NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee -- 2003-04 Major Rules
Visiting team may light-colored jerseys during HR-19
regular season when teams agree
Light-colored jerseys (e.g., white, gold, yellow or
light blue) may be worn, during the regular season, by the visiting team only
when the teams have agreed prior to the game. If the teams are unable to agree
the visiting team will wear dark-colored jerseys.
2-5-b-3 Home team has up
to eight seconds to HR-23 change
1. Referee points to location of the face-off. This
starts the line change procedure. The referee should be positioned at the blue
line or in the neutral zone.
referee signals the visiting team that it has up to five seconds to change
The referee puts his or her hand up to the visiting team indicating no further
changes can be made, and signaling the home team that it has up to eight-seconds
to change players.
When the referee’s hand comes down, the official dropping the puck blows a quick
whistle, signaling the start of the face-off and that the puck will be dropped
in no more than five seconds.
Teams must begin play with proper number of players
teams must start play with the proper number of
-- First offense: warning. Second and subsequent offenses: bench minor
Should a team start with fewer players than allowed and the officials err in
detecting this situation, any subsequently entering players shall not be
eligible to play the puck coming from the player's defensive zone until that
player has returned to the defensive zone or until possession and control of the
puck have been gained by another player in the neutral zone or in the player's
Helmet chinstrap must be fastened so that there is HR-30
only room for two fingers between chin and strap
players, including goalkeepers, are required to wear ice hockey helmets with
chin straps securely fastened. There shall only be enough room between the chin
strap and the chin to insert two fingers.
3-5-Note Officials shall check
goalkeeper’s chin strap prior
to starting game HR-45,
on-ice official shall check each starting goalkeeper’s chin strap prior to the
start of the game. If in violation, equipment must be corrected before the
player will be allowed to participate.
Game timekeeper shall time and
termination of timeouts
timekeeper shall be responsible for timing and signaling the termination of the
timeout by blowing the horn.
Penalty for contact to the head added
A player shall not make
contact to an opposing player’s head or neck area in any
PENALTY—Minor or major or disqualification
at the discretion of the referee. Contact to the head shall be assessed in front
of the infraction (i.e. contact to the head –
The Rules Committee instructs officials to use a zero tolerance policy in this
Penalty for excessive roughness added
player shall not commit an action not permitted by the rules that may cause or
causes an injury to an opponent, to team personnel or game
must be stationary in immediate vicinity
face-offs, players must take a stationary position in the immediate vicinity of
the face-off before the puck is dropped.
6-18-c-1 Goal disallowed when
puck is struck above four feet
above four feet
A goal shall not be allowed in any of the following
attacking player strikes the puck with a stick when the puck is above the height
of the crossbar of the goal frame (4 feet [1.22m]);
6-18-c-14 Goal disallowed if scored on
non-offending team HR-62
during delayed offside
A goal shall not be allowed in any of the following
puck enters the defending team’s goal during a delayed offside, the goal is
disallowed. The face-off will be in the neutral zone.
6-21-c Puck shall
not be touched with stick above four feet
the puck is above the height of 4 feet [1.22m] it shall not be batted with the
discretion to issue warning for crowd
PENALTIES—a. through c.—Warning or bench minor against offending fans’ team for delay
of game. It is the referee’s discretion,
depending on the severity of the action, whether or not a warning is
Conferences or the proper disciplinary authority are encouraged to develop
policies in this area if necessary.
video replay criteria to include puck that
strikes protective netting and leads to goal
One of the following criteria must be met for
replay to be used…
To determine if a goal
was scored, as a direct result of the puck deflecting off of the protective
netting above the glass, by the first team to gain possession of the deflecting
Clarified that team timeout may be taken at any
stoppage of play
team shall be allowed a one-minute timeout during the game; the timeout may
be taken anytime during a stoppage of play.
Interpretation added for diving sweep check
Player A1, on a two-on-one, has the puck. Player B1 slides on the ice, knocking
the puck away from A1, but in the process, tripping A1. RULING: Minor for
tripping must be called. Tripping must be called anytime it occurs, regardless
of whether or not contact is made with the puck.
Puck does not need to be present for checking
to occur in women’s game
Body checking is not permitted in any area of the
ice. Body checking occurs when a player’s intent is to gain possession of the
puck by separating the puck carrier from the puck with a distinct and definable
moment of impact. The puck does not need to be present for body checking to
Note: The rules committee deleted some confusing
language in this section with the hope that officials will call this rule more
2003-04 Points of
To The Head
Rules Committee is concerned that, in some cases, previously legal body checking
and contact are causing head injuries. The committee added a new penalty for
contact to the head and urges officials and conferences to take a zero tolerance
policy in this area.
Players must be equipped with proper protection.
The committee is requiring that goalkeeper's helmets be checked prior to all
games and that institutions and conferences assist officials in this area. All
players must wear a helmet with chinstraps securely
attention must be paid to contact with the goaltender. These infractions often
escalate and lead to altercations. Goaltenders must be allowed to play their
position. To that end, the crease rules must be enforced strictly and