Let the Ball Drop!
Last Friday, January 13, the 2012 Ball Drop broomball game was played. The Ball Drop game was the first broomball game of the season.
With the ceremonial first game of the season complete, it is time to get your shoes on and brooms ready because the 2012 broomball season has begun!
At this point you may find yourself asking, “what exactly is broomball?”
Broomball is one of the most popular intramural sports at Michigan Tech. With well over 200 broomball teams, games are going on every evening from 5:15 p.m. to midnight. You may even see students out at the broomball rinks in the middle of the afternoon because they can take broomball as a physical education course.
The broomball rinks are located on the green space next to US-41 in front of Walker Arts and Humanities Building. The rinks are managed and the games are scheduled by the Broomball Committee, a division of the InterResidence Hall Council.
Broomball may appear similar to hockey as it is played by two teams and the players wear helmets and jerseys; however, there are some fundamental differences:
1. In broomball, students do not wear skates; they simply wear tennis shoes or boots. The players slide around the ice trying to make goals and stay on their feet.
2. Instead of hockey sticks, players use brooms. Students usually cut the broom bristles down and then tape the broom with duct tape or hockey tape. For information on how to make a broomball stick, see the Stick Making Guide on the Broomball Committee’s website.
3. A blue ball that is a little larger than a softball is used in place of a hockey puck.
Two teams, each consisting of five players and one goalie, strive to make the most goals in the game. A broomball game consists of two fifteen-minute halves. When the game is over, the team with the most goals is deemed the winner. If the game is a tie, play will continue for five minutes in a sudden-death overtime. If the score remains tied after the five minute overtime, the teams participate in a shootout to determine a winner.
For students, there are many ways to enjoy the broomball season. They may choose to participate on a team, watch the games on the webcams, or be a spectator and cheer on their favorite team with a cup of free hot cocoa.
If you would like to keep track of when your student is playing, check out the game schedule. Also, if you would like to catch a glimpse of your student playing, the broomball webcams are now up and running with live video streams.
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.