Rink Hockey (Quad) is highly popular and has many names worldwide that mean the same sport. Some common names for Roller Hockey (quad) are: Hóquei em Patins, International Style Ball hockey, Rink Hockey or Hardball Hockey. Roller Hockey was a demonstration rollersport in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. There have been many world championships, Latin countries dominating the sport since the 1940s: Portugal (15 World titles), Spain (14 World titles), Italy (4 World titles) and Argentina (4 World titles). Other countries, such as France, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Andorra and England are regular international competitors, but rarely overcome the traditional powers.
Two teams of players, 5-10 players per team.
Four floor players and one Goalkeeper per team on the rink at any one time.
The Roller Hockey ball can only be played using a Roller Hockey stick, no other part of the player may deliberately play the ball except for goalkeepers.
The game is started similar to soccer with two teammates at the centre, one passing the ball to the other after the referee blows the whistle.
To substitute a player, the outgoing player must completely leave the rink before the substitute enters the rink.
If the ball leaves the rink the opposing team will be awarded a free hit to restart play.
Rough or dangerous play is not permitted.
Roller Hockey was introduced into the U.S. in 1882 with the formation of the National Roller Polo League in Dayton, Ohio, with teams in seven cities.
New Plymouth Roller Sports Facility, Monday from 6.45pm
Contact Rohan Singh 027 599 4796
Papatoetoe Roller Sports Facility, Wednesday from 6.30pm
Contact Russell Clark 0274 871 351
Wellington Roller Sports Facility, Wednesday from 6.30pm
Roller Hockey is played in age divisions from 5 years to Senior as follows, all ages are as at the 1st of January.
Normally with beginning NZ rink hockey players we place players within a skill range as opposed to within an age division. Depending upon a number of things, we gradually move players into the correct age group.