The Ball Hockey World Championship is a biannual ball (street) hockey competition for women's and men's national teams. The first women's world championships were played in 2007. The first championship was played in 1996 in Bratislava. Since the beginning of the best teams in Canada, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The first team to win a medal in addition to Canada, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the team of Italy in 2005 when he won the bronze medal match against Portugal. Since 1999 championship played every two years. Ball Hockey World Championship is organized by ISBHF.
Street hockey is a variation of the sport of ice hockey where the game is played outdoors on foot, or with inline or roller skates using a ball or puck. Both ball and puck are typically designed to be played on non-ice surfaces. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team by shooting the ball or puck into the opposing team's net. Street hockey in pickup form is generally played under the following guidelines since there are no "official rules" for local pickup hockey:
The 1996 Ball Hockey World Championship was the first ever Ball Hockey World Championship.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. With a population of about 430,000, it is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country's largest city. The greater metropolitan area is home to more than 650,000 people. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.
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The Slovak men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Slovakia and is controlled by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. It is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team's general manager is Miroslav Šatan and their head coach is Craig Ramsay.
Ball hockey is a team sport and a variation of the sport of ice hockey and a specific variation of the game of street hockey.
Sports play a significant part in the life of many Czechs who are generally loyal supporters of their favourite teams or individuals.
Zuzana Tomčíková is a member of the Slovakia women's national ice hockey team and also plays for the Bemidji State Beavers. Tomčíková was part of the team that finished in eighth place at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In 2009, Tomcikova played in the 2009 Ball Hockey World Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
The International Street and Ball Hockey Federation(ISBHF) is the international governing body for the sport of street hockey. The ISBHF is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. Mr. George Gortsos (Canada) is the ISBHF President. ISBHF organises World Championships and other tournaments around the world. These tournaments include:
The Canadian men's national under 18 ice hockey team is part of a three-stage Program of Excellence beginning with the Under-17 regional teams and ending with the National Junior Team. The primary objectives of the Under-18 program are to identify, evaluate, and condition players to the rigors of international competition by giving first exposure to off-shore officiating, ice-surfaces, and travel.
The Pakistan national ball hockey team is the national ball hockey team of Pakistan and is controlled by the Pakistan Street and Ball Hockey Federation.
Jamie Lee Rattray is a Canadian women's ice hockey player for the Markham Thunder.
Fannie Desforges is a Canadian athlete from Fournier, Ontario. She is the second Canadian woman to win a competition in the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition. In addition, she has competed for the Ottawa Gee Gees women's ice hockey program in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, while competing for the Canada women's national ball hockey team at the 2011 Street and Ball Hockey World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the 2013 CWHL Draft, she was selected by the Montreal Stars.
Lucie Povova is a Czech ice hockey player who won a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2011 IIHF Division II Worlds. She was part of the Czech team that competed at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships in Ottawa.
The Canada women's national ball hockey team is the women's national ball hockey team of Canada, and a member of the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).
The United States women's national ball hockey team is the women's national ball hockey team of United States, and a member of the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).
The Italy women's national ball hockey team is the women's national ball hockey team of Italy, and a member of the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF). The current team captain is Canadian-born Christina D'Ambrogio, who is of Italian heritage and once competed in NCAA women's ice hockey with the Holy Cross Crusaders.
The Slovakia women's national ball hockey team is the women's national ball hockey team of Slovakia, and a member of the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).
The Czech Republic women's national ball hockey team is the women's national ball hockey team of the Czech Republic, and a member of the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF). The team has competed in every Women’s Ball Hockey World Championship since its inception in 2007.
Alexandra "Lexie" Hoffmeyer is a former women's ice hockey player. Among her career accomplishments, she is a Clarkson Cup champion and earned a gold medal with Canada women's national ball hockey team at the 2015 ISBHF World Championships in Zug, Switzerland.
Chelsea Purcell is a former women's ice hockey player. Among her career accomplishments, she was the first captain in the history of the CWHL's Team Alberta franchise. In addition, she was the captain of the Canada women's national ball hockey team that won a gold medal at the 2015 ISBHF World Championships in Zug, Switzerland.
Alicia Blomberg is a former ice hockey player. Having played at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport level with the Ottawa Gee Gees women's ice hockey program, she was also a member of the Canada women's national ball hockey team that won a gold medal at the 2013 and 2015 ISBHF World Championships. From 2012-15, Blomberg has also competed in the women's division at Red Bull Crashed Ice, capturing a bronze medal in 2014.
The 2017 Ball Hockey World Championship will be the 12th ball hockey world championship, and will be held in Pardubice, Czech Republic. The tournament will begin on 1 June 2017, with the gold medal game to be played on 10 June 2017. Slovakia will enter the tournament as the defending champions.
The 2019 Ball Hockey World Championship will be the 13th ball hockey world championship, and will be held in Košice, Slovakia. The tournament will begin on 14 June 2019, with the gold medal game to be played on 22 June 2019.