The Rules


The most important thing to remember about Roller Hockey is that the rules should be adapted for the place that you are playing at. Consider alternatives --- such as no icing, icing, offsides, no offsides, goalie without skates etc.  Never be afraid to adapt your rules or change them on an annual basis as needed.

The basic rules provide for a minimum amount of games for players to play in order to be eligible to participate in the playoffs.  Sticks, player equipment and goalie equipment are very similar to ice hockey and will be discussed below. 

The rules should set out the length of periods  (usually two 20 minute halves) overtime (if applicable), ball or puck type, number of referees and penalties.  For safety purposes, high sticking should be clearly defined and enforced.  Basic playing rules include definitions for off-sides, icing, penalties, play clock (running or stop time) and scoring.  Most leagues do not use icing rules for play but off-sides rules are selectively enforced by league.

Rules for roller hockey are promulgated by the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) as well as USA Hockey.  Competitive Roller Hockey leagues exist throughout the US such as those run by the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHL) and the American Inline Hockey League (AIHL).

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