Playing a game is always fun until you continue to enjoy it in true sportsmanship spirit. Ice hockey is no different. The manipulations on the ice rink and the excitement of scoring goals, is one of the best way to keep the body healthy and provide an outburst for the accumulated stress. Ice hockey is played indoor stadium set up due to the thick ice rink involved. However the game is equally popular across categories of people including children as well as adults. The core purpose of a game of ice hockey is to ensure that your team scores the maximum number of goals before the opponent does. The highest scorer is then declared the winner.
However the game is not as simple as it appears. There are a series of rules involved that govern the proceedings of a single game of ice hockey. Those of you who are playing the game at an informal level need not have an in-depth understanding of the game but you still need to know the basics to put up a commendable show and enjoy the game as well.
So, for all you beginners out there, here is a guide to help you understand how to play a game of ice hockey.
1. For starters understand the rink
The ice rink is divided into two parts. One is reserved for the home team and the other is for the opponents. Each of these parts will have a goal area and a goalie to prevent the opponent from scoring a goal. Be clear about understanding the rink and its demarcations for your team to avoid getting penalties from the referee.
2. Buy reliable hockey gear
As you gradually become a fan of the ice hockey session, you will automatically be tempted to invest in good quality hockey gear. Before you make any purchase, ensure that you do proper quality check therefore buying reliable stuff only. After all, this hockey gear is going to be your sole equipment when you step in to the ice hockey rink.
3. Fight but within limits!
Don’t think I am advising you to fight with the members of the opposing team. But a healthy interaction with your opponents is all a part of the game strategy in ice hockey. However don’t go overboard during the game as this could mean the opposing team getting a penalty and you losing a precious point for your team.
4. Decide the game plan
Yes! This is one of the most important steps. Usually before the game the captain will have a set of strategies ready including the position of the players in various situations. Understand the strategy in-depth while you are in the green room. Once you step on to the field, the game isn’t going to give you a chance for peaceful listening.
Lastly, the best way to play ice hockey is to enjoy the sport. Make the most of your time on the field by exhibiting healthy competition as you forget differences to bond with your co-players. At the end of the day, ice hockey is less about expertise and more about a bunch of people playing a good game with true team spirit.
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