Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.
All events subject to change pending weather.
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February 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
If you can swing a stick and hit a ball YOU can play Broomball!
Snag one of the limited spots at the bottom of this page. Must be 16 years or older to participate. Registration is broken out into two time slots and everyone signs up individually. Please only register for one slot. This is the perfect activity if you are looking to meet new people, because you don’t need a team to sign up. If you do have a few friends you want to play on the same team with, just be sure to sign up under the same time slot.
The tournament will run from 11:30 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. on the Penn Meadows Park ice rink. Each game will consist of two fifteen-minute periods of running time with one minute between periods, no time outs. Teams shall switch ends at the end of the first period. Games will start at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., with a championship game taking place at 1:00 p.m. The winner of each game will be the team with the most number of goals. If teams are tied, a shootout will take place. Players on the team who win the championship will each take home a Beat the Bitter Broomball Champion medal (pictured below).
Most equipment will be provided (pads, balls, sticks) but players must wear clean athletic shoes and bring gloves and a bike helmet. Participants will be asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before their game time for rules and equipment instruction.
What is Broomball?
Broomball is a game very much like hockey. Most hockey rules apply except that the game is played with a regulation broomball stick (which is shaped like a broom) and a regulation broomball (which is a heavy plastic ball, slightly bigger than a softball). In a game of broomball there are two teams, each consisting of six players: a goaltender and five others. Eight players will be on each team for our tournament, to allow for breaks. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opponent. Goals are scored by hitting the ball into the opponent’s net using the broom.
Rules of Play
- Play begins with a face-off at center ice with players in their defensive zone. A face-off at center ice also occurs after a goal is scored and at the beginning of each period. Any face-off requires all players not facing off to be a least six feet from the face-off spot.
- There is absolutely NO CHECKING. The penalty is an ejection and a five minute major penalty.
- The ball must be passed from player to player using the stick. There is no kicking or sliding. If kicked, an indirect shot will be awarded to an opponent at spot of infraction.
- To score, ball must be hit with a broomball stick into the goal. No goal for a ball diverted into the goal by an offensive player’s foot. The entire ball must cross the goal line.
- Players may not catch the ball. They may knock it down with their hand, but if this occurs, they must be the first to play it with their broom before it touches another team member. No hand passes.
- A broom may never be swung above waist height. This results in a minor violations – the ball being awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction for an indirect shot.
- A ball knocked out of play will be put back in play with a face-off at the nearest spot where the ball was last touched by a player.
- Players must play the ball, and not the body, at all times.
- After each penalty, a face-off will result at the face-off circle nearest the spot of the penalty. Face-offs will be made at the center circle when the penalty occurred in the attaching area of the player/team being penalized.