Programs, often offered by local skating rinks or ice skating clubs, that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn, become competitive in and enjoy ice skating. Included are programs for novices who are interested in recreational skating and want to develop basic skating skills such as forward and backward skating, stopping, turning, jumping, edges and crosscuts; and programs for serious skaters who want to develop skills necessary to become competitive in synchronized skating, figure skating, ice dancing, speedskating, ice hockey or other ice sports. The programs may sponsor or make arrangements for skaters to participate in a variety of skating competitions including qualifying and non-qualifying events, usually at the local or regional level.
Programs, often available through local broomball clubs, that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn, become competitive in and enjoy broomball, a variation on ice hockey which is played indoors on an ice hockey rink or outdoors on a frozen pond in which players wearing special padded sponge rubber shoes attempt to put an air-filled ball about six inches in diameter into the opposing net using brooms made of corn straw dipped in rubber or moulded rubber. Broomball clubs are often organized into leagues which play one another in tournaments.
Programs, often available through local curling clubs, that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn, become competitive in and enjoy curling, a game in which two teams of four players slide curling stones over a stretch of ice toward a target circle. Members of a team use brooms to sweep the surface of the ice in the path of the stone to control its speed and direction. Curling clubs are often organized into leagues and play one another in tournaments called bonspiels.
Programs that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn, become competitive in and enjoy ringette, an ice sport of Canadian origin in which players on each team use a straight stick to pass, carry and shoot a rubber ring to score goals.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.