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Major Fouls

Blocking: Occurs when contact is initiated by a defender who has moved into the path of an opponent with the ball without giving that player a chance to stop or change direction

Charging: Occurs when a player charges, barges, shoulders or backs into an opponent, or pushes with the hand or body

Dangerous Shot: Occurs when a player propels the ball toward the goal without control, or in the direction of a field player or the goalkeeper

Misconduct: Occurs when a player conducts herself in a rough, dangerous or unsportsmanlike manner, persistently causes infringement of the rules, or deliberately endangers the safety of opposing players

Shooting Space: Occurs when a defender is not closely marking her opponent and is in the free space to goal of the attack player with the ball. The attack player must have the opportunity and be looking to shoot

Slashing: Occurs when a defender swings her stick at an opponent’s stick or body with deliberate viciousness or recklessness, whether or not the opponent’s stick or body is struck

Three Seconds: A defender may not stand within the eight meter arc, unless she is closely marking an opponent, for more than three seconds


Minor Fouls

Body Ball: A ball that hits a field player’s body to her distinct advantage

Empty Crosse Check: A player may not check an opponent’s stick unless the ball is in the opponent’s stick

Goal Circle Foul: Occurs when any part of an offensive or defensive player’s body or stick, except that of the goalkeeper or deputy, enters the goal circle

Warding Off: Occurs when a player guards a ground ball with her stick or foot, removes one hand from the stick and uses her free arm to ward off an opponent, or checks an opponent’s empty stick while she is trying to get possession of the ball