Ice hockey is an extremely popular contact sport played in an outdoor or indoor rink, where two teams of skaters utilize their sticks to smash a frozen rubber ball into their opponents’ net for points. Ice hockey can be played with teams of any size, as well as by individuals who don’t necessarily have to wear a uniform. The rules of the game are very similar to football, with the exception that the play is called “ice” instead of “football.” Although the equipment used in ice hockey is not as advanced as that used in other sports, it is still considered to be one of the more “contact” sports. Because of this, many players and teams choose to play this sport using only a helmet, but others may play without any protective headgear at all.
In addition to using their sticks for hockey pucks, players in hockey also use their skates, or vouchers, to move around on the ice and simulate the type of action you would see on the ice if the weather was bad or if the ground was wet. Many hockey players are familiar with this kind of skating, and some even think it looks like “rain.” One of the most common ways to skate is to move “sideways” on the “board,” which is similar to what an ice skater does, but the difference is that the skater doesn’t walk on the ice; he or she glides on the surface. Because of this unique action, many young children are encouraged to learn how to skate, often as soon as they can walk, since it’s a great way for them to develop the motor skills that are critical to their development.
If a player goes “offside,” that is, he or she goes to the opposite side of the ice without first trying to touch the puck with his or her stick, that player will be penalized by putting a red line across the center of the ice. The player is also given one or two minutes to clear the ice before the play is continued. The “offside” rule first became established in the NHL when it started requiring players to move to the “red line” before attempting to control the puck with their sticks. The “red line” has since become a favorite spot on the ice for players to stop and rest, especially when they have been hit with a puck.