What is Sled Hockey
WHAT IS SLED HOCKEY?
Sled hockey is an exciting sport that uses the same rules as hockey. Instead of leg skating, players sit on specially designed sleds and use two short sticks to propel themselves across the ice. Legal body contact and raised puck shooting are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in traditional hockey.
Sled hockey players discover that skating in a sled is fun and a great form of exercise. It increases strength, coordination and conditions the upper and lower body. The balance needed to propel, turn, stop and play the puck gives arms, legs, back, and abdominal muscles a real work out. Some paraplegics who play regularly notice an increase in balance when using their wheelchairs.
Equipment for the sport includes a tubular framed sled between 3 and 5 feet long. The sled sits 3 inches off the ice with two hockey skate blades mounted beneath the seat. A portion of the front frame rests on the ice and provides stability. Straps around the ankles, knees, and waist securely hold the player on the sledge.
A pair of 30 inch "sticks" is used to propel. The custom made sled hockey sticks have 4 mm teeth attached to the bottom of the butt end. Leaning left or right while digging the stick into the ice, turns the sled. Players slide to side on one or both blades using a hockey stop. All players must wear IIHF regulation protective hockey equipment.
WHO CAN PLAY?
Anyone can play. Both males and females are encouraged to participate in this sport. It's a sport that totally integrates players with mobility limitations, amputees, and able-bodied people with knee, leg or hip injuries that limit their participation in standard hockey.
DIVISIONS OF PLAY:
ADULT (any age)
INTERMEDIATE (any age)
*NOVICE (any age)
*JUNIOR (under 18 as of 12/31)
* = no check divisions