At the Rookie Level, 60 Number Cards and 4 Specialty Cards (SHOT OR BLOCKED SHOT cards) are used. The other 5 Specialty Cards are not used at the Rookie Level.
Note: STICK cards (i.e. #11 to #15) play a special role at the Junior Level (see below: Penalty Shots) and Pro Level (see below: Power Play).
Game Play With Number Cards
Number Cards are played to generate shots, score goals, and create rebound shots.
A shot is generated by playing a Number Card that matches the previous Number Card.
Ex: Team A plays a #8. Team B plays a #8.
Result:Team B generates a shot.
When a Number Card is played and does not match the previous Number Card, play continues until a match occurs.
After a shot occurs, a goal is scored when the next Number Card played is matched (2 consecutive pairs = shot + goal)
Ex: Team B generates a shot. Team A plays a #11. Team B plays a #11.
Result: Team B scores a goal. Teams continue play to generate another shot.
After a goal, the next shot must be generated with a new pair of matching Number Cards. This cannot include the Number Card that created the goal.
After a shot is generated, a rebound shot occurs when a played Number Card has a value of plus or minus one (+/- 1) compared to the previous Number Card.
Ex: Team B generates a shot. Team A plays a #3. Team B plays either a #2 or #4.
Result: Team B generates a rebound shot and another chance to score.
Several consecutive rebounds may occur after a shot.
Note: There are 2 rebound chances for all Number Cards except #1 and #15. There is 1 rebound chance for #1 (i.e. #2) and #15 (i.e. #14).
Game Play With Specialty Cards
Specialty Cards give players offensive and defensive options. When playing a Specialty Card, only one option is chosen.
Shot/Blocked Shot Card
(1) “Shot”: Played to generate a shot on goal.
Ex: Team A plays a “Shot”. Team B plays a #4. Team A plays a #4.
Result: Team A generates a shot and then scores a goal. Teams continue play to generate another shot.
Note: All Shots must be ‘played out’; the “Shot Option” may not be played right after an opposing Shot.
(2) “Blocked Shot”: Played after the opposing team has generated a shot or rebound shot.
Ex: Team A generates a shot. Team B plays a “Blocked Shot”.
Result: Shot is blocked and a goal is not scored. Teams continue play to generate another shot.