Broomball is a sport best described as being similar to field hockey, but on ice, with the strategy and game play of ice hockey. There are 5 field players plus a goalie and up to 14 substitutes, although 5 is normal. Players wear shoes with soft rubber soles for traction on the ice and they use a wooden or metal broom (stick) approximately 1.35m long, which has a triangular rubber or plastic head. The aim of the game is to score goals using a synthetic orange ball approximately the size of a European handball. Teams are composed of men and women, there is no checking (as in ice hockey), games consist of two 20 minute halves. Broomball is great for fitness and challenging for any skill level. No skating skill is required and beginners are always welcome.