How To Get Your Roller Hockey Court Ready For Game TIME

Who doesn’t love a great game of roller hockey? Here at Wizyuloverz, we sure do! If you’re lucky enough to be the proud owner of a roller hockey court, then congratulations! We’re jealous of how eager your friends must be to come over and play some puck.

As an owner, it’s your duty to make sure that your roller hockey court is in prime shape for game time. There’s a lot that goes into it, from making sure it is clean and free of cracks, to keeping the lines visibly painted, securing the boards, and making sure the nets are in suitable shape for the next game. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of all of this in this article. Why wait? Let’s get to it!

Clean the Court Surface

After every winter, it’s important to give the court surface a bit of attention. The first thing you’ll want to do is give it a good cleaning. This can easily be addressed with hose and a scrub brush, but let’s be honest – that’s going to take you a few hours of good playing time and some serious elbow grease.

Never fear, there’s an easier way. Grab yourself a pressure washer and you can get through the job quickly and effortlessly. You may not even need detergent for this purpose if you’ve kept up on the cleaning on a routine basis. If a quick blast doesn’t get it, you may be using a pressure washer that is too weak. If strength is not the problem, you might want to look into using a bit of detergent, that should help lift off any serious grime.

Treat Any Cracks

With the court surface clean the next thing to do is inspect for cracks that may have come up over the winter. Anything that is a hairline crack is OK for now, but you’ll want to treat anything bigger than that. Not only is it a hazard for players, but cracks left untreated will only grow over time. If you’re proactive about treating them with sealant they’ll usually stay at bay. Any silicone based sealant will do the trick, or a tar based sealant will work as well but it tends to be a bit more messy. Make sure to clean up after sealant application with a scraper so that you can roll over the fixed cracks with relative ease.

Touch Up The Lines

With the court surface cleaned you’ll want to touch up the lines with some spray paint. At a very minimum your going to want a center line, a goal line for each end, and a face-off circle. Hopefully you have lines from previous years and it will be as simple as going back over them to give them a nice and fresh coat of paint. Any suitable outdoor paint should do the trick here. Just make sure to choose colors that will stand out against the court surface color.

Securing the Boards

This one is particularly important if you play contact roller hockey – which is not recommended by the way because it can be extremely dangerous. But nonetheless, it’s fairly common so obviously we need to address it. Make sure to give the boards a thorough inspection. Things could have moved over the winter, especially with high mounds of snow piling up against them. Look for any pieces of the boards that are out of place and make sure that they are fixed. Also make sure to lean on every single piece to make sure it has retained its resilience. If anything seems even the slightest bit weak, make sure to call in a carpenter to restore it’s strength.

Maintain the Nets

Slap shot after slap shot will eventually lead to holes and stretched nets. Since you’re already in full blown maintenance mode, now is the perfect time to take care of them. There are a number of approaches you can take for smaller holes, the easiest being zip-ties and the more “finished” looking option being using strands of twine to tie the holes shut. Inevitably though there will come a day where the net needs to be replaced all together, and unfortunately we can’t provide guidance here. It all comes down to you and your tolerance for haggardness. Whatever the case, make sure that the nets can withstand shots and keep them in the goal. The last thing you want is arguments over whether or not a shot actually went in when it can so easily be avoided.

With these five aspects addressed your roller hockey court should be in tip-top shape for the next season. Call up your friends, strap up your skates, and head out to center ice!

Paintball is the New Capture The Flag

For many, a nice game of capture the flag is a great way to spend leisure time with a group of friends. However, paintball can make this simple, fun game a much more exciting one to play! All you need are at least four players, loaded paintball guns, something to serve as your flags, and a place to play!

Safety –

When playing the new capture the flag, safety is an important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. A protective mask should be worn at all times, and it’s a good rule of thumb not to shoot anyone that is closer than twenty feet away.

Choosing Your Paintball Guns –

There is a wide variety of paintball guns to pick from! If you are wanting to get a good idea of what paintball guns will best enhance your play, it’s a good idea to look at woodsball gun reviews. From there, you will be able to consider the specifications that will best match your way of playing! Some good qualities of a paintball gun to consider is having a good quality barrel as well as hopper to hold your extra ammunition!

Additional Items –

To add interest to your paintball game, you can add any number of obstacles to block the other team’s path to your base. Some of these obstacles can be quite expensive if you are looking to purchase them, so if you’re just starting out, you can make your own! If you happen to be handy at building with wood, this will prove to be quite handy when building your course. For example, you can make walls for hiding behind or even a secret trap door! The possibilities are endless! If you would prefer to not build much, you can still use everyday items such as tires or other found objects to create a more interesting environment. It’s important to remember that if you happen to be digging to always consult your local utility company so as not damage any underlying pipes. Other build codes may also apply depending on your area.

How to Play –

The object of the game is to catch the other team’s flag and return it to your base. Before you begin playing, you will need to have all the players set up their bases. There should be two in total. Each base should house the team’s flag. In order to properly play the game, each team should know where the other team’s flag will be. All players should remain on their side until it’s time for the game to begin. To signal the beginning of the game, you can sound a horn or even confirm it through a set of walkie-talkies!

Rules –

Some basic rules for playing include:

1. Do not move the flag to a different location to confuse the other team during gameplay.

2. The flag may only be returned to its original location.

3. If someone is hit, they are out and must go to the designated out area.

4. If a player is hit while attempting to carry their flag to the base, they must drop it immediately.

5. The game will end if all the players on the opposite team are hit.

6. The game will end if one of the team’s flag is captured and reaches the opponent’s base.

7. Have fun!

Although these are the basic rules, you can definitely change them any way you like! You might even decide to set a time limit so that you and your friends can go grab dinner on time! Just remember that the more difficult the rules become, the more confusing it might be to all the players. It is important that every player knows the rules beforehand and agrees to them!