Air hockey is a sport where two players compete each other in order to achieve points in the other player’s goal. In this game, two mallets, an air hockey table and a puck are required.
An air hockey table contains a huge playing plane, mallets from departure the table, an adjacent rail in order to save the puck and also include slots in the rail that act as goals.
A puck return can be seen at the end of the table which is beneath the goals. Tables also involve some type of machinery which generates a reduction of air on the surface area with the aim of decreasing resistance and enhance the speed while playing the game.
An air hockey tables which are about 8 foot and used in the tournaments and prepared by Dynamo and have got approval by the United States Air Table Hockey Association. The air hockey tables which are used in the hockey game include Pro-Style, Photon, Brown Top, older Blue Top and Black Top having unpainted rails.
A mallet is also known as a striker, goalie and a paddle which includes a simple handle attached to a smooth plane. Most commonly used mallets involve‘high tops’ which appear as little plastic sombreros and the ‘flat tops’ which are used with a tiny nub. Air hockey pucks are considered as thin discs which are prepared from a plastic matter called as Lexan. The most common used air hockey pucks are red lexan, yellow lexan and the Dynamo green.
Rules of Playing Air Hockey
There are some main rules which are defined by the United States Air Table Hockey Association and they are:-
- If the player achieves the goal by hitting the puck and scored 7 points in the game, then he will be declared a winner in the game. When the flat plane is broken by the puck inside the goal then a point is calculated whether it is detained by the electronic scoring mechanism or not.
- If the mallet is placed on the top of the puck which is called as topping is considered as a foul. Then the other player obtains the control of the puck.
- A coin toss or face off concludes that which player will receive the first ownership of the puck.
- A player is not allowed to touch or hit the puck using any portion of the body other than the mallet otherwise it will be considered as a foul.
- If the player hits the puck from the opposite side of the middle line or traverses the center line with the mallet, then it is considered as a foul.