and Professional Ruling
you ever watch Major Junior or Professional hockey games you will notice
that they have a different delayed off-side rule than minor hockey.
At this level they have eliminated the tag-up rule in an attempt to
get the attacking players to stick handle or pass the puck to each other
in the neutral zone and break into the attacking zone as a unit.
there will always be delayed off-side situations at any level of hockey.
When a delayed off-side situation occurs at this level, the
defending players must move the puck forward into the neutral zone without
delaying the game in any manner, such as moving the puck towards their own
net or passing to one another in the defending zone.
The linesman will blow this down due to the fact that the attacking
players cannot play the puck again until it crosses into the neutral zone,
regardless if they have all tagged up with the blue line.
linesman will also blow down the play if the puck does not go directly to
a defending player. For
example, when the puck is shot in by an attacking player and one of his
teammates are located in the attacking zone as the puck crosses completely
over the blue line, the delayed off-side is signaled by the linesman
(linesman raises one arm directly over his head like he is trying to reach
for the ceiling). If this
puck does not go directly to a defending player that is located no deeper
than the hash marks then the whistle will be blown and the face-off will
take place from where the puck was shot into the attacking zone.
Blue Line with the Puck Behind You
are allowed to cross the blue line with both of their skates before the
puck, providing that they had both possession and control of the puck with
at least one skate in the neutral zone before they bring that skate into
the end zone followed by the puck.
most common example of this situation is when a player makes a spin move
on the defenceman near the blue line.
Usually, he will spin causing both of his skates to cross over the
blue line and then he brings the puck over the line.
This is not an off-side because this player had at least one skate
in the neutral zone when he had possession and control of the puck.
Therefore, he is allowed to bring both skates over the blue line
first and then bring the puck into the attacking zone.
key element in this situation is that he must have both possession and
control of the puck. If you recall, having control of the puck means that
you actually have contact with the puck. In other words, it is on the end
of your stick or some other part of your body.
this sounds pretty simple, you may have come across the following
situation once or twice in the past couple of years.
A player has both skates inside his attacking
zone (over the blue line) and receives a pass from the other side of the
red line (his own half of the ice), but before the puck reaches the blue
line the player stops the puck. The
puck is in the neutral zone and both of the player’s skates are on the
opposite side of the blue line inside the attacking zone.
In order for this player to put himself back on-side the player
must do either of the following:
The player must bring at least one skate back over the blue line into the
neutral zone or on the blue line before he can pull the puck over the blue
line into the attacking zone.
2) The player can also bring at least one
skate back over the blue line into the neutral zone or on the blue line
and then put that skate over the blue line into the attacking zone before
pulling the puck over, providing that while he had the skate straddling
the blue line, he was in possession and control of the puck.
Puck Into Your Own Defending Zone
is not considered an off-side if a player legally carries or passes the
puck from the neutral zone back into his own defending zone while a player
of the opposing team is in the defending zone.
the younger divisions you usually won’t see this happen because at that
age the players like to go one way when they get the puck; towards the
other team’s net. However,
as the players grow and they learn how to regroup and use their defence to
set up plays and breakouts you will see this happen a lot.
situation where this happens quite frequently is when an attacking player
is trying to make a move around a defenceman close to the blue line.
The defence usually pokes the puck off of the attacking player’s
stick causing the attacking player to skate into the attacking zone
without the puck. The puck is
now in the neutral zone and a back checking forward from the
defenceman’s team picks up the puck and skates back into his/her own end
zone with the puck, while the opposing player (the original attacking
player) is still in the end zone.
This is not a delayed off-side because it was the defending team
player who brought the puck back into his own end, not the attacking
will be allowed to continue and the attacking player who entered the
attacking zone before the puck will be allowed to go after the puck now
without having to clear the zone. The
same holds true if the defending player was to intentionally pass the puck
back into his defending zone from either the neutral or attacking zone
while an opposing player is located inside the passing/defending
player’s defending zone.
key point to remember is that if a defending player either intentionally
passes or skates the puck back into his defending zone while an opposing
player is in this zone the play will be allowed to continue without a
delayed off-side being signaled or an off-side being called.