Roller Hockey Defined (Part I)

Play hockey on roller skates.

Roller hockey is a type of floor hockey played on a dry field with roller skates. Roller Hockey can be two types, the difference is the type of sticks and skates that are used. The customary roller hockey, which can be said to be rink hockey or quad hockey, is played with quad stakes. The inline hockey is played with inline skates.

There is another sort of roller hockey which is called skater hockey, this is played on both inline and quad skates.

Inline hockey is played by two teams with five players each (four skaters and one goalie). It is done on a dry rink. The rink is split by two halves. There’s a line down the center and one net at each side of the rink. Inline hockey is played in three periods (13 minutes each). If the game is a top standard game, then the periods are 20 minutes.

What is Roller Hockey?

Roller hockey, also called “quad hockey,” “inline hockey,” or “skater hockey,” started as a warm-weather substitute for ice hockey lovers. Currently, the sport has numerous variations and has a zealous following in practically every corner of the world. Though it doesn’t have the long history of some sports, folks have been lacing up their roller skates, happy for a little fast-paced competition, for over 125 years.

Roller hockey and ice hockey were possibly an outgrowth of the time-honored bat and ball games of field hockey, shinty, and hurling, all widely popular through the UK. Ice hockey started in Montreal, Canada by English soldiers in the 1850s. By the 1870s, McGill University students, also living in the Montreal area, had structured a set of rules for gameplay. Ice hockey is thought to have been first played in the US in 1893.

What is Floor Hockey? 

You play floor hockey inside.

Floor hockey is an expression used to denote a collection of indoor hockey sports which were resulting from numerous hockey codes. Five typical variations of the sport exist, of which three are founded on ice hockey, and two are built on the field or bandy hockey.

Floor Hockey is a team sport, like ice hockey, but played on a flat floor surface. Like hockey, players on each team try to shoot a puck into a goal with a stick.

All variants of floor hockey are played on wooden surfaces like that of basketball courts. Various sorts of sticks and skates, and a puck or ball are used for dissimilar variations. For all variants of the sport, the aim stays the same. Teams have to move the puck or ball towards the opponent’s goal and score lots of goals within the game.

Though variations of floor hockey vary in the number of players per team and the period of matches, there are some fundamental rules that are customary for all variations:

  • Face-off is used at the beginning of every period and to start play after every goal is scored.
  • Overtime play and penalty shootouts are utilized to determine a winner if the game is tied at the end of regulation time.
  • Huge infractions result in the offending player remaining out for two minutes. Minor violations result in a free hit.

Floor hockey was created in 1962 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Rules and regulations were developed to help turn the game into a sport. Floor Hockey is a sport that is separated from the original sport of ice hockey.  It is thought to be a well-liked sport with its own rules regulated by the NHL. The National Hockey League was established in 1917. Now, floor hockey is a game that is played indoors, being played in numerous gym classes.