The Game

Basic Game Structure

Inline Hockey borrows a lot of the same concepts as Ice Hockey.  The skaters (‘skating-out’ players) attempt to get the hockey puck into the opposing teams goal (net).  To do this they need to get past the opposing team goalie.

Teams generally consist of up to 12 skating players and 1 or 2 goalies.  Only 4 skating players and one goalie can be on the rink during game game play Skating players are swapped out frequently through the game. These substitutions (‘subs’) can be made on-the-fly during game play.

Referees and Score Bench

There are generally two referees during a game. There is a time-keeper and a score-keeper that sit in the score-bench located off the rink in the middle of one of the long sides.

Length of a game

This can vary but in New Zealand for the 2015 league season the games will be:

2 periods of 20 minutes each with 2 minute break at half time.

Learning to play

There’s no barrier to entry to the sport for most people.  As long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and are able to get up on a pair of inline skates (with assistance to start with) you can learn to play inline hockey.

Northland Stingrays - Inline Hockey New Zealand
Northland Stingrays New Zealand Inline Hockey

Saftey Equipment

Inline hockey equips players with a lot of body protection in order to prevent injury.

Skating Players

The basic compulsory gear includes:

  • Elbow Pads
  • Shin guards with knee-pads
  • Girdle (padded protective shorts)
  • Pelvic protector (box/cup)
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Overpants
  • Playing Shirt

Optional gear can included things like mouth-guards and shoulder pads.

Goalie Gear

The basic compulsory gear includes:

  • Goalie helmet
  • Throat protector / neck guard
  • Chest and arm protector
  • Blocker glove (for the hand holding the stick)
  • Catcher glove (for the non-stick holding hand)
  • Leg pads