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Visually impaired Hockey can be participated by anyone of visual impairment, though they would be classified into their respective categories as is common practice for visually impaired sports. VI Hockey is a hybrid between Field Hockey, Ice Hockey and Goalball.
-Each team consists of 3-7 players in a team.
-A game is split into four quarters, each consisting of 10 minutes.
-When one team has possession of the ball the referee will clarify this verbally (e.g. Team A’s ball). As such only team players of the player with possession can indicate where they are by tapping the floor to aid the player with the ball. If a player from the opposing team is adjudged to have tapped thereby trying to gain possession in an underhand way, they will automatically concede a penalty. If the tap was considered non-deliberate only a free hit will be giving.
-The stick is not allowed to be raised above a player’s waist. A high stick will result in a free hit to the opposing team.
-Shooting is only allowed from inside the opponents half (if the goal was to count).
-If the ball goes out of play a tap-in is awarded to the side that didn’t knock it out. Similarly a corner is awarded if the ball goes out behind the goal. -The Goalkeeper is allowed to handle (but only from inside their area).
-Each player will use a Plastic indoor Hockey stick, with large heads at the bottom. Players are allowed to use both sides of the stick’s face when controlling the ball (as common in Ice Hockey).
-Less able pupils (B1 pupils) use specially designed two stick frame to help them stop the ball, move with the ball and control the ball (see picture below). Tops of white pole go under armpits with stick face on the ground.
-A soft ball, 10cm in diameter with small ball bearings inside, is used as a match ball.
-Behind each goal (4 Metres by 2 Metres) is a sound siren indicating to the players where the Goal is.
-Goalkeeper to be padded (as per usual). -String and yellow tape used to indicate the pitches markings.
-The pitch is laid out similar to a normal Hockey Pitch. There are two goals which are 4 Metres in width and 2 Metres in height.
-Behind each goal in the middle is a sound siren which indicates to the team where the goal is. Each sound siren produces a continued beep, though the two will have a slightly different pitch so that players can differentiate the sound.
-The line markings on the court are slight raised with string (for totally impaired players to have the tactile sense) in the centre stuck down by yellow tape (bright so that pupils with some vision can see the markings).
Pupils are only allowed to shoot at the goal once they are in the goal area indicated by the raise line. Goals from outside the area are penalised with a free hit for the other team. The edge of the pitch is marked out with raised indents. This will create a cage like feel for the pitch which so that when the ball hits the indent, as long as it doesn’t role over the indent, play continues. If the ball goes over the indent a normal tap in (as used in Field Hockey) would take place.
Above: The double handle Hockey Stick