Really “cold” sports

The special feature of the ice hockey competition is that there are fewer players on the arena, and more referees appear on the arena at the same time, and referees wear less protective body than athletes when they go on the court.

If there is an alternative to competitive sports, it would be ice hockey. It is different because there is no other sport with so few players and so many referees appearing on the field at the same time; no other sport has so many changes among so many players, 6 players can play, Five people can play, four people can play, and even two people can play; no other sport changes so many people in such a short time without the referee’s approval. Of course, the most unusual thing is the intense scenes of their fists and kicks, especially the fighting like a duel. In fact, in North America, many fans really go to the ice hockey game for fighting.

Dangerous ruling scene
Have you ever seen a game where there are more referees than players? That’s ice hockey! In ice hockey games, there are often two referees in the North American Hockey League and three in the Continental Hockey League. I have seen 4 referees appearing at the same time. In the case of a tie between the two sides and no goals in overtime, two people are required to face off one-on-one there for a penalty shootout. At this time, three referees are still watching.

These referees wear less protection than athletes when they go on the field, and they are barehanded. Not only do they have to dodge the flying hard rubber ball with agility, but they also have to avoid being knocked down by the player holding the “weapon”. During the game, those players were fast and fiercely hitting, and they could swing the cue in their hands as agile as a golden hoop, and hit the little black hockey pucks flying around. Every time I watched the ball, I looked for those in zebra uniforms. The referee squeezed a sweat. I have studied ice hockey and know that the little black ball will be as hard as an iron block in the cold, and it can easily break the jaw when it flies.

The North American Hockey League generally consists of 2 referees, 2 goalkeepers, 2 sideline referees, 1 timekeeper and 1 scorer. The two referees on the court jointly control the entire game, each responsible for one half of the court, and the sideline referee is mainly responsible for signaling when someone is offside. However, the rules of the Continental Hockey League are different. There are three referees appearing on the field at the same time. This is the case for the several international games I have watched in Beijing Wukesong Stadium. It is the home stadium of China’s newly established, international-level club, Kunlun Hongxing Vanke Dragon. This team became the first to join the mainland. The Chinese professional ice hockey club in the ice hockey league.

At the 2017 World University Games held during the Spring Festival, the Chinese team defeated the Kazakhstan team “0:22” and had no strength to fight back. This shows how difficult it is for China to build a strong country in ice and snow sports. To learn from international successful experience, build the ice hockey pyramid system, popularize ice and snow sports, and realize the purpose of national fitness and entertainment, you must start with children instead of making ice hockey another “noble sport” like golf. It is also necessary to use the league as a fermentation ground to cultivate the interest of the audience, especially the interest of the youth. This is also of great significance for building a platform for cultural and sports exchanges under the “Belt and Road” initiative. The emergence of the Kunlun Hongxing Vanke Dragon team, especially its outstanding performance against strong opponents such as the Russian team and the Kazakhstan team-has also won several games, making this vision no longer a dream.

Stunned playing system
Almost all games require the permission of the referee on the field to replace players, but ice hockey games are not; almost all games require the ball to be taken off the court and then thrown back into the court after the substitution. However, ice hockey games do not. It’s not.

People who first saw an ice hockey game were dazzled. They often couldn’t see the fast moving ball and didn’t understand the rules. Only the players from both sides rushed out and rushed into the field like a group fight, wave after wave. Sometimes one person goes out and one person goes in, sometimes 3 people go out and 3 people go in at the same time, and the game is still going on at this time, and the two sides are fighting fiercely. After watching it a few times, I found that their seemingly chaotic substitution mechanism is quite effective. Because the ice hockey game is a high-speed competitive sport, the players sprint hard at the speed of 100 meters on the ice hockey rink. A period can only last 20 minutes, and they have to rest for 15 minutes in order to recover their strength. So the game is divided into 3 quarters, each with 20 minutes, with a 15-minute break in between. If there is a tie, a few minutes rest after the third quarter and another 5 minutes will be played; if there is a tie again, a penalty kick will be used to determine the outcome.

Ice hockey is very popular in North American countries, and many teenagers have participated in it since they were young.

Since the ice hockey game is so fast and the players play in seconds each time, there must be an effective substitution system that does not affect the game but also maintains fairness. So this is a unique way of automatically replacing people without telling the referee. In this way, these players all know the rules. Those who should go off the court quickly, and those who should go on the court quickly. Everyone changes in the way of running in and out. Forwards change forwards and defenders change backs. The referees are not completely ignored. They exercise supervision and cannot allow the balance on the court to be broken. If someone moves slowly, causing a situation where one party has more people and the other has fewer people, you must resolutely stop.

In fact, the seemingly random substitution system still has its rules and laws: for the players, they themselves have been arranged in the previous training, and there is a pre-rehearsal whether it is a group or a group. For example, there are 3 forwards on the field. They are the combination that runs the most and the most tiring. There are two groups of forwards waiting to be changed off the field. These players are already waiting for the change. As long as the players on the field signal, the players who are waiting for the change will get up immediately. From the point of view of the game on the field, the substitution team will definitely wait until the ball is in their own hands, or the two sides rush into the field when they are fighting behind the opponent’s goal area, so as to avoid being beaten by the opponent when the substitution is made. . For the referee, although they seem to have no control over the substitutions of both sides, in fact they are also closely watching each player’s entry and exit to prevent the substitution of one more player from forming combat effectiveness on the court and breaking the balance.

Amazing game rules
Because it’s ice sports, it’s inherently skating, and with the effect of the ball knife, the players move at an amazing speed on the field and they have to run non-stop. Therefore, the players on both sides have frequent physical contact, the scale is also large, and the field is constantly listening. When they hit each other against the curtain wall, there was a loud bang. After a game, you can see many scenes where the two sides collided and turned people on their backs. Sometimes because the speed was too fast, the players were hit by the volley and then fell heavily to the ground, which would also cause a scream in the audience. Originally, when the players were all dressed up and appeared on the ice rink like Iron Man, they looked arrogant and invincible. The most funny thing is the goalkeepers on both sides. They wear a pair of shield-like knee pads, their entire faces are covered in helmets, and they sway out of the field. Although these heavily armored players can make cat-like agile movements in the game, once they are violently hit and limp on the ice, they appear child-like helpless.

In North America, fighting with hands is illegal and can be convicted and sentenced. But fighting on the ice hockey rink was acquiesced, and it became a rule, and no one was suing. In addition to being recognized as a reasonable collision like a football game, there is also a kind of so-called “heads-up”-one-on-one duels, and real fights are also acquiesced. Surprisingly, in Western countries where hands-on are strictly prohibited, especially in North America, this acquiescence is mainly for commercial purposes, which is to cater to the appetite of the audience and make them addicted so that they can continue to pay for tickets to watch the game.

Just like the duel in Western countries more than 100 years ago, heads-up has its own rules. Players who initiate a single challenge will use their eyes, body movements and language to provoke. If the opponent is provoked to accept a single challenge, the scene will be very interesting. At this time, the two combatants would throw away their gloves and helmets and fight with their bare hands. They tried their best to hit each other’s head, mouth and face, but they could only use their hands and not their feet, because the ice skates under their feet were the most lethal. At this time, the players on both sides will automatically give up space, stand on both sides and watch the battle with their hands on both sides, and cannot give their own people any form of help, not even clamor. At this time, the referee withdrew just like in the boxing ring and watched the result of the fight closely. If he persuades him to fight and does not allow the fight, it will cause boos in the audience.

Fighting on the ice rink is different from fighting on land. Fighting with a ball knife is like practicing martial arts on a plum blossom pile. It makes it easy to slip without strength. Therefore, the two sides of the battle will not last long, and most of the occasions will not last more than a minute. Can not cause major damage, which may be one of the reasons for allowing heads-up. Once one of them slips, is knocked down, or is at a significant disadvantage, the referees hiding in the side will swarm out, one will hold one to separate them, and the heads-up will be over.

For the audience, this may be the most thrilling moment. I have watched many international ice hockey matches, watched overtime and penalty kicks, but I have never watched the heads-up on the spot. I have been looking forward to it.

Persistent chivalry
Heads-ups follow the chivalry and “fair play” handed down from the West after the Middle Ages, that is, the “Fair Play” principle that Lu Xun said, that is, fair play, fair competition, and fair fight. Fighting is fighting, defending is honor! First of all, the fighting parties dare to shine the sword, not fighting, but to initiate and accept challenges for honor and the interests of the team; secondly, they abide by the rules, do not use insidious tricks and small moves to avoid being ridiculed, and they are surrounded by teammates who know how to behave. With the opponent, plus the close gaze of the referee, not to mention the tens of thousands of spectators in full view under the camera lens; again, even if the opponent is beaten and fell to the ground, they will only consider themselves unlucky. Accept the facts and will never file a complaint or criminal proceedings.

What’s interesting is that these fighting players were arrogant before the battle, both provoked and challenged, and they did not give in to each other. They looked for the weak points of the opponent’s mouth and face to punch, and put on a posture that they wanted to fight to death. The tiger is going downhill. Once the battle is over, these big guys who were still flaring their teeth and claws a minute ago are like lambs being slaughtered, accepting the referee’s punishment without saying a word. They will even slide directly to the confinement room and sit there solemnly for 5 minutes. The game on the ice rink went on, but because they were sent off, each team was one less.

Regardless of gimmicks or violent aesthetics, heads-up on the ice hockey arena has always been loved by the audience anyway. This is associated with disputes all over the world. If both parties want to fight to death, it’s better to let them fight on their own. If they are tired, outsiders come to persuade them to make peace. This will be more efficient. Otherwise, the more persuaded the more fights, it will only waste resources. .

Ice and snow fun should be cultivated from an early age

Western ski resorts distinguish the degree of difficulty in order of black road, red road and blue road. The most difficult one is the underworld; the easiest one is the blue road, which has a gentle slope, but it is relatively long and can’t slide to the end for a long time.

Just like ice hockey, no matter on the ski resorts of Western countries or the various domestic ski resorts, everyone is fully equipped-ski suits, cold caps, sunglasses, gloves and other equipment are all available, and everyone is muffled. Sprint, it is impossible to distinguish between men and women on the snow field at first glance. But after a closer look, those brave and snow-flying figures are men. They pursue speed, like excitement, and dare to take risks. Those slender figures are ladies. They pursue calmness, love stability, and don’t want to take risks, even though their ability to rub snow and blades is not inferior at all. Looking at their graceful gyrations and the S-shaped curve of the left and right squatting from the air on the cable car, you will feel pleasing to the eye. However, in Western countries, the most touching thing is their training for their children.

Everyone on the ski resort is well-dressed and it is difficult to distinguish between men and women, but it is still easy to recognize those who travel with mother and child. Children with their parents are more courageous, and their parents are more responsible.

I skied few times in the United States, but I skied many times in Canada. Almost every time I see the kind of warm “mother-child show”, the mother uses a very long rope to wrap the young child in front, about 5 meters apart, slowly sliding down from the mountain, like holding a puppy same. The young child I have seen is only about 3 years old, not much taller than an adult’s ski boots, and looks innocent, as if walking on the ground, and doesn’t know the danger at all. The younger the child, the faster he learns, the less painful wrestling, and may find it fun, just like playing. Children have a low center of gravity and will find their feelings a few times. In contrast, adults have to ask for coaches and are afraid to go up the mountain.

Such mothers are master skiers, controlling the speed and direction of the young children behind them, and monitoring people who are swiftly sliding. Every time I get to this scene, I will slow down, everyone will avoid, and will give them warm eyes, because it is touching, this is the most beautiful landscape painting on the snow-capped mountain. Seeing these, you will understand Canadians’ love for snow, love for nature and love for life. This kind of mother-child show not only satisfies the parents’ own desire for exercise, while the parent-child education carried out at the same time deepens the emotions of both parties, and no time is wasted. Children know that there is a protector behind and they are not afraid of any danger, while parents have a deeper sense of responsibility. In addition, it also cultivates children’s feelings for nature, love for ice and snow, and will not fear the severe cold.

Therefore, in Western countries, it is rare to hear that there are accidents with young children on the snow field. In China, parents of only children often use danger as an excuse not to let their children participate in this sport. I have never seen such a mother-child show on a domestic ski resort. Even if the mother came with her, she basically watched in the rest area down the mountain, or played WeChat, and waited outside as if they were swimming with their children, instead of taking part in and playing with the children like Westerners do.

Safety concept always in mind
Just like split knives, tooth knives and ball knives on the ice rink, there are double boards and single boards on the snow field. The knives on the ice rink are longer than shoes, which are used for speed skating; tooth knives and ball knives are as long as knives and shoes. The blades of tooth knives are grooved so they are not flat. They have teeth and heels in the front. Serrated, good stability, easy to stand and rotate like a ballet, used for figure skating; while the ball knife is an ice hockey game knife, the front is a small arc, easy to start and turn, all ice hockey players use ball knives .

Skiing is divided into cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. Cross-country skiing is a long-distance exercise on flat ground, in the jungle or on a small slope. The exercise is physical strength and the fun of walking through the forest and the snow. As long as there is snow anytime and anywhere, there is no need to pay. The snowboard is thin. The long, pointed front type; as the name suggests, alpine skiing is to slide down the mountain. It can be long or short according to the different distances of the mountain. It needs to use external force to take the cable car up the mountain and then use the slope speed drop. If you pay, you have to go to a special ski resort. Skis are divided into double boards and snowboards, and double boards are divided into pointed and round heads.

From the source, cross-country skiing is earlier than alpine skiing. The skiing events in the winter triathlon are all cross-country skiing. In fact, human skiing originated from cross-country skiing, initially because of the ease of travel on the snow. However, as entertainment, alpine skiing has gradually replaced the former. Cross-country skiing is still available in Canada and other countries, but the number of people is declining. However, in our country, where skiing appeared relatively late, there is basically no cross-country skiing, all of which are alpine skiing. How elementary the ski trail is. From the perspective of snowboard design, the pointed head is earlier than the round head, and the double board is earlier than the veneer-the veneer has only been popular in the past ten years, purely for entertainment and competition, and has no practical value.

Western ski resorts distinguish the degree of difficulty in order of the underworld, the red road and the blue road. In our country, it has become a high-level road, an intermediate road and a beginner road, and the high-level roads are basically young people.

The most difficult part is the underworld. Some snow sections look as steep as the natural barrier that needs to be climbed to reach the top in the movie “Blood Wars on Hacksaw Ridge.” Half dead. The easiest is the blue road, which has a gentle slope, but it is relatively long and can’t slide to the end for a long time. In Western countries, people are used to walking through all kinds of Taoism, and those who are skilled and not afraid of getting tired will challenge themselves by underworld. And it’s not that people who skate on the red and blue roads can’t slide down, they are looking for fun. Western ski resorts are better. Most of the snow is natural, thick and viscous, and it is easy to stop the car; and many of our country’s ski resorts are artificial snow, thin and smooth, often grainy, with a lot of ice, even if the master brakes It is also easy to slip at times, and of course it is easy to fall. Therefore, ski resorts of the same difficulty will be more difficult to ski when we are here, so we must be more careful.

Ice and snow are gifts from nature. Whether it is the squeaking sound of ordinary shoes stepping on the snow, the coughing and coughing sound of an ice skate slamming on the ice, or the rhythmic swish sound on the snow field, they are as sweet as the sound of high-heeled shoes. If there is no ice and snow, life will be less fun given by nature.