Rule of the Week - Misconduct

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Rule of the Week - Misconduct

Post by Mags Payne » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:14 pm

Misconduct is a penalty that scares a lot of people - cause there is the fact that Gross Misconduct means that you're getting expelled from the game.

So what is Misconduct?
When a Skater engages in extremely unsporting conduct, that Skater may receive a penalty or expulsion based on the degree to which the action is deemed inappropriate. This may include being rude to opponents, support staff, or audience members; physical contact outside the range of appropriate contact for the sport,; or any act that undermines the dignity of the sport.
Basically, acting in an unsportsmanlike way (to use hockey parlance). Or to be a *insert unspeakable name here* (I kid, I kid!)

There are a lot of things that fall under the misconduct umbrella!

Legal Play
Examples of Legal Play

5.16.1 - Initiating contact with both skates off of the ground to a teammate is legal, regardless of the impact on that teammate. The impacted teammate is, however, responsible for the legality of their own actions.

5.16.2 - Entry to the Penalty Box that causes a teammate to either move or be forcibly contacted.
Like with most penalties, there's a HUGE range of stuff that will get you penalised or expelled for doing to an opposition skater, but it's totally fine to do to your team mates. Warning: you have to hang out with your team mates, so you might not want to intentionally do any of these! (Also, I have a feeling this will break the league's code of conduct if you do any of these intentionally!)


No Impact/No Penalty
5.16.3 - Entry to the Penalty Box that causes contact only to persons intruding on either the safety lane and/or the Penalty Box.

5.16.4 - Contact, either actual or potential, by the Skater’s penalty seat to another person that is caused by a structural failure of the seat, not by the entry of the Skater to the Penalty Box.
Basically, if you hit someone who is where they shouldn't be, then it's ok! Also, if you sit down on a penalty box seat and it collapses and hits an NSO, you are not held responsible for it. However, it *has* to be caused by structural failure of the seat and not by you sitting down too hard!
5.16.5 - Initiating contact with both skates off of the ground that forces the receiving opponent off balance, forward, and/or sideways, but does not cause the opponent to lose their relative position.

5.16.6 - A Skater initiating contact or engaging an opponent before the jam-starting whistle that forces the receiving opponent off balance, forward, or sideways, but does not cause the opponent to lose their established starting position.

5.16.7 - A Skater initiating contact or engaging an opponent after the fourth jam-ending whistle that forces the opponent slightly off balance, forward, or sideways, but does not cause the opponent to fall.
Like a lot of penalties, some of the misconduct ones involve whether there was impact or not. It's a bad idea to do any of these (particularly leaping at an opponent - please don't do that).

Penalty (Misconduct)
5.16.8 - Initiating contact with both skates off of the ground that forces the receiving opponent out of established position. This includes forcing an opponent down, out of bounds, or out of relative position.

5.16.9 - Executing a block on an opponent who is down.
Initiating contact with both skates off the ground also means when you are jumping the apex - if you slam into someone while jumping the apex, then you're going to get a penalty.

Hitting someone who is down, or continuing to block someone who is down will also pick you up a penalty.
5.16.10 - The use of obscene, profane, or abusive language or gestures directed at a mascot, announcer, audience member, or other event production individuals. If no one can be singled out as the offending party but it is clearly coming from a Skater, this penalty will be issued to the corresponding Captain.

5.16.11 - The excessive use of obscene, profane, or abusive language or gestures directed at an opponent, teammate, manager, coach, or other team support staff. If no one can be singled out as the offending party but it is clearly coming from a Skater, or if a team as a whole is being offensive (though no individual Skater’s offensive speech is considered “excessive”), this penalty will be assessed to the corresponding Captain
You CANNOT swear at your teammates. In fact, it's probably a bad idea to swear at ANYONE during a game. Also, sucks to be the Captain if you have a sweary teammate that we can't identify.
5.16.12 - A Skater who, on their way to the Penalty Box during a jam, causes another person (including Officials, opponents, and audience members, but not including teammates) to vacate their position to reasonably avoid being forcibly contacted. This includes people correctly positioned in their team area and is not limited to people in the Penalty Box.
Remember the OPR lane? Yeah, that's ours. If you go flying around it and we have to move out of your way, then you get a penalty!
5.16.13 - Habitual entry to the Penalty Box during a jam in which contact, either actual or potential, by the Skater’s seat to another person (including Officials, opponents, and audience members, but not including teammates) is caused by a structural failure of the seat and not the entry of the Skater. Penalty is to be issued where proper precaution is not being shown by the offending Skater, causing the habitual failure of a seat or seats.
Basically, if you keep coming in where it knocks over seats and could (or does) hit someone, then you'll get a penalty.
5.16.14 - Intentionally adopting a downed position so as to deceive a Referee into incorrectly calling a penalty on an opponent.
I've never actually seen this happen, you will get a penalty, regardless of how good your acting is.
5.16.15 - Intentionally adopting a downed position in an attempt to avoid a block.
Take it like a girl - don't avoid hits!
5.16.16 - Any contact initiated by a downed Skater that causes an opponent to fall or lose relative position, or allows a teammate to gain relative position.
You can't hit someone while you're on your knees. Note: this is separate from low blocks! (But they're very similar)
5.16.17 - A Skater initiating contact or engaging an opponent before the jam-starting whistle that forces the receiving opponent out of their established starting position. This includes forcing an opponent down, out of bounds, severely off balance, or into an illegal starting position.

5.16.18 - A Skater initiating contact or engaging an opponent before the jam-starting whistle that allows the initiator to gain a superior starting position. This includes gaining a legal starting position (gaining an in-bounds or legal starting position via the contact), or breaking a wall of opponents.
Don't hit someone before the jam starting whistle. It's a *really* bad idea.
5.16.19 - A Skater initiating contact or engaging an opponent after the fourth jam-ending whistle that forces the receiving opponent down or severely off balance, forward, or sideways.
Same goes for once the jam ends. Remember that this means the *first* set of four whistles.


Gross Misconduct (Expulsion)
Gross Misconduct is defined as an indiscretion so serious that it justifies the instant expulsion of a Skater, even on the first occurrence. The following egregious acts will be an automatic game expulsion, even if not during a fight.
These are the big bad penalties!
5.16.20 - Illegal interference in game play by Skaters or support staff not involved in the jam.
This should hopefully be clear enough!
5.16.21 - The repeated use of obscene, profane, or abusive language or gestures directed at a mascot, announcer, audience member, or other event production individuals.

5.16.22 - The repetitive and excessive use of obscene, profane, or abusive language or gestures directed at an opponent, teammate, manager, coach, or other support staff.
Remember how you probably shouldn't swear at people? Well, you definitely shouldn't do it repeatedly!
5.16.23 - Fighting, defined as a physical struggle that is not part of regular game play. A Skater who only defends blows and does not engage in the fight will not be penalized
Fighting is bad. Fighting is awful. Don't fight. I don't need to tell you that...hopefully.
5.16.24 - Biting.
Seriously?
5.16.25 - Jumping onto or into a pile of fighting Skaters (i.e., “dog pile”).
FIGHTING IS BAD.
5.16.26 - Serious physical violence or any action deemed by the Officials to cause an extraordinary physical threat.
FIGHTING IS REALLY BAD.
5.16.27 - A Skater who, on their way to the Penalty Box during a jam, makes forcible contact with another person (other than a teammate), or who causes a Penalty Box seat to do so. This includes contact made to people correctly positioned in their team area and is not limited to people in the Penalty Box.
Yeah, in case you hadn't noticed, you have to SUPER careful with getting into the penalty box!
5.16.28 - Forcible contact to an Official that is either avoidable or intentional.
Again, it should go without saying, but don't hit officials.

And that's it!

Questions? Concerns?
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Re: Rule of the Week - Misconduct

Post by Dead Metal » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:41 am

5.16.25 - Jumping onto or into a pile of fighting Skaters (i.e., “dog pile”).
This makes me wonder if there was a specific incident that prompted them to include this rule! :shock: :D

Thank you as always, Mags, you make things so clear!
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Re: Rule of the Week - Misconduct

Post by Tink » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:24 am

There are a lot of rules still around from when it was a much less sporty sport!

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Re: Rule of the Week - Misconduct

Post by Lisa » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:00 pm

PENALTY WHEEL!

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Re: Rule of the Week - Misconduct

Post by Legs11 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:07 pm

yeah more fighting in the olden days!
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