High Sticking

A “high stick” situation is when a player’s stick is carried above his shoulders and contact is made above the height of the opponent’s shoulders. Players must be in control and responsible for their stick at all times. Any contact made by a stick on an opponent above the shoulders is a minor penalty.

When a player carries, holds or contacts any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent so that injury results, the Referee shall assess a double minor penalty (2+2) for all contact that causes an injury, whether accidental or careless.

When, in the opinion of the Referee, a player attempts to or deliberately injures an opponent while carrying, holding or contacting any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent, the Referee shall assess a match penalty to the offending player.


Key references:

  • Accidental contact permitted if player is in act of shooting
  • Contact above the shoulders of the opponent
  • Responsibility is on player to control his stick

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