Broomball rules and equipment

Goalie Amy Barnett and Ian Melnick do battle after he scored on her at Simoni Rink in Cambridge. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
Goalie Amy Barnett and Ian Melnick do battle after he scored on her at Simoni Rink in Cambridge. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) –The Boston Globe

■ Helmets and mouthguards are mandatory.

■ Gloves, shin guards, elbow and knee pads are recommended, as are chest protectors for goalies.

■ Regulation broomball sticks (rubber-molded triangular head, wooden or aluminum shaft) are required.

■ No more than four men or four women per team (of six) are allowed on the ice at one time.

■ No body checking. Contact should be avoided whenever possible.

■ All substitutions are made on the fly.

■ Using hands to control a ball in the air is permitted, but only to set the ball down on the ice, not to pass or shoot on goal.

■ Kicking the ball forward to one’s own stick is permitted, but not in order to pass to a teammate or shoot.

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■ Except for goalies, sliding or diving to block a ball is not allowed.

■ Penalties may be called for holding an opponent’s stick, tripping, hooking, slashing, high-sticking, dangerous play, or verbally abusing an official.

Source: SBS broomball

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