How to Play Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey is a sport that takes place at the bottom of a swimming pool. Two teams battle for a puck as often as possible to play with the Club in doelbak the opponent. Also, for many it is an unknown sport, there is also a competition in the Netherlands and there is real European Championship and WORLD CUP. During 2011, Dutch champion Team World Champion and the women’s team won the silver medal in its class. Underwater hockey is a sport for you?

History

Underwater Hockey 1960 occurred because people needed a way to keep the State of the divers under water on winter levels. In winter, it was because not hide. It was played with a stick who must be held with both hands. Today the stick with one hand should be kept, what sport is much faster.
In 1970 came the underwater hockey to the Netherlands. Shortly after a competition.
At this time, the sport with approximately 440 players, divided into 23 groups, played in the competition. There are four national teams, including:

  • Gentlemen
  • Ladies
  • Young Orange
  • Masters

Game

The game takes place on the bottom of a swimming pool. Two teams of 10 players competing to score the most goals. There are six players per team in the bath. The other four are on the edge. National teams consist of 12 players.
The game board is 22 m to 25 m long and 12 m to 15 m wide. Preferably the lines formed by the edges of the basin.
There will be played in positions which are divided into two groups, namely, forwards and backs. Each position has a number. Position Name can be used as such, but also the position number. These are the kinds of positions and the corresponding number:

  • Left front
  • Centre forward
  • Right front
  • Left half back
  • Right half back
  • Behind

The aim of the game
With the help of a stick, trying to get a puck from about 1300 grams as often as possible to play in the doelbak of the other team. There’s a goal scored when the puck is partially or completely in doelbak 3 m long, 12 cm wide and 18 cm in height. The game is monitored by two judges in the water and a judge on this page.
What makes this game special is also the fact that it is a three-dimensional sport. The opponent is not all from the front or back, but also from above.
In addition, the timing of your breathing is also important. It is not convenient when you want to make a shot for the opening goal, you have to go up for air.

Game rules

In the preparation of any sport to do with rules, so even when underwater hockey:

  • Players may only hold the hammer with one hand
  • Another player must not be hindered or stopped

Penalty after an infringement depends on how serious the offense. As a player, you may receive a warning or time to postpone the plan. On a very serious offence you can definitely be excluded.
Duration of the match
A game of underwater hockey takes two times 15 minutes. The pause lasts for three minutes. This means that there is a lot of action in a short period of time. This makes underwater hockey to a very active sports.

For who?

Underwater Hockey is suitable for men and women of all ages. It is good to swim with a snorkel, mask and fins. In addition, you should be able to last for at least 15 seconds, hold your breath and swim to a depth of two metres.
In his youth, there are no age categories. Anyone who can swim, can participate in the youth competition.

Prerequisites

If you want to play underwater hockey, you need the following attributes:

  • Mask with two separate glass
  • Snorkel
  • Hat/Baseball Cap
  • Fins and related hälband
  • Special gloves, stick and puck for underwater hockey
  • Teeth Protection
  • Swimwear

If you are interested in training with in the sport and, again, there is often a kit available that you can borrow. Then, just bring your swimsuit.

Netherlands

Underwater hockey is very popular in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada. Netherlands does very well in the international field. The various Dutch team has achieved many good results at European and WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, including:

  • 2011: world-first champion
  • 2011: World Championship second place women < 23 years
  • 2010: EK fifth elite ladies
  • 2005: OAK mainly men
  • 2001:1st place men, elite women and young people

Do you have a picture of how a game is played underwater hockey? Take a look at this video
In short, the underwater hockey a relatively unknown sport not practiced by many people in the Netherlands. It is an intense water breathing and tactics that are very important. Opponents may also come from above, the underwater hockey adds an extra dimension. Netherlands International strong in this sport, with WINS and high placings at the European Championship and the World Cup.

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