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How to Dress for Roller Hockey


Often young people are interested in unusual sports. Take for example roller hockey. Photos and this article will help you figure this out. Which, however, is not so difficult. Roller hockey is a sport that resembles regular hockey, only the ball is used instead of the puck. The task of the players is to score it at the opponent’s goal.

Bit of history

The game first appeared in England in the twentieth century. Then the Germans began to play it. Roller hockey has developed in countries with high economic ability. Currently, there are organizations such as the International Roller Sports Union and the International Roller Skating Federation. These organizations are organizers of the World and European Championships.

Protective equipment for roller skating

What protective equipment do you need to wear for roller skating?

Wrist protection (brushes)

This is perhaps the most basic element of protection. When falling, a person instinctively puts out his hands, trying to cushion the blow, so most of the falls fall on the hands. Wrist protection not only protects your palms from abrasion on the asphalt, but also protects the wrist joint from injury. For this, it is equipped with special rigid inserts made of plastic or metal, which do not allow the joint to bend excessively. Bicycle, household and all kinds of other gloves are categorically not suitable for roller skating!

Knee Pads and Elbow Pads

As you can see from the photo (yes, these are two different photos), the knee pads are no different from the elbow pieces, except for the size. Often my wife uses my elbow pads as her knee pads when she forgets to take her own. All you need to do is pick up a joint protection adequate to the thickness of your limbs.

The selection criteria for knee pads and elbow pieces are as follows:

  • They must have a plastic cup outside to glide on the asphalt and damp your speed. For this reason, protection is always getting dressed on clothes and knee pads for volleyball will not suit us.
  • Protection should sit tight. If you waved your hand / foot and it flew off, then when it falls, it will slide 100%. Therefore, it is better when the protection is equipped not only with straps, but also with a stocking in which you stick your arm / leg. Very often there is a problem with the length of the belts, especially on child protection. If in general the protection suits you, but the belts are too long or short, you will have to hem them or lengthen them yourself, this is not difficult.
  • Protection should completely cover the joint, and preferably also with a margin. In other words, it should not be small, the more impressive it looks, the safer. True, there is one thing, but the greater the protection, the less convenient it is and the more constraining the movement. So look for your balance.
  • When trying on, do not be too lazy to simulate falls several times, at least on your knees. The knees along with the hands suffer very often, so to fall, you should be soft.


Many neglect this element of protection and in vain. Yes, head hits when falling on rollers are a very rare thing, but believe me once is enough. Especially the presence of a helmet is important for children, as they have not yet fully learned how to control their bodies. Structurally, roller helmets and, for example, bicycle helmets are practically no different. Yes, and a fall from a bicycle, rollers, skate, etc. in terms of head protection does not differ. Therefore, any summer helmet is suitable.

How to choose a helmet:

  • The helmet must fully protect the head, including the back of the head.
  • A large number of holes indicates good ventilation, it will not be hot in such a helmet.
  • It is highly desirable to have a fit system. As a rule, it is a washer in the back of the head, turning which you can adjust the size to a specific head. This is especially true for children, because they are growing.
  • The helmet must sit tight, otherwise it will constantly fall to the side or over the eyes and interfere with skating.

Safety shorts

There is another rather exotic element of protection - protective shorts. They have lining in the hips and tailbone. For a young beginner skater, such shorts will not be superfluous, especially since in the learning process you will have to fall to the fifth point a lot.

How to wear protection?

Basically, difficulties in this matter arise with protection on the wrists (hands). In total, I met four options, of which, of course, only one is true.

And so, the plastic pad should be on the side of the palm, and not on the back of the palm. Plus, you need not to confuse the left hand with the right, on the defense, as a rule, it is written for which arm / leg it is intended. When putting on knee pads and elbow pads it is also important to determine where they have the top and the bottom. Most often, the recess under the joint inside the protection is located closer to the top.

Necessary equipment

To play roller hockey, a specially equipped playground is required. More often its length is 20 x 40 meters, less often 15 x 35 m. The site can be covered with asphalt, concrete, stone slabs or even wooden boards. The main thing is that it should be fenced with a side, which should be at least 20 cm in height.

Each player must dress properly. Mandatory leg warmers, knee pads, special gloves and a bandage. The goalkeeper has special shields to protect the legs, their thickness is about 35 cm. To protect the hands gloves are used, thickened on the side of the palms. The goalkeeper also puts on knee pads and a bandage. Often a mask to protect the face.

Roller hockey - which ball?

Very exciting and exciting is roller hockey. The ball for the game uses a special one, it is made of hard rubber. Weight - 155 grams, diameter - 23 cm. A goal counts if the ball crosses the opponent’s goal line.

Roller hockey has the concept of a high ball. This is the name of any ball that, after hitting a club, flew 1.5 meters or more. If he flew so high in the reflection of the goalkeeper, then this is not considered an error. In other cases, such a throw counts as a violation.

The club should be wooden. Height from 90 to 115 cm and weighing no more than 500 grams.

Game technique

The team consists of two attackers, one binder, one goalkeeper, one defender. In addition, one goalkeeper and two players per shift must sit on the bench. You can replace a player at any time: during the game or during a break. The main thing is that a new participant can start the game only when the substitute has left the court.

The game has two halves, each lasting 20 minutes. One break - 10 minutes. It is also possible to assign additional time, if provided by the rules of the game. The first additional time lasts 2 minutes, the second longer - 4 minutes. The game continues until the first goal.

The game is very similar to ordinary ice hockey. Athletes must move very quickly, be collected, notice every movement of the opponent. In this game you can train your abs, arms and legs.

It is very important that athletes play collectively. If each player does as he pleases, this team will never achieve victory. Each person in a team fulfills its role, but in the end, everyone acts together.

Any player should move well on skates. To be able to turn and turn at high speed, reduce speed, slow down. In addition to the ability to move on rollers, the player must skillfully own the club and be able to receive and pass the ball, drive it and throw it into the goal.

What is a face-off?

The throw-in is held at the beginning of the game, during the game period or in extra time. If the judge cannot accurately track the game, he has the right to suspend the game and start it again with a throw-in. To do this, two opposing players stand opposite each other in the center of the field. The ball is on the ground, the sticks of rivals are 20 cm from it. After the whistle, you can start the game. Here, each player must show speed and agility in order to take possession of the ball.

As in a regular game, the referee may award a free kick or penalty. During this strike, players stand behind the center line. The goalkeeper is at the goal, the player who will make the kick is at the penalty mark.

For violations, the judge may remove the player for 2, 5 or more minutes. In some cases, when there was a gross violation of the rules, the referee may remove the player before the end of the game. The removed player cannot be replaced. In this case, the team remains with fewer players and becomes more vulnerable.

Judges are watching the game. One main one, who, together with the players, moves around the playing field and makes sure that there are no violations. The other two are standing near the gate. During the goal, they raise the flag, thereby indicating that the ball hit the goal. In controversial situations, these referees can give advice or request a video broadcast of the match. The timekeepers watch the game. They consider how long the game lasts, how long the stop lasted, and assign extra time.

It takes a lot of time to learn how to play roller hockey. To get started, you just need to roller skate, then learn the various tricks of running. After that, you can begin to ride with a club and a ball, learn the rules of the game. When the main course is completed, and the student begins to freely control the club and ball, you can proceed to more complex exercises. These are various forms of attack and defense, playing out, deceiving maneuvers.