Gain the respect of your peers by playing a niche winter sport in summertime. That’s right, it’s District Broomball registration time again.

Join DC’s Broomball league

Now through May 20, you can sign up for the Summer 2024 season. District Broomball (aka Capital Broomball) starts May 21 and goes through August 13. That’s almost two full months of Tuesday nights on the ice.

Tuesday night games breaks the week up really nicely.

Current plans are for a three-team league (2 on, one off) playing at 9 p.m. at Tucker Road Ice Rink. 

What is broomball?

Do you like ice hockey? Then you’ll like broom ball. It’s the same basic rules, tactics and strategy, but in special shoes instead of skates. The stick is a “broom” and the puck is a ball about the size of a grapefruit. The league makes all those available to first time players. Helmets too.

Why a “broom?” In the olden days, corn brooms were used. The sport has since evolved to have more specialized equipment.

Game play has the same positions as hockey – 3 forwards (two wings, one center), 2 defense and goalie. We run in shifts just like in ice hockey and use the red and blue lines. The goal is a little bigger, but otherwise it’s pretty much ice hockey.

The league is 18 and over with men and women welcome. It’s competitive and historically free of redasses – everybody wants to win, but we’re here for a good time more than anything.

I have been playing in the league since 2018, though I was introduced to the sports in REDACTED at Penn State. Since I found the league, I’ve played 10 or 11 seasons. One season, I averaged a goal a game – if I can do that, so can you.

Details

  • Schedule: Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. beginning May 21
  • Cost: $120

Location

Tucker Road Ice Rink, reopened in 2021, is located just minutes from the Capital Beltway (I-95/495) and the Wilson Bridge. Parking is plentiful and car pools are often available.

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