1. If one or both of the skaters taking the face-off fail to take their proper position immediately when directed to do so, the on-ice official may order a 1st face-off violation warning.

  2. After the1st face-off violation warning has been made, the linesman will notify the guilty team(s) that a second violation will result in a bench-minor penalty for delay of game.

  3. If one of the other skaters not taking the face-off enters the face-off circle prematurely, the on-ice official will stop the face-off. The offending team must receive a 1st face-off violation warning.

  4. If one of the other skaters not taking the face-off enters the face-off circle prematurely, and the puck has already been dropped, game action will be stopped and the face-off will be re-taken, unless the opposing team gains possession of the puck. If play is stopped, the offending team must receive a 1st face-off violation warning.

  5. No substitution of players is allowed after a false face-off until the face-off has been properly executed, except when a penalty is assessed that affects the on-ice strength of either team.

  6. If a skater wins a face-off by kicking the puck to a teammate, game action will be stopped and the face-off re-taken. The offending team must receive a 1st face-off violation warning.

  7. If a face-off is won by a hand pass, play will be stopped and the face-off retaken, and the offending team must receive a 1st face-off violation warning. If a skater gloves the puck on a face-off and the opposing team gains possession, play will continue. Any on-ice official may make this call.

  8. A team that commits a second violation of face-off procedures at the same face-off will be assessed a bench-minor penalty.

  9. No face-off may be won by virtue of a player knocking or batting the puck with his hand in the air immediately after it has been dropped by an on-ice official.

  10. If the skate of a skater not taking the face-off crosses the hash mark prior to the drop of the puck at a face-off, it will be considered a face-off violation.

Any contact with an opponent or his stick prior to the drop of the puck at a face-off will be considered a face-off violation.

If the score clock runs during a false face-off, the lost time must be added to the clock before the face-off can be re-taken.

New - In the last two minutes of regulation time or any time in overtime, the linesman will still blow his whistle to initiate the face-off, the five second time limit will be enforced; players must abide by the verbal directions given by the linesman in his attempt to conduct a fast and fair face-off. The automatic delay of game penalty will not be enforced for a 2nd face-off violation and left at the judgement of the game officials to assess (whereby the game official feels the face-off violation was avoidable or intentional).