This game is an adaptation of ice hockey with safety modifications made since no protective gear is worn by the players.
Stick and ball games similar to hockey have been played since ancient times. Hurling, an Irish game played in the first millennium BC, and Lacrosse, a native american stick game, along with others are thought to have influenced the development of modern hockey.
British soldiers devised modern ice hockey while stationed
Professional hockey leagues began forming shortly afterward.
In 1904, the International hockey league formed in northern
The game of Hockey is a fast paced hard hitting sport which can be very dangerous. It also has many terms unique to the game which we must cover.
Checking - checking is any contact between two players. Body to body, stick to stick, or stick to body. Any type of contact which is deamed hazardous has a penalty attached.
Hip Check - using your hips to change a players direction
Poke Check - using your stick to move a players stick or take the puck away
Cross check - using your stick sideways across your body when making contact
Slashing - hitting another players body with a chopping motion of the stick.
Tripping - when your stick causes a player to fall
High sticking - when the blade of your stick is above shoulder. very dangerous
Charging - using unnecessary distance to gain speed before contact
Six players are on each team
3 offense - 1 center, two wings
2 defensemen & one goalie
The offense and defense are divided into different groupings called lines.
College teams use 3-4 offensive lines and 2-3 defensive. They change at will during play and much of the coaching strategy comes from matching lines to give you an advantage. 2 or 3 players move on and off the ice as players tire and coaches jockey for the advantage.
Playing Area - We show an actual arena but will use the basketball court to play in.
The playing surface is divided into 3 zones, offensive zone, neutral zone, & defensive zone. The two blue lines on the rink signify these three zones.
Players move up and down the playing surface trying to put the puck in the goal or stop the other team from scoring as the case may be. During the game no player may cross into their offensive zone before the puck does.
Five Face off circles are used when play is interrupted by the goalie making a save ( stopping a shot puck ) or players freezing the puck against the boards ( in our case, going off the court ).
Time is kept in 3 equal periods. High school plays 15 minute periods, College play 20 minutes.
Two basic shots are the wrist shot & slap shot. The slap shot requires a large back swing and propels the puck over 100 miles per hour. The wrist shot is more deceptive and accurate.
The penalty box is used for infractions in player contact. The offending player is removed from play, while the other team get a one player advantage for 2 minutes or until a goal is scored by the advantage team.