Ninh explains the Rules of Rink Hockey
The object of the game is for your team to score more goals than the opposing team. Rink Hockey, sometimes referred to as Roller
Hockey or Quad Hockey, is a variation of the sport of hockey that is played indoors on
a dry land surface. This sport is popular in Latin countries particularly
those with a lack of ice rinks. This video refers to the sport that is played
on Quad Skates, and is not to be confused with Inline Hockey played on inline skates
which is almost identical to ice hockey. Rather confusingly, different countries have
different names for these two sports, so double check which sport it actually is before you
start playing. To score a goal, a player must use their stick
and shoot the ball into the goal. The stick is a double sided stick, similar
to those used in Bandy and the ball is a hard ball similar to that used in Field Hockey. The rink is a maximum of 44m x22m. Goals are 1.7m wide and 1m high and the penalty
areas are 9m x 5.4m in front of the goals. The game is played with two teams of 10 players,
with 5 players of each team taking to the rink at any one time. This consists of 4 skaters and a goalkeeper. The game starts with a centre pass, with two
players of one team passing the ball to each other. Once a team has possession of the ball, they
will try and move the ball towards the opposing goalkeeper and try and score. You can pass the ball directly between teammates,
or skate and control the ball with either side of the stick, just like in ice hockey
or bandy. The idea is to set up in good position to
be able to shoot the ball towards the goal. The opposing team will try and stop you by
tackling. They are allowed to try and take the ball
away from you and move the ball in the opposite direction so that they can score themselves. One major rule difference between ice hockey
and rink hockey is that: intentional forceful contact between players is not allowed – and
there are varying degrees of punishment if you break, this or any of the rules. Breaking the rules may result in a Verbal
Warning – which is a warning given to the offending player by the referee. A Blue Card – which means that the offending
player has to serve a 2 minute time penalty. or a Red Card, similar to soccer and results
in a player being ejected from the game. This also results in the offending team serving
a 4 minute time penalty, or until the opposing teams scores, whichever comes first. Another rule difference is that in rink hockey,
you are only allowed to move the ball with your stick. You cannot deflect the ball off your skates
or body, or kick the ball in any direction. Doing so results in a foul. The only exception to this is the goalkeeper,
who whilst in his own penalty area can handle and kick the ball as they wish. Should he leave his goal area, he becomes
a skater just like the others. The game is played in two halves of up to
25 minutes each. Highest score at the end of time wins. If there is a tie, up to two 5 minute periods
can be played to determine a winner. If the scores are still tied, the game goes
to a penalty shootout. That’s basically the gist of it, but there’s
a few other things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example: Substitution. There are unlimited substitutions in rink
hockey, and they can be made at any time. All substitutions must be made within the
gate that is directly in front of the teams’ benches. Time Out
A team is allowed 1 x one minute time out, and 1 x 30 second time out per half. Timeouts are not permitted during extra periods
or penalty shootouts. Faceoff If an infraction where neither team was at
fault, such as the ball being deflected out of bounds or both teams are at fault, the
game restarts with a faceoff. Players from opposing teams will put their
sticks 20cm from the ball. When the referee blows the whistle, the ball
is fair game and either player can take possession of it. Passive Play
Similar to a shot clock in basketball, you only have 45 seconds in order to shoot the
ball at the opposing goal. The referee will give a passive team a 5 second
warning to shoot the ball. Failure to do this results in the ball being
awarded to the other team. Anti Play. If a team is making zero effort to shoot at
goal, i.e. holding the ball to make the clock run down – the referee will blow their whistle
to stop the game immediately. A faceoff is awarded at the centre circle
and should they commit the same infraction again, this results in yellow and red cards. Fouls
There are many things you cannot do in Rink Hockey, for example …
Obstruction – you cannot impede the forward progress of any opposing player. High Stick – you cannot raise your stick
above shoulder height. Displacing the goal – you cannot move the
goals at any time. Forceful contact – you cannot hit your opponent
intentionally. These are some of the most common fouls, and
this results in your opponent being awarded a free hit. Free Hit A free hit is awarded to the other team if
a player breaks one of the rules, usually after a foul. The ball is hit either from the spot of the
foul and can be an indirect free hit, where a player must pass the ball, or a direct free
hit from the spot where a player is eligible to shoot directly at goal. Penalty Shot
Some fouls are awarded with a penalty shot. The ball is placed at the penalty spot, and
the attacking player has 5 seconds in order to shoot the ball directly against the opposing
goalkeeper. Any goals scored count towards the overall
score. Penalty Shootout. If a game is still tied after extra periods
have been played, a penalty shootout determines the winner. Each team will take penalty shots in turn,
and the best of 5 penalty shots, wins. Check out my other videos on the other hockey
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the video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy Rink Hockey. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK