- All players participating in the EBEL must properly wear a mouth guard.
- It‘s recommended that goalkeepers wear proper mouth protection, but not mandatory.
When player(s) do not adhere: One Team Warning will be given and player will be instructed to not participate in the game until proper protection is worn.
After a Team warning has been issued by the Referee and the same/or different players participate in play without proper mouth protection, the referee will issue a 10 misconduct penalty, as per IIHF Rule 128, Illegal or Dangerous Equipment.
During the course of play, if a player who entered the ice with a mouth guard loses his mouth guard, he may continue play until the 1st stoppage of play or has made a line change during play.
If the loss of a mouth guard during play becomes repetitive, the player(s) will receive 2 for Unsportsmanlike Conduct and a 10 minute Misconduct.
The EBEL has requested Referees to enforce this rule on every skater. A club not adhering to the rule may have multiple misconduct penalties, leading to not enough players to fulfil a proper line up. In such a case; the game will be deemed over and recorded as a loss to the respective team.
- Players born after December 31, 1974 must wear at least a visor.
- All players born in the years 1996 to 1998 must wear IIHF-approved half-face masks (visors) and a mouth guard/mouthpiece; players born in 1999 or later must wear IIHF-approved full-face masks (full visors) and a mouth guard/mouthpiece. The visor must extend down to cover the player's eyes and the lower edge of the player's nose. Full-face masks must be hinged. During the game, full-face masks and chin straps must be worn closed. Full-face masks must be designed in such a way that neither the puck nor a stick blade can penetrate the mask.
- All junior players born 1999 or later need to wear complete neck and throat protection.
- Goalkeepers are not permitted to wear plastic full-face visors.