What’s Roller Inline Hockey, differences, gameplay and penalties discussed!

A variant of hockey, the inline hockey, also known as Roller in-line Hockey is played on a smooth, hard surface. Players use in-line roller skates to move and hockey sticks to hit the puck the opponent’s goal to score a point. Each time comprises of on-the-brink 5 players (goalkeeper included) whilst a total of 16 players make the entire team.

What makes it different than ice hockey!

  1. It is a free flowing, fast-paced game and considered as a contact sport. Even then body checking is prohibited in the rink.
  2. There are no blue lines or defensive zones in roller hockey as compared to ice hockey.
  3. According to the rulebook, there are no icings or offsides that can occur during the gameplay.
  4. There are two 20-minute periods or four 10-minutes timed with a stopped clock.
  5. Inline hockey players do not play shoulder pads like ice hockey players. Since, there is no checking in roller hockey, roller hockey pants are similar to track warm-ups than the regular hard padded ice hockey pants
  6. Ice hockey has 4 officials while roller in-line hockey has two.
  7. Roller hockey has two halves unlike ice hockey with 3 periods

Learn more about the official’s hockey penalty signals in Roller In-line Hockey below!

  1. Two referees along with the players are the only people allowed in the field (playing surface)
  2. Penalties are segregated in two types – Minor Penalties and Major Penalties

Minor Penalties:

These penalties are called for when players do not act sportsmans-like or in a dangerous way through unfair means. Minor Penalty requires the player to go out of the box for 2 minutes.

Some examples of minor penalties in roller in-line hockey are as follow:

Checking: Hitting the competiting team’s player intentionally using one’s shoulder or hip to knock them off the puck.

Tripping: Using a stick or any part of one’s leg to knock an opponent team player to the ground.

High-sticker: If the player’s stick touches another player’s body above the shoulders.

Slashing: Hitting another player by swinging a stick or swinging one’s hockey stick against the opponent’s stick (making it break)

Holding: Holding or grabbing the player or their equipment to cease their movement.

Hooking: Grappling a player with a stick to impede their movement.

Major Penalties:

This is when the players intentionally and/or recklessly injure another player. These are severe penalties and the team needs to skate a player out. If the injury is severe, then the accused player will be ejected from the game. Following list details out these penalties.

  1. Fighting:
  2. Removing gloves to punch another player

  3. Spearing:
  4. Stabbing the player from an opponent team with the blade on one’s stick.

  5. Charging:
  6. Taking 2 to 3 strides prior to a body check

  7. Boarding:
  8. Pushing a player into the boards when they are facing the boards (though this is quite like touching them or anything similar

If the penalties given to the player come with a complete disregard to safety or actual intent, then they are often accompanied with misconduct penalties. Misconduct penalties can range from ejecting the player altogether or removing them from the game for extended minutes (without penalizing the team)

On a worldwide scale, Roller hockey is governed under the IIHF, in essence, International Ice Hockey Federation. With different leagues come different rules for the gameplay depending on the governing sanctioning bodies.

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