How to Play Floor Hockey
A team consists of:
- Players on offense successfully shooting ball across opposing goal line are awarded one team point.
- Goals will not be awarded if opposing players kick, throw or intentionally direct ball across goal line with any extremities.
- Goals may be scored if ball or puck deflects off player’s arms or legs.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIUu28w04Gw&feature=related (Wrist Shot fundamentals)
- Face offs involve two players, each from opposing teams, who can be the only two inside the center circle.
- Official drops ball between both players’ sticks, who individually try to gain control of ball first by either passing to a teammate behind or hitting it up court to get a position advantage.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdJYFB0TUl4 (Face off)
- Both teams go back to their own side when goal is scored. One player from each side then meets in center circle for another face off. After ever goal, this procedure is repeated.
- The game ends when time runs out at the end of the third period.
- The team with the most points at the end of the third period is awarded with the win
A team consists of:
- 1 Center: The player is allowed to move anywhere on the court during playing time.
- 2 Forwards (right and left): Players who are not allowed go past the center line into the defensive area. Their responsibility is to work with the center on offensive plays.
- 2 Defenders: Players who cannot go past the center line into the offensive area. Their responsibility is to keep the puck out of their defensive half of the floor.
- 1 Goalie: Player who is allowed to stop the puck with hands, feet, or stick. This player attempts to block all shots on the goal and works with the defenders to prevent the other team from scoring.
- The games are played with 3 periods of eight minutes long (game time depends on how much time is available in class). Also allowing five minute breaks in between each period.
- Overtime does not come into play game of floor hockey; the game will just end in a tie.
- A regulation size court consists of 84 feet by 50 feet.
- The middle circle is a total of 8 feet in radius. The division line should be at exactly half, which would be the 25 foot mark.
- Teamwork is demonstrated by members of team, passing the puck to each other in order to keep the defense moving.
- Teamwork is an essential in this sport.
- If it was not there, it would be very difficult to complete a goal.
- Teammates should be talking to each other during play about passing, shooting a goal, or about making a goal.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6s-XIoukkY&feature=related (shows teamwork)
- Team members are expected to always show respect when game is in progress. If an injury occurs, team members are to stop play and wait until injured player is removed from court.
- Communicating is essential in helping teammates know what is going on throughout the court. Teammates are encouraged to have constant chatter or talk throughout the court; this is done to make players aware if another player is behind him, or if someone is open on the other side of the court. Talking can be used to for many beneficial reasons in helping the team play effectively.
- Come prepared and on time.
- Give your best effort during competition.
- Play fair and have great sportsmanship
- Involve your teammates during play time.
- Offensively, your main objective is to bring puck down court and attempt to make a goal.
- Zones can be useful for offense in that everyone has their own designated area they roughly stay in, and each player continues to pass to each other until offensive player has a clear shot on goal.
- The forwards should be horizontal in a straight line, do this so that the forwards have two different angles in which to shoot from. And if puck is turned over, one of the forwards will be able to get back down court to help defenders.
- Defensively, man on man is the more common form of defense. In which, players each pick an opposing teammate to guard for the time in which they are playing.
- Take the body; defenders do not want to watch where the puck is necessarily, but where the player is because the puck has to go where the player is.
- Don’t guard the player who goes behind the net, guard the open players (if any), because goals cannot be scored from behind the net.