ParaHockey is a further complementary version of the sport that is played in some parts of the world by athletes with intellectual disabilities. USA Field Hockey does not currently field a team but would like to assist any club or organization interested in forming a team to and make hockey more accessible to all.

One of the values of the USA Field Hockey American Development Model is Accessibility and Inclusion. In short, our goal is to make the sport available to all people to enjoy.

 

ParaHockey (II) is World Hockey’s (FIH) adapted format for players with Intellectual Impairment. The format for international matches is 7v7 (including a goalkeeper) on a half pitch. Games are 24-30 minutes total with a 5-minute halftime. Goals can only be scored after entering the shooting zone or “D” area. Shootouts replace penalty corners in the format. 

 

While at the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018, representatives of USA Field Hockey’s Sport Development team had the opportunity to learn more about ParaHockey, and to watch it being played. They met with Norman Hughes, FIH ParaHockey Sports Director, and spoke to him about the goals for ParaHockey to grow and achieve full member sport status with the Special Olympics and International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) over the next few years.

 

ParaHockey has grown across the globe. In 2011, four nations were delivering ParaHockey programming. In 2019, 15 nations offer ParaHockey:

  • 11 European Countries: Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Wales
  • 1 Pan Am: Argentina
  • 1 Asia: Malaysia
  • 2 Oceania: Australia and New Zealand

 

USA Field Hockey would like to encourages anyone interested in ParaHockey to reach out to sportdevelopment@usafieldhockey.com for more information.

Parahockey (ID) calendar of competition & events 2021/22/23

 Date  Event  Venue  Level of Competition  Organizer
 2021        
 June 6-9
 Euro ParaHockey Championships
 Amsterdam, Holland
 Pinoke HC
 National Teams of 3  Levels
 Championship - Top Level
 Trophy - Middle Level
 Challenge - Emerging/Development Level
 EHF/KNHB
 June 11-13  Special Olympics Holland  The Hague
 Holland
 All Dutch ParaHockey Club Teams  SO Netherlands
 August 27-29  Home Countries
 WISE + Festival
 Dublin,
 Ireland
 Club Teams from Across Europe  HI/FIH
 December  EHF ParaHockey Forum  Brussels,
 Belgium
 Leaders from Across Europe  EHF/NAs
         
 2022        
 June 2-5
 World ParaHockey (ID)  Championships
 Milan,
 Italy
 3 Levels
 National Elite Teams - CHAMPIONSHIPS - Top Level
 National Developing Teams - TROPHY - Intermediate Level
 National Emerging Teams - CHALLENGE - Start Up Level Clubs or National Group
 IHF/FIH/EHF
 June 10-12  SO Netherlands National Games  Enschede,
 Holland
 3 Levels International and Local  SO Netherlands/
 KNHB/FIH
 July 16-24  Virtus Europe Games  Krakow,
 Poland
 Elite Level Teams  FIH/EHF/
 Virtus Europe
 August 26-28  International ParaHockey Festival  Wakefield,
 England
 Club teams from Across Europe and World  Wakefield HC/EHB/
 Access Sports
 December  FIH ParaHockey Forum  Brussels,
 Belgium
 Leaders from Across Europe  FIH/EHF/
 SO/NAs
         
 2023        
 July  Virtus Global Games  France
 Elite National Teams  Virtus/LOC/
 FIH
 August  Special Olympics World Games  Berlin,
 Germany
 All Levels  SOI/SOG/LOC/
 FIH/EHF
 December  FIH ParaHockey Forum  Brussels,
 Belgium
 Leaders from Across Europe  FIH/EHF/
 SO/NAs