One of the most enjoyable activities that I offered my students in physical education class was Floor Hockey, also known as Cosom Hockey. It was a great activity that we could play on the dark cold days of winter inside.
Not every gym is set up for this activity. Gyms are different on size and structure. Many times bleachers can cause problems because the puck or ball would roll under them. To avoid this problem, we would lay 2 by 4’s on the floor by the bleachers to keep the ball or puck in play. There are some gyms that are ideal for this game, especially if you had walls that bordered your court. In the free throw lane at each end we would place a goal with a net. If you don’t have a goal, just tape a box on the wall about goal size. You can also use cones. Cones can be a problem though because they are usually short.
There are many type of sticks. Many students would want to bring in their own sticks. However, this is unfair and could cause injuries. Cosom Hockey uses a curved stick. They are good if you use a ball but bad for a puck. I always liked to use the plastic Hockey sticks. They come 12 in a case. They would include 2 goal sticks as well. You can use a plastic puck or a ball. My students and I liked to use a puck. Here is a good tip. If you use a puck, you want to play on a dusty floor. It helps the puck slide better.
I would divide the class into two teams. Each team would have two captains. the captains responsibility was to make sure that everyone got equal time on the court. In large classes, you have to do this or some will get left out. Many times, I would let girls play against each other so that the boys wouldn’t use all the time up. Other times we played co-ed. I often would let the girls check the boys on the open floor when play was going on but, not let the boys. At first this was met with resistance by the boys. However, once play started, the boys would laugh at each other on got checked.
I always protected all students from injuries as much as I could. However, sometimes a stick would slap someone on the shins. Many students would wear sweats with long-handle underwear under the sweats for extra protection. I had the goal keepers wear catchers masks. They could also use a baseball glove. The students would play very hard and every 5 minute we would substitute players. All players had to hand their sticks to a sub coming onto the court. A thrown stick meant a penalty. High sticking, tripping, cross checking, roughing, and interference were also penalties. I would set two folding chairs on my side of the court. That way I could control the penalties and the time of them.
I would never break a tied game with penalty shots. (Fear of injury to a goal keeper). If the game ended in a tied score, it remained that way. Most students are very respectful of each other. However, you have to go out of your way to protect the goal keepers. They like to bend over or lower their body to block a puck. When they do this, it makes them an easy target. As soon as they had control of the puck, I would blow the whistle to stop play immediately. I also never had face offs. I would just give it to a student to put into play at the spot of the violation or dead puck. You can adjust your rules to your own situation.
Floor Hockey is a great activity during long days of winter when you still can’t get outside. It involves lots of running on a basketball court. It is also good for good hand eye coordination . After a goal is scored, I would yell out who scored the goal and who got the assist. The students loved it. Just be sure to use a whistle. It helps to control the flow of a great game.