The Unicycle Hockey Discussion Thread

This thread discusses equipment used in Unicycle Hockey.

There’s a previous thread that talks about unicycle preferences here

I’m interested in finding out what types of sticks you guys prefer and why and tips for slowing wear and tear for sticks.

Can’t edit my msg so to add on…

Also, has anyone tried unicycle lacrosse? It sounds very much like quidditch.

I use an aluminium stick with a wood and fibre composite head. I like the slideyness of painted metal for a stick. I used to have a cloth wrapped wooden stick, then just wood, but the metal is my fav.
For playing outdoors on rough surfaces- like tarmac or concrete- I use an older stick with a replacement plastic head. It wears down quick , but i don’t care as its replaceable for very little cash.

…complete with Nimbuses! :smiley: though I doubt a Nimbus 2000 would be feasible

Seeing as unicycle hockey could only happen where there are many unicyclists, what states/regions/areas would be a good place to live if one wanted to play?

Start with a cheap stick with a plastic blade. If you find yourself getting into hockey you might want to spend £40 or so on a wooden stick. If you get seriously into it you might end up with a composite stick (for use in sports halls only - if you end up playing on tarmac then you’ll want to go back to that cheap plastic-ended stick).

FWIW most of the Severn Wheelers bought their sticks here:

I’d point you to the most popular stick, and to the one I chose, but the site seems to be down at the moment.

We’re playing with wooden/composite sticks, whichever we can get our hands on. Field hockey is not popular here as it is and ice hockey is even less played (we are 30 degrees Celsius all year round).

A ‘cheap’ stick costs upwards of US$80.

I’m personally not fond of plastic blades because they’re wobbly and very daunting for beginners to learn with.

Wood hockey sticks start at like 10 bucks Canadian! I got one for free from someone’s trash, in perfect condition.

Carbon sticks start at about 40.

I wonder how much it would cost to ship a whole bunch of sticks to you JH.

hate to double post, but people should talk about stick sizing as well. Especially for people ordering sticks online, so they know whether to go with junior or senior.

Where did I get the impression you were UK based?

Anyway, the TPS R2 is very popular with the Severn Wheelers - I think 4 or 5 of us have them:

Personally I don’t like the curve on it (the only way to find out what kind of curve you like is to try different sticks). I’ve got the Powertek Pulsation with Sakic curve (IIRC):

Apparently the different curves are named after various ice hockey players. There’s some handy information here, but perhaps a Canadian can tell us more:

Are you still playing on the big open court near the bus stop and 7Eleven? If so this is fairly abrasive tarmac, at least compared to the UK. Which probably explains the original question :smiley:

The smaller court they used to use was extremely abrasive, even when soaking wet the grip was unbelievable. Hence why all their plastic sticks ended at sharp points :astonished:

In the UK composite stick wear is acceptable, even if playing weekly on tarmac. In SG it might be worth trying to find decent street hockey blades, composite but with a relatively hard wearing plastic bottom.

Personally if playing in SG weekly I would have a nice handle and just change the blade when required.


Hi Keith,

No we aren’t playing there anymore. Believe it or not, I think our current location has a worse surface. Our plastic sticks worked well for bloodgames :slight_smile:

I digress. Yea we’ve been sticking (pun unintended) to 2-piece sticks where we’d change the blade when it wears out.

field hockey sticks

Hey, iv never played unicycle hockey, but how well would a field hockey stick work for it? I have been riding my unicycle for 1 1/4 years, so control of my uni is not a problem. The only experience i have with hockey is floor hockey, so i don’t have much experience. I just figured that if field hockey sticks are made to move the same balls as are used for uni hockey, then why not use them?

Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Field hockey sticks are not long enough, you have to bend down to much and play one handed.

Ice/ street hockey sticks sizing- I’d go for senior if you are over5 ft tall ( 150cm) , below that go for junior. UNLESS you play on a giraffe. But a senior can be cut down better than a junior can be made longer.

Tis a pain when you can’t get cheap sticks, we couldn’t when I started playing in UK. Someone on holiday in Canada bought me back a cheap wooden stick, lasted me years with a succession of plastic blades.

I wish they were longer.

I could possible make or have made a field hockey stick long enough. If they were longer would they work better? I imagine it would be hard to have one made long enough, but it could be worth it.

By the way I’m 5’ 10"

No, don’t bother. Ice/street hockey sticks are totally different. They can be used both forehand and backhand, the curve of the blade adds speed to the puck/ball (forehand) due to the whiplash effect (which largely comes from the wrist), and the twist in the blade makes it easier to lift or saucer the puck/ball. They are totally different sticks, used in a totally different way.

Joe Sakic was a great Canadian hockey player (now retired). I love the Sakic curve/twist and have used an Easton Synergy with the Sakic curve on the ice for many years. :slight_smile:

Thats my point.

I want to use it differently than most uni hockey players. Its not like were playing with a puck that a ice hockey stick is the best option. The reason i want to use a field hockey stick is how it can be used to handle ball. It also puts the force i apply in a swing more directly than with a ice hockey stick.

I realize that it may be harder, but i think that with training it has more potential.

If not then I guess I will go with the ice hockey stick.

Oh and thanks for the good points.

Doesn’t matter how much you train with it, it will still be against the rules (that’s unless either the rules have changed since I last looked, or field hockey sticks are legal for ice hockey).

“All sticks legal for playing ice-hockey (apart from those for the goalkeeper) can be used. Cracked or splintered sticks must be taped or repaired before play. An upper end made of rubber is recommended.”

A lot of the rules are in there for safety reasons. A field hockey stick is quite a bit heavier than an ice/street hockey stick. You’re likely to cause a lot more damage if you accidentally hit someone (or someone’s yike) with it.

I wouldn’t be happy to play with someone who was using a field hockey stick.


I gess you have a point. I will have to get an ice hockey stick then (for the safety of my fellow players).

I’m glade someone was able to give me a good answer to my question, so thank you Danny Colyer.