This particular rule can be contentious, misunderstood and disliked. Therefore, an explanation and the thinking behind the rule is required. Rollerhoc is a fast moving game. Play flows from end to end of the hall. Players enjoy the game when it is not interrupted by the referee continually bringing play to a halt because of minor infringements.
To overcome this problem the carry-a-foul rule was introduced. When there is a violation, instead of repeatedly halting the game, the referee can allow the game to continue but penalise the offending player(s) by giving carrying-a-foul status. This means, should the player(s) (carrying the foul) score the next goal it will not count. When the next goal is scored by any other player, the carrying-a-foul status is automatically revoked.
This is all well and good, but doubts arise when the carrying-a-foul player(s) does not score the next goal and therefore does not seem to receive any penalty for breaking the rules. This gives other players the impression the referee doesn’t apply the rules, is inconsistent or favours one player or side over another. It has to be remembered that no referee can be expected to see every single foul throughout the entire game.
So what are the alternatives? To drop the carrying-a-foul rule? Stop play for every single foul no matter what or not bother about fouls at all unless they are deemed a serious breach of the rules?
Safety rules in Rollerhoc. At present, by hockey standards, Rollerhoc has a very good safety record. To keep the game at its current safety level, rules must be applied to allow less skilled skaters and new hockey players an opportunity to join in games playing beside experienced hockey players. If the rules are relaxed the game becomes Roller Hockey. Players who favour that game should go and play it!