University of Nebraska Medical Center


Students play broomball on an ice skating rink

Broomball is often described as hockey without skates or pads. Each player is given a stick with a broom-shaped head. Teams of five players use their sticks to score points by hitting a lightweight, six-inch ball into the opposing team's goal. The rules are simple, allowing players to focus on the trickier task of maintaining their balance and footing while playing on the ice.

Like curling, intramural broomball requires no prior experience or equipment. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear warm gloves. Play involves a lot of slow running, sliding, swinging, and slipping. To preserve the good-natured fun of the sport, helmets are provided for players to wear for the duration of each match.

No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. No skates are required as teams play in regular shoes. Teams are co-recreational, meaning there must be at least one female player on the ice at all times for each team.

The winter 2023 season begins on November 28 with leagues playing on Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The registration deadline is Monday, November 20.

League Play

Length of Season: Seven weeks (November 28, 2023; December 5, 2023; January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2024)

Location: UNMC Ice Rink

Divisions: Coed recreation

Length of Games: 30 minutes (teams play two 12-minute halves)

Team Composition: Five players (four field players and one goalie)

Team Registration Fee: $40

Late Registration Fee: $50

Participants: Broomball teams may have a maximum of two non-UNMC/Nebraska Medicine individuals on the team.

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