The Minnesota Swarm is a fast-pace game of checking, fighting, body slams and lots of running. This is a very fun spectator sport. It's a spectator participation sport!! They score, we dance. (you'll catch on....)
(We might go to The Liffey Irish Pub after the game.)
Here's a little bit about the basics of the game:
(Copied from The Swarm official website. Click HERE)
- The game is split up into 4-15 minute quarters and a 15-minute overtime (first goal wins).
- 5 “runners” play at a time along with a very well-padded goalie.
- Most contact is legal (including hits against the boards), although there are many penalties (minor-2 minutes and major-5 minutes).
- Slashing and cross-checking are legal although should be confined to the arms. The refs use their judgment here.
- An average game has ~25 goals total and close to 100 shots on net.
- While the game is played in a hockey rink, it is more similar to basketball, with:
- A 30 second shot clock. A shot has to hit the goalie, the cage or score in 30 seconds. If not, it’s a turnover.
- An 8 second timeline clock (players must bring the ball over midfield in 8 seconds)
- An over-and-back violation (If a shot misses the net, hits the boards and flies over the center line, that’s an over and back violation)
Stoppage of Play
- There are many whistles during play, most are simply loose ball violations or technical violations which result in a turnover: Illegal screens, loose ball push, 30 second violation, illegal pick, etc.
- Minor penalties are 2:00 in the penalty box and, similar to hockey, the player is released after a goal is scored by the opposing team: Delay of game, elbowing, holding, slashing, illegal cross check, tripping
- Major penalties are 5:00 in the penalty box and the player is released when the team on the power play scores 2 goals. The player penalized has to stay in the box for the full 5 minutes, but the offending team is back at full strength after two goals are scored. When a second major penalty is imposed on the same player in a game, an automatic game misconduct penalty is imposed: Fighting, flagrant stick and checking violations (at referee’s discretion.)
- 5 on 3’s are common if one team has two men in the box. Each penalty is releasable as noted above.
- If a team that is two men down gets another penalty, the other team is awarded a penalty shot.
- Crease Violation: Only the goalie can be inside the crease during play. If an offensive player’s foot is in the crease or on the line when a shot is taken, the shot is disallowed. If there is a goal, it too is disallowed.
Here's a more in depth explanation about the game:
Fan Code of Conduct
Updated September 2009
The Minnesota Swarm is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all fans attending home games and post game parties. The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Unruly, disruptive, or illegal behavior.
- Behavior that negatively impacts the enjoyment of the game by other fans, including fans of the opposing team.
- Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior.
- Foul or abusive language and obscene gestures.
- Interference with the progress of the game, including throwing objects onto the turf.
- Failing to follow instructions of arena personnel.
- Inappropriate treatment of players or staff at post game activities in the arena or at outside venues.
Directions To Find Us:
Park in the River Center Parking across the street from the Excel Energy Center on Kellogg Ave. Take the elevator in the parking ramp to the skyway floor. Walk across the skyway bridge and open the doors inside the building. Then go though the doors on the LEFT side entering the Excel Energy Center. Turn LEFT again and go down the stairs. That's where we will meet. (The meeting is on the steps next to the box office in the Excel Energy Center.)