Underwater Hockey Gains Speed In U.S.


Underwater hockey clubs consist of both men and women of all ages from all walks of life.

"We have polo players, entrepreneur, software engineers, doctors and parking attendants," Hyunh says, "I love that I'm almost 50 competing against up and coming 20-year-olds."

"Players have their kids playing at the age of 8, and we have a few playing into their 70s," Grimm says. "It's one sport that you can play at a recreational level as long as you as you want."

Players say people don't have to have experience in the water, because the sport focuses more on skills and endurance.

According to Levy, "Strong and fit is not much of advantage. All body types, male and female are equal when immersed in the water."

There are currently about 50 clubs in 28 states.

Underwater hockey is growing in schools around the country. A faculty member at Roger Bacon High school in Cincinnati created the team in the late 90s after playing the sport in college, making it one of the few high school teams in the nation. The University of Florida, Georgia State University, University of Illinois and George Mason University also have club teams.

Grimm, Levy and Hyunh agree that anyone interested in underwater hockey should contact their local club team and try it.

"Just come out," Grimm says, "We will teach you how to play and make sure your comfortable in the water."

For more information on underwater hockey, visit the USA Underwater Hockey site at http://www.usauwh.com/.

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