Learning how to play street hockey is easy. This versatile indoor/outdoor game can be played on any surface. Gather friends and family and prepare for an ultimate battle of street hockey. On with the rules!
To play a regulation game, six players comprise each team. Smaller teams can be formed, however, and the game adjusted to accommodate the number of people available for play. If playing with a full team, positions include center, right and left wing (forwards), two defenders, and a goalie.
The center's responsibility is to head the line when attacking the goal. Wings receive or send passes. The defenders guard their respective areas and help keep the ball out of the goal area. The goalie remains in the crease and stops the other team from scoring.
How to Play Street Hockey and Game Equipment Needs
Players use street hockey sticks made of a wood shaft and a plastic head. A puck or a ball that doesn't bounce can be used.
Players should wear padding and protective gear. Elbow, knee, and shin pads, street hockey helmet, protective cup or girdle and a mouth guard prevent unnecessary injuries. The goalie must wear a helmet with a face mask. He also is required to wear chest padding, a blocker, catch glove, protective cup or girdle, and shin pads.
The street hockey game begins like all other hockey games: a face-off. Street hockey uses three types of face-offs:
A street hockey game consists of three 15-minute time periods. Running time is observed during a stop in play. Between each period, a three to five minute break is observed. Line changes can be made every couple of minutes. Coaches or referees can call the line change between plays.
Once you've learned how to play street hockey, know that the games are high energy and can be fun for a small group of friends or a large group of people. Understanding the rules will guarantee everyone has fun playing the game.
Floor hockey terms are basically the same as ice hockey terms, but don't require an ice rink.