Broomball is probably my new favorite intramural sport. I have done intramural soccer and flag football, and even tried a bubble soccer league.
Broomball is very similar to hockey. It follows many of the same rules as hockey, like icing and off sides. The big difference is no ice skates – just sneakers and helmets. Our games are in the Ritter ice rink on campus on Wednesday nights starting at 8pm. The games are only about 40 minutes. There are two periods (each about 15-18 minutes) and a half time. This doesn’t sound like much, but it is surprisingly tiring. Running on the ice and breathing the cold air really tires you out.
For games, up to six players can be active on the ice (five players and one goal tender). There was an occasion or two where my team played down a player due to classes or conflicts in schedules. The teams are coed. Some of the special interest floors, like engineering house and art house, have their own teams. We also played against the pep band’s team. Anyone can make a team though, and I highly recommend it.
This past semester, my team went by the name “Dumpster Cats.” Our cheer at the beginning of every game goes like this: “meow, meow, MEOW, DUMPSTER CATS!” (where each meow gets progressively louder as the chant goes on). Next semester we are getting shirts, so you know it’s legit.
I thought running on the ice was going to be impossible, but once you get going it’s really not bad. Stopping and turning directions, though, ha - that’s a totally different story.