A new game called "Broom-Ball -- played with ordinary household brooms -- is currently sweeping California.
A new game called "Broom-Ball -- played with ordinary household brooms -- is currently sweeping California. It's played on an ice-rink by rubber-limbed enthusiasts in tennis shoes. The thrills and spills come in quick succession as opposing teams try to sweep a soccer-sized ball into the goal.
Coverage of a game comes from Topanga shopping centre, where it's exclusively a late-night sport. The only time the ico-rink is free is after 11 p.m., and the "Broom-Ball" matches go on into the early hours. Nevertheless, the game is catching on so fast -- among women as well as men -- that there are plans to form leagues.
SYNOPSIS: A football on an ice-rink? It's a familiar sight in California this spring where a new game is sweeping the state -- played with ordinary household brooms. They call it "Broom-Ball" and it has a lot in common with ice-hockey, except that the players don't have to be good skaters. They play in ordinary tennis shoes, and the endless spills are all part of the game.
It's already caught on as a spectator sport. The prime object is to get the ball into an ice-hockey sized goal. Only the referee is allowed to wear skates -- and he has his time cut out keeping two teams of skidding players under control.
Despite a bruising encounter, the opponents are still good friends at the end of the game. The venue is a southern California shopping centre, where the game has also won a following among local women.
In this area, it's a late-night sport, and games often continue into the early hours -- the only time when the rink is available. But with the growing craze for "Broom-Ball", the first leagues should soon be formed.