Broomball returns to South Ann Arbor Street during the annual Winterfest event Jan. 27.
The Canadian sport is usually played in a hockey rink or on ice. Players use “brooms” to shoot a ball past the goalie into the net.
This year’s broomball activities offers fun for all age groups.
From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., it’s “open broomball,” so anyone of any age is welcome to pick up a broom and start passing and shooting.
The young adult challenge takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Young adults, ages 14-17, will compete in a four-team tournament.
The adult team tournament, ages 18 and up, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Roster size is unlimited, but teams can only use five players at a time. There must be at least two women on the court at any given time.
Each game consists of two 10-minute halves and a five-minute halftime.
The goal is friendly competition and for everyone to have fun while staying safe. Rules include:
No high sticking
No checking, slashing or roughing.
No kicking the ball (though you can use your foot to stop the ball).
Players who violate the rules will be penalized for two minutes. Continued rough play can result in ejection.
Brooms are provided. Players can bring their own safety gear, like pads or helmets.
To register for this free event, click here.
Winterfest is organized by Saline Main Street.