Ball hockey is a type of Floor Hockey, and a variation of ice hockey. This game is very similar to ice hockey, but this variation is played on foot and on a non-ice surface. As in ice hockey, the aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team, by hitting the ball into the opposing team's net.
The equipment used in ball hockey is different to ice hockey; ball hockey uses a ball instead of the hockey puck. Rink size is the same as for ice hockey. There are two teams with 6 players each, each team should have 5 runners and 1 goaltender.
Some of the rules are: a player can raise the stick above the shoulder to call for a pass; the players can grab the ball, but they should immediately bring the ball close to the feet; an offside determined by what they call a “floating blue line.”
The governing body for ball hockey is the International Street and Ball Hockey federation or ISBHF. The ISBHF annually hold tournaments internationally.
- Ice Hockey — a contact sport that is played on ice while wearing skates and using a stick to hit a puck into a goal.
- Floor Hockey — indoor (non-ice) hockey sports derived from field and ice hockey.
- Indoor Field Hockey — indoor team sport that was derived from field hockey.
- Spongee — outdoor non-contact sport played on an ice rink in rubber boots with a sponge puck instead of a hard puck like in ice hockey.
- Street Hockey — a team sport that was derived from ice hockey, though it is played on an asphalt or cement surface instead of ice, and players usually just wear shoes.