Rules for MWBPC IV

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  • Games will last twelve minutes, or until one team has 5 points, whichever comes first.  From the semi-finals onwards, games go to 5 points regardless of time
  • Foot down
    • Players must not touch the ground, or “foot-down”. Each time a player goes
      foot-down, that player is out of play and may not play the ball until touch the sideline at center court. Then they may return to play.
    • No kicking the ball, but you may block the ball with any part of your body. Kicking the ball (adding momentum to ball with foot) counts as footdown. Blocking the ball with foot does not.
  • Scoring
    • Scoring a goal must be made from what started as a hit. A hit is made from the end of a player’s mallet. A “shuffle” does not count as a goal; if the ball is shuffled through the goal, play continues uninterrupted.
    • No height limit
    • After a goal is scored, the team who scored returns to their half of the court. The team who was scored on takes possession of the ball.  Play begins when the team that has been scored on crosses the center line.
    • Passing “backward” through the goal (from behind the goal line to in front of it, through the goal, a.k.a. “goal offsides”): When the ball is passed through the goal in this way, a goal CANNOT be scored by the first player to play the ball. Any subsequent player to play the ball may score. If a ball is shot from in front of the goal line and does not go through the goal but bounces off the back wall and comes out through the goal, the ball is in play and can be scored. A ball that crosses a goal line backwards must be “hit” before it can score. 
  • Time outs:
    • may be called in order to tend to physical injury or mechanical failure only after a goal is scored.
    • Limit of two per game
    • Refs can call injury time outs over and above this rule
  • Contact rules
    • “Like” contact is allowed. Player to player (body to body), except grabbing or pushing with hands. Mallet to mallet (generally, hitting another player’s mallet is poor etiquette if that player is not attempting to play the ball or in front of the goal, playing goalie). Bike to bike.
    • Everything else is NOT allowed: Mallet to player, player to bike, mallet to bike, etc.
  • Throwing of mallets is allowed if you are the last player back.  

Two refs will be appointed per game from a city not represented on the court. Refs will:

  • determine if the ball went between the cones
  • fix pylons when they get knocked
  • keep track of score
  • keep track of time
  • call injury time outs for major injuries
  • provide extra ball when ball gets knocked out of play

Time outs are for pussies!

Time outs are for pussies and the thought of someone blocking the ball with one's foot or hand just pisses me off. But watching refs provide extra balls, now that I like the sound of...

Time outs are for pussies!

Time outs are for pussies and the thought of someone blocking the ball with one's foot or hand just pisses me off. But watching refs provide extra balls, now that I like the sound of...


There, signed.

Blocking with your foot?


You guys allow that?


In the same way that if the ball hits you in the arm it is not a foul. It would be kind of lame to decipher where people place their limbs, if it is a kick then its illegal but blocking with any part of the body is cool by us.


But feet belong on the pedals. The rules sounds like you could take your foot of the pedal and block a ball just as long as you don't 'kick' it.

I can understand if the ball hits your foot, but sticking your foot out to block a shot didn't sit well with our local crew.

We are aware and understand the rule variations around the country and appreciate the discussion and evolution of the game/sport.

you are fixie-centric

you are fixie-centric


regional differences will always exist, but we're getting closer and closer to a universal set of rules

i like how you incorperated the idea of two time outs... we did it that way too at the ESPI3 last weekend.

hope you all had a good weekend. i was there in spirit.


If yer posting on yer mallet, it's easy to drop a foot down to try to knock the ball away. I'm OK with that rule.

Sorry I screwed up the mallet chucking thing. I thought the mallet had to be the closest thing to the goal, not the player throwing it. Mallet throwing should be totally illegal anyway.

We need to come to a decision on the "Angelo Shuffle". I hate it, but I'm also trying to develop a closed-end mallet to sell to y'all, so there's my bias.

what is an angelo shuffle?

what is an angelo shuffle?