Dayton Fangs Women's Ice Hockey: FAQ

Thursday, October 18
New players, we have a place for you. Yes, even if you have never skated before. Do not be intimidated, you will be able to learn and have a great time doing so. The roster is expected to have more new players than seasoned players so you will get a lot of ice time. You will participate, not just sit on the bench.

Wednesday, September 26
Some Playing Rules, Vocabulary and Ref Signals.
A Few Playing ...

Monday, July 3
Hockey Jargon, Official Hand Signals

Hockey Jargon (from Hockey 101)


1)      Playing Rules:

·        Offside Pass: An offside pass occurs when a member of the attacking team passes the puck from behind his own defending blue line to a teammate across the red center line.  However, if the puck precedes the player across the red center line, the pass is good.  An attacking player may pass the puck over the red center line and the attacking blue line to a teammate, as long as the puck precedes the teammate across the blue line.  The face-off after an offside pass takes place at the originating point of the pass.


·        Offside: A team is offside when a player crosses the attacking blue line before the puck. Face-off takes place just outside the blue line.  The determining factor in most offsides is the position of the skates: they must both be over the line ahead of the puck to be considered offside.


·        Icing: Icing is called when a player shoots the puck from his side of the red center line across the opponents’ goal line. Play is stopped when an opponent (other than the goaltender) touches the puck. The face-off is held in the offending team’s end of the rink.  Four situations nullify icing:

         a) when the team of the player shooting the puck is shorthanded

         b) when an opponent could have touched the puck before it crossed the goal line

         c) when a member of the team that shot the puck touches it before an opponent

         d) when the puck passes through any portion of the goal crease


Some Vocabulary:

·        Backcheck:  The forward drops back to center ice or his defending zone to regain the puck from the opposition.


·        Boarding:  Violently checking an opponent into the boards (illegal).


·        Breakaway:  No opponent between the puck carrier and the opponent’s goal except the goaltender.


·        Deke:  To feint an opponent out of position (legal).


·        Drop Pass:  The puck carrier leaves the puck behind to be picked up by a trailing linemate.


·        5 Hole:  The space between a goalie’s pads.


·        Forecheck:  To keep opponents in their end of the rink while trying to regain control of the puck.


·        Freezing the Puck:  Holding the puck against the boards with the stick or skates.


·        Hat Trick:  Three goals scored by a player in one game.


·        Headmanning:  Passing the puck ahead to a leading teammate.


·        High Stick:  Raising the stick above the shoulder. If it is used near an opponent, it is a penalty. Goals scored with a high stick will be disallowed.


·        Interference:  To hinder or restrain a player not immediately involved in playing the puck (illegal).


·        Neutral Zone:  The center ice area between the defending and attacking zones (the area between blue lines).


·        Penalty Box (Sin Bin):  The off-ice area at the center red line where penalized players serve their time.


·        Point:  The unmarked area on the ice just inside either blue line, and about 10-15 feet from either side board.


·        Poke Check:  To dislodge the puck from the puck carrier by jabbing at it with the blade of the stick (legal).


·        Power-Play:  When a team has more players on the ice than the opposition due to one or more penalties against the opposing team.


·        Screen Shot:  A shot the goaltender has difficulty seeing due to player(s) in front of him.


·        Slap Shot:  Bringing the stick back, then quickly forward and slapping the puck ahead.


·        Splitting the Defense:  The puck carrier goes between the two opposing defensemen.


·        Stick Handling:  Carrying the puck along the ice with the stick.


·        Sweep Check:  To use the stick with a sweeping motion in order to dislodge the puck from the puck carrier (legal).


·        Top-Shelf:  Aiming a shot above either shoulder of a goaltender.


·        Wrist Shot:  Propelling the puck off the blade of the stick with a flicking motion of the wrist.


VII) Officials Hand Signals and Penalties (from Hockey 101)

There are four major categories of penalties:

1) Minor – 2 minute penalty.

2) Major – 5 minute penalty.

3) Misconduct – 10 minute penalty.

4) Game Misconduct, Gross Misconduct or Match Penalty – duration of the game.


Hockey 101 - Referee Signals

A jabbing motion with both hands in front of the body.
Called for using the stick like a spear.

Clasping the wrists in front of the chest.
Called for using hands on opponent or his equipment.

Chopping with one hand across the opposite forearm.
Called for swinging stick at the opponent.

Rotating clenched fists in front of chest.
Called for taking more than three strides before checking opponent.

Crossed arms in front of chest with fists closed.
Called for having contact with opponent not in possession of puck.

Pounding the closed fist of one hand into the other.
Called for driving an opponent into the boards.

Delayed Calling of Penalty
Referee extends arm and points to penalized player.
Signals a penalty that has occurred by the team that does not have possession. Play continues until penalized team regains possession of the puck.

Cross Checking
A forward and backward motion with fists extended from the chest.
Called for hitting opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of stick on the ice.

Both arms swung across the body with palms down.
When used by referee, it means a goal has been disallowed. When used by the linesman, it means icing or off-side has been nullified.

Tugging motion with the arms.
Called for using the stick or blade to hook an opponent.

Slapping the knee with palm of hand.
Called when using knee to impede opponent.

Strike the right leg with the right hand below the knee.
Called for using stick, arm or leg to cause the opponent to trip or fall.

Tapping the elbow with the opposite hand.
Called when using elbow to impede an opponent.

Place both hands on hips.
Called for various forms of misconduct or when a player incurs a second major penalty in a game.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Use both hands to form a "T" in front of chest.

Holding both fists clenched, one above the other at the side of the head.
Called for carrying stick above shoulder against an opponent.

A thrusting motion with the arm extending from the side.
Called for engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.

Linesman's arms folded across the upper chest.


Tuesday, October 18
Experienced players
Experienced players, we have a place for you. You will be the leadership on what will be a great team. And you will see a good competition with 3 teams close by (Cincinnati Rising Stars, Columbus Capitals and the Circle City Sirens (Indianapolis) we will have exhibition games this season. If things go well there are a number of opportunities for tournaments as well.

Thursday, September 22
Great site for information on the game

All Levels of Play
The core of every hockey organization is the development program that trains future players in the basic skills needed to play hockey. The Fangs are committed to teaching and developing the skills needed by players that are new to the sport so they can enter the ranks of competitive hockey. At the same time, the Fangs are looking to have a 20 game schedule in the regional area and attend two tournaments., so there is a great need for players with more experience to help shape the play of new players and compete against the following teams: Cincinnati Rising Stars, Columbus Capitals, Circle City Sirens (Indy), Kent Twisters, Cleveland Heights Ice Hawks, Cleveland Blue, Pittsburgh Piranhas, Pittsburgh Puffins and Central Pittsburgh.

Short FAQ
Am I too old/ too young? As long as you are at least 18, feel free to come out. There are women who have player into their eighties! All the oldies who want to join us are welcome!

Is hockey dangerous? Yes, that is why you have to wear the proper equipment and be proficient in skating. Hockey is a sport of contact & collision. Injuries can include a broken bone or serious injuries to the brain or cervical spine, which could render a player paralyzed or even result in death. Reduce the risk of injury by obeying the established rules. Never use your head to make contact. Play heads up hockey!

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