Unicycle Hockey? Yes, Seriously! (Part I)

Yes, unicycle hockey was a thing.

Unicycle hockey is a sport that is like inline or roller hockey, although played while on a unicycle. There aren’t any records as to when or where the first unicycle hockey game was played. Though, in the 1925 film Variety, the sport was shown.

A unicycle hockey team has five players and substitutes. Though, some clubs don’t have goalkeepers. Substitutes are permitted at any time. It’s not necessary to tell this to the referee. A unicycle hockey court is between 20 to 25 meters wide and 35 to 45 meters in length. It can either have round or bevel corners. This sport can be played indoors or outdoors.

Any sticks legal for ice hockey, but the ones the goalkeeper uses can be used in unicycle hockey. A street hockey or tennis ball can be used. The ruling body for this sport is the International Unicycling Federation. In Germany, the UK, and Switzerland, there are registered unicycle hockey leagues.

Unicycle Hockey History

Today, unicycle hockey is with us on an international level, having national leagues and teams appearing and increasing in numbers every year. Every game is now documented and stored somewhere on the internet. But where it originally emerged from is not so obvious. You have to learn about the history of unicycle hockey.

The Invention of the Unicycle 

In June 1791, a vehicle called a Celerifere was created and displayed to the folks of Paris, by Comte De Sivrac. It was only a piece of wood linked to two wheels. The rider would straddle the wood and move around with his feet. Looking at this now, you’d think that it looked like a child’s toy. A few years later, and the Celerifere started to take on new models frequently with ornate horse heads cut into the front section.