Shot Clock Rules

In ringette at the Petite (U12) level and up a 30 second shot clock is used.

The shot clock is set to 30 seconds at the beginning of each period. Is only to count down when the game clock counts down and to be started when play is started and stopped when play is stopped.

The shot clock is to be reset to 30 seconds when:

  • The team in possession of the ring takes a shot on goal.
  • Control of the ring changes from one team to the other team.
  • A delayed penalty is signaled. If additional penalties are signaled before play is stopped, the shot clock shall not be reset again.
  • A penalty causes the non-penalized team to commit a violation, and play is stopped as a result.
  • A player on the team not in control of the ring performs an action, independent of direct influence by the opposing team, and play is stopped as a result.
  • A player on the team not in possession of the ring is injured, and play is stopped as a result.
  • The ring enters the net.
  • The ring contacts a goal post or the cross bar.
  • The ring contacts the goalkeeper or AGK within the goal crease
  • The ring contacts the goalkeeper outside the goal crease and the contact prevents the ring from entering the net.

When the shot clock reaches zero seconds, an audible signal will sound:

  • Play is stopped, as the team last in control of the ring has committed a violation.
  • The shot clock is reset to 30 seconds.
  • The ring is awarded to the non-offending team, in the zone in which the ring was last contacted or controlled.

If the shot clock’s audible signal sounds in error:

  • Play is stopped.
  • The shot clock is reset to 30 seconds.
  • The ring is awarded to the team last in control of the ring, in the zone in which play was stopped.
  • If the shot clock is reset in error, play continues.

The shot clock display units shall be turned off when there is less time remaining in the period than there is on the shot clock. If the display units cannot be turned off, then the shot clock shall be reset to 30 seconds and stopped.

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