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Take some time to read these street hockey rules and regulations. Street hockey is the hottest sport around and you'll definitely want to be a part of the action.

Shoot the puck into the other team's net. Not as simple as is sounds. Street hockey requires stamina, stickhandling skill, and pinpoint passing between teammates.

Street hockey can be played on almost any indoor or outdoor surface. Empty parking lots, net-less tennis courts, blacktop playgrounds, basketball courts, and indoor gyms can all become street hockey rinks.

To play street hockey, you must have 12 players in the game at any given time (6 per team). The positions are 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen and 1 Goalie. Since running is such a big part of the game, you'll need a lot of players to stay fresh. Sixteen players per team is probably best, giving you three lines of forwards and three lines of defenders, plus one goalie.

There are 3 forwards on a line: center (C), right wing (RW) and left wing (LW).

(C) Center - The center usually leads the forward line when attacking the opponent's goal to score. The center also sets up plays for his teammates to score goals in the opposing zone and take most of the face-offs.

(RW)(LW) Right Wing/Left Wing - The "wingers" play on the right or left side of the center. They cover their areas as the forward line enters and plays in the opposing zone. If you are a winger, you should always be looking for an open space, either ahead of the center to receive a pass or behind the center to send a pass.

Tip - The entire forward line is interchangeable. For example, if the center runs to the right side of the opposing zone to make a play, the right wing will take the center's place. Once the play is over, the forward line returns to its regular position.

(D) Defenders - The defenders usually play behind the forward line so that they can keep the ball in play in the opposing zone. This way, they can more easily defend their own goal when the play returns to their zone. There are two defenders, right defense and left defense.

(D) Right Defense/Left Defense - Like wingers, right and left defenders mainly cover their areas both in their opposing zone and their own zone. In their own zone, they stay close to the goal so that they can help defend the goal from the offense.

Tip - Like the forward line, defense positions are interchangeable.

(G) Goalie - The goalie's job is to stay in or near his goal area ("the crease") and stop the other team from scoring. A goalie does this by stopping the puck from entering the goal. He or she can kick it, catch it, grab it or bat it out of the way - just don't let it go past the goal line. The goalie usually plays the entire game and rarely moves away from his "crease."

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