How is wheelchair hockey different from conventional hockey?
While wheelchair hockey is very similar in rules and form when compared to conventional hockey there are some differences. For instance, a hollow plastic whiffle ball is used instead of a puck and plastic or composite hockey sticks are used instead of wooden sticks. There are reason for these changes is that a great deal of electric wheelchair users have reduced upper body strength and would not be able to move their equipment and the ball without immense difficulty.
If a player is unable to hold their stick they may attach it to their wheelchair with some adaptations so that they may be able to participate in the game. Specialized brackets for stick positioning attached to a power wheelchair coupled with adaptations to the blade of the stick (i.e. V-sticks, plastic dowel through conventional blade, etc.) can make it possible for a player who is unable to hold a hockey stick to participate effectively in the game of PowerHockey. In addition to these changes there are different penalties based around driving an electric wheelchair and other unique safety issues. For the full rules used by the WCHL, check out our rules section.
Who plays wheelchair hockey?
The guidelines surrounding player eligibility vary greatly from league to league. Since PowerHockey is currently being played in one form or another in seventeen (17) countries around the world in Australasia, Europe and North America the differences in the game can range from subtle to extreme due to the fact that the sport has been developed, for the most part, independently from other groups.
Can I play PowerHockey?
When and where do you play your games?
When is registration and how much does it cost to play?
Player dues are $125 per season plus insurance ($30 for over 18. $16 for Under 18)