Hockey basics for newer hockey fans can be confusing as most people are not raised with the game, nor is there an hockey culture in Australia beyond field hockey. While there may be some parallels that the hockey civilian can draw between hockey and other sports, there are differences and unique nuisances and traditions that a new fan may not be aware of. Indeed the name hockey itself in Australia could mean either ice, inline or field/grass hockey depending on the context. Most ice hockey civilians in Australia would probably be more familiar with grass/field hockey, especially in Olympic years. This section specifically is about inline hockey.
There are several sections to this Hockey Basics guide which will assist you in furthering your knowledge and enjoyment of the sport.
What Is The Goal Of Hockey?
The basic idea of ice hockey is for 2 teams to play on a hard surface and attempt to score goals by hitting the puck into the goal using hockey sticks. At the end of the game, the team with the more goals scored is declared the winner.
How Long Is A Game?
Regardless of the level played, an adult game of inline hockey has 4 periods of play lasting 12 minutes each.
Who Is On The Team?
At any one time, there are 5 players from each team on the floor in a game of inline hockey. From the goal end of the floor, they are known as Goalkeeper (GK), Left Defence (LD), Right Defence (RD), Left Wing (LW) & Right Wing (RW). With a player less than ice hockey on the floor and different offside rules, the players tend to be skilled in both defence and attacking roles and allocated positions tend to be not as important compared to a game of ice hockey. Between the 2 forwards, they perform the role of wing & centre.
It is the goalkeeper’s primary job to keep the opposition from scoring. To help them stop the puck and to prevent injury, they are given additional specialised equipment to wear. While the position is similar to the ice hockey equivalent, their movements and tactics can be different because of the different playing surfaces.
How Do You Score?
In the simplest form, a skater hits the puck into the goal. However, there are many statistics in hockey which analyses how a goal is scored in certain situations. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins. If the game is tied at the end of the game, there are several ways to decide who the winner is. [Read More]
Why Did The Game Stop?
Unlike many ball sports, play continues for longer periods between stoppages. But why has the play stopped and why is the person in the stripey shirt playing a game of charades while skating? There’s many reasons for a stoppage in play – some of them are not understood by even long term hockey fans. [Read More]
Hockey is a tough game and sometimes a player needs to sit in a small confined space and feel shame. With fast moving bodies skating hard on fast moving wheels on a hard floor & unforgiving walls, rarely a game goes by without a visit to the Penalty Box for at least one player. [Read More]
Page last updated 11 August 2017