The shot clock operator is a minor official. As a minor official the shot clock operator is responsible for assisting the on-ice officials with the game through the operation of the shot clock. Ideally you should be positioned so that you can see the rink and follow play, while being protected from interference or distraction by spectators or team staff. The on-ice officials must be able to communicate easily with the shot clock operator. At the end of the game, the shot clock operator shall sign the Official Game Report.
There should be two identical clocks that count down time in seconds. One should be mounted in the same location in each end zone behind and above the end boards, not higher than the top of the glass, over the goalkeepers left shoulder.
Shot on Goal
A shot on goal is taken when the team in possession of the ring legally propels the ring toward the other team’s goal and:
Control of the ring is gained when
The ring comes to rest inside or contacting the goal crease.
The player/team that last contacted or controlled the ring has possession of the ring.
Relevant Referee Signals
Delayed penalty - Arm extended straight up.
Delayed violation - Arm bent so that forearm and hand are upright. May include a five second count.
Shot clock rest - Arm extended straight up with a forefinger extended and making a circular motion with the finger.
Shot Clock Rules
At the start of the each period the shot clock will be set to 30 seconds. The shot clock only counts down when the play is on, therefore the shot clock shall be started when play is started and stopped when play is stopped. The shot clock does not run when there is less time remaining in the period that there is on the shot clock.
The shot clock shall be reset to 30 seconds when:
… in simpler terms the shot clock is reset when:
When the shot clock reaches zero seconds, an audible signal will sound:
If the shot clock’s audible signal sounds in error:
If the shot clock is reset in error, play continues.