Street hockey (also known as road hockey, deck hockey, ground hockey, easy hockey, cosom hockey or ball hockey) is a type of hockey played on foot or with skates, usually on an outdoor surface (very often a street, parking lot, or other asphalt surface). It usually involves no contact and fairly small amount of gear to be worn. Depends on a persons preference to use certain gear like shin pads and such.
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Street hockey is popular in Canada and parts of the northern United States. The United States term street hockey is more closely related to the Canadian terms dek hockey or ball hockey. In Atlantic Canada, the sport is also often referred to as street hockey. Street hockey can also refer to roller hockey, when inline skates are worn to play otherwise the same game.
Internationally, the sport is governed by the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation.