SprotsGloss: Offside-Hockey

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Offside in hockey is pretty simple to see, but can be a pesky rule to keep from breaking during play. In hockey, there are three zones: the defensive zone which extends from your goalie to the first blue line, the neutral zone which is all of the area between the blue lines, and the attacking/offensive zone which is all the area from the second blue line to the opposing goal.

A player is offside if he has both skates in the offensive zone before the puck crosses the blue line. Skate position is everything, no other body part nor stick location can prevent being offside. Basically, this rule prevents cherry picking.

The rule is easy enough, but is broken all of the time because it’s difficult to time a 2 man breakaway without one player crossing the line first or it’s easy to slip over the blue line when skating the puck up the ice laterally.

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