Lopsided Score Rule
In any game with a four goal differential, the leading team must remove one player from the game and play short. Another player will be removed each time a goal is scored above that (for example, with a 5 goal differential, the leading team will be playing two players short).
And whenever the trailing team scores, the leading team can return a player to the fields up to the point where the game returns to a 3 goal difference - -at which point the leading team will have their maximum number of players on the field.
- The player removed from the field must be a player that has scored at least one of the team's goals
- A player removed from the game may return to the game when the trailing team scores or at a substitution point (quarter break or halftime)
- However, after the substitution point, there must be at least one "goal scorer" on the sideline for every player short a team is playing (for example, if a team has a 5 goal lead and is playing down two players, there must be two "goal scorers" on the sideline).
- It is the responsibility of the coach of the leading team to adhere to the Lopsided Score rule without prompting by the referee
- If the leading team is not appropriately removing players per this rule, it is the responsibility of the coach of the trailing team to bring this to the attention of the center referee at the next stoppage in play. The referee will then enforce the rule.
- Coaches are encouraged to do their best to manage their substitutions in order to achieve our minimum playing time requirements. However, the Lopsided Score rule takes precedence and must be adhered to even if it means that a player will not play the minimum required time.