Quad roller hockey is a variation of roller hockey. Roller Hockey is the overarching name for a rollersport that has existed long before inline skates were mass produced. Roller Hockey has been played on quad skates, in sixty countries worldwide and so has many names worldwide. Sometimes the sport is called Quad Hockey, Hóquei em Patins (PT), Rolhockey (NL), International Style Ball hockey, Rink Hockey (FR), Hockey Su Pista (IT), Hoquei sobre patins (CA), Hockey sobre Patines (ES), Rulleskøjtehockey (DA), Rullbandy (S), Rulluisuhoki (ET) and Hardball hockey (US), depending on which region of the world it is played. Roller hockey at the 1992 Summer Olympics was a demonstration rollersport in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Inline roller hockey is a variation of roller hockey very similar to ice hockey, from which it is derived. The game is played by two teams, consisting of four skaters and one goalie, on a dry rink divided into two halves by a center line, with one net at each end of the rink. The game is played in two 20-minute periods, or similar. The game rules differ from ice hockey in a few simple changes; there is no icing, no body checking, and is played in a 4 on 4 player format instead of 5 on 5. Like ice hockey, roller hockey (Inline) is a contact sport. It is similar to ice hockey in that team work, skill and aggressiveness are needed. Excepting the use of inline roller skates in lieu of ice skates, the equipment of inline roller hockey is similar to that of ice hockey. Roller Hockey (Inline) is referred to by many names worldwide, including Ball Hockey, Inline hockey, Roller Hockey, Longstick hockey, Dek hockey, Road hockey, Street hockey and Skater hockey depending on which region of the world it is played. Generally speaking, only competitive level Inline hockey is strictly bound by governing body's rules. Recreational hockey leagues may make modifications to certain aspects of the rules to suit local requirements (size of rink, length of periods and penalties).Roller hockey is a growing sport in Britain with teams croping up all over the country. The fact that it can be played on any dry surface means that you can play it in almost any leisure center.