Butterfly hockey is a hybrid of hockey and martial arts that has been around for a while, but has recently found a resurgence in popularity. It combines the quick pace and physicality of hockey with the grace and artistry of martial arts. Think of it as mixed martial arts with a puck and a net.
Butterfly hockey is not for the faint of heart though, as it requires a lot of practice and effort to ensure that you make it through a game without getting hurt. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your hockey routine, then you might want to consider trying out butterfly hockey, because it’s a completely different game than regular hockey. Keep reading for more information on how to play this exciting game!
The History Of Butterflly Hockey
Butterfly hockey is a combination of two sports that have been around for centuries. It all started in 18th century China when players started performing acrobatics and martial arts while playing hockey. The game evolved from there, and was later brought to Europe by the British and French armies in the mid-19th century. The first-ever Olympic Games were played with a puck and a net, and included a section of martial arts, hockey, and baseball. These elements combined to form ‘‘harmony games’’, which continue to be part of the Winter Olympic program to this day. The only difference is that back then, the games were called ‘‘catch’’ and ‘‘tackling’’.
The name ‘‘butterfly hockey’’ was first used in England in 1911, and the game continued to gain popularity and be included in various sports journals through the 20th century. However, it gradually lost popularity and was considered a ‘‘fancy’’ game by many, which meant it was reserved for the wealthy and well-educated. This perception began to change in the 1970s, when the game started to be revived by European and North American expatriates living in China and other parts of Asia. They saw the sport as a great way to keep fit and stay in shape, while also having fun.
How To Play Butterfly Hockey
Butterfly hockey is usually played on a half-size ice rink that is about ten feet wide and twenty feet long. This size allows for two teams of five players each. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent. To do this, you will need to strike a balance between defense and offense, trying to prevent the other team from scoring while trying to put the puck in the net.
Start off by dividing your team in half. The first two players on each team represent the forwards, while the last two are defensemen. The two teams should be close in size so that they don’t dominate the game. Keep in mind that big and tall players are usually used on the defense side, while shorter players are usually placed on the offense side. This is simply because the defense has to be able to reach the puck more easily, and smaller players tend to be faster than big guys.
The defensemen should drop back and cover the neutral zone, while the forwards rush the puck forward. As soon as the puck is dropped, all players should be looking for the shot on goal. Like in regular hockey, you can tell who is going to score by who takes the puck first. The faster player will usually win this race, and if you are lucky enough to catch the puck in your hands, you need to score or pass it to a teammate as quickly as possible. A good shot is essential for putting the puck in the net, or driving the play forward.
No Puck Handling
One of the main differences between ordinary hockey and butterfly hockey is that there are no hand-held or manually operated ice-making machines in this game! Instead, the ice is made by putting wooden blocks into the freezer, and adding more water as needed. This means that the puck cannot be deflected by hand, and has to be hit with a stick to move around. This also makes the game more physical, as you cannot rely on your hands as much to protect the puck. This rule makes it harder to play, but it also makes it more exciting if you’re new to the game.
Three Skate Touching
Another difference between normal hockey and butterfly hockey is that three of your team mates must come together to stop the puck from going in the opposing team’s net. This is called a ‘‘sacrifice stall’’. If you are successful in pulling off a sacrifice stall, you will earn yourself a lot of praise from your teammates and the opposing team, as it indicates that you are working together as a unit to achieve the desired result. In a regular game, three of your teammates might just come together accidentally as a result of a fight or a collision, but in a butterfly game, you need to work hard to achieve this state of affairs.
The last but most essential rule in butterfly hockey is that when your teammate charges an opposing player, you need to ‘‘chin up’’. This means that you need to raise your hands toward the sky while jumping over the opponent. If you want to score, you need to put these rules into practice!
Butterfly hockey is a fast-paced game that is great for both physical and mental efforts. While it might not be the most popular game in the world, it always gets a lot of people going!