Talking about water sports is probably the underwater hockey game – underwater hockey is the most difficult subject, because it requires a lot of swimming skills, diving, hockey skills and even effort so well.
Not only that, but players also need the ability to hold their breath for a long time, this is also the biggest challenge for the players.
The birth of this discipline originated from the British army. In the 1950s, in order to help the underwater battlefields improve their health, the skills to move underwater to better fulfill their missions, the British Navy devised a way to practice by playing hockey but in below the water surface. Later, the discipline gradually developed and in 1954, this game officially became a subject when the first club was opened in England.
The subject gradually gets the attention of the players by a harmonious combination of swimming and diving skills. For those who love diving, this is a great subject. It trains your endurance underwater and the ability to hold your breath. When playing with players equipped with masks, snorkels, gloves, headscarves and sticks about 30cm long to control plastic balls weighing 1.3 – 1.5 kg flying into the opponent’s net. .
The size of the pools that take place in water hockey is usually 25m in length, 12m in width and 2-4m in-depth with 2 ends attached to 2 metal trays of 3m length. To watch this subject, the audience will stand around the lake to observe or enjoy from the screen recorded by domestic cameras.
Players who play water hockey are still often called mermaids because of their ability to swim and dive.
The match is extremely attracted by the way of its attractive play. Each team will have 10 people including 06 participants and 04 substitutes, distinguished by the color of the bats. Thus, each team consists of 06 official players. After the referee’s signal, the 12 players will plunge into the water and fight with each other to keep and pass the ball to the opponent’s goal to make the ball into the goal.
A match will have 2 innings and regular periods of 10-20 minutes depending on the rules of each tournament. The most difficult thing about this discipline is how to hold your breath for a long time to be able to perform shots and actions in the water. On average, each person can only hold their breath for about 15 – 30 seconds, then have to go up to the surface to get air and continue to sank to continue the match. It’s hard to hold your breath, just hold your breath and be active and fight with your team.
This is really an extremely difficult subject and requires complex skills underwater. Currently, there are two international representatives for this subject, the Underwater Hockey Commission (CMAS) and the World Aquachallenge Association (WAA). However, these two organizations did not give in to each other because there have been two separate world championships in water hockey since 2006, and these two tournaments were held alternately.