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Underwater Hockey Underwater hockey was created in the mid-twentieth century by those that found ice street and field hockey all to unexciting It seemed that the only things left unchallenged in hockey were air and water Thus this game removed the first and added the latter Underwater hockey is held at the bottom of a swimming pool 2-4 meters deep The 6 players in the water must hold their breath while playing but there are 4 substitutes that may be used freely Players wear masks fins snorkels protective gloves headgear ear protectors and mouth guards Sticks are 11 inches long and are used to pass a 35 pound metal covered puck into a 3 meter goal World-class payers are able to flick the puck off the bottom of the pool more than 15 feet to a receiving player Underwater hockey is a non-contact game and the players do not generally leave their zones to play the puck Because no player can hold their breath forever scoring relies heavily on team effort The players exert themselves to exhaustion so this limits bottom playing time to less than 30 seconds Brute strength is of lesser importance than ice or street hockey because the water lessens body mass and calls for torque and quick movements Games have two 15 minute halves with unlimited substitutions Two referees are in the water and one is on deck who assess penalties of up to 2 minutes to be spent in the penalty box sin-bin Just like the power plays in ice hockey the team who suffers the penalty plays short during this time Unlike soccer or ice hockey the goalie is not limited to a certain place June of this year marked the 10th Biennial World Championship Underwater Hockey Competition Teams from 20 countries arrived at the San Jose University This event was hosted by the Underwater Society of America USOA and sanctioned by the World Underwater Federation
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