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Minnesota Underwater Hockey - Loons! Pages

Welcome to the Minnesota Loons Underwater Hockey Team Meetup Group.

Underwater Hockey, a fun and competitive sport for people of all ages and genders. Players must be in good physical health as this sport is intense and demanding.

If you are looking for an easy workout, this is not it!

Underwater hockey is a fast moving game that quickly builds swimming and free diving capability. It is played on the bottom of a 8-12 foot 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 their breath forever.

Play is fast and exciting. You are constantly diving to the bottom to move the puck and assist team mates. 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.

This video explains the game in more detail.

New players must attend one of the New Player Meetups first where we will explain the equipment, game, and tactics. See this groups calendar for scheduled times and locations.

Practices are open to men and women of all ages who are able to swim. Snorkeling experience is preferred. Please note that most of our players do not use this meet up page, so we generally have many more attendees than is reflected by the meet up page attendance count.

Underwater hockey is more strenuous than it looks. If you are looking for an easy workout, this is not it. It is an intensive, swimming sport. Drink lots of water before hand and do not eat anything heavy within an hour of pool time.

The first time is for free. After that, you pay on a per-practice basis, typically $5-$6. You will also be asked to sign a liability waiver. We are a club team and play for fun, but minor injuries do occur.

If you have snorkeling gear (mask, fins and snorkel) that you'd like to use, feel free to bring it, but we also have equipment for you to borrow, so all you really need is a swimsuit and a towel. A lock for the lockers is generally good, though we can always find a locker for you to share.

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