Street hockey has evolved in much the same way that ice hockey has, reaching countries all over the world. Street hockey is much more accessible to many people and has been a casual neighborhood sport for quite some time. The International Street and Ball Hockey Association was created in 1993, and hundreds of thousands of people now play in organized leagues.
Player required equipment includes running shoes or inline skates, an approved helmet, and ice or street hockey gloves. Players 18 and under are required to wear a mask for full facial protection. Recommended (but not required) street hockey equipment includes elbow pads, athletic cup, soft knee pads, eye and facial protection, and shin guards.
Playing equipment includes a street hockey stick and street hockey ball. Actual street hockey sticks are made to be shorter than real ice hockey sticks, because they are to be played with sneakers, not skates.
But, players typically use standard ice hockey sticks for street hockey sticks, and street hockey balls are usually orange and not much larger than a tennis ball. We recommend that your street hockey stick have a durable, high-impact blade that will hold up longer when played against a rough playing surface.
Street hockey sticks can be all wood and taped to preserve the blade, but they typically have a wooden shaft and durable plastic blade.
When playing street hockey, people will typically use a ball instead of a puck, because of the lack of ice on roads. One downside to playing hockey on the street is that games are frequently interrupted by traffic, and goals must be removed.
Street hockey can also be called "roller hockey." Roller hockey uses inline skates, and can also be played inside. Many times, roller hockey games will take place on a tennis court or other predetermined indoor court.
Street hockey has always been an informal sport until recently and can take on various rules and regulations. Regardless of the format, street hockey's goal has always been to have fun.