The Goal of the Game The purpose of hockey is to use a stick to strike a ball into a goal. A point is granted to the team whose ball enters the goal. The team that has scored the most goals at the end of the game is declared the winner. A tie is declared when both sides score the same amount of goals. In this case, each side gets one point for a total of zero points awarded for a tie.
There are several ways that a game can be decided in field hockey. If both teams score a lot of goals then it is called a "shootout" and each player in turn hits the puck until someone misses. The first player to miss is the loser of the game. If nobody misses before all the players have had a chance to shoot, then everyone who was on the ice when the game ended continues in the next round against another team.
A game can also be decided by a penalty shot. The opposing team's goalkeeper is removed from the game and stands aside while one of their players takes a penalty stroke. When the player scores the goal, then the opposing team's goalkeeper returns to save another penalty shot for his or her team. This process will continue as long as there are remaining penalties to be taken.
At the end of the last season that they played together, the Canada women's national field hockey team won its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal with a 4-3 win over England in the final.
A field goal is an open-play goal that can only be scored from inside the "striking circle," in front of the opposing goal. A goal is not scored if the hockey ball is struck from outside the circle and enters the goal. Hockey players are not permitted to trip, shove, charge, interfere, or violently handle an opponent in any way. They may not use their hands as a weapon unless they are wearing gloves.
Field goals can also be scored by taking a penalty stroke. A player who has been penalized for holding the stick too long can score a penalty shot by releasing the stick and hitting the ball with either foot. The shooter must take the penalty stroke from directly behind the center of the goal or else it is invalid. If the player scores, the release was valid and the goal will count.
There is one exception to this rule: if the player being penalized is injured while taking the penalty shot, another player can take the shot in his place. The original player is given a free kick instead.
The only other way to score is with an own goal. This happens when a player allows the ball to go into his/her own net by accident or misunderstanding the direction of the play. It can also happen if a player tries to pass the ball but misses and it goes into his/her own net. An own goal cannot be scored with the foot; instead, it has to be released with the head or chest.
The purpose of hockey is straightforward: score more goals than the other side. The National Hockey League season consists of three 20-minute segments. If the score is still tied after 60 minutes, the game goes into a five-minute, sudden-death overtime in which the first goal wins. During normal play, the team that scores most goals wins.
Hockey is played on ice rinks throughout the world. The sport originated in Canada and is known as "Canadian football" in America. In fact, until the NHL started using it as its official name in 1972, it was simply called "ice hockey".
Hockey is a non-contact sport in which body checking is not allowed. Instead, players use their sticks to fight off opponents or push them away from the puck.
There are several types of shots in hockey. A slap shot is used for shooting the ball quickly and hard past the opposing netminder. A wrist shot is aimed at the net and released with the hand not holding the stick. A backhand shot is done by shooting over one's shoulder. A forehand shot is shot with the hand facing forward.
A player can also shoot by passing the puck to another player who is open in the slot (the area between the faceoff dots). This is known as a pass-shot. A player cannot shoot himself. He or she must be passed the puck first.
The purpose of floor hockey is to get the puck into the other team's goal. After a goal is scored, the game begins with a face-off at the centerline, and the face-off begins play. (* A face-off occurs when two opposing players place their sticks on the floor and face each other. The umpire calls "face-off" and gives each player five minutes to replace his stick with another of equal size. This rule exists to prevent one player from getting an unfair advantage by using a larger stick.) During a face-off, any player can be awarded possession of the ball if he comes under control behind the goal line. If a player touches the ball with his hands or arms while it is in flight, it is considered live ball time.
Hockey is a sport that requires physical activity and skill to play well. Because of this, hockey is known as a sport that makes men out of boys. The first step to playing hockey is to choose a side to play on (red or blue). Then the coach will decide what position you will play on the ice. There are three main positions in hockey: center, wing, and defenseman. In order for your team to win, everyone on the ice needs to do their job correctly.
On defense, your job is to stop the other team from scoring goals by either blocking shots or passing the puck out of your zone of the ice.
Players are not permitted to kick the puck into the net or steer it in with any part of their body. During regulation, each side has five players (three forwards and two defenders) and a goalkeeper. There is also an optional sixth player on the ice: a "defenseman".
The defensemen do not take shots nor can they score points during play. However, they can help out their team by making big saves in front of the net or by blocking shots. A defensemen can also pick up the puck along the boards and carry it across the blueline, where another defender will have it for him. These players do not take shots but they can help out their team by making big saves in front of the net or by blocking shots.
A goaltender is responsible for stopping the ball with his hand and/or foot while under control. A goal scored when the goalie is off balance or not fully covered by a defender is called a "net-front" goal. This responsibility covers the entire ice surface, including behind the net; therefore, goalkeepers are often referred to as "fielders" because they can be involved in plays outside of their crease. Although they cannot score, they can still affect the game by making big saves or by getting themselves into good positions to block shots.