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Rule 303 | Goalkeeper’s Equipment

Rule 303 | Goalkeeper’s Equipment

(a) With the exception of skates and stick, all the equipment worn by the goalkeeper must be constructed solely for the purpose of protecting the head or body, and he must not wear any garment or use any contrivance that would give him undue assistance in keeping goal.

(b) It is compulsory for all goalkeepers to wear helmets and full facemasks. Hanging throat/neck laceration protectors are recommended. No form fitted facemasks shall be permitted.

(c) Gloves – the dimensions of the goalkeeper’s blocker glove shall not exceed 8 inches in width or 15 inches in length. The cuff of the catching glove shall not exceed 8 inches in width. The circumference of the glove shall not exceed 45 inches. The catching portion of the glove (measured from the heel – the point where the cuff meets the glove – to the top of the “T” trap and following the contour of the glove) must not exceed 18 inches. 

(Note) Any bar or attachment (cheater bar) between the cuff and the thumb shall only extend from the cuff to the thumb in a straight line. Any additional lacing, webbing or other material attached to the glove shall deem the equipment illegal. 

(d) Leg Pads – The leg guards worn by goalkeepers shall not exceed 11 inches in extreme width and 38 inches in length. The boot channel of the goalkeeper pad must be flat or concave in appearance with no additional attachments such as a puck foil. The boot is the bottom of the pad that sits over the top of the skate. Calf protectors must follow the contour of the calf and ankle and can have a thickness of no greater than 1 ½ inches.

The knee strap pad is not to exceed 1 ½ inches in thickness and must be fastened to the inner risers and follow the contour of the inner knee.

All thigh pads must follow the contour of the leg, or placed under the pant, and the maximum width of the thigh pad across the front of the leg is 10 inches.

(e) Pants – No internal, external or cheater padding is permitted on the pant leg or waist beyond what is required to provide protection (no outside or inside ridges). Abdominal aprons extending down the front of the thighs on the outside of the pants are prohibited.

(f) Chest/Shoulder Protection – No raised ridges are allowed on the front edges or sides of the chest pad, the inside or outside of the arms, or across the shoulders.

Layering at the elbow is permitted to add protection but not to add stopping area. This layering, both across the front and down the sides to protect the point of the elbow shall not exceed 7 inches.

Shoulder cap protectors must follow the contour of the shoulder cap without becoming a projection/extension beyond or above the shoulder or shoulder cap. This contoured padding must not be more than 1 inch in thickness beyond the top ridge of the shoulder and shoulder cap.

On each side, the shoulder clavicle protectors are not to exceed 7 inches in width and their maximum thickness is to be 1 inch. This protection is not to extend or project above or beyond the shoulder or shoulder cap nor extend beyond the armpit. No insert is allowed between the shoulder clavicle protector and the chest pad that would elevate the shoulder clavicle protector.

If when the goalkeeper assumes the normal crouch position, the shoulder and/or shoulder cap protection is pushed above the contour of the shoulder, the chest pad will be considered illegal.

(g) A minor penalty for an equipment violation shall be assessed to any goalkeeper using illegal equipment in a game. 

(Note) When a request for measurement is made by the Captain of a team against any dimensions of goalkeeper equipment, the Referee shall make the necessary measurement immediately. 

If the challenge is not sustained, a bench minor penalty for delay of game shall be assessed to the team requesting the measurement.