Broomball Rules for Physical Education

Broomball Rules for Physical Education




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 Broomball Rules for Physical Education 

This popular recreational ice game is closely modeled after ice hockey, and originated in Canada in the late 1800s. The rules of broomball are also similar to ice hockey, and the physicality of the sport remains the same. There are two governing bodies of broomball, the International Federation of Broomball Associations, and the USA Broomball Association.


How to play Broomball


There are a few distinct differences between broomball and ice hockey. Broomball uses a hard rubber ball, rubber soled shoes for traction on the ice, and brooms for striking. Ice hockey uses a rubber puck, skates for gliding across the ice, and longer sticks for striking.


Physical contact, however, unites these two sports. Therefore, body padding and a helmet with a wire facemask is required to play broomball. Players should keep their heads on a swivel when moving throughout the ice to ensure their safety.


Rules of Broomball


  • Each team has six players, including a goaltender. There are two defensemen and three attackers (two forwards, one center) that coordinate offensive plays.
  • Games are played in ice hockey rinks with the exact same dimensions, including the size of the goals.
  • Games are split into two, 18 minute periods with two minutes of rest in between.
  • A game of broomball begins with a faceoff. After each goal is scored, play will reset and another faceoff will ensue.
  • Brooms may never be swung above the waist, used to slash at other players, or as a weapon at any point throughout the game.
  • There is no tripping, goalie interference, excessive contact, or other penalties that are common with ice hockey.
  • Goals can only be scored by the ball being stuck by the broom. The ball cannot rebound off a player and count as a goal.
  • The team with the most goals at the end of regulation wins. In the event of a tie, there will be a five minute overtime period. If the game is still tied, it will enter a five-man shootout.


As broomball gains in popularity, especially in Scandinavian areas, Canada has actually taken the sport to the Olympic committee to be commissioned in the Winter Games. Only time will tell if this sport can garner enough attention for a medal ceremony.







Written by: Devin Pickell


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