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Here is everything you need to know about Powerchair Hockey.

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Below is an overview of the key points in regard to the Laws of Powerchair Hockey:

The Court

  • Official Playing Area Dimensions
  • The game is played indoors on a Basketball court.
  • The surface of the court must be hard, smooth and level.  (Usually wood or artificial material).

Equipment

  • Powerchair Hockey has to be played in a powerchair.
  • Players must use a sanctioned t-stick or hand-held stick. while playing in competition. Official dimensons can be found here: T-Stick and Hand-held stick
  • T-Sticks are mounted onto the footplate of the athlete’s powerchair. Athlete’s use their powerchairs to control the ball.
  • Athletes that can hold a stick use light-weight sticks that are generally used in Floorball.

The Ball

  • A light-weight floorball is used.

Goals

  • The goalposts are 2.5m wide.
  • A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the goal line between the two goalposts.

Number of Players

  • A team consists of up to 10 players.
  • 5 players are on the court at any time.
  • One player is a goalkeeper.
  • There are unlimited substitutes.

Match Duration

  • A match is 40 minutes long.
  • This is played in two 20 minute halves.

Penalty

  • Usually awarded for fouls such as heavy contact or ramming an opponent.
  • The penalty starts from the centre-line where the ball must keep moving forward this is similar to Ice Hockey penalties.