BFHA Annual Adult Indoor Tournament
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About Indoor League

2018 Adult Indoor League

Registration for the 2018 season is closed.

League Details

  • When: Sundays 3:00-5:30pm, 8 weeks of play from January 7 to March 11 (no hockey on January 28 or February 4); **Download Schedule** (PDF)
  • Where: Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Rd. Owings Mills, MD 21117

    • Athletic center directions: It is Building 12 on the campus map. Drive down the campus road until you see the outdoor turf fields and a parking lot (will be on your left). The indoor building is a short walk up the hill above the outdoor turf fields (on your right).

  • About:

    • Co-ed adult leage (maximum 2 men on the court; goalie is gender neutral)

    • FIH indoor rules (6 players on the court including GK)

    • Official USAFH umpires will officiate each game

    • All experience levels are welcome!

    • You can register as an individual or as part of a team

    • Weekly round-robin play (games ~20 minutes) between Turbo and Rec pools, with crossover games (exact schedule TBD depending on signups)

  • Cost: $75 per person

  • Subs:

    • If you are not able to sign up for the entire league but would like to be on the sub list, please let the indoor chairs know.

    • We will send out requests for subs to the sub list weekly by the Thursday before the games.

    • The per-day fee for sub will be $10 (both for the sub list and any subs individual teams recruit themselves).

  • Teams:

    • Players signing up individually will be randomly assigned to teams.

    • Number and size of teams will be determined based on the number of sign-ups, although we anticipate each team having ~10 players.

    • Team colors will be assigned after final teams are created, and players should wear shirts and socks with their team color.

    • Pre-formed teams have no roster size restrictions, and all players must still sign up individually.

  • Changes to League this Year:

    • We are going back to 6v6 games. This means that there will be 5 field players and the keeper. We hope this will satisfy playing time demands, but please be aware that this may result in a bit of a crowding on the small court.

    • In case you haven't played indoor in a while, view the updated rules

    • Turbo and Recreational pools.

      • Turbo teams are: Thunder, Lightning, Crabby Patties and Hons.

      • Recreational teams are: Poppers, Blue Crabs and Hummingbirds. 

    • Every week, the recreational pool will play either a) 2 games in pool, 2 games out of pool or b) 3 games in pool, 1 games out of pool. Every week the turbo pool will play 3 games in pool and 1 game out of pool. Crossover games are rotated each week as well as weeks with 4 games in a row.

      • Every third match there will be an empty court in order to accommodate 7 teams total for equal play time and rest time.

      • Games will be 22 minutes each with 2 minutes in between games.

      • There may be some weeks when you have a lot of subs available - this format of continuous play means that you should use your subs liberally! Keep things hopping and rotating.

  • Sportsmanship and Umpiring:

    • The Indoor Chairs have heard some positive feedback from the umpires regarding last season and we would like to keep that going in the right direction. We want to remind everyone that we are in this league to have a good time, socialize with friends and play clean hockey.

    • Last year we awarded our first ever sportsmanship award, and we plan to do so again this year! We have additional information below regarding the award, league rules and umpiring. 

    • Sportsmanship award: One player in the league will win free registration for the next season of indoor hockey. The lucky winner of the sportsmanship award will be selected from a lottery system. All players on those teams with the fewest number of cards will be entered into the lottery drawing, excluding any players who received a yellow card or worse during the season.

    • Umpires: we hire official USAFH rated umpires to officiate our games. For our indoor league, we are lucky to have most of our umpires rated level 2 (e.g. college/elite level, have to be rated yearly). This means that they are continuously evaluated at official tournaments, with an average accuracy level of above 80%. The highest rating is Level 3, which is Olympic level, where accuracy is 93%, and of which there are only a handful in the country. So we have some of the best in our league. If things don’t get called your way, this is just the nature of the sport. If you’ve ever tried it, it's pretty darned difficult to umpire a zippy sport like hockey, especially indoor. Also note, we can only afford one umpire per court, so they also don’t always have the benefit of a second pair of eyes.

    • Better matching of playing preferences: we hope that the Turbo and Recreational pools will allow us to better match players with other players who share similar intensity levels, experience levels and playing preferences. This should improve safety, as should reduce frustrations that may arise from differences in your personal hockey outlook for the year.

    • Rules refreshers and education: On the first day, will have a demo of new rules for this year as well as the most important indoor rules necessary for player safety (e.g. drilling). Again, here’s the guidance on this year’s rules and indoor hockey umpiring in general (with videos):

    • Clearer carding system: Yellow cards or above will likely only be issued for poor sportsmanship. For technical fouls and errors, the umpires will make every effort to warn you and help you figure out what you did wrong. However, yellow cards are possible if you complain about a whistle inappropriately (of course, you are always welcome to ask for an explanation politely, and also approach umpires for guidance, help and training). We don’t really recall that people have gotten any serious cards at indoor, but just so we are all on the same page in case it crops up, here’s what will happen if you receive the following cards (this will be in addition to the time penalty for the card in that match):

      • 2nd yellow card of the season: Suspended for next match. Don the headphones and co-umpire the match you are suspended for (you can choose which court).

      • Red card: Suspended for next match. Don the headphones and co-umpire a match before you are allowed to play again (i.e. doesn’t have to be the next match, if you need time to cool off. Can also be fulfilled the following week).

      • 2 red cards in the season: Out for the rest of the season. No refunds. Nature of the red cards may be investigated/appealed, and final decision of any appeals will be made by the indoor chairs, who will gather information from team captains and umpires.

      • Note about time penalties: it is your responsibility to keep time for when you are carded, as we only have one umpire per court, they won’t be expected to keep time for that.

      • If you wish to take issue with this penalty system, please contact us as soon as possible. Indoor league is flexible and adaptable. If ultimately we cannot come to a mutually satisfactory arrangement, we will offer you the opportunity of withdrawing from the league with a full refund if you have not yet come under any disciplinary actions (cards).

USAFH Membership

BHFA leagues require an up-to-date membership with USAFH. If you need to join or update your membership, please do so.


Please contact the organizers (Erin Ewald, Marie Thorp & Jenna Lesser) with any questions. Contact the Indoor chairs!