The Free Pass

For all free passes the ring is placed in the centre of the half of the free pass closer to the goal area defended by the team awarded the free pass.

  • The player taking the free pass can only enter the half of the free pass circle in which the ring has been placed and is the only player permitted in the free pass circle- if there is no player from the team awarded the free pass in the free pass circle when the whistle is blown, the first player from the team to enter the free pass circle must take the free pass
  • The player taking the free pass must, using the stick, put the ring into play entirely outside the free pass circle within five seconds
  • The player taking the free pass may move anywhere within that half of the free pass circle, up to and including the outer edge of that half of the circle, but may not leave that half of the free pass circle until the ring is entirely outside the free pass circle
  • The player taking the free pass may not contact or control the ring once it is entirely outside the free pass circle before the ring is contacted or controlled by another player
  • No other player may contact or control the ring before it is entirely ¬†outside the free pass circle
  • If a teammate of the player taking the free pass enters the free pass circle before the ring is entirely outside of the free pass circle, play is stopped immediately
  • If a player from the team not taking the free pass enters the free pass circle before the ring is entirely outside the free pass circle and that team gains control of the ring in that zone, before it exits the zone and within five seconds of the ring exiting the free pass circle, play is stopped

The free pass is used to start each period of a game, and for pretty much all the stoppages in play unless the ring is awarded as a goalie ring.

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