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Broomball offers students care-free athletics

by Shelby Toth
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 09:00 pm
One of Brockport's intramural broomball teams (above) poses for a group picture. The College at Brockport's broomball teams offer an open environment of competition and fun. The teams require a $10 fee to play, and any Brockport student can join by showing their school ID.
One of Brockport's intramural broomball teams (above) poses for a group picture. The College at Brockport's broomball teams offer an open environment of competition and fun. The teams require a $10 fee to play, and any Brockport student can join by showing their school ID.

Like many other schools, The College at Brockport offers a variety of intramural sports throughout the year. From volleyball to flag football, many are recognizable sports. However, there’s one sport in particular that is relatively unknown, and that sport is broomball. 

Broomball is similar to hockey, but with a few twists that make it unique. While the game is played on ice, players wear sneakers as opposed to skates, causing players to slide and fall more often than not. They are also required to wear helmets with facemasks and hoods that must be tucked in. It’s played on a hockey rink, usually split in half to allow two games to happen at once. 

Originally, broomball was played with actual brooms dipped in water, frozen and taped in order to hit the ball into the goal. Nowadays, players use sticks with a molded, smaller broom-shaped head in order to score. Games consist of two 12-minute periods, and a two-minute break in between.

The sport of broomball, when watching college kids play close to midnight, is almost comical. Players tend to slip and slide their way into shots, and sometimes end up taking others out in the process. But for many players, the competition is a way to unwind from the stresses of their day-to-day lives.

“Broomball is a ton of fun,” sophomore Casey Bower of the team Sweep the Floor, said. “Especially if you throw together a few of your friends to take a break from work and run around on ice with sneakers once a week.”

Intramural sports are easy ways to get involved in a new, exciting experience, and broomball is no exception.

“I joined because I like playing sports and being competitive,” freshman Cody Smith of the team Fifth Lane said. “I also wanted to try something new, and this sounded fun.”

Despite the more casual atmosphere that being in an intramural sport allows, competition can still be fierce. Broomball teams are ranked, and like all other intramural sports, a championship competition is held between Brockport teams to decide the top team of the  entire season.

Some teams get so fiercely into the game that they bring in extra force. Sweep the Floor has a coach who stands on the sidelines, something not too often seen at campus recreation games.

“I saw a team of young recruits who needed guidance,” sophomore and team-designated coach Stephen Zambotti said. “It’s chaos, like a kindergarten class with a referee instead of a teacher. Meanwhile, there’s a pressure to beat the other team.”

Broomball is a co-ed sport at Brockport, meaning all teams must have at least three girls and three guys. While six players are on the ice at a time, rosters have no limits, and subs can be made at any time. 

All players must show their Brockport ID before they can play and get their equipment. Helmets and sticks are provided at games, and no outside equipment is allowed. 

Game day and time varies among years and how many teams register. Typically, games are played from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

To play broomball, interested students must pay a $10 player fee, which covers them for all intramural leagues in a semester, or a $17 per player fee, which covers them for a year. While the fall 2017 season is underway, students can register next semester at imleagues.com.

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