The original name of the sport was street hockey, because it was literally played in the street of neighborhoods. Here in the United States, people still refer to the sport as “street hockey” or “Dek hockey”, but the he sport has evolved into international play as ball hockey.
Ball Hockey is patterned after and closely related to ice hockey, except the game is played on foot on a non-ice surface, player equipment is different, and a ball is used instead of a hockey puck. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team by shooting the ball into the opposing team’s net.
There are difference between dek hockey and ball hockey in terms of how the games are played, but these differences are strictly a matter of rules and regulations that are invoked during tournament play.
Dek Hockey rules stipulate the following:
Ball Hockey rules stipulate the following: