How to Play Street Hockey

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Street hockey can be played using various items.

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.

Goal

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.

 

Ice Hockey Meets Special Needs

Since it started years ago, the Special Needs Ice Hockey program in California has offered a chance for kids and adults with developmental disabilities to learn and play hockey. Just a few months ago, it was the only program in California to provide children with autism, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities an opportunity to gear up, get on the ice and play hockey.

They are still the only special needs ice hockey team in the state and named the Condors. In just the past two years, the team has represented California at out-of-state special needs Ice Hockey tournaments in Canada, Utah, Colorado, and Toronto.

Why hockey for kids and young adults with special needs?

The Speical Needs Hockey Program in California is making a way for children and young adults with special needs to play hockey.

Besides the excitement and the fun, ice hockey enhances motor and sensorimotor skills, focus and coordination. It teaches teamwork and cooperation and encourages communication and camaraderie. Kids and adults who have never put on a pair of skates are thrilled to discover that they can learn to skate and they do learn very quickly, thanks to excellent coaching and a high coach to player ratio. The kids wear protective gear and padding that gives them confidence and combats the fear of falling, so the desire to get the puck into the net seems to take over.

While the eyes and hands are focused on that puck, the feet just somehow follow along to help get that goal. The players feel pride as they develop their skills and get the puck into the net. They wait all week for the opportunity to play on Sunday. Parents are astonished at the progress their kids make and pleased at what the program does for their kids’ self-esteem.

The Special Needs Ice Hockey program is a not-for-profit organization operated by parents. It is safe: there is no high sticking, body checking, or fighting. Just the fun and skill-building that comes with learning to play hockey and skate. Participants get skates and hockey gear free of charge while the player is in the program.

The LA Kings recently gave the Condors two incredible coaches. Also, there are volunteer coaches who are skilled at working with children with special needs.