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HOCKEY 101

Hockey Signals

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USA Hockey Signals


Penalties and the signals that define them. We'll try and get some pictures up of these hand signals up here as soon as we can find some. In the meantime, they are described here.

Boarding:
 

Checking(shoving) an opponent so the he is thrown violently into the boards. Referee smacks right fist into upheld left palm

Cross-Checking:
 

A check(shove) delivered with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice. Referee pushes parallel fists away from his chest.

Misconduct:
 

Penalty to any player except the goaltender that results in removal from the game for a 10-minute period. Referee places his hands on his hips.

Tripping:
 

Using a stick, knee, foot, arm, hand or elbow to cause an opponent to trip or fall. Referee pushes left hand, palm down, towards the ice and lifts left knee.

Charging:
 

Running into, jumping into or charging an opponent. Referee makes two fists and rotates them around each other.

Interference:
 

Interfering with the progress of an opponent who is not in possesion of the puck. Referee crosses his fists over his chest.

Holding:
 

Holding an opponent from moving with hands or stick or any other way. Referee grabs his left wrist with his right hand.

Slashing:
 

Blocking or trying to block and opponent by "slashing with the stick". Referee makes a chopping motion with his right arm.

High-Sticking:
 

Carrying the stick about the normal height of the shoulders. Referee holds his fists one on top of the other up near his head.

Elbowing:
 

Using an elbow in any way to foul an opponent. Referee holds his left forearm perpendicular to his bicep and points to his left elbow with his right hand.

Hooking:
 

"Hooking" a stick around an opponent to try to block his progress. Referee makes pulling motion to the side with his arms. It mirrors a hooking motion.

Delayed Call:
 

A referee signals that he is about to penalize a player, but will not stop play until the team to be penalized touches the puck. Referee holds up his right arm

Spearing:
 

Stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade while the stick is being carried in one or both hands. Referee makes poking motion with both hands.

Wash-out:

goal that is ruled invalid by the referee, or waving off of an infraction by the linesman

Match Penalty:
 

Any player, including the goaltender,
will be ejected immediately for deliberately injuring another player. A teammate must serve a five-minute major for the ejected player. Ref places right hand on head.

Icing:
 

Shooting the puck untouched from beyond the red line (center ice) past the opponent's goal line and then being touched first by the opposing team. Though it's technically not a penalty, it does have a hand signal, left arm straight up in the air.

Hand Pass:
 

Players can't close their hands on the puck,pick it up from the ice or throw it. Ref waves right arm with palm flat.

 

 

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