Floor Hockey

Special Olympics floor hockey players from Argentina and South Africa prepare compete at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea.

This page draws together floor hockey-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Two athletes face off on floor hockey court.

Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics floor hockey.  View the Floor Hockey Fact Sheet

Floor hockey is a family of indoor hockey games, usually in the style of ice hockey, that are played on flat floor surfaces, such as a basketball court. As in other hockey codes, players on each team attempt to shoot a ball or puck into a goal using sticks, usually with a curved end.


Floor Hockey News and Stories


August 07, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Georgia's Athlete of the Month

By Whitney Warren

Clay Doub

Valdosta Athlete Clay Doub shines a light throughout the community by showing how you can overcome obstacles. He is a wonderful example of how Special Olympics Georgia athletes can continue pushing forward with determination.View Story Valdosta Athlete Clay Doub shines a light throughout the community by showing how you can overcome obstacles. Born with Fragile X Syndrome, the lifelong athlete has influenced so many with his sense of team. These factors helped him develop socially and stay determined. Some of his accomplishments are: -In 1995, he received the Naismith Award for Special Olympics. -He received the 1998 Achievement Award from the Valdosta Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities. -In 2006, he represented Team Georgia at the Special Olympics USA Games, where he won two gold medals in the breaststroke and four-person relay. -At the World Games in 2009, Clay came home with the bronze in floor hockey. Through it all, Clay continues to be a wonderful example of how Special Olympics Georgia athletes can continue pushing forward with determination. Today, Clay lives independently and is a custodian with the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority and remains an active athlete.

About Whitney Warren:Whitney Warren is the program services and grants manager at Special Olympics Georgia.
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June 25, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Athlete Leader, Jimmy Masina, assists with Floor Hockey Training

By Ms Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics Africa athlete leader, official, and staff member Mr. Jimmy Masina and Floor Hockey Coach, Ms. Bonita Bondesio went down to Kuruman, in the Northern Cape in South Africa to share their knowledge of floor hockey.View Story Special Olympics Africa athlete leader, official, and staff member Mr. Jimmy Masina and Floor Hockey Coach, Ms. Bonita Bondesio went down to Kuruman, in the Northern Cape in South Africa to share their knowledge of floor hockey. Athletes and coaches from a number special schools in the Northern Cape assembled at Learamele Special School from the 17-18 May 2014 for the training. Floor hockey is a family of indoor hockey games, usually in the style of ice hockey, that are played on flat floor surfaces, such as a basketball court. As in other hockey codes, players on each team attempt to shoot a ball or puck into a goal using sticks, usually with a curved end. Floor hockey is a competition sport that is played during Special Olympics Winter World Games. The expert training was intensive and exposed athletes to both the theory and practical side of this very fast and energetic game. One of the athletes being trained shared the following: “Firstly I would like to thank Special Olympics South Africa for the opportunity they gave us and I am truly grateful. The training was good and it also gave us an opportunity to show our creativity.” Kedi Mabutlwane said she found the training interesting especially on the competition and divisioning side; ”Although this sporting code seems so challenging, especially for first time trainees everyone was eager to learn and participate.” Mr. Masina is a shining example of athlete leadership in action transfering skills to other athletes. Special Olympics athletes are the leaders of the movement. Through Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs), athletes explore opportunities in roles previously considered "nontraditional." Such participation might come in the form of an athlete serving on the Board of Directors or local organizing committee, or it might find an athlete as a spokesperson, team captain, coach or official. As an integral component of Special Olympics' dedication to empowerment and dign

About Ms Mmane Boikanyo :Special Olympics South Africa Marketing and PR practitioner
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June 12, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Athlete Leaders Receive Floor Hockey Training

By Mmane Boikanyo

Bonita assisting coaches during training

Special Olympics Africa athlete and staff member Mr. Jimmy Masina and Floor Hockey Coach Ms. Bonita Bondesio went down to Kuruman to share their knowledge of floor hockey.View Story Special Olympics Africa athlete and staff member Mr. Jimmy Masina and Floor Hockey Coach Ms. Bonita Bondesio went down to Kuruman to share their knowledge of floor hockey. Athlete Leaders and coaches from special schools in the Northern Cape assembled at Learamele Special School from the 17-18 May 2014 for the training. One of the athlete leaders shared his gratitude and shared the following: “Firstly I would like to thank the Special Olympics South Africa for the opportunity they gave us and I am truly grateful. The training was good and it also gave us an opportunity to show our creativity.” The participants were exposed to the theory and practical side of floor hockey. Kedi Mabutlwane said she found the training interesting especially on the competition and divisioning side. The athlete leader also added:”Although this sporting code seems so challenging, especially for first time trainers everyone was eager to learn and participate.”

About Mmane Boikanyo:Marketing and Communications Officer
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