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Common Signals

Checking into the Sphere

Check to the Head


Dangerous Follow Through

Empty Cross Check

Forcing Through


Obstruction of Free Space to Goal


Common Terms

8-meter arc
An arc marked in front of the goal used for the administration of major fouls. A defender may not remain in this area for more than three seconds unless closely marking her opponent.
12-meter fan
A semi-circle area in front of each goal circle bounded by an arc 12 meters from the goal circles.
Using stick-to-stick contact to try and dislodge the ball.
Free Position
An opportunity awarded to one player when a major or minor foul is committed by a player from the other team. All players must move 4 meters away from the player with the ball. When the whistle sounds to resume play, the ball carrier may run, pass or shoot, unless it’s indirect. On an indirect free position, the ball must be passed before a shot can be taken.
Goal Circle
The circle around the goal to protect the goalkeeper. No player’s stick or body may “break” the plane of the goal circle.
Modified Checking
Checking the stick only if the entire stick is below shoulder level. The check must be down and away from the body.
Closely guarding an opponent within a stick’s length.
Shooting Space
A player may not use any part of her body to guard the goal in a manner that denies the attack the opportunity to shoot safety and encourages shooting at a player.
When whistle is blown, all players must stand where they are. Ball is considered dead until whistle blows again.
Three Seconds
While defending within the 8-meter arc, remain in tha t area more than 3 seconds unless she is marking an opponent within a stick's length.

Field Diagrams