We have resident captains and visiting captains, depending on players in the hall on a given week. The captain has a responsibility for the discipline, tactics and performance of the team. He/She should also ensure every player has at least a basic knowledge of the rules. Explain the purpose of the crease and make sure that when the team uses rotating goalies they understand, that for safety reasons, they must stand at all times, otherwise it’s a penalty foul.
You can play!
Any skater, capable of stopping.
We play on a Wednesday evening at 8.45pm in the Craigholme Community Hub at Haggs Road, on the south side of Glasgow.
NEW Rollerhoc skaters can play FREE for the first time.
No previous hockey playing experience necessary.
Players may use inline, hockey or quad skates, aggressive skates not permitted.
Pads & helmet mandatory.
Beginner skaters, take lessons first.
Want more information, don't hesitate to ask.
Contact Don Morton on 07733 276902 or email
Is a definite NO in Rollerhoc. Other hockey games do it, in fact seem to enjoy it, maybe even encourage it, but definitely not in Rollerhoc.
To not do it, is really a mindset. Once we accept this restriction the temptation goes. It becomes a part of the character of the game. In the heat of the moment there seems to be nothing more natural than clashing sticks to obtain ownership of the ball/puck. It brings strength into the equation at the expense of skill. Rollerhoc is a competitive game, your target is to help your team win as best you can but you must understand there are limits.
You are permitted to challenge, to initially engage with your opponent's stick. If unsuccessful you must withdraw until another opportunity presents itself. You may cover, shadow, stalk, monitor, follow, your opponent but you must not continually clash sticks, that is classed as thrashing which is not allowed in Rollerhoc. Rule 3L.
Have you participated in any sport as a Referee? Best avoid, if you can. Referees in charge of matches that have strict rules to keep the character of the game in tact have no friends. In the case of Rollerhoc this is particularly evident. Without a referee Rollerhoc becomes 'Roller Hockey' or worse. Players need to understand the philosophy behind the game otherwise they push the boundaries. They can’t help it. Experienced players resent being penalised. They are not used to it. This leads to outbursts of temper, arguments, dissent at best.
Is Roller Hockey your passion?
When you can, do you watch Roller Hockey a lot on TV?
Would you love to play but have no idea how to get started?
Are you a recreational skater with no hockey experience?
Think you might not be good enough?
Worried everybody might laugh?
Yes, to ‘get into it’ can be daunting for a number of reasons. For a start, maybe there is no Roller Hockey team locally. However, there is an alternative. (In Glasgow) Come and play Rollerhoc. An easy-play game that allows skaters of varying ability to play together. It’s a game for all skating levels provided you can stop properly on skates. The priority is safety. The rough play associated with Roller Hockey is not allowed.
So what do you need to do to play Rollerhoc? Let us know when you’re coming. All you need to bring is your skates, plus pads and a helmet, a cycle helmet is fine. If you don’t have pads or a helmet you can borrow to get started. The first time you come is free, hockey sticks are provided. You’ve nothing to lose, come and join the fun. Contact Don if you would like more information.
New players are always welcome, but let’s be honest, they can be a nuisance. They spoil the game we’re used to playing. They don’t know the rules and for that matter some regulars don’t know the rules either. Skaters are an enigma, because they ask questions about Rollerhoc to have an idea what to expect when they come to play for the first time. Everything is explained, they look forward to coming, set a date, but never turn up. Why the change of mind? This happens time and time again. We need new players to replace ones that leave. It’s a conundrum, we haven’t found answers to so far.
Means exactly that, no less. Not the roller hockey ‘non-contact’ to which players don’t pay the slightest attention. Rollerhoc non-contact includes leaning on, pushing, barging, accidental bumping, tripping, another player. While attempting to collect the puck from an opposing player you must hold back to avoid body contact. When chasing a player for the puck the same thing applies. You must not lean on an opponent to gain an advantage. You can see how this is avoided when you watch rink hockey games. Looks like this topic is going to run and run.
We don’t have set teams because we have no prior knowledge of who is going to turn up to play each week. Therefore, at the outset of play we have to try to split players into two teams which look equal to make the game competitive and not let one side have a run away victory. Closely scoring games are much more exciting and keep everyone motivated throughout the entire game. Understand it is this requirement that determines the sides on any week.
We hate them. Some players need them, and they are perfectly acceptable provided they are taped to avoid marking the floor. It is the responsibility of each player using a heel-brake with a black stopper to make sure it is properly taped on an ongoing basis. Check the heel-brake stopper every time you go to play. Tape is available at all sessions.
Why do we ask Rollerhoc goalkeepers to stand?
Two reasons, the most obvious one, safety. The other to avoid having to pay for expensive safety equipment. Initially we allowed goalkeepers free rein. They could buy caged helmets, hockey gloves, knee pads and body protection, adding cost to a game that prides itself in not being an expensive sport. To avoid this, goalkeepers are asked to remain standing at all times to prevent being injured. This was agreed, but it wasn’t a popular decision at the time. As always safety in Rollerhoc is paramount. To enforce this rule, a penalty is awarded to the opposing side should the goalkeeper not remain standing on wheels with both feet at all times.
Who would ever have thought hockey sticks could be so contentious? Pick any stick length and it seems there will be a raft of skaters telling you the length is all wrong.
This is perplexing, because it is unlikely other sports have their components questioned by participants. Is the rugby ball the wrong shape? Are football goal posts too wide? Is the basketball net too high? Should the tennis racket be smaller? No, it doesn’t really happen, so why is Rollerhoc so blighted?
The bulk of criticism comes from two sources, roller & ice hockey players and players over 6’ tall. If we take the latter first, it is perfectly understandable that tall players feel the effect of short sticks more. Therefore, it is up to each individual to decide whether Rollerhoc is suitable to play.
Roller & Ice hockey players, who try Rollerhoc, find the small stick and the rules frustrating and restrictive because they have not been used to these constraints previously in their own game. Again, this means they too have to decide whether Rollerhoc is a game to which they can adapt. It was never anticipated that Rollerhoc would appeal to everyone, that’s absurd.
The stick length (125cms) is an intrinsic part of the game. Along with robust rules, give Rollerhoc its own defined character, the emphasis always being very much on safety. This approach to hockey on wheels allows skaters of variable ability to play together in mixed teams. Rollerhoc is an inclusive game that welcomes skaters who would like to play it.
ROLLERHOC RULES - Rule 2d - Carrying-a-Foul
This particular rule can be contentious, misunderstood and disliked. Therefore, an explanation and the thinking behind the rule is required. Rollerhoc is a fast moving game. Play flows from end to end of the hall. Players enjoy the game when it is not interrupted by the referee continually bringing play to a halt because of minor infringements.
To overcome this problem the carry-a-foul rule was introduced. When there is a violation, instead of repeatedly halting the game, the referee can allow the game to continue but penalise the offending player(s) by giving carrying-a-foul status. This means, should the player(s) (carrying the foul) score the next goal it will not count. When the next goal is scored by any other player, the carrying-a-foul status is automatically revoked.
This is all well and good, but doubts arise when the carrying-a-foul player(s) does not score the next goal and therefore does not seem to receive any penalty for breaking the rules. This gives other players the impression the referee doesn’t apply the rules, is inconsistent or favours one player or side over another. It has to be remembered that no referee can be expected to see every single foul throughout the entire game.
So what are the alternatives? To drop the carrying-a-foul rule? Stop play for every single foul no matter what or not bother about fouls at all unless they are deemed a serious breach of the rules?
Safety rules in Rollerhoc. At present, by hockey standards, Rollerhoc has a very good safety record. To keep the game at its current safety level, rules must be applied to allow less skilled skaters and new hockey players an opportunity to join in games playing beside experienced hockey players. If the rules are relaxed the game becomes Roller Hockey. Players who favour that game should go and play it!
An important skill of Rollerhoc is the ability to play the game without bumping, pushing, shoving or leaning on an opponent. This is what non-contact means in reality. However, you may shadow your opponent when challenging for the puck/ball but you must stand-off until an opportunity presents itself allowing you to collect the puck/ball without contact.
Over 10 years ago the indoor TrySkating group looked for an activity that relieved the boredom of just skating endlessly around the hall. It pales after a while and becomes monotonous unless you’re continually learning something new. To fill this gap we considered games, starting with football, basket ball, dodge ball. None of these proved popular so we considered hockey. The established game of Roller Hockey was far too ambitious for the group’s level of skills, so we had to invent our own version of the game.
There were important considerations.
SAFETY to avoid injury and costly protection
INCLUSIVE no skater (inlines & quads) who wants to play is excluded
LESSONS for skaters unable to stop confidently
It took over a year from inception until the first games were actually played. Endless discussions took place about every aspect of the game, rules and equipment The result of which is the game we play today.