In the world today, there are many sports, some of which are completely ordinary and familiar to any person. However, among them there are very impressive and non-traditional sports, one of them is underwater hockey. This is a relatively young sport, 1954 is considered the official date of its creation. This game was first played by Alan Blake, a diver. He wanted to diversify his underwater training and thus came up with a new sport. The first official game was held only after 8 years in 1962 in Vancouver. Since then, underwater hockey has become quite famous and popular hobby.
The pace of development of underwater hockey is truly amazing. Of course, when a person first hears the name of this sport, he has various questions. Imagine how exactly they play this game is difficult. In fact, underwater hockey is a type of ordinary hockey, the only difference is the venue for training and competition: all the game takes place at the bottom of the pool.Let’s talk a little about the structure of the team. Underwater hockey is usually played by two teams, the standard number of participants of each of them is ten people. Six players directly take part in the game itself, and the remaining four people are in stock. Each player is equipped with special equipment consisting of a mask, fins, breathing tube, swimming cap, gloves and a small club. The puck must not come up and rise during the game. That is why its weight is about one and a half kilograms. An interesting fact is that the participants in the game are not allowed to dive underwater with scuba gear. During the game, they hold their breath for a sufficiently long period of time and then constantly emerge to gain oxygen. That is why, in addition to training at the bottom, athletes often exercise in holding their breath.
The main goal of the game is to hit the gates of the enemy. To do this, it is necessary to move the puck along the bottom of the pool, and thus throw it into the opponent’s goal. Competitions consist of two periods, each of which lasts fifteen minutes. Two referees help to judge the game at once. One of them is underwater in full diving equipment and constantly monitors what is happening at depth. The second referee oversees the game outside, he is called the surface referee.
As already mentioned, the main goal of the players is an abandoned goal in the opponent’s goal. What does this gate look like? In fact, they are very similar to ordinary hockey gates, only their dimensions are much larger, they reach three meters in length. They are made of stainless steel so that the period of use is as extended as possible. Gates are installed at the bottom of the pool at opposite ends. They have a small depression, where the puck should actually fly. Behind the gate is not an empty space, but a wall. That is why, if the puck flies into the goal and bounces off the wall, the goal also counts.
A similar sport is becoming more and more popular among guys. However, many girls are also fond of underwater hockey. Unfortunately, competitions between exclusively women’s teams have not yet been held. However, given the fast pace this sport is spreading all over the world, it can be assumed that similar competitions will also begin to be held in the near future. In fact, underwater hockey is a great way to diversify your life and test your sports capabilities.