Starting this summer at State Wars 7 an important penalty rules change will take place that simply makes sense and is a long time coming. All minor penalties will now be one and a half minutes in duration and all major penalties will be four minutes in duration.
“It just makes sense” says National Director Tim McManus, “for years I have thought about this and finally after doing some research and speaking with many in the sport who’s opinions I value and trust, we have finally decided to make the change. It never made sense to me that an NHL hockey game has 3 periods of 20 minutes each in length and our games consist of (2) 12 minute halves, yet penalties are the same length. If a team gets three minors currently in a roller hockey game, that team is shorthanded one quarter the length of the entire game, that is too much.”
McManus added “not to mention, the players are affected with playing time. Many times your top 4-5 players are playing the majority of every power play or penalty kill, so in many games where penalties are being called on both teams, the 6-8 players on the team are the ones spending most of the time on the bench, we want to see our players playing more hockey and especially more 4 on 4 hockey.”
National Director Greg Thompson added “the IIHF World Championships and the former RHI (pro roller hockey) both also followed these penalty durations, so it really does make sense. The referees these days do call a tight game and that is good for the safety of our game, but by shortening the length of each penalty and making it more proportionate with the length of the game, I feel we get the best of both worlds.”