2015-16 USA YOUTH BANDY - WINTER PROGRAMS
Welcome to the USA Youth Bandy Page. Here you can find registration for our highly successful summer camp as well as our winter bandy programs.
Why are kids flocking to bandy? Well, first of all it is a lot of fun. They get to be outdoors on the ice with friends and playing semi-structured games. Because the game is considered a "non-contact" sport, parents love it as the risks of concussion injuries seen in hockey are greatly minimized. There are no unforgiving boards to crash into at high speed either. A great sport for developing hockey skills while also minimizing injury potential.
We are very excited to announce our Sunday night 11U and 14U leagues. These leagues have been set up to have minimal conflict with youth hockey schedules - allowing kids to get outside and play 'Hockey with a Ball' (as it is called in Russia). Also, we recognize kids may have conflicts...so this league is very laid back about attendance and more focused on getting outside and having fun while learning to play the great game of bandy!
Here are the brief details:
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - A fantastic program for beginner kids and families. Most participants are 8 and under, but if you are slightly older it is not a big deal. Most Friday nights at 6:00pm beginning November 13th and running through winter. We have free time from 6:00pm - 6:30pm...skating and stickhandling skills from 6:30pm-7:00pm (featuring former 1976 USA Hockey Team and former USA Bandy player Bob Lundeen)...and from 7:00pm to 7:30pm we divide them up by skill level and let them play! Oh...and parents, bring your skates. From 6:00pm - 7:00pm you can skate around the outside oval and enjoy the evening. Click on the registration link below.
11U League - Most Sunday nights @5:30pm throughout the winter beginning November 15th. This league is a fun league for both kids that play winter hockey and kids just looking for a winter activity. It is co-ed and open for all skill levels. For hockey players, some of the world's best hockey players developed their skating, stickhandling, and teamwork skills through playing bandy. This league will help you develop those skills while having a great time. Register Below....
14U League - Most Sunday nights @6:30pm throughout the winter beginning November 15th. This league is a fun league for both kids that play winter hockey and kids just looking for a winter activity. It is co-ed and open for all skill levels. For hockey players, some of the world's best hockey players developed their skating, stickhandling, and teamwork skills through playing bandy. This league will help you develop those skills while having a great time. Register below....
Questions? Email Steve Jecha at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Guidant John Rose MN OVAL is home to an adult bandy league. If you are looking for something different from the area adult hockey leagues and love to skate, the adult bandy league is a great alternative. Bandy is a fast paced game played on a soccer field size sheet of ice at the OVAL. It is a non-checking game played with a ball and stick similar to field hockey. Games are typically played at 3:00pm or 4:00pm on Sundays.
Please visit www.usabandy.com for more information or contact Neal Logan 952.270.7486 if you are interested in playing.
|9100.743||Adult Rec Bandy||Sundays||3:00 - 5:00pm||11/15/15 - 2/28/16|
|*No Bandy Nov 29, Dec 27, Feb. 21|
Bandy is played on an ice surface the size of a soccer field. It is best described as field hockey on skates. Each team is made up of 11 players including a goalkeeper. The aim of bandy is to score goals by hitting an orange ball the size of a tennis ball into the opposing team's net with a curved stick four feet in length. The blades of most bandy sticks are wrapped in leather strapping which allows the player to put spin on the ball when he or she strikes it. The ball has a cork center and a hard rubber cover. The goal measures seven feet by eleven and a half feet. While the goalkeeper wears more padding than other players he or she does not use a stick. Goalies are the only player allowed to use their hands to control the ball. Games consist of two 45 minute halves. A ten minute interval takes place at half-time when the teams change ends. Ties are broken with 15 minute overtime periods. The rules of bandy are very similar to the rules of soccer. A variation on bandy is rink bandy. Rink bandy is played on a hockey rink with four skaters and a goalie. The rules are generally the same as those for regular bandy.
A Brief History of Bandy
Bandy was being played in northeast England in the mid 1800's. Bury Fen, England, is considered the home of modern bandy. Cave paintings in Egypt suggest that a game similar to bandy was being played there 4000 years ago. The word bandy is Welsh in origin and means "a curved stick". The National Bandy Association was established in England in 1891. The NBA was the first governing body of Bandy and the first to develop official rules for the game. Prior to the founding of the NBA teams established the rules before matches started. The first international Bandy match took place in 1891 between England's Bury Fen club and Haarlem of the Netherlands. Bandy was introduced to Sweden by a Bury Fen player in 1894. Bandy soon caught on throughout Europe. Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, and Norway all became active in bandy. Between the 1890's and 1955 no formal governing body for international Bandy existed. This changed with the creation of the International Bandy Federation in 1955. Since 1957 the World Championships have been held every two years.