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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Broomball

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.

League Format