.50 m from the center of the Face-off Spots. At the outer edge of both sides of each Face-off Circle and parallel to the “Goal Line”, two red lines 5 cm wide and 60 cm in length and 1.70 m apart shall be marked.
30 cm away from the outer edge of the Face-off Spot, two red lines 5 cm wide shall be drawn parallel with the side Boards that shall be 1.20 m in length and 45 cm apart. Parallel to the end Boards, commencing at the end of the line nearest to the Face-off Spot, a red line 5 cm wide shall extend 90 cm in length.
Regel 1.10: Ice Cleaning
Aside from the normal ice resurfacing that is performed during the intermissions between each period of play. If applicable, additional snow removal activities shall be performed.