A blog dedicated to female hockey players
Thank you very much! Sorry for taking so long to get back to this, but both of us who run this are fourth year university students who are going a little crazy. I’ll see what I can pull together between classes.
First I’m going to drop a couple links here that are pretty good for covering the basics. Those are, of course, specific to NHL hockey, which is different than some other leagues, but not different enough to be a big deal if you’re just learning. Those do a pretty good job of explaining the basic terms which are kind of the key to figuring out hockey. It’s also a good idea to watch games if you can; I know they don’t air them in Australia, but if you can find past games available to watch online with commentary, you should pick up the terms pretty fast.
One trick I’ve learned when trying to explain hockey to non-North Americans is to think of it a bit like soccer on ice - a lot of the rules are similar, but adapted to the different playing conditions. For example, there are 5 skaters and 1 goalie in hockey, while soccer has 10 plus 1 goalie, because hockey’s on a much smaller and faster surface, but a lot of their functions are the same; scoring happens pretty much the same method, by getting the puck into the opposing net instead of a ball; the offside rule is also similar, though more complicated in soccer: in hockey it’s just that the puck has to cross the opposing blue line before the first attacking skater. There are probably other comparisons that could be made but my knowledge of soccer ends right about there - I’m just hoping I got these mostly right.
The biggest differences with women’s hockey from men’s is something I’ve talked about before here, and I’ll sum it up quickly: primarily, women’s hockey is not allowed bodychecking and they must wear full face masks, while men can usually do full bodychecking and mostly are only required to wear visors. Fighting is right out, but none of these rules really stop our women when they want to punch each other.
If you want to play hockey, I suggest reading our previous post here. I know there’s an Australian women’s hockey league - you could always look into that!
And of course, if you have more specific questions don’t hesitate to send us an ask off anon - we can send you or anyone else private replies if you’d like :)