Hockey

Re: Hockey

Rayden wondered:
> WHY ON EARTH DO YOU USE A TENNIS BALL?!

The usual reason seems to be that there are a lot of wusses out there
who worry that it will hurt if they get hit by a street hockey ball.

Actually IME they’re much more likely to get hit by a tennis ball,
because it spends so much more time in the air. Which, to my mind, just
isn’t hockey.

> Tennis balls are awful.

Too bloody right. Unicycle hockey is a completely different (and much
less enjoyable) game when played with a tennis ball.


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Re: Hockey

Rayden wrote:
> Do people ridebackwards very much? In hockey on defense you skate
> backwards a lot. More difficult to do on a unicycle I think.

I certainly ride backwards a great deal when playing hockey. It’s a
very useful skill.


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Here in the UK, I am considered odd (ha) because I am righthanded but play with a ‘left handed’ stick. My right hand is at the top and when held out infront of me the tip curves to my right.

Just seems natural to do it this way.

I hate tenis balls for hockey, they bouce way to much. I tried the game with a punctued ball once and it was much better.

Riding backwards is a useful skill when playing. It is quite common to have nowhere to go after just stealing the ball. backwards can really confse the opisiton and you can put the ball some where usefull. Shooting/passing backwads is also a useful skill.

Fool

Alright I need to find some people to play this with. I think playing hockey would help a lot in learning how to ride better. One of the best ways to learn how to skate is to play hockey. You stop thinking about skating and think about getting that puck!

Re: Hockey

Rayden wrote:
> Alright I need to find some people to play this with. I think playing
> hockey would help a lot in learning how to ride better. One of the
> best ways to learn how to skate is to play hockey. You stop thinking
> about skating and think about getting that puck!

You’re absolutely right. When you first start playing unicycle hockey
you’ll find yourself using skills you didn’t know you had, without even
thinking about it. It’s a very good way to improve your unicycling.


Danny Colyer (the UK company has been laughed out of my reply address)
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I think what people use when they say tennis balls is a flat tennis ball, for somewhere in between the bounce of a street hockey ball and a normal tennis ball.

The main reason lunis switched to play with a tennis ball is because Germany (where most of the best players are) play with them and if you’re not used to playing with a tennis ball you’re screwed if you go to the German tournaments. Personally I don’t think the difference is so much that I’m that fussed, but some better players than me have strong opinions either way.

I learnt loads of new skills by playing hockey, riding backwards was a big one and doing very fast turns. I think it’s especially useful if you ride muni normally, because it’s such a different riding style. The really good people can ride so tight that they’re at least as manouverable as a good skater both backwards and forwards.

Joe

I completely agree with Danny, my unicycling skills, balance etc. are improving dramatically from playing hockey, which is one of the main reasons why I play. It makes ractising so much more fun and means that theres a point to the session. Possibly I’ll want to play hockey more seriously as I improve but at the moment its more of a fun way to practise for improving my general uni skills