Blaine residents looking for something to do this weekend might want to head out to the Sports Center for this year’s USA Broomball National Championships at Schwan Super Rink.
If you’re new to this part of the country I suppose an explanation of broomball is in order. A Canadian export, broomball is played on the ice in a hockey rink. The idea is to hit the ball into the opponent’s net for a goal – a bit like soccer, but the plays are more similar to hockey.
The “broom” part of the equation is the implement that is used to hit the ball. These are made of either wood or aluminum and, although the head is said to resemble a broom, it does in shape only. It really looks more like a fly swatter.
Although the game is played on the ice, broomball players don’t wear skates, but rubber-soled shoes, for improve traction.
This year, six classes will duel it out for the national championship – three men’s classes, two co-rec and one collegiate.
The Broomball Social is tonight at Clive’s Roadhouse and you can catch the action on the ice tomorrow, starting at 8 a.m. The play on Rink 3 ends at 2:25 while Rinks 1, 2 and 4 will see action until late tomorrow night.
You can check out the full schedule here.
Whatever you decide to do – hope you have a great weekend!