USA Rules

Table of Contents:

SECTION I. Basic Rules of Play
SECTION II. Legal Objects
A. Sanctioned Tables
B. Mallets
C. Pucks
D. Other Objects
SECTION III. Beginning the Game
SECTION IV. In Play vs. Out of Play
SECTION V. Scoring
SECTION VI. Penalties & Fouls
SECTION VII. Player Conduct
SECTION VIII. Player Rights
SECTION IX. Referee Authority & Responsibilities
SECTION X. Tournament Procedures

SECTION I. Basic Rules of Play

1. The first player to accumulate seven (7) points wins the game.

2. When the puck enters and drops inside a player’s goal, the player’s opponent receives one point (unless play had been suspended by the referee or the offensive player had committed a foul during or prior to the shot.)

3. After each game, players will alternate tablesides.

4. The player scored upon receives possession of the puck for the next serve.

5. A player may hand serve the puck only after it has entered his goal.

6. A player may play with only one mallet on the playing surface at one time. Violation results in a foul.

7. The puck may be struck with any part of the mallet.

8. The puck cannot be “topped” by lifting the mallet and placing it on the top of the puck. This cannot be done at any time whether before a serve or after a serve during play. Violation constitutes a foul. Using the mallet to bring an airborne puck to the table or opponent’s goal is not a topping violation no matter which side or edge of the puck is contacted.

9. Only one puck may be in play at a given moment.

10. A player has seven (7) seconds to execute a shot, which crosses the centerline. The seven (7) seconds begins as soon as the puck enters and remains on that player’s side of the centerline. Violation of this rule is a foul.

11. When the puck is in contact with any part of the centerline, either player may strike the puck.

12. A player may stand anywhere around the table on his/her side of the centerline. He/she may not stand past that line.

13. If any part of a player’s hand, arm, body, or clothes touches the puck, “palming” will be called by the referee, which constitutes a foul.

14. Each player may take one time-out per game. The time-out may be no longer than 10 seconds.

15. A player may exercise his/her time-out only when the puck is in his/her possession or not in play.

16. A player must make a clear indication of time-out so that the referee understands the player’s intention.

17. When a player is scored upon, he/she will have ten seconds to remove the puck from the goal and place it in play. The ten seconds start as soon as the puck has fallen completely through the goal and is available for the player to place into play. This rule is suspended during the course of a time-out.

SECTION II. Legal Objects

A. Sanctioned Tables

1. All sanctioned tables must meet USAA standards.

a. List of Approved Tables (full-size models)

Brunswick Blue Top
Dynamo Brown Top
Dynamo Blue Top
Dynamo Purple Top
Dynamo Photon (Ice-Blue Top) w/ thin centerline
Dynamo Pro-Style
b. Tables must be broken-in.

2. “Conditional Approval” may be granted on a situational basis by the USAA Board of Directors. This means that both players must agree to play on the table.

3. Tables with a long overhead light are not sanctioned for tournament use.

B. Mallets

1. Mallets (strikers) must be approved by game referees as meeting the requirements of the USAA. USAA requirements are as follows:

Weight must be 6 oz. or less.
Diameter must be less than 4-1/16″.
Color may be any except that the outside rim must be of a different color than game surface of table.
The mallet must consist of the same material and be uniform and symmetrical throughout its circumference.
2. No mallet may be altered by sloping the playing surface in order to create an angled striking or defending surface.

C. Pucks

1. Three pucks are approved by the USAA for sanctioned events: The “lexan-yellow”, the “lexan-red” and the “Dynamo green”. The “lexan-yellow” will be used unless both players agree to use another puck.

2. Pucks may not be changed during a game unless both players agree or unless the referee insists due to clear non-playability of the puck. Such a change in pucks must, if possible, be to the same kind of puck.

3. Pucks must have at least one layer of white plastic tape on the top side. Pucks with more then one layer of tape may be used only if both players agree.

D. Other Objects

1. Shields are approved for play if they are at a right angle to the top of the table and both players agree to play with them.

2. Devices for attaching mallet to hand (i.e. bands, straps, strings, handles, and/or gloves) are legal as long as they do not affect the puck during play.