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Ball Hockey makes official debut at Robins

The Robins Fitness Center held its inaugural Ball Hockey tournament this week introducing the sport to novices and experienced players alike. To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

The Robins Fitness Center held its inaugural Ball Hockey tournament this week introducing the sport to novices and experienced players alike. To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

The Robins Fitness Center held its inaugural Ball Hockey tournament this week introducing the sport to novices and experienced players alike. To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128. (U.S. Air Force photo by Misuzu Allen)

The Robins Fitness Center held its inaugural Ball Hockey tournament this week introducing the sport to novices and experienced players alike. To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128. (U.S. Air Force photo by Misuzu Allen)

The Robins Fitness Center held its inaugural Ball Hockey tournament this week introducing the sport to novices and experienced players alike. To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

The Robins Fitness Center held its inaugural Ball Hockey tournament this week introducing the sport to novices and experienced players alike. To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Robins doesn't need ice, skates nor an indoor arena for hockey. There's a ball hockey rink next to the soccer fields and the Fitness Center has all of the equipment for those who are interested in checking it out.

"The whole point is to resurrect the rink, and the goal is to have units participate in hockey for physical training," said John Enterman, Robins fitness and sports        manager.

In order to gain interest in the sport, the center staff decided to host the inaugural Stanley Cup Ball Hockey Tournament. It was held the last week in March and finished up Tuesday due to weather.

Participants included a team from the Marine Corps as well as a captain from the Royal Canadian Air Force and a host of other units on base.

One of the sport's benefits is it provides a lot of cardiovascular exercise. Players, in sneakers, run up and down trying to hit an orange ball, rather than a puck, past the goalie into the net.

"You don't even need to know how to skate," Enterman said.

There were four teams which was a good turnout considering it was the first time the base has held a ball hockey event. 

The top three teams received coins.

"I hope it catches on quickly. It is a fun, fast-paced game for PT," said Enterman.

To find out more, contact the fitness center at 478-926-2128 or DSN 468-2128.