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Play Underwater Hockey Thursday at Mona Plummer Pool
You're invited to underwater hockey! The practice is open to men and women ages 18 and up (14+ with permission). WHAT DO I BRING? We have all the necessary equipment. If you have snorkeling gear (mask, fins and snorkel) that you'd like to use, feel free to bring it. All you need is: - a swimsuit - a towel Optionally you may want to bring - socks provide foot protection for the fins - shampoo WHERE DO I PARK? There is a parking garage adjacent to pool for $3/hour and nearby street parking on 6th avenue. The current low-cost option with a 5-minute walk is the city hall parking garage: $1.50/hour (with the first hour free). This is shared with the Residence Inn, so look for those signs as you enter. City Hall Garage, 510 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 SCHEDULE - Summer 2018 6:30 - 7:00: Arrive at Mona Plummer, get changed, get gear, help set up club gear, discuss rules, deck warm-up. 7:00 - 8:00: Game Play! Please be respectful of everyone's time and be in the water ready to start play no later than 7:00! After practice, clean up the gear and get to the showers. Many people go out for food and BEvERages. Plan to join us after your first practice! The social aspect is the best part of the sport! HOW DO I PAY? First practice is free! After that, the club operates on a donation system to pay for pool time, buy gear, and other upkeep. Click to donate (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CDUM2H2WG2SQ6), or bring cash to the pool. We suggest a donation of $7/practice or $35/month, but anything helps!

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center

601 S College Ave · Tempe, AZ

What we're about

We invite you to try Underwater Hockey! Underwater Hockey is a fun and competitive sport for people of all ages and genders.

WHO:

Practices are open to men and women of all ages. Beginners are always welcome. No experience is required.

WHAT:

Underwater hockey is a fast moving game that is played on the bottom of a 6-8 feet 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. On average, each player is underwater about 10 seconds at a time, and almost never more than 20 seconds. Success -- putting the puck in the goal trough at the bottom of each end wall -- ultimately depends on teamwork, not how long you can hold your breath. 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. There is no checking and certainly no fighting, unlike ice hockey. There is a goal about 10 feet wide at each end of the pool. However, since no one can hold their breath forever, there is no goalie. Instead we have forwards and backs and play various formations.

WHAT DO I BRING?

If you have snorkelling gear (mask, fins and snorkel) that you'd like to use, feel free to bring it, but we have equipment for you to borrow at the pool.

All you really need is a

- swimsuit

- a towel

Optionally you may want to bring:

- a lock to lock your belongings in one of the available lockers

- gym socks for added foot protection when wearing the fins

- shampoo

Check out this great introductory video from usauwh.com

http://vimeo.com/6919536

See you on the bottom!

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