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Inline Hockey vs. Hardball Hockey
A brief introduction to the differences between
inline hockey, which is played on inline
skates using a puck, and traditional hardball roller hockey which
is played on quad roller skates using a ball.
Inline hockey is the game of hockey played on
inline skates and while it is sometimes played
with a ball, it is usually played with a puck.
Traditional hardball roller hockey is played with a ball instead of a puck,
and it's almost always played on quad roller skates.
The stick used in hardball hockey is a different shape
than the stick used to play inline hockey, and it is
sometimes called a cane because of its shape.
I often call this second sport "quad roller hockey" so people
will not confuse it with inline hockey, but it is more
frequently referred to as traditional roller hockey,
rink hockey, ball and cane hockey, or hardball hockey.
Hardball hockey was a spectator sport an the
1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
How The Two Sports Are Different
The two games have different rules and equipment, and they
involve different types of skating. When you watch a game
of hardball hockey, you will find it does not look like
the same game as inline hockey. Inline roller hockey
is similar to ice hockey, in that it includes
a lot of fast "racing back and forth" action. Hardball hockey
is a completely different game. The increased maneuverability
of quad roller skates makes traditional hardball roller hockey
a game filled with fancy footwork, twirling, tight
maneuvering, and difficult trick skating.
Both inline hockey and quad roller hockey are exciting
games to watch.
Learn More About Hardball Hockey
Many people in the United States, Canada, and several other countries have
never seen a game of hardball hockey, because inline
hockey is much more common in those countries. If you
live in a country where
inline hockey is more common than hardball hockey,
you can learn about hardball hockey games in your area
by contacting your country's National Roller Sports Federation.
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