Street hockey, also known as ball or dek hockey, is the dry land equivalent of ice hockey.
Decades ago in Canada and the northeastern corner of the United States, recreational hockey was played on frozen ponds by both children and adults alike. When the ponds thawed out in the spring and summer months, the skates were replaced with tennis shoes and the game relocated to any flat surface that could be found in the neighborhood.
In 1970, a no-bounce orange ball and a set of rules were introduced, with the first leagues forming in the United States and Canada shortly thereafter. During the decades since, the sport has grown significantly in participation and recognition, with leagues heavily populating North America and expanding into international markets where the sport of hockey was not widely recognized. An international governing body (International Street & Ball Hockey Federation) and national governing bodies (i.e. the American Street Hockey Institute) have since been established over the years to better organize and promote the sport.
The official game is played with 6 players (3 forwards, 2 defensemen and 1 goalie) per side, and traditionally hosted on a rink with a concrete or sport court surface. The sport is true to ice hockey in most rules, format and styles of play, though some rules and equipment requirements have been adapted to enhance the in-game experience (i.e. non-checking, use of an orange ball instead of a puck, automatic icing, reduced equipment requirements/costs, etc).
WORCESTER YOUTH STREET HOCKEY