The game of hockey begins with the dropping of the puck. The first act, similar to basketball, includes the referee distributing the puck (ball in basketball) evenly between two players who compete for control. In hockey, the player drops the puck rather than hurling it up in the air, and the move is referred to as a face off rather than a jump ball. The player with the puck is awarded possession and may proceed to attempt to score by beating his opponent with a stick or throwing a ball-like object at him.
Once the player has the puck, he is considered "on the ice". He can conduct himself in any manner not detrimental to his team's chances of winning. For example, he can pass the puck, shoot it, or kick it in order to advance the play toward his goal. However, he cannot touch the puck with his hands or any other object except his stick.
A player who is not carrying the puck but is still on the ice is called a "defender". Defenders are responsible for preventing their opponents from getting the puck and advancing it toward their own net. They do this by either blocking shots or by forcing the opposing player with the puck into a defender or one of his teammates. A defender does not have to be physically close to the puck to be effective; he simply needs to keep his eye on it at all times during the play.
A player who is not carrying the puck but is still on the ice is called a "forward".
However, in both circumstances, the phrase describing the commencement of play is a description of what happens (in basketball, the players try to tip the ball, in hockey, the referee drops the puck). Thus, "ball dropped" is the correct term to use when referencing any sport where there is a drop-the-ball ceremony prior to the beginning of play.
Some sports have similar ceremonies before play begins. In rugby, before a game starts, either team can request a "kick-off". The opposing team's captain signals this by blowing on his hand; this is called "blowing on the whistle". If the captain does not signal within 10 seconds, then he has lost control of the coin toss and the team that did not get to blow on their hands will receive the ball first. In American football, before every game, both teams line up along the 50-yard line for a pregame prayer.
Other sports have different pregame procedures but include a drop-the-ball moment prior to play starting. For example, in soccer, there is a drop-ball procedure before each game. A referee drops the ball anywhere inside the field and allows the players to take possession. This gives them time to warm up and get into position without interfering with the flow of the game.
A ball or a puck is played against each other by using a hockey stick to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opposing goal. Bandy, field hockey, ice hockey, and rink hockey are all kinds of hockey. In ice hockey, there are two teams of skaters and a goalie who tries to prevent the opposition from scoring points by shooting the puck at the net.
There is no official definition of what constitutes a hockey game, but generally it involves two teams that use sticks to move a ball or puck around a field or court while trying to score goals. The team that scores the most points wins. Hockey is played during the winter in countries such as Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. However, it is also played during the summer in places such as China, India, Russia, and Turkey.
Hockey is an outdoor sport that can be played on ice or a hard surface such as concrete. Although ice hockey was originally played on ice, today's version is usually held on a rectangular field with artificial ice used instead of real ice. If you want to play ice hockey, you will need to find someone who has enough space to create a playing field and has access to an ice rink or similar facility.
There are several types of hockey games: open, closed, straight, and double-elimination.