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Broomball Broomball also often called Athletic Broomball in its competitive rather than recreational guise is a sport similar to Ice Hockey Except that a number of significant details separate the two sports Broomball is played on an ice rink in sandshoes instead of skates The game consists of 6 players from each team on the ice with up to 14 players on the bench as reserves The object is to score more goals than the opposition A small ball about 5 inches in diameter is propelled about the rink with a paddle shaped stick The games consist of 2 twenty-minute periods Two referees control the match Specially designed Broomball shoes which have about an inch of soft rubber on their sole are the basis for the unique traction on the ice The ball of similar material to a basketball but 5 inches in diameter A high-tech rubber paddle shaped sticks with either a wooden or aluminum shaft Ice Hockey helmets to protect your head Knee and elbow protection are used to provide protection to these extremities upon contact with the ice Protective gloves less bulky and specifically designed for broomball are worn to provide protection for the fingers and wrists University or college age players play intramural broomball Usually either within a faculty or between faculties and less often between educational institutions The skill level is often fairly low but the social aspects are strong and this is often a players first introduction to the game The sport is often played with rules modified to suit local conditions With such rules as no checking no broomball shoes no lifting the stick above the shoulders The thrust of these games is more focused on the fun that actually winning the competition Organized broomball started in Canada in the early 1900s and progressed from early matches where corn brooms propelled a soccer ball about the ice Winter carnivals provided the early competitions for broomball which
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