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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 fun and competitive, yet also safe.

We play on Friday nights in the third-floor gym of the CCBA Witherell Recreation Center at 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. This is not a pick-up or drop-in style league; we have four seasons per year and we set teams at the beginning of each season. This league is not a CCBA program, so you do not need to be a CCBA member in order to play.

Game Shirts

The first time you join the league, we'll give you a shirt. But if you start to wear it out, or change teams, or simply decide that you'd like to have another one, you can buy extra game shirts for $10 each. Not all sizes are always available on hand. We generally place a new order with our local t-shirt maker before each season.

To purchase an extra game shirt, write to play@uvfloorhockey.com and include the size and color you want. We'll likely be able to get your new shirt to you at the following week's game night, but come with a backup. Please bring cash.

FAQ & RULES

  1. What are the basic rules?
    Player safety is paramount to us. Unlike in ice hockey, everyone here is wearing minimal protective equipment. Therefore, there are no slapshots, no stick checks (including stick lifting and stick trapping), no rough body contact, and no contact with the goalies. Keep your stick blade below your waist at all times, even when the ball isn't near you. Raising your stick to knock down a ball, signal a pass, or 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. As for the 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 in an advantageous way. Teams may substitute on the fly.
  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, fiberglass). 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 fine. For only a few dollars you can get a pair of sports eyewear glasses at Walmart. 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. Most people do not wear hockey gloves, but some people wear lightweight exercise gloves for better grip. You may wear regular hockey gloves if you wish, but remember you CANNOT stick check up high near other people's 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. Puck or ball?
    Ball. Specifically, we use the orange street hockey balls manufactured by Mylec. (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 at all times, and maintain a spirit of good sportsmanship. The referee has broad discretion to take any reasonable action that is in the interest of controlling the environment, keeping things 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. 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.
  7. What's the game format?
    Games consist of two, 25-minute running time halves, separated by a brief halftime of just a few minutes. (Since we are paying to rent the gym in hour-long blocks of time, games need to begin and end on time.) Normal game play consists of 4-on-4 out on the floor, plus goalies, and with two of each team's four floor players being women. If you are low on players for a given game, then you may play shorthanded, but you cannot put more than two men on the floor (not including the goalie). If you only have two women show up, they can play the whole game without substitutes, or your team can play shorthanded if they wish to take breaks. If you only have one woman show up, you will have to play one person shorthanded, and she can play the whole game or take breaks, at which point you will temporarily be two people shorthanded on the floor. If you have zero women show up, then you must forfeit the game. An alternative option to playing shorthanded, if you have one woman show up, is to ask the other team's captain prior to the start of the game if they would be willing to play the game 3-on-3 with one woman on the floor. The other captain is in no way obligated to agree to this (and might have good reasons not to, such as wanting to give people enough playing time), but you can ask.
  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. How many players are on a team?
    That's up to each team. We recommend about 10. If you are forming a team, remember: 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. Ideally, you want a few substitutes on the bench because you will get tired, but you also don't want to have such a large team that your players feel like they don't get enough playing time.
  10. Our regular goalie is sick, out of town, or busy. Can we borrow a goalie?
    Yes, under certain circumstances you may borrow a goalie from another team in the league. It's no fun for anyone if a team shows up without a goalie. For that reason, teams are allowed to ask a player from another team to play goalie for a given game. Arranging this is the responsibility of the team, not the league or the referee. You should borrow a goalie only when you are genuinely short on people or have no alternative. If you have pads available and ample people, then the right thing to do is to have someone on your team volunteer before you ask another team to borrow their goalie.
  11. Can we add a player to our roster 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). Having a "part-time" player on your roster is fine, but don't bring a ringer in just for the playoffs or the "important" games.
  12. 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).
  13. 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. Note that floor hockey is a strenuous physical activity. If you aren't sure whether this activity is right for you, please consult your doctor.
  14. Do I need 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. If you are a highly experienced former ice hockey player who is used to playing a very rough game, then this league may not be for you. You are certainly still welcome to play, but you need to 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.
  15. How much does it cost?
    The team fee varies based on how long the season is, which is in turn determined by how many teams there are. The team fee for the summer 2015 season, which consists of 6 regular season games plus 1 playoff game, is $500. 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 how to divide the team fee. It is the captain's responsibility to submit ONE cash or check payment for the team, due on the first night of the season.
  16. 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 players) pays no more than about $8 per game in order to play in this league. When you compare it to other local recreational activities and what they cost, we think it is a REALLY good deal!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. When does it start?
    The Summer 2015 season runs on Friday nights and will start July 17th. Inquire now if you are interested in starting your own team, or if you want to join an existing team. The fall season will begin in September.
  20. 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!
  21. I want to play! What do I do?
    We are always looking for people to play, and no, you do not need to put together a whole team in order to sign up. If you want to sign up as an individual, we can probably find a team for you. Or sign up with a bunch of friends. We play year-round. As soon as one season ends, the next one usually starts within a few weeks. If we're 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. If there are enough people on the waitlist, then we'll explore option of adding a completely new team.