Ice hockey is actually a contact sport, normally played on an ice hockey rink, where two teams of players compete against each other using their sticks to shoot an invisible rubber puck into the opposing goal’s net for points. In many countries, the sport is generally associated with men only, but ice hockey has evolved to include both women and men. Ice hockey rules of play differ from country to country, with rules for the game commonly being different in Canada than in New Zealand or Australia. However, these basic rules are essentially the same all around the world.
The rules for an ice hockey game are divided into several divisions, or groups of plays. A play is defined as a series of passes, shots or plays that are taken by the players through one another. A player can either make a pass directly to an offensive player, or pass through them. If a player makes a shot, it is called a goal and it is scored after one pass or one shot from a player’s stick.
A series of passes is known as a sequence and are made between two or more plays during a single play. A play is considered complete when the puck has crossed one line into the other. There are four major elements to an ice hockey play: offense, defense, goal, and goaltender. Each play can be broken down further, such as a two-player sequence, or played individually (for example, when there is only one player on defense).
Most playbooks will have a beginning, middle and end, for example a two-player sequence. The middle is when one of the teams takes its first two passes. The last two passes are when the second team takes its first two passes, then the goal is scored. Each team has three players on offense, two defensemen and one goaltender. These playbooks may also be referred to as a “rule book”, which contains detailed explanations of the rules.
The rules for an ice hockey game can also be broken down to the level of skill required to perform a particular play. There are many variations to the rules for skill levels, depending on whether the play is for a novice or a pro. For example, a novice should know that it takes longer to skate up the ice than to shoot the puck, but it is much easier for a skilled player to shoot the puck at a goalie.
A great place to start learning how to play ice hockey is to watch an actual ice hockey game. If you live in Canada, you can find many professional ice hockey leagues that feature games for beginners. To learn how to skate up the ice faster and better, try to find a local league, especially one that features many beginners or advanced players.