Hockey rules 101

Hockey is a fast-moving game that requires a lot of skill. The objective of the game is to score more goals than your opponent, but there are many rules to know before stepping onto the ice.

Hockey is played on a sheet of ice

Ice, or frozen water, is a slippery surface that makes for a great playing field for hockey. The ice can be made artificially (as in an ice rink), or it can occur naturally in ponds and lakes during the winter months. 

The goal of the game is to score more goals than your opponent

The goal of the game is to score more goals than your opponent. This can be accomplished by shooting the puck into the net with a hockey stick, or by passing it through a goal area.

A goal with assists counts for two points instead of one because it involves two or more players on the same team who perform different actions that lead up to scoring a goal. 

A penalty shot occurs when a player has been called for some type of penalty and has not yet served his/her penalty time period (e.g., he/she has just been sent off ice); he/she must go 1-on-1 against his/her goalie without any other players interfering at all. If successful then one point will go toward his/her team’s total score which could potentially make all difference between winning vs losing game!

As you play, try and remember that there are 3 periods in a hockey game, and each period lasts 20 minutes (unless you’re playing pond hockey). You can play on an outdoor rink, but it’s also fun to play in some sort of open space where there aren’t any obstacles around – like an empty parking lot!

Players wear protective equipment, including helmets and gloves

Players wear protective equipment, including helmets and gloves. Players must wear a helmet, registered with USA Hockey or CSA; gloves; shin guards, shoulder pads, elbow pads and hockey pants at all times during a game.

A properly fitted and fastened helmet should be worn at all times on the ice surface by all players during games (including warmup periods). 

There are several different types of penalties in hockey 

The most common penalty is the minor penalty, which results in a two-minute time out for the offending team. More seriously it can result in major penalties with longer periods of time removed from play (usually five minutes). Major penalties are also accompanied by misconducts, which mean more than just “keep your mouth shut.” They involve physical contact between players and can lead to match penalties if things go too far. Finally, there’s game misconducts – these can occur even when no physical altercations have taken place during play!