HISTORY - Roller Hockey 150 years old
The game of hockey is played worldwide with ice hockey as the most recognizable form of the sport. However, not all hockey is played on ice, roller hockey (inline hockey) is a form of hockey played most major cities across the United States almost year round.
Roller hockey, also known as “inline hockey,” is an alternative to ice hockey specifically during warm spring and summer months. Today, Roller Hockey exists in many different variations and has a passionate player following just like Ice Hockey. Roller Hockey is a fast-pace competition game played four on four with a wide-open surface and the basic rules from hockey. Body contact is allowed, body checking is not. Roller Hockey has been played in one form or another for almost 150 years.
BASIC RULES - Roller Hockey (4 vs. 4)
The game of roller hockey differs from ice hockey in a few simple ways: there is no icing, or off-sides and roller hockey is played with a 4 vs. 4 player formats instead of 5 vs. 5 on ice.
Roller hockey team rosters are comprised of a maximum sixteen (16) players, fourteen (14) skaters and two (2) goalkeepers are permitted. All players on a roller hockey team shall be dressed uniformly with identical long-sleeve jerseys and full-length pants designed for roller hockey. All teams (rostered players) shall have distinctive and contrasting uniforms for their home and away uniforms.
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT 18 and Under
Mandatory protective equipment for players under the age of 18 (and 18 year-olds playing in the 18-and-under age division) includes: HECC approved helmet with helmet- and chin-straps properly fastened, HECC approved full facemask with a chin cup, colored (non-clear) internal mouth guard, gloves designed for hockey, elbow pads, protective cup or pelvic protector, and knee/shin pads designed for hockey.
(same as ice)
1. Helmet (with cage)
2. Shoulder Pads (optional)
3. Elbow Pads
4. Hockey Gloves
5. Roller Hockey Pants
6. Roller Girdle (optional)
7. Shin Pads
8. Inline Skates (no brake)
9. Roller HOckey Wheels
11. Hockey Stick