Maybe you’ve been inspired by a friend who plays, seen someone wearing an awesome hockey jersey, or stumbled across a game in the Perth suburbs.
Now you want to start playing street hockey but you have no idea where to start.
Here are some FAQs that will help you begin your journey into one of the fastest growing sports in Perth.
What is Street Roller Hockey?
Photo & cover photo: Elisa McG
Exactly what it sounds like – hockey played in the street on skates (usually inline skates although quad skates are becoming more common).
Games are played on neighbourhood sport courts, car parks or the purpose-built Slab at Bayswater Bowls Club.
Teams comprise of at least four players and games consist of three 15-minute periods.
The Perth Street Roller Hockey League (SRHL) has devised its own rules – the main rules being no high sticks (this reduces the risk of injury) and no Turbs.
What is a "Turb"?
Turbs are players who play to win at all costs/play for sheep stations.
To reduce the likelihood of the league being overrun by Turbs, players must disclose previous inline hockey or ice hockey experience, and teams must have no more than two players with previous hockey experience.
Turb behaviour is frowned upon as it significantly changes the intention of the league - making friends and having a good time.
If players or games get too intense, the game is stopped and players chill with beer and banter until the tension is resolved.
In summary, Turbs = bad. Beer and friends = good.
Do I need to know how to play?
Photo: Elisa McG
No! Most players start without even knowing how to skate.
Your skating will improve after your first few games and you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come by the end of your first season.
Your hockey and puck-handling skills also improve with every game.
I’m petrified of falling and I don’t want to get hurt. Maybe I shouldn’t bother?
Photo: Elisa McG
Trust me – everyone falls and everyone gets hit by a puck at some stage.
Bruises are worn with pride and I’ve seen a few X-rays posted on the Facebook Page.
Injuries happen but there are ways to limit the risk.
The SRHL is different to other sports as it lets the players decide what protective gear, if any, to wear.
It’s not unusual to see players with no protective gear but it is becoming more common to see mouth guards, shin pads, elbow pads and helmets in use.
You do play at your own risk so it's up to you.
I personally wear shin guards (it took me four seasons of bloody dented shins to realise there’s a better way) as well as elbow pads, and for the really fast games I’ll wear a mouth guard and helmet.
What other equipment do I need?
- Skates. Of course! You can get started in second-hand or new skates
- Wheels. Outdoor wheels with a hardness (durometer) of 85A is recommended
- Stick. Sticks are made of wood or a composite material. Wood is cheaper but heavier and is considered firewood once worn down. Composites are more expensive but will last longer and are lighter. They can also be hacked to have a replaceable blade so in the long run they are more cost-effective
- Puck. The Green Snipe is the leagues preferred puck as it wears well on the rough playing surfaces and doesn’t lift unintentionally like indoor pucks do
- Goals. Each team requires a set of goals which are easy to make – two milk crates and cable ties.
Photo: Shane Burrows
What are the benefits of joining the league?
There is a real sense of community and belonging in the SRHL.
Everyone started in the same boat and remembers what it was like to play their first game.
Your social life becomes busier with the biannual Hockeyfest (grand finals) and North vs. South matches, as well as regular scratchies and mixers organised by the league.
Photo: James Chesters
I’m sold! How do I get involved?
- Stay connected: Join the SRHL Facebook page for info, registration, events and banter. Read the offical rules/guidelines before joining or starting a team. You can also check out the league's Instagram or Official Website
- Head to a scratchie: Scratchies are informal games organised at random times and locations and are a great way to meet other players and work on your skills
- Join an existing team: Teams will advertise on Facebook if they are looking for new players. You can also post on the wall indicating your interest in joining a team
- Start a brand new team: Six players is recommended as a minimum and you’ll need a witty name.
Photo: James Chesters