NSMBHA Standard Rules & Regulations

The NSMBHA rules are based on the C.B.H.A. Rules and Regulations. Please refer to it for a complete list of all rules. These rules will apply to the standard April-June Spring season and in Provincial games. Download a PDF version of the NSMBHA Rules below. Updated March 2017.

The NSMBHA offers various types of league formats (3-on-3, 4-on-4, and Shinny) and different rules may apply. Rules will be made available for each season format as it rolls out. 


Any persons, spectator, player or team representative, who threatens, pushes, strikes or verbally abuses the League Conveners, staff or Game Officials including Timekeepers during their course of administering the functions of the league, will be automatically expelled from NSMBHA.


C.S.A. approved helmet with full facial protection, hockey gloves or D-Gel Zebra gloves, soccer shin pads and athletic cup are mandatory. Using soft elbow pads, shin pads, and knee pads are recommended.


Only NSMBHA approved Coaches or Volunteers are allowed on the player’s bench. A maximum of 4 Coaches is allowed. All games consist of two 15 minute stop time periods. There will be no overtime in Regular Season play. In the Playoffs, overtime will be one 5 minute STOP time sudden death period. If still tied, each team will take 3 penalty shots. If the score remains tied, the game will go into sudden death penalty shots.

The RED LINE will be used for icing.

The FLOATING BLUE LINE rule is in effect.

Each team shall be permitted one 30 second timeout per period.

The Game Clock will be Running Time when there is a 5 goal difference or more in the 2nd Period of the game.

The Game Clock shall return to Stop Time whenever there is there is less than a 5 goal difference.

The final score will always reflect a maximum five-goal spread for tiebreaker purposes regardless of the actual score. If Team A defeats Team B 7-1, the final score will be recorded as a 6-1 result.


Contacting the ball above the height of the shoulders will result in a 2-minute penalty.

If a player loses their helmet during play he must pick it up and put it back on before rejoining the play otherwise it will result in a 2-minute penalty.

High sticking the ball is only a 2-minute minor penalty. All Stick penalties are 2-minute minor penalties. Stick penalties are Slashing, High Sticking, Cross Checking, Spearing Minor and Butt-ending Minor.

Any player receiving 3 penalties of any kind in one game will be ejected from the game.

A Hit From Behind penalty, regardless if it is a minor or major penalty results, in an automatic game ejection.


All such incidents will be reviewed by league officials and can incur ejection from the league. Please see the handbook for suspensions assessed for major penalties.


The group will be broken into 4 teams and they will rotate through 4 different drill stations for a period of approximately 7 minutes each.  The remainder of the program will consist of 2 games played simultaneously width wise in each half of the rink.  

Slap shots are NOT allowed.

The 2-3 minute shift horn will be used.

Penalties will NOT be applied, a warning shall be issued.

There will NOT be any rules or any Stoppage of Play.  The referee shall tell the goalie to play the ball or the referee shall toss the ball into the corner to keep play on.

The only stoppage of plays that will take place are at the 2-3 minute shift horn or after a goal is scored where the teams will face-off in the middle of their half floor surface.


Slap shots are NOT allowed.

U16 CoEd, U12 BOYS, and U12 GIRLS

Slap shots are allowed.

Administrator NSMBHA,
Mar 1, 2017, 12:32 PM