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Hockey 101 - Referee Signals

Penalty name - Referee's signal - Description of penalty

SpearingSpearing
A jabbing motion with both hands in front of the body.
Called for using the stick like a spear.
HoldingHolding
Clasping the wrists in front of the chest.
Called for using hands on opponent or his equipment.
SlashingSlashing
Chopping with one hand across the opposite forearm.
Called for swinging stick at the opponent.
ChargingCharging
Rotating clenched fists in front of chest.
Called for taking more than three strides before checking opponent.
InterferenceInterference
Crossed arms in front of chest with fists closed.
Called for having contact with opponent not in possession of puck.
BoardingBoarding
Pounding the closed fist of one hand into the other.
Called for driving an opponent into the boards.
Delayd Calling of PenaltyDelayed Calling of Penalty
Referee extends arm and points to penalized player.
Signals a penalty that has occurred by the team that does not have possession. Play continues until penalized team regains possession of the puck.
Cross CheckingCross Checking
A forward and backward motion with fists extended from the chest.
Called for hitting opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of stick on the ice.
Wash-OutWash-Out
Both arms swung across the body with palms down.
When used by referee, it means a goal has been disallowed. When used by the linesman, it means icing or off-side has been nullified.
HookingHooking
Tugging motion with the arms.
Called for using the stick or blade to hook an opponent.
KneeingKneeing
Slapping the knee with palm of hand.
Called when using knee to impede opponent.
TrippingTripping
Strike the right leg with the right hand below the knee.
Called for using stick, arm or leg to cause the opponent to trip or fall.
ElbowingElbowing
Tapping the elbow with the opposite hand.
Called when using elbow to impede an opponent.
MisconductMisconduct
Place both hands on hips.
Called for various forms of misconduct or when a player incurs a second major penalty in a game.
Unsportsmanlike CondcutUnsportsmanlike Conduct
Use both hands to form a "T" in front of chest.
HighstickingHighsticking
Holding both fists clenched, one above the other at the side of the head.
Called for carrying stick above shoulder against an opponent.
RoughingRoughing
A thrusting motion with the arm extending from the side.
Called for engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.
IcingIcing
Linesman's arms folded across the upper chest.