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Wacky Sports :: Underwater Hockey

This wacky swimming pool game is way funner than playing marco polo! Get the 411 on the sport that combines swimming and hockey!

The Basics

Underwater hockey is a non-contact sport that combines elements of swimming, diving, hockey and snorkeling. Two teams compete to maneuver a puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into goals. Players wear a diving mask, fins, protective gloves and a snorkel for play. They play with small, foot-long sticks and a hockey-type puck. Players from each team try to score in goals that are nine-feet long.

Believe it or not, underwater hockey has been around for awhile. It was founded in 1059 by Alan Blake in England. It was originally called "octopush" and comprised of teams of eight using little sticks called a pusher and a puck named a "squid." Today the sport has grown worldwide, gaining notoriety in countries such as England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France and Japan.

The Rules

An underwater hockey game consists of two, 10-minute halves. A team typically consists of 10 players, with six players per team in the pool at a time. There is usually no goalie, the players set up in a three people in the front and three people in the back type of a formation.

The rules are similar to hockey whereas you can't use your stick against something or someone other than the puck. You also can't stop or play the puck with anything other than your stick. This is a non-contact sport - the person with the puck can't be physically pushed. One is allowed to play the puck, but not merely block opponents with their body.

Benefits

Underwater hockey is an excellent way to stay in shape. The constant swimming will improve your cardio as well as your stamina. You will also strengthen your core muscles, like your abs and back playing this game. This game is also very fun and will allow you to play something that is unique. It is always good to try something new and we guarantee underwater hockey is unlike anything you will every experience!

Getting Involved

Go to your local pool and inquire about possible lessons or leagues. If they don't have any there, go visit the USA Underwater Hockey Association's website for more information.
 

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