Sport History Floor hockey was first introduced as a Special Olympics sport at the 1970 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Floor Hockey events combine both team and individual skills competitions. Floor Hockey is adapted from the games of ice hockey and ringette. It is the only team sport in Special Olympics Winter Sports.
Floor hockey competition during the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games. [Photo by Kishimoto]
Floor Hockey is played on a wooden floor. The teams are composed of six players, including a goalie. The athletes use wooden poles (without blades) as the sticks and the pucks are large felt discs with an open center.
Floor Hockey training season is usually from November to March. More then 500 Special Olympics athletes train in Floor Hockey and 83 volunteers are certified coaches in Pennsylvania.
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