Rink bandy

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Not to be confused with rink hockey, which is another name for roller hockey on quad skates.
A (rink) bandy stick and ball
The ball
Rink bandy in Dnipro

Rink bandy is a variant sport of bandy but played on a significantly smaller ice rink. While a bandy rink is about the same size as a football pitch, rink bandy is played on ice hockey rinks.

Rink bandy originated in Sweden in the 1960s and was originally called hockeybockey.[1] With the arrival of indoor ice hockey arenas, it was a way for bandy players to practice on ice a longer time of the year; as bandy fields are larger, they were still only made outdoors in the wintertime when artificial freezing was not necessary.

The game uses a bandy ball and bandy sticks. The goalkeeper has no stick. As in hockey, a game lasts 60 minutes, but is composed of either two 30 minute halves or three 20 minute periods. Similar rules to normal bandy are used, but they are simplified to increase the pace of the game. Checking is prohibited, making the sport relatively safer than its relatives. Because of the smaller playing area, there are fewer players, normally six a side. In the USA Rink Bandy League, five players are used because of the smaller ice hockey rinks there.

Organisation

Balashikha Arena, where the 2017 Russian Rink Bandy Cup took place.[2]

Rink bandy is governed by the Federation of International Bandy. In its quest to have bandy accepted into the programme of the Winter Olympics, rink bandy is an important way for the Federation of International Bandy to gain more members, thus also spreading bandy, since many countries, which lack a full-size field and where the game is still new, only play rink bandy at home but still participate in the Bandy World Championship.

As artificially frozen and indoor bandy arenas have become more prevalent, the interest for rink bandy has dwindled in the main bandy-playing nations (Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway). There are still several rink bandy tournaments in Russia,[3] including the Patriarch Cup (Турнир на призы Святейшего Патриарха Московского и всея Руси[4]) for children at Moscow's Red Square.[5]

A world cup for rink bandy clubs was held every year from 1984-1998 in Hofors, Sweden. Rink bandy was included in the programme of the 2012 European Company Sports Games[6] and a European championship existed, though there is currently no top-level international competition. However, in 2017 the Federation of International Bandy decided to hold an international tournament for developing bandy countries in Nymburk, Czech Republic[7][8] and an international rink bandy club competition called Dniprobandy has been organised by the Ukrainian Bandy and Rink bandy Federation.[9] In Germany, the national bandy championship is played under rink bandy rules.

Related sports

Rink bandy is considered a form of bandy, while rinkball, which was developed from rink bandy in the 1970s, is considered a sport of its own.

References

  1. ^ Skelleftepolisens IF - Rinkbandy Archived 2004-01-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rusbandy.ru%2Fnews%2F11118%2F
  3. ^ Video of the 2nd half between Lokomotiv Orenburg and CSK VVS Samara in the 2011 Russian Rink Bandy Cup
  4. ^ http://uniorsport.ru/bandy_kp_2017.php
  5. ^ https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=https://pravoslavie.ru/68869.html
  6. ^ http://www.visitsodradalarna.se/en/ECSG-2012/Sports/Rinkbandy/
  7. ^ European Rinkbandy Cup in Nymburk, Czech Republic
  8. ^ Video from the whole 2017 European Rink Bandy Cup final
  9. ^ "Information about the second international rink bandy tournament". Federation of International Bandy. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
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