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How to Play Street Hockey


Street Hockey Equipment
A game of street hockey can be a lot less formal than this, but it's still always a good idea to wear some protective gear.
A game of street hockey can be a lot less formal than this, but it's still always a good idea to wear some protective gear.
Photo courtesy of USA Women's Street Hockey

If you've ever played ice hockey, you know what you need for the street version of the sport: basically, everything except the ice skates (and the ice).

At the absolute minimum, all you need is a hockey stick, a non-bouncing ball or puck, and something -- anything -- to designate the goals on either end of the court. That could mean cinder blocks, bricks or a couple of La-Z-Boys.

Ideally, though, it means actual goals, and especially ones with nets.

Whether you're playing on a low-traffic street, on a park basketball court or in an indoor arena, proper equipment helps. The array of desirable street-hockey gear includes:

  • Means of play: Hockey stick (without the tape, which would cause too much friction), no-bounce ball or puck, goal markers (either makeshift or a true goal, with posts and a net), and some way to delineate the center line of the court
  • Uniform: Comfortable clothing and either sneakers or inline skates
  • Protection: Helmet with face mask, chest protection and gloves for the goalie, and athletic cups (if male), shin guards and knee pads for every player on the court. Additional padding and helmets for all are even better.

You really do need protection: While there's no checking allowed in street hockey (more on this later), and no one's going to be slamming your head into the boards, a nice head-first tumble onto the asphalt will smart a bit. So do helmet it up, if possible.

Once you're all set gear-wise, you'll need some players and an arena -- and we use the term "arena" loosely hereā€¦