Beginner's Corner (10)
Section dedicated to beginners in the game of hockey. Features information about the game, some tips, guides and information for new or aspiring players.
Playing Defense in non-contact play is more difficult than when contact is permitted since you are unable to surprise the opponent with a good hit taking him/her out of play. The way to play defense is similar but relies much more on poke-checking and being more passive than playing the body.
There are a lot of different infractions that can be called during a hockey game. These infractions are called penalties and usually end up with the player going to the penalty box for a finite amount of time. This amount of time depends on the nature of the infraction as well as the league in which you play.
The offside rule is a hard rule to understand when first watching the game of hockey. Basically, this rule stipulates that the puck has to enter the offensive zone (from the blue line to the net) before any player of the attacking team can enter that zone. If a player of the attacking team enters the offensive zone before the puck, all attacking players must be outside the offensive zone before they can re-enter it. An infraction will only be called if an attacking player touches the puck while in the offensive zone. A faceoff will then take place outside the zone, near the blue line.
This rule helps the defensive team greatly as all they need to do is shoot the puck out of their zone to force all the players from the attacking team to exit the zone in order to avoid a faceoff.
Listed below are some more confusing rules in hockey. Some of these rules vary per league or association, refer to your local hockey association for specific rules.
If you would like us to describe another rule which is not on the list please let us know via the "contact us" section.
Ice hockey is a winter sport played on an ice surface, called a rink, which has the shape of a rectangle with curved corners. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team. Goals are scored by shooting a rubber disc, called a puck, into the opposing team's net. Each team has 5 players and 1 goaltender on the ice. The goaltender's main purpose is to stop the puck from entering in the net while the main purpose of the players is to score goals. The 5 players are divided into two groups: forwards and defensemen. There are three forwards and two defensemen. The three forwards are usually called a line or trio while the defensemen are said to be a pair.
Welcome to the Beginner's Corner!
If you have never skated before or if you are just starting and could use some pointers, then this is the place for you! Playing hockey can be challenging, it takes coordination, strength and endurance, but it's also a good exercise and a lot of fun to play! This section of THoR is a repository for useful information for people just starting in hockey. It contains, among other things, How-To's, off-ice exercises and drills that will enable you to become a full fledged hockey player. Also the basic rules of hockey are explained, like icing, off-side and some of the different penalties.
Good luck with your learning! Hopefully you get to enjoy hockey as much as we do!
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This is one of the questions I see quite often posted on ask yahoo. Am I too old to start playing hockey?
The answer is simple - absolutely not!
This is an interesting question and it does happen from time to time in hockey games, especially ones where there is alot of physical play.