Broomball in South Australia
is a sport best described as being similar to field hockey, but on ice,
with the strategy and game play of ice hockey. There are 5 field players
plus a goalie and up to 14 substitutes, although 5 is normal. Players wear
shoes with soft rubber soles for traction on the ice and they use a wooden
or metal broom (stick) approximately 1.35m long, which has a triangular
rubber or plastic head. The aim of the game is to score goals using a synthetic
orange ball approximately the size of a European handball. Teams are composed
of men and women, there is no checking (as in ice hockey), games consist
of two 20 minute halves. Broomball is great for fitness and challenging
for any skill level.
No skating skill is required and
beginners are always welcome.
Broomball is played around Australia
and Overseas, having originated in Canada where the sport is played semi-professionally.
The Australian National Broomball Championships are held every year and
World Championships every two years. Broomball is soon to become a Winter
Olympic demonstration sport as momentum gathers for unification of associations
around the world under an International Federation.
Broomball began in South Australia in 1981 with two teams at the old
Payneham Ice Rink, the association was incorporated in 1982, and gradually
expanded up to four teams. The association moved to its current home at
the Snowdome (formerly Mt Thebarton) and expanded up to eight teams and
includes a league at the Noarlunga Ice Sport Centre.
The association was instrumental in establishing the annual National
Championships with ACTBA and later to bring in NSW and QLD as new leagues
formed in those states. Members of our association have represented Australia
at the World Championships and were a part of the bronze medal winning mixed
team in 2000.
Broomball is played weekly at the Snowdome on a Tuesday night. Commencing year round at 8pm. We run two seasons annually (Summer & Winter), with competition available in the Mixed (Co-ed) league and in a Men's Contact League. All players and spectators are welcome.