Intramural broomball adopts new rules

With the beginning of the second semester comes the start of the second intramural broomball season. This season will be slightly different from the rest, however, as there are new rules that will be introduced to the sport. 

Broomball is one of Geneseo’s most beloved intramural sports; consequently, a myriad of students became concerned when they heard about the most recent changes. Intramural and Recreational Director Brooks Hawley helped to clarify these new rules. 

“Instead of six people on the ice at once, there would now be five, including the goaltender,” Hawley said. “This new rule was established so that the score would pick up. People would have more room to move around and pass.” 

This was a response to several games ending with scores of 0-0 and 1-1 in the fall semester. To ensure that these types of scores do not occur as often in the future, though, new overtime rules were also instated. 

“There will now be a two minute overtime for which three people on each team would be on the ice at once,” Hawley said. “Whoever scores first would win the game. If, however, there was no score within that two minute interval, the result would unfortunately be a tie.”

These new rules apply to the regular broomball season. There are special cases to the new overtime rule in the playoffs, however, according to Hawley. 

“We need a winner [with overtime matches]. There can be no ties,” Hawley said. “If a winner cannot be found within the two minutes allotted, there would ultimately need to be a shootout.” 

This new shootout policy will make it easier to determine a winner during the postseason and will help to send teams up in the rankings.

While this announcement may come as a surprise to many broomball players, Hawley said that they were necessary for the game to continue to be successful. These new rules should essentially make it easier for each team to score on their opponents.

“These rules needed to be instituted immediately because it would offer more scoring and in effect be more exciting to those participants who compete in these matches … we need to get away from these low-scoring games in broomball,” Hawley said. “With the amount of people on the ice being reduced, each athlete will have more freedom to move and pass more efficiently.” 

These new rules are something to be excited about, according to Hawley. 

“There will undoubtedly be more enthusiasm during every game,” Hawley said. “With those late-night hours, players will be more enthused that their effort will not be for nothing.” 

These new rules look to make teams more successful and they aspire to allow for the playoff brackets to be fairer. With the ever-increasing popularity of broomball, these rules should be easy to adapt to and will likely end up being beneficial for players.