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Door County Sturgeons Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey- The Basics

Underwater hockey is played 6-on-6, and strategy is similar to soccer, basketball, and ice hockey. On average, each player is underwater less than 5 seconds at a time, and almost never more than 15 seconds. Success -- putting the puck in the goal trough at the bottom of each end wall -- ultimately depends on teamwork.


Players wear fins, for speed, as well as masks, snorkels, and protective gloves and headgear. The sticks are short so players can move them quickly through the water to maneuver the puck on the bottom, shoot the puck past (or over) defenders, and bat down shots.


Two teams of six players face off against each other. The puck rests on the bottom of the playing area, and the two teams vie to control the puck and put it into their opponent’s goal, which also resides on the bottom of the playing area.


The object of the game is to put the puck in the opposition's goal. There are a variety of strategies and formats teams play to be most effective.  The rules are "non-contact" and players generally cover zones around the puck. Success ultimately depends on teamwork, since no single person can hold his or her breath forever.

Peninsula Pulse Feb 2016 article

Milwaukee Journal Feb 2015 article

WDOR 2013 article

Green Bay Press Gazette 2015 article

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