The concept of Malinovian broomball is simple: to get the ball into the opposing team's goal. A broom is the only object a player may use to move the ball around the field.
Gameplay and essentials
The field is 38 by 76 feet long and has goals 3 by 2 by 1 foot on either side. The ball is roughly 6 inches in diameter and is inflatable. Brooms can be any length comfortable for the player.
- All games are 3v3, with two players in the back (defenders) and one upfront (forward). However, alternative formations can be used.
- A "face-off" is used to start the game. This involves the two forwards meeting at the center of the arena. The referee will drop the ball between the two players and the game is started as soon as the ball hits the ground.
- Fouls are defined as a) a player's broom goes above waist height; b) intentional or unnecessary roughness; c) moving too early during a face-off, and d) the ball goes out of bounds.
- When the ball goes out of bounds, the team opposite the player who touched the ball last gets a "hit-in" which involves placing the ball on the ground and simply hitting it in. This is typically done by the defender on the side the ball went out.
- If the ball goes out on the goal line, the defender on the side of the goal that the ball went out will place the ball on the corner of the "box" and hit it forward.
- When a foul (that doesn't include out of bounds) happens, a face-off takes place on the side opposite the spot of the foul (if the team that committed the foul is on the opposite end of the field).