world of street sports, games are led by the most basic considerations such as weather, space, and necessity. Using what’s on hand. A baseball and catcher’s mitt? A soccer ball? A hockey stick, dead tennis ball, and cinder blocks?
If it’s some of the above, you’ve got the fixings for a game of street hockey. You really don’t need much. Just a ball that’ll stay down, a stick, and a way to mark off a boundary so you know where to shoot. Think of it as ice hockey without the ice and less padding.
The goal is the same: to put the ball through your opponent’s goal and to stop your opponent from putting it through yours. Of course, to this end, padding won’t hurt, particularly where inline skates are used. But even if the footwear is sneakers, creating a slower game, some protective equipment is advised. After all, you’re playing on asphalt.
If you’ve ever played ice hockey, you understand what you need for the street version of the sport which is mainly everything except the ice and the ice skates.
At the absolute minimum, all you really need is a hockey stick, a puck or non-bouncing ball, and anything to designate the goals on both ends of the court. That could mean bricks, cinder blocks, or a couple of La-Z-Boys.
You really do need protection
While there’s no checking allowed in street hockey and no one’s going to be slamming your head into the boards, a real good head-first tumble onto the asphalt will hurt a bit. So do have a helmet.
In street hockey, the game played appears like ice hockey. There’s a face-off to begin play, in which the two centers fight for initial control of the ball. Each team tries to put the ball through the opposing goal, passing between players and covering their designated space on the court.