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Broomball

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Broomball

Broomball is an on-ice game similar to hockey, but with a few fun and unique twists. Like hockey, the object is to score more goals than the opposition. However, instead of the usual hockey equipment broomball players are dressed in street clothes and sneakers, armed with broomsticks with the objective of hitting a 5-inch rubber ball into the goal rather than a puck. Anyone can play broomball. Players do not need to be able skate.

Equipment Required

  • Running shoes, one inch of soft rubber on the sole works best for traction on the ice

  • Ball, made of similar material to a basketball, but about 5 inches in diameter --- provided

  • Stick with a rubber paddle --- provided

  • Hockey goals --- provided

For more information or to schedule your event, contact Jana Petty at (817) 419-0095 or email ice_rental@iceattheparks.net.

About Broomball

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Broomball is the perfect activity for a Corporate, Church, Teen or Club outings. The sport is often played with rules modified to suit local conditions. With such rules as: no checking/body contact, no lifting of the stick above the shoulders, no slashing, no kicking of the ball, no throwing of the stick, etc. Games can be co-ed and more focused on fun than winning the competition.

Organized broomball started in Canada in the early 1900's and progressed from early matches where corn brooms propelled a soccer ball about the ice, through to frozen brooms, to the current sophisticated composite brooms. Winter Carnivals provided the early competitions for broomballers, which later developed into Provincial, and eventually National Associations, culminating in the 1st World Broomball Tournament held in Victoria, British Columbia in 1991 and subsequent events.

 

There are at least five different stories on the origins of Broomball. One story is it originated from the Indians from Eastern Canada, using a ball and stick and tree stumps for goals and called it stickball. Another story has it that streetcar drivers used to hit a small ball about the ice in winter during their lunch breaks.

Some counties offer players state/provincial, and National Championships, with the chance to compete every few years at a World Championship event.

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