Broomball

No skates. No Problem. Play on the ice with your shoes! Broomball is great group entertainment and individual exercise that's played on the ice with rules and strategies similar to hockey. Team players strike a ball the size of a small soccer ball with specially designed brooms and try to score goals into a net guarded by a goal-tender. The brooms are made of corn-straw dipped in rubber or solid molded rubber, and are perfect for 'sweeping your team to victory'. Broomball originated in Canada in the early 1900's and has grown into a popular sport on all levels with youth, men, women and coed teams playing competitively and recreationally. Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center provides the brooms and the ball. Call Today!!

Broomball is the perfect activity for your church or social group!

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What is Broomball?Broomball originated in Canada in the early 1900s. Its rules and strategies are similar to those of hockey. However, broomball is played on the ice without skates, and the puck used in hockey is replaced by a ball the size of a small soccer ball. "Brooms” or sticks with solid molded rubber are used instead of traditional hockey sticks. Brooms are used to maneuver the ball around the rink and into the opponent’s net which is protected by a goal-tender.

What do I Need to Play?The sport of broomball is played with a specialized stick bearing a molded, solid rubber tip and an inflatable ball about the size of a small soccer ball. Helmets are required. Other protective gear such as elbow pads, knee pads, shin guards, and gloves are strongly recommended but not mandatory. Rubber soled, non-marking athletic shoes are recommended for better traction on the ice. No spikes, cleats, heavy boots, or similar footwear is permitted.

Why Should I Play?Broomball is growing in popularity not only throughout the country but around the world. This fast-paced sport has been called the "alternative sport on ice”. It is a terrific way to exercise and compete in a team environment. Canada and North America currently produce the largest number of competitive and recreational broomball leagues, but the sport is growing in Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, and Italy. Broomball is now available in Cache Valley. You could be a part of the excitement. Broomball is the perfect activity for a group of friends, a fun idea for a date, a new spin on a company training, or a great activity for a church group. Since skating skills are not required, broomball is a great sport for anyone.

What are the Rules?

Game Basics: An official game consists of two 20 minute running periods. Players wear shoes instead of skates.Teams: Each team has a goalie, three forwards, and two defensemen (same line up as hockey). Goals scored by women equal 2 points while goals scored by men equal 1 point.

Sliding: Any intentional sliding will result in a penalty shot for the opposing team. Repeated sliding may result in the ejection of players involved.

Checking: Broomball is a non-contact sport. Absolutely NO checking is allowed. A person must be under control and cautious while running on the ice.

High Broom: A high broom is called when a player’s stick is raised approximately above shoulder level. A minor penalty is called unless an injury occurs as a result of the high broom which is a major penalty. Irresponsible broom handling will not be tolerated.

Penalties: Most penalties will result in a free penalty shot for the opposing team.

Goalies: Goalies may NOT throw or roll the ball beyond the face-off circle, but he/she can pass the ball with their broom as far as they want. Any ball that goes behind the net is the goalie’s ball.

Kicking: Kicking the ball is not allowed, except from a player’s foot to his/her own broom. This includes the goalie.