How To: Play street hockey

Play street hockey

Do you like to play hockey but have no idea how to skate? Are you more of a summer person than a winter one? Do you live somewhere where ice is hard to find? Well, then check out this tutorial and learn to play street hockey! Get all the fun of hockey without the cold, icy mess!
You Will Need
• Playing area
• Street hockey sticks
• Ball or street puck
• Net
• Protective gear and pads
• Sneakers
• Rollerblades
• Friends and neighbors
• Stones or sidewalk chalk
• Indoor playing area (optional)

Step 1: Find a playing field
Find a good place to play, such as a tennis court, a street cul-de-sac, a parking lot, or a flat rooftop.
Move indoors to a gymnasium or a large basement when the weather's too cold or when it rains.

Step 2: Get equipment
Find some hockey sticks, a ball or street puck, and a simple net.
Be creative if you lack specific items –use a tennis ball or even a soda can if you don't have a puck; and use a soccer or badminton net.

Step 3: Wear protective gear
Wear face masks, mouth guards, and eye protection – especially if you have braces or wear glasses.

Step 4: Practice in street shoes
Practice in comfortable sneakers with good treads before moving on to rollerblades.

Step 5: Invite neighbors
Invite friends and neighbors to play. Keep things casual as more people join in.

Step 6: Keep score
Keep score using stones or sidewalk chalk. Count one point for each goal – but don't let the competition ruin your fun.

Did you know? Impromptu games of street hockey sprung up in front of the White House after a section of Pennsylvania Avenue was closed in 1995 for security reasons.

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