Floor Hockey aka Ball hockey is a team sport and a variation of the sport of ice hockey and a specific variation of the game of street hockey. Ball Hockey is the same sport as Floor Hockey.
Ball hockey is patterned after and closely related to ice hockey, except the game is played on foot on a non-ice surface, player equipment is different, and an orange ball is used instead of a hockey puck. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team by shooting the ball into the opposing team’s net.
Play is started when the referee places or drops a ball for a face-off, at the center of the playing area. One player from each team lines up at the center for the face-off. Sticks are placed in a straight line not less than one foot from the ball.
- Soft Ball
Soft balls are generally lightweight plastic. This hockey ball is easy for players of all ages to pass, shoot, and deke as they run across the floor. As well, bright colors offers exceptional visibility, making it easy for players to keep track of the ball during the game. A soft, hexagon shape is designed to slow the ball down and keep bounces low for safer play.
- Floor Hockey Stick
Ice hockey sticks are strictly prohibited in our gym. A floor hockey stick is shorter than an ice hockey stick and has a ventilated concave plastic blade that is flexible to permit a player to stickhandle really well. These sticks are significantly lighter and come in various grades of stiffness. As a rule of thumb, the stick should be around the belly button of a player, but no more than a few inches over. This is a fantastic training tool to develop all of your hockey-related skills…and as we say in hockey “Great Hands.”
Indoor court shoes with a non-marking sole are mandatory for use of gym facilities. This is both to protect the floor and for your safety. Shore worn outdoors can pick up material that may cause you to slip and injure yourself, or others. If you have worn your court shoe outside, you should clean the soles before using them. Only clean non-marking gymnasium footwear to be worn; Hiking-style footwear is not permitted.