Ice hockey is a sport that mainly focuses on skills, speed, discipline and teamwork. The fast pace of an ice hockey game puts the coordination, agility and speed of the players to the test.

Although ice hockey is played with a flat puck, it is technically a ball sport. A teams consists of 15 to 20 players. There are always 5 field players and 1 goalie on the ice who are constantly changing. A match consists of 3 periods of 20 minutes with 2 interruptions of 15 minutes. But for children, the size of the playing field and the length of the playing time is adapted to the age of the players.

Game Play

A traditional ice hockey match consists of 3 periods of 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the game will pause, and the time will stop.

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Playing Rules of the Game

The playing rules of ice hockey can differ per federation. The playing rules are usually quite similar, but the difference is in the details. The rules we describe here always apply, to everyone.

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The 4 basic skills


Ice hockey is played on an ice rink, whereby the players move around on skates. It is therefore evident that this is one of the first skills that the players fully master.

Passing and Receiving the Puck

Once the players are comfortable using the stick to control the puck, they learn how to pass the puck to another player. Also receiving a puck that is played to you is one of the exercises.

Puck Control

The object of the game is to get the puck into the opposing team's goal. Therefore, the players practice a lot on moving the puck on the stick, as well as sharpening their eye-hand coordination.


Now that the players know how to move, receive and pass the puck, it's time to finish the teamwork. They do this by learning to shoot on goal.


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