Rink hockey

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Roller hockey
Argentine player during the 2007 Rink Hockey World Championship.
Highestgoverning body CIRH
Nicknames Roller Hockey, Rink Hockey, Hardball Hockey, quad
First played End-19th century Britain
Contact No
Team members 5 per side, a goal-keeper and four field players
Mixed gender Yes, separate competitions
Type Team sportball sport
Olympic Demonstration sport at 1992 Summer Olympics.

Roller hockey (in British English), rink hockey (in American English) or quad hockey is a team sport that enjoys significant popularity in a number of Latin countries.

Two five-man teams (four skaters and one goalkeeper) try to drive the ball with their sticks into the opponents’ goal. The ball can only be put in motion by a stick. The game has two 25-minute halves (for adults), with the clock stopping when the ball becomes dead. Each team has a one-minute timeout in each half. Each team has a minimum of six players (a backup goalie is required) and a maximum of ten.

Players use quad skates, whereas inline skates are used in inline hockey. Excessive contact between players is forbidden in rink hockey, unlike inline hockey.

Roller Hockey was a demonstration rollersport in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. There have been 42 editions of the FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup, with Latin countries dominating the sport since the 1940s: Spain (16 World titles), Portugal (15 World titles), Argentina (5 World titles) and Italy (4 World titles). Other countries, such asFranceBrazilGermanySwitzerlandAndorra and England are regular international competitors, but rarely overcome the traditional powers.

Roller Hockey is a very fast sport, which may create a problem for TV transmissions, and new rinks are built using blue or white pavement to make the ball more visible on TV.

The most important clubs in Europe (and, arguably, the world) are SL BenficaFC Porto, and OC Barcelos from Portugal, FC BarcelonaReus DeportiuIgualada HC and Liceo La Coruña from Spain, and occasionally Primavera PratoFollonica and Bassano Hockey 54 from Italy. In terms of trophies won FC Barcelona is the most successful team having won 21 European Cups.

SL Benfica is the oldest roller hockey club in the world, having played its first game in 1917.

The 2013 Roller Hockey World Cup took place in Angola, for the first time on the African continent, won by Spainbeing the country with most victories in history.




Roller Hockey (Quad) was recently referred to as Hardball Hockey in the United States until November 2008 when the USOC adopted the sport’s more common name, Rink Hockey. Other names for the sport include Hardball Roller Hockey, Ball Hockey, International Style Ball hockey, International hockey, Quad Hockey, Hockey, English Roller Hockey, Hockey Sobre Patines, Hockey pista, Hóquei em patins, Hockey Skids, Traditional Hockey, Cane Hockey, Rollhockey, Rolhockey, Hokej na koturaljkama, Rulleskøjtehockey and Rulluisuhoki.

The rink[edit]

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The rink has usually a polished wooden surface, but any flat, non-abrasive and non-slippery material such as treated cement is acceptable. Likewise, it is allowed for rink owners to put advertisements in the playing area, as long as they don’t interfere with ball or skate motion, which includes both physically (must be at exactly the same level as the remaining area) and visually (dark colours or any other pattern which can mask the ball).

It can have one out of three standard sizes (a minimum of 34×17 meters, an average of 40×20 and a maximum of 44×22) or any size between the minimum and maximum values that has a 2:1 size ratio with a 10% margin of error.

The rink has rounded corners (1 m radius) and is surrounded by a 1 m wall. The wall also has a wooden base 2 cm wide and at least 20 cm high. Behind the goals there is a 4 m high net, even if there are no stands (to avoid the ball bouncing back from a wall and hitting a player). If the ball hits the net, it’s considered to be out of bounds.

The markings are simple. The halfway line divides the rink into halves, and 22 m from the end wall an “anti-play” line is painted. The area is a 9 X 5.40 m rectangle, placed from 2.7 to 3.3 m ahead of the end table. It has a protection area for goalkeepers, a half-circle with 1.5 m radius. All markings are 8 cm in width. The goal (painted in fluorescent orange) is 105 cm high by 170 cm wide. Inside the goal there is a thick net and a bar close to ground to trap the ball inside (before, two extra referees stayed behind the goal to judge goal decisions), and 92 cm deep. While not attached to the ground, it is extremely heavy to prevent movement.


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Roller Hockey (Quad) Ball

  • The clothing is similar to that used inAssociation football—socks up to the knee, shorts and a shirt.
  • Sticks are different for skaters and goalkeepers. They can be of any material approved by the CIRH (although wooden sticks are still most often used), with a minimum length of 90 cm and maximum of 115 cm. They cannot be wider than 5 cm or weigh over 500 g.
  • The ball is made ofvulcanized rubber, has a 23 cm in circumference, and weighs 155 g.
  • The skates must have two pairs of wheels, with a minimum diameter of 3 cm. Players are allowed to use brakes in the front of the skate, with a diameter or larger side not larger than 5 cm.
  • Protective material includes shin guards, knee caps, jock strap and gloves. Specifications for helmets and elbow caps vary from federation to federation.
  • Goalkeepers (or netminders) use protective padding on the torso (plus shoulders) (the maximum amount is being regulated, since, as inice hockey, many goalkeepers have been using massive protection to make them larger and broader), neck guard, large shin guards (not longer than 75 cm), gloves protecting the whole forearm and a helmet with either a grid or unbreakable transparent material. Unlike the Roller Hockey (Inline) Goalie who uses a Catch Glove to catch the shot on goal, the Roller hockey (Quad) Goalie uses a flat batting glove that provides rebound characteristics when blocking a shot on goal.



The first recorded Hardball Roller Hockey game was played in 1878 at the Denmark Rink in London, England.[1][2][3] It was first known as “roller polo” due to the introduction of Polo in 1876, skaters took polo to the rinks.[2][4] The sport was introduced into the United States in 1882 with the formation of the National Roller Polo League in DaytonOhio, with teams in seven cities. Roller Polo League[2] In 1884 the Massachusetts Roller Polo league was operating with 14 teams[2] Organized roller skating sports developed as the popularity of roller skates increased in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Roller hockey teams were playing throughout Europe as early as 1901.[5] Roller Hockey was played by the famous silent film stars, Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin, in the early 1900s.[6] The first World Championships in roller hockey were held in 1936 in StuttgartGermany.[5]

Rink Hockey as it was called in Europe was not organized by the RSROA in the United States until 1959 and name roller hockey[2] The sport debuted at the US National Championships in 1961.[7] The Pan American Games introduced roller skating as a sport in 1979 and debuted roller hockey the same year.[1] It was one of thePan American Games sports in 1979, 1987, 1991 and 1995. It has since been discontinued. Roller hockey was present as an exhibition sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in BarcelonaSpain.[8][9][10]

Governing bodies[edit]

The authority of FIRS is recognized by the following organizations:

FIRS recognizes the following continental confederations:

FIRS recognizes the following International Technical Committees:

Each continental confederation comprises or recognizes, in turn, various national governing bodies and associations.

International competitions[edit]

There are several international competitions with national teams. There are three world championships, one for men, the FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup, one for women, the FIRS Women’s Roller Hockey World Cup and the FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup U-20.





Domestic competitions[edit]


·         Angola

·         Egypt

·         Mozambique

·         South Africa


·         Argentina

·         Brazil

·         Chile

·         Colombia

·         Mexico

·         Uruguay

·         USA


·         India

·         Japan

·         Pakistan


·         Austria

·         Belgium

·         England

·         France

·         Germany

·         Italy

·         Israel

·         Netherlands

·         Portugal

·         Spain

·         Switzerland


·         Australia

·         New Zealand

Women’s roller hockey[edit]

This section requires expansion.(September 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^Jump up to:a b http://www.rollerskatingmuseum.com/hockey.htm
  2. ^Jump up to:a b c d e http://usarollersports.org/pages/pdf/magazine/USARS_Summer1978_Web.pdf
  3. Jump up^http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/507126/roller-skating/255268/Roller-sports#ref=ref887928
  4. Jump up^http://www.rollerskating.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=2
  5. ^Jump up to:a b http://www.jtaa.org/Roller_Hockey/History%20of%20Roller%20Hockey.htm
  6. Jump up^http://hardballhockey.blogspot.com/2008/03/roller-hockey-for-dummies-by-linda.html
  7. Jump up^http://www.rollerskatingmuseum.com/homework_help.htm
  8. Jump up^http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1992/1992s4.pdf
  9. Jump up^http://worldcat.org/oclc/60284428
  10. Jump up^[Roller hockey at the 1992 Summer Olympics]

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