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Underwater hockey meetup group for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

If you are comfortable in the water, willing to learn/able to use snorkel, fins, and mask we invite you to try Underwater Hockey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_hockey) , a fun and competitive sport for people of all ages and genders.

WHAT:

Underwater hockey is played on the bottom of a 6-12 foot deep swimming pool by two teams of six. Players wear fins, mask, snorkel, a protective glove and headgear (the same kind as for water polo).

The stick is short, approximately 1 foot long and made of wood or plastic polymer. The puck is heavy, around 3 lb. and coated with a protective layer of hard plastic. The goals are 3 meters (9’) long.

Play and strategy is similar to soccer or ice hockey except that the playing surface is at the bottom of a pool. The rules are "non-contact" and players generally cover zones around the puck. Success (scoring) ultimately depends on teamwork, since no single person can hold her breath forever.

Play is fast and exciting - you go at it hard while holding your breath. The sport offers great cross-training for scuba divers, runners, swimmers, and bikers. Plus, because it's non-contact and underwater, people of different sizes and genders play on an equal field.

WHO?

Practices are open to men and women of all ages. Beginners are always welcome.

Playing Underwater Hockey requires good physical stamina and swimming abilities.

Practices usually consist of scrimmage and instructional sessions, so there's something for everyone.   Please note that most of our players do not use this meetup page, so we generally have many more attendees than is reflected by the meetup page attendance count.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The first time is for free. After that, you pay on a per-practice basis, typically $5-$6.

WHAT DO I BRING?
If you have snorkeling gear (mask, fins and snorkel) that you'd like to use, feel free to bring it, but we have equipment for you to borrow.

All you really need is a

- swimsuit
- a towel.

Optionally you may want to bring a 
- a lock to lock your belongings in one of the available lockers
- white clean gym socks for added foot protection when wearing the fins
- shampoo.

It is best not to eat a large meal less than an hour before practice to avoid possible stomach upset.

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  • New Member
    colin d. colin d. joined
    January 17
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    Pedro B. Pedro B. commented on New Player Meeting
    January 10
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    "I'll be there +2 (Colin)"

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    Eric Eric commented on New Player Meeting
    January 10
    Eric

    "Hi Kurt It is Eric (from a while back) I moved back to the Twin Cities and want to get into UWH. This time I want to catch up to you and Pedro and the rest. Can we meet a half in 45 min before practice to get some help with ordering gear!?..."

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    JD JD commented on Wed Nite Scrimmage
    January 5
    JD

    "Great!"

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    Sean C. Sean C. joined
    January 3
    Sean C.
    "Hi, My name is Sean. My wife and I have just moved to Saint Paul from Australia. I have played UH for a few years now and hope to meet some locals who play and join in on regular games."
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    JD JD commented on Wed Nite Scrimmage
    December 29
    JD

    "Great Fun!"

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