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Street hockey is played with street hockey sticks (usually a wooden shaft with a plastic blade) and either a plastic puck or no-bounce ball. This equipment is especially designed for street hockey and works best on playgrounds and gym floors. It's only slightly different from the equipment the pros use to play ice hockey. Your best bet is to wear comfortable sports clothes or jeans and a T-shirt with your equipment. You should wear athletic shoes that are good for the gym or the playground.

FORWARDS' & DEFENSEMEN'S GEAR - If you play forward or defense, you should wear elbow, knee and shin pads, a mouth guard, a protective cup and an approved protective helmet.

GOALIES' GEAR - Goalies are required to wear a helmet with a face mask, chest protector, blocker, catch glove and goalie shin pads. Goalie sticks are specially designed with a wider blade. Goalies should also wear a protective cup.

The referee is responsible for making sure the rules are followed by both teams. The "ref" starts the game and each period with a face-off. He calls all penalties, confirms all goals, and is the last word in any team disputes.

(Boys and Girls)*
6-9 years (Mites)
10-11 years (Squirts)
12-13 years (Pee Wees)
14-16 years (Bantams)
*These are age group classifications designed by USA Hockey.

You play for three 15-minute periods. The clock should continue to run even if play stops (this is called running time). There is a 3 to 5 minute break between each period.

Each team gets 2 time outs. A time out lasts 1 minute. That's it. Just enough time to catch your breath and plan your next play to score. Time outs can only be called when the referee's whistle has stopped action.

Line changes should be made every 2-3 minutes. Players can change lines voluntarily (on-the-fly), or coaches or officials can call for a line change between plays. Both teams must change lines in the same manner (on-the-fly or coach/referee changes) for the entire game.

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