Results from Past Seasons
2016-2017 (Fall)
2015-2016 (Fall, Winter, Spring)
2014-2015 (Fall, Winter, Spring)
2014 (Summer)

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About UVFH

Upper Valley Floor Hockey is a coed, recreational indoor floor hockey league for adults in New Hampshire and Vermont's Upper Valley. Our aim is to bring the sport of floor hockey to the area in a way that is competitive, safe, and fun for everyone.

We play in the third-floor gym of the CCBA Witherell Recreation Center at 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. You do not need to be a CCBA member in order to play. You can form your own team, or we can try to find a space on an existing one. Just send an email to play@uvfloorhockey.com.

Game Shirts

The first time you play in the league, you'll get a game shirt at no extra cost. If you wear it out, change teams, or simply decide that you'd like to have an extra one so you don't have to do laundry as often, you can buy additional shirts for $10 each.

To purchase an extra game shirt, write to play@uvfloorhockey.com and include the color and size you need. We do keep an inventory of shirts, but if we don't have your color/size combination, we'll include it in the next order we place with our local t-shirt maker.

FAQ & RULES

  1. What are the basic rules?
    Player safety and fun are of utmost importance in this league. There is no rough body contact allowed, no slapshots, and no stick lifting or stick trapping. Keep your stick blade below your waist at all times, even when the ball isn't near you. Raising your stick above the waist to knock down a ball, signal a pass, or to go up-and-over the head of another player will result in a high-sticking a penalty. Play a finesse game, not a physical game, and keep your body and stick under control at all times. If you find yourself bumping into other players, then you're over the line, as this is not "ice hockey on sneakers." There is plenty of opportunity to run fast and be competitive without putting yourself in a position where you are going to hit the floor hard or cause someone else to do so. As for other basic rules governing game flow, we do not call icing and we do not call offsides. Hand passes will be blown dead if they advance the ball to a teammate, regardless of where they occur on the court. Teams may substitute on the fly. Please do not dive or slide, as it is dangerous for you and others. Do not interfere with goalies. Players are expected to exhibit class and sportsmanship at all times. Failure to do so could result in suspension or expulsion from the league.
  2. What kind of equipment do I need?
    You'll need a hockey stick, eye protection, and shin guards. Any type of stick blade is fine (e.g., plastic, wood, carbon). If you can tape your stick blade, please do, as we think this helps to protect the gym floor. Eyewear and shin pads are MANDATORY. Any type of eyewear is acceptable. You can get a pair of sports safety glasses at Walmart for about $8 dollars that will work well. For shin pads, most people prefer soccer shin pads, but you can also wear the big ice hockey ones if you want. Everything else (e.g., mouthguard, gloves) is optional. Many people wear lightweight half-finger gloves for better grip. You may wear regular hockey gloves if that's what you're used to, but remember that this does NOT give you license to stick check up high near other players' bare hands.
  3. What kind of equipment do goalies need?
    Goalies are encouraged to wear street hockey goalie pads. The essentials are: helmet, chest protector, leg pads, goalie stick, blocker, and glove. Other things like elbow pads and padded pants are optional. Some goalies in our league wear a lot of protective gear, and other goalies wear less. It is quite normal to see improvised goalie outfits that include baseball gloves, etc.
  4. Ball or puck?
    Ball. Specifically, orange low-bounce street hockey balls from A&R Sports. (By the way, we will put out extra balls to warm up with before the game. Please do not bring your own; it just adds unnecessary confusion when we go to collect them after warmups.)
  5. Is there a referee?
    Yes, all games are officiated by a referee. Please be courteous and respectful to the referee, and exhibit good sportsmanship. The referee has broad discretion to take any reasonable action that is in the interest of keeping the environment safe and under control, and ensuring player safety. Failure to heed the rules could result in player suspension or expulsion.
  6. What do we do for uniforms?
    The first time you join a team, you will receive a t-shirt in your team color to serve as your uniform. Please wear it to your games. If you want an extra shirt or if you switch teams and need a shirt of a new color, you can buy one for $10. For about the first two weeks of any season, we'll have our inventory of shirts on hand at the gym. After that, you need to email your request to us in advance. Not all size/color combinations are always available, but we place a new order almost every season, so let us know what you need. (For drop-in sessions in the offseasons, pinnies are provided.)
  7. What's the game format?
    Games consist of two, 25-minute running time halves, separated by a brief halftime. Since we are renting the gym in hour-long blocks of time, games need to begin and end on time. Regular game play consists of 4-on-4 out on the floor, plus a goalie for each team. The coed requirement is that of each team's four players on the floor at any given time, two are men and two are women. If someone gets a penalty and has to leave the floor, the team plays with whatever mix of men and women are remaining (e.g., if a woman gets a penalty, she serves it, and if a man gets a penalty, he serves it). It is possible to have two players serving penalties at the same time (e.g., a team can be down two players).
  8. If we have a female goalie, can we play three men out on the floor?
    No. You still need to have two women and two men on the floor, per the above rule.
  9. Is there a minimum number of players we need to play?
    The minimum number of people you may play a legal game with is three (one goalie and two floor players). If you do not have at least that many people, then you must forfeit.
  10. Can we borrow players if we are short on people?
    No, not if you want to play a legal game. If you have so few players that you cannot—or do not wish to—play a legal game, then you may forfeit and then just play a scrimmage. At that point, you can mix your players with the other team or borrow people from a previous game in order to make two teams. The scrimmage will not count as a game. If you are forfeiting, you must notify the referee and the opposing captain as soon as possible. Forfeits are not good for the league and they aren't as much fun for the opposing team either, so please make every effort you can to field a team each week.
  11. We have plenty of players present, but no goalie. Can we borrow another team's goalie?
    No, not if you want to play a legal game. If your goalie is unavailable and you do not wish to forfeit, then someone else on your team needs to volunteer to play goalie. There is an emergency set of goalie equipment that we keep in the equipment storage room. If the emergency set of goalie gear isn't available or has already been claimed by the other team, then you can play with an unprotected person serving as goalie, but that person: a) must wear a pinnie or some other distinct shirt in order to be identifiable, b) cannot freely substitute during a period (unless in case of an injury), and c) must stay in the general area of the goal and cannot roam the entire floor the way a regular player would (briefly going behind the net or into the corner the way a goalie would is okay, though). For safety reasons, an unprotected goalie may NOT cover the ball in order to stop play the way a regular goalie can.
  12. If it's a close game, can we pull our goalie?
    Yes. And when your goalie goes off the floor, you can replace him or her with a player of any sex.
  13. How are teams formed and managed?
    Teams are in charge of recruiting their own players and managing their own rosters. The league does not manage teams centrally. When new individuals who are interested in playing contact the league, we'll inquire with the captains to see which teams, if any, are looking to add players and we'll help make matches. We usually have a small waitlist. If the waitlist gets sufficiently large to form a new team, we will attempt to do so. Each team gets to decide how many players it wants. We recommend about 10 or 11, depending on how much playing time people prefer. If you are forming a team, remember that you need to have a goalie and you want to have enough men and women on your team so that you don't have to play shorthanded if for whatever reason some of your players can't make it on a given week. Don't forget that people occasionally get sick, travel for work, go on vacations, or have schedule conflicts. You want to maintain good communication with your team so you don't have unexpected no-shows. Recruiting people based on reliability and team cohesion usually gets you a better result than recruiting based solely on skill!
  14. Can we add a player to our roster just for the playoffs?
    Of course not! For a player to be eligible to play in the playoffs, he or she must play in at least a third of his or her team's regular season games (after rounding, that means 3 games in an 8-game regular season, or 4 games in a 10-game regular season, and so on). Having a "part-time" player on your roster is fine, and if they play in enough regular season games then they are welcome in the playoffs.
  15. Can I play on more than one team?
    Sorry, no. Players may only play on one team at a time. To allow otherwise would only create problems and confusion. You may switch teams if you decide that you'd rather play for another team or for some reason you aren't getting along with your current teammates, but you may not play on both teams at the same time. If you want to switch teams, it's up to you to work it out with the captains of the teams involved. The league commissioner can help put you in touch with the various captains via email, but we do not want to get involved in team personnel matters.
  16. What is the tiebreaker rubric for determining playoff seeding?
    If two or more teams are tied for points at the end of the season, the following tiebreaker criteria are applied, in order: 1) any team that has forfeited during the regular season is automatically seeded lower, 2) head-to-head records, 3) number of wins, 4) records against common opponents starting with highest-placing teams, 5) coin toss in the presence of the team captains (or agreed-upon proxies).
  17. In playoff games, how are ties broken?
    Unlike regular season games, playoff games cannot end in a tie. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, the teams will get a very brief break and then play a five-minute "sudden death" overtime period. If the game is still tied, then the teams move to a shootout. The shootout proceeds NHL-style. Four shooters from each team (male, female, male, female) are selected to shoot against the opposing goalie, breakaway-style. If one team scores more than the other in this first group, then that team wins. After this first group, the shootout proceeds one pair of shooters at a time through the remaining players (alternating rounds of males and females) until one team scores and the other does not. Every active player on a team must shoot before any player on that team may shoot for a second time, unless a female needs to shoot for a second time in order to satisfy the alternating sex requirement.
  18. Is there an age minimum or an age limit?
    Adults of all ages are welcome to play. We have people in their 20s through 50s playing in this league. However, note that floor hockey is a fast-paced, strenuous physical activity. You do need to have reasonably good mobility, and even though the league is designed to be non-contact in nature, you ought to be able to withstand an accidental bump or fall if it should happen. If you aren't sure whether this activity is right for you, please consult your doctor.
  19. Do I need hockey experience to play?
    No. This is an adult recreational league. It is designed to have a broad appeal across all skill levels, not to be something just for hockey players. If you are looking for something active but are relatively new to floor hockey or it's been decades since you played as a kid, then this will likely be a good league for you. Having some experience with a stick (e.g., field hockey, lacrosse) will benefit you, but it's possible to pick it up quickly. Note that if you are a highly experienced former ice hockey player who is used to playing a very rough game with flying elbows and body checking, then this league may not be right for you. You are certainly still welcome to play, but you MUST understand the rules of the league and adjust your style of play accordingly. Many players find it challenging to break out of certain ice hockey habits, but eventually are able to do so.
  20. I'm a player who is unhappy with my team, or a captain who is unhappy with a player. What do I do?
    The vast majority of issues relating to rosters and personnel should be dealt with by the individuals themselves. Although the league reserves the right to ban or suspend any player who behaves in a dangerous or unsportsmanlike way, it is generally not the responsibility of the league to get involved in and settle most off-the-court matters. If you are a player and you are unhappy with your team, your options are to: a) ask the captains of other teams if they will take you on their team, or b) not play. The league commissioner can help you get in touch with the other teams, but it is not the league's responsibility to find a spot for you. If you are a captain and you are unhappy with a player, you may drop that player. You do not need permission from the league to drop a player, but if you do it, it should be done with adequate communication between you and the player, and with the appropriate refunding of any outstanding money paid by that player. Captains are responsible for their teams, therefore captains have final say over their rosters. If a captain accepts a player off of the free agent list but only intends to keep that player temporarily, that should be made clear to the player.
  21. How much does it cost?
    The team fee depends on how many games there are in the season. It goes up or down proportionally depending on how many games you get to play. We do team fees instead of individual fees so that teams can decide for themselves how many people they want on their roster, and thus control how they divide their team fee. The earlier we get confirmation from team captains regarding their participation for an upcoming season, the earlier we can announce to everyone the season structure. The table below is a rough guide. (Occasionally prices have to be adjusted when our costs fluctuate.)
  22. * Total can vary based on playoff seed, etc.
    No. Teams No. Times
    Teams Play
    Each Other
    Regular Season
    Games
    Playoff
    Games
    Total No.
    Games*
    Team Fee
    4 Thrice 9 1 10 $715
    5 Twice 8 0 or 1 9 $645
    6 Twice 10 1 11 $785
    6 Once 5 1 or 2 7 $495
    7 Once 6 1 or 2 8 $575
    8 Once 7 1 or 2 9 $650
  23. What does the team fee go towards?
    The vast majority of the team fee goes to running the league, including gym rental, insurance, referees, equipment such as nets and balls, foam barriers, t-shirts, first aid supplies, advertising in order to recruit players, the website, and other miscellaneous fees. We try really hard to keep it so that each person on an average-sized team (i.e., 10-12 players) pays no more than about $7-$8 per game in order to play in this league. When you compare it to other recreational activities such as exercise classes, yoga, going to the movies, and so on, we think it is a REALLY good deal!
  24. Is this league run by the CCBA?
    No. We're an independent, outside group that rents the CCBA's gym. The CCBA is a great partner, but Upper Valley Floor Hockey is a completely separate and distinct entity. You do not need to be a CCBA member in order to play in the league. Please be respectful of the facility, courteous to the CCBA staff, and don't leave behind water bottles, stick tape, and other trash.
  25. Are spectators allowed?
    Spectators are welcome, but seating space is extremely limited. There are some bleacher seats if you are willing to climb up high. Or, you can sit on the benches with the players. Spectating is potentially dangerous, as there is only a one-foot-high barrier between the benches and the area of play. Spectators need to stay alert at all times, as balls may sail out of bounds without warning.
  26. When does it start?
    The fall season generally begins in September, the winter season generally begins in January, and the spring season generally begins in April. Sometimes we have offseason drop-in dates in between the three seasons, depending on player demand and facility availability.
  27. Anything else I should know?
    Yes—we really appreciate when players lend a hand in setting up the gym at the beginning of the night and putting things away when we're done. It doesn't take much effort, but it helps a lot!
  28. I want to play! What do I do?
    We are always welcoming new players, and no, you do not need to put together a whole team in order to sign up. Sign up as an individual and we will get in touch with the captains and try to place you on a team, or sign up as an entire team. We play year-round, with formal seasons in the fall, winter and spring, and informal drop-in sessions during the summer. If we are already in the middle of a season and it is too late to add you to a current team, then we can add you to the waitlist and will get in touch with you before the beginning of the next season.