ABOUT ROLLER HOCKEY

Roller Hockey (also referred to as Inline Hockey) is a variant of hockey played on a hard, smooth surface, with players using inline skates to move and hockey sticks to shoot a hard, plastic puck into their opponent’s goal to score points.

The sport is a very fast-paced and free-flowing game and body checking is prohibited. There are five players including the goalkeeper from each team on the rink at a time, while teams normally consist of 16 players.

Roller Hockey differs from rink hockey in several ways, including the number of players on the rink at a time, the types of sticks used, and the types of skates used. Rink Hockey teams field four players, and the players use shorter sticks and skate using quad (roller skating) type skates.

Unlike ice hockey, there are no blue lines or defensive zones in roller hockey. This means that, according to most rule codes, there are no offsides or icings that can occur during game play. This along with fewer players on the rink allows for faster gameplay. There are traditionally two 20-minute periods or four 10-minute periods with a stopped clock.

Some independent tournament providers include Amateur Athletic Union, North American Roller Championships, State Wars and the Torhs 2 Hot 4 Ice tournament series.

Although inline hockey appears to simply be ice hockey on inline skates, this singular difference reflects throughout the rest of the game, resulting in important differences between the two sports.

Inline hockey is typically played at room temperature on a surface that, rather than being made from (frozen) water, is kept dry to protect the bearings in the skate wheels. Several surface materials are used, including plastic tiles (sometimes known as sport-court flooring), wood, and sealed concrete; in general, surfaces try to balance the ability of wheels to grip against the ability of the puck to slide freely. The puck is made of a much lighter plastic material than an ice hockey puck, and rests on small nylon or poly-plastic nubs to reduce friction with the rink surface.

Inline hockey leagues generally require players to wear full face masks, but otherwise, players tend to wear lighter clothes and less protective padding.

Important differences in game rules also exist. Each inline hockey team fields only four skaters and one goaltender (5 players) rather than ice hockey’s five skaters and one goaltender (six players).

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