Broomball is a popular recreational ice game which has its origins in Canada. This thing is played through out the world this game is usually played in a hockey ice rink. Well if it is either inside or outdoors, both of which depends very drastically on the climate and location. Broomball is quite popular in the Manitoba province of Canada. And Saint Claude happens to be the broom ball capital of the whole world. . Also broom ball is gaining in popularity all across the world. Now there are games held in the United States, Australia and even Japan.
In this game there are tow teams consisting of six players each. Also there is a goal tender apart from five others. The main objective of the game is quite simple; you have to score more goals than the opposing team. The goals are scored by hitting the ball into the opponents’ goal post using your broom. The rules and tactics used in the game are just as similar as ice hockey, roller hockey and floor ball.
The ball is hit around strategically from one player to the other with a stick that is actually called the broom. This broom may have a shaft which is made of wood or even alumiminium. The head is rubber molded and is made to resemble the shape of a regular broom. The players wear rubber soled shoes which are made especially instead of skates. The ice is made smooth and dry so that there is some amount of traction.
The goal tenders usually wear a full face protection cage. They also wear thigh padding on the legs, thighs, chest and shoulders. The goaltenders also wear something called a ‘blocker’ which is essentially like a big rectangular glove that is used to block shots. The blockers looks almost the same like the ones that the goal keepers in ice hokey use.
This game is broken up into about three periods. The goal keepers along with five other players make up a team. Essentially there are two defenders and three attackers Out of which two of them are strikers and one is in the center. The ice surface is pretty small. In fact some leagues use even fewer players on the ice.
Sometimes if the time is up then the scores are tied. And there is extra time allotted to the game so that a winner could be determined.
During the over time, the six players from both team play without a goal tender; for a duration of five minutes. The team who scores most goals during the extra time is then considered to be the winner. In the event of another tie, a second tie – breaking event can also be held. A shoot out period is also held sometimes. In this, the shooter has s choice to have the ball placed in a specific distance from the middle of the field, i.e. is the center ice.
The game is essentially controlled by two referees. Both these referees have almost the same powers and they call the penalty shots. There are also off ice officials. All this depends on the level of game that is being played. A scorekeepers, a time keeper, a penalty keeper and of course judges for goals scored.
Referees usually wear black and white striped jerseys. They also have one red arm band. This arm usually is what the referee uses to signal the penalties through the game.
The actual history of broomball is not quite accurate. Consensually, the sport had its origin in Canada. Although some people also think that it just came about while trying to play ice hockey without ice skates. It was just recently found out theta there used to be a similar sport that was played during the tenth century all the way in Iceland.
Way back in the tenth century. The sport was considered to be warfare where the death used to be quite occasional and not very uncommon. This game involves who villages and these games last about fourteen days.
According to the Writer, Hod Grimbkellson, six of the players lay dead while none of the players die on the other side.
Broomball games were first played in North America in the year nineteen hundred and nine. There is also evidence that this place was played as early as the year eighteen ninety. The game spread from Canada all the way down to the United States. And then it was found that this game gained mass popularity especially in Minnesota, this was where broomball was thriving.
Over the decades that followed, broomball started being played in many different countries. To name a few, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
The international federation of broom=ball association which is also called the IFBA is the international governing body for broomball.