Thursday, October 3, 2013


We weighed a size 9 shoe of every shoe and here are the weights of the 2013/2014 shoes:

#1 DGEL Gripper 434 grams
#2 Acacia Gripinator 465 grams
#3  DGEL Tractor 468 grams
#4  Acacia Cruzr 469 grams
#5  Forest Ice Elite 545 grams
#6  Forest Ice Spider 558 grams
#7  Forest Ice Traction 563 grams

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The NEW Blue Ox Delta head on the right compared to the STX head.  
The STX broom was my favorite broom and hands down the best selling brooms of all times.  Manufactures have all found shafts that are comparable, but this is the closest copy to the head and may even be better. The size is almost exactly the same.  The design is very similar with the addition of channels on the oustide of the head.  I believe it will provide better grip of the ball.  It feels like about the exact same hardness as the STX.  I think this new head is a Winner.  Brooms in stock now and heads will be here mid October.

2013/2014 Broom Weights in Grams

W/A = Wood or Aluminum

Weight Manufacture BROOM W/A
495 Blue Ox  Edge A
510 Acacia  Gforce A
524 Dgel  TacTik A
535 Blue Ox Edge Long A
540 Blue Ox  Icon A
552 Blue Ox Cannon A
556 Blue Ox  Pulse    A
580 Blue Ox Icon Long A
580 Forest Ice 400 W
595 Forest Ice 3000 W
596 Blue Ox  Pulse Long A
599 Blue Ox  Cannon Long A
614 Forest Ice  4500 A
617 Acacia  6000 A
634 Acacia  Hot Shot A
634 Dgel  Junior W
643 Dgel  Goal A
643 Dgel  K5 A
644 Blue Ox Striker A
646 Dgel  Ultra Lite W
652 Acacia  Deluxe A
682 Acacia Elite W
693 Acacia  Classic W
706 Dgel  Senior W
764 Dgel  BDG W

Friday, May 10, 2013

We are closing out the black and orange sole Cruzr. ON SALE NOW! Acacia is changing the sole to the softer tan bottom found on the Gripinator. We have had a few Elite players using the new sole and they believe the traction is as good or better than the popular Trio. I wish you could feel the difference. Much softer = better traction!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The pic above is from the scrimmage between periods of the USHL game between the Omaha Lancers and the Lincoln Stars. This game usually has around 7,000 people in attendance. The scrimmage is usually between members of the Omaha broomball league and the University of Nebraska lincoln. The USHL mascot Blades is participating in the scrimmage. This is a great way to promote the game of broomball. The league has used the scrimmage as a fundraiser for their league with a raffle and flyers promoting the opportunities for open broomball and the league in Fremont.
The Omaha Broomball league plays in Fremont Nebraska which is about 30 minutes west of Omaha. There are 4 teams in the league. There are 3 league teams which are drafted and 1 University of Nebraska club team. I have watched the Omaha team and the UNL team at Nationals the past few years and the level of play has really improved. The league is growing because of people like Peter Todd that love the game and are constantly introducing the game to new people. I also think the league is growing because of the way they set their league up. Every year there is a new draft which is key in growing the league. Broomball is about having fun and Nebraska gets it. They still put together a traveling team to play in Nationals, but the league is about having fun, introducing the game to new people, and promoting the game of broomball in an area that has never heard of the game. Keep it up Nebraska broomball. You are a model for new broomball leagues all over the World!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Introducing the Blue Ox buyers guide and the NEW black Impact replacement head!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Checking Ice Conditions with the

The is a new web site in Minnesota. Check out the new story on checking ice on lakes to see if it is safe for fishing at This also applies to safe ice for broomball or skating. Notice the ice pics the guy is wearing around his neck. If he falls in, he would use the pics to pull himself back up onto the ice. While watching the video, I was thinking he should be wearing a life jacket as well when he popped the hole and the ice thickness changed to 5 inches. I have experienced this myself. A few years ago a friend of mine and I headed out onto lake Winnibigosh to fish walleyes in early December. We had GPS coordinates of a hot spot that was 4 miles out on the lake. There was very little snow and as we headed out, all we could see was ice. We were the only ones on the lake. Scary stuff! We were pulling our portable ice house with an ATV. We stopped and drilled holes about every 1/2 mile. We started out with 7-8 inches and as we approached our spot, we had 6-7 inches. We had a great day on the water. When the sun went down, it was humbling. No roads or trail to follow back to the access. All we had was the moon light, a flashlight and the GPS. I was very happy to reach shore that night. The ice conditions were safe for what we were doing, but I prefer to wait until there is a good 8-10 inches of ice and evidence of other fishermen and women before I head out. Be safe this winter.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This is the week to flood the outdoor rink. This pic is from Big Sky Montana. Minnesota native Griff Kilby is out preparing the rink for the Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association (BSSHA). BSSHA is entering their second year of outdoor hockey and broomball. The rink has been a huge success for the community. This year they added a Zamboni so the ice should be perfect after using the hose for a week to get a good base. This is the scene all over North America. The first outdoor ice is usually the first week of December so we are right on schedule. The Duluth area has over 20 outdoor rinks. They are all maintained by volunteers for local hockey associations and open to the public for skating, hockey, and broomball. Kids and adults are looking forward to jumping on the ice in the next few days. We should be skating outside by Saturday. Now if we only had some more snow. We have about 2 inches on the ground and the forecast looks cold, but snow is not in our immediate future. Hopefully you have snow in your area. Come on SNOW! I love winter.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The NEW 2011 Gripper looks to be a real winner for Dgel. The new shoe has the same boot quality that players have liked in the past with an updated softer latex sole. The softer latex sole provides ultimate traction out of the box. Dgel is using the same sole as the REK shoe that was introduced around the Holidays last year. Reviews on the REK sole have been very good. With the softer latex sole the durability will not be as good as the past sole. You will want to make sure that the ice has been resurfaced before you play and that you try to only wear the shoe on the ice. Cement, asphalt, and rough ice are going to rip off the fingers of the new sole. is closing out the Tractor sole. Mainly because the new design of the Gripper and REK sole has a unique spacing that we think makes it an indoor/outdoor sole. We have had Elite players using the NEW Rek sole for the past 8 months indoors and outdoors and they agree. It is truly an indoor/outdoor sole with ultimate traction. still has limited quantities of the 2010 sole. If you are looking for a shoe that will last longer, this is the shoe for you. It will not have as good of traction out of the box, but the latex is stronger and the fingers will last longer. The shoe will break in with time.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Duluth Active Kids Association's broomball week was a huge hit. The kids played broomball for 2 hours a day. Their skills really improved during the week. Our local Play it Again Sports store borrowed us their used shoes for the week so the kids had a chance to play with and without shoes. A number of the kids have been in camp every week this summer and they rated broomball as one of their top 5 games of the summer. Right up with Lacrosse, Capture the Flag, and Dodgeball. I think I had as much fun as the kids did. Friday we had a very serious game. We started with SKITTLES for all of the kids to fire them up for the game. We then played to a 16-16 tie that was settled in a shoot out. Give me a call or email if you are interested in organizing a broomball kids camp in your area. I would love to help.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

NEW Blue Ox Cross Cut

MADE IN THE USA by broomball players for broomball players. Standard 46 inch length.

The durable aerospace aluminum shaft is crimped at the end and runs the length of the head for maximum energy transfer. Ergonomic shaft shape for enhanced control when playing balls with the shaft.

The largest face area of any broom on the market. Polymer head material for high strength, energy transfer and ball grip. Sidewalls of the broom head are designed to fit around the radius of the ball.

Same head and similar feel to the original Blue Ox with a slight increase in shaft weight and decrease in price.

Available now at

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Outside TV contacted me last winter about an upcoming episode that they planned to do on broomball. Enter this link into your browser to check it out.

I sent them a box of equipment to use on the episode. I wish they would have shown a clip of a game, but any publicity is good for the game. The clip has been airing monthly throughout this past winter.

The 2011 Nationals Tourney in Duluth was a huge success. There were 40 teams in this years National Tourney. This is 30 less than last year. The main reason for the decline was the venue. It was a fantastic venue for the event, but with 2 ice sheets, the number of teams was limited to 40. The competition at every level was amazing. It is really fun to see the teams from other states continue to improve. The Baltimore teams really looked good and the DC broomballers have come along way in a short time.

The 2011 National Champions:
Men's A - Inferno
Men's B - Superior Machine
Men's C - REX Bulldogs
Men's D - Bud's Bar
Co-rec - Gypsies
Collegiate - Bethel

Inferno played Diablos in the A final. I watched all of the A teams play and they were all very evenly matched. Lots of new faces in the A level and that is great to see. The Geez team really looks to be one of the up and coming teams. The Superior Machine beat Bergies of Duluth in the B final. The REX Bulldogs won the C championship which is amazing considering that these are the same guys that have won the last 2 Collegiate National Championships. The Bulldogs had a tryout this year and had an A and B team. The A team played in the C division and the B team played in the collegiate division. The Warriors from Fargo have really improved and look to be ready to move up to B division with the REX Bulldogs. They beat the REX Bulldogs in an overtime thriller in pool play. I watched Bethel play the Bulldogs in the collegiate division and they looked great. All of the college teams continue to improve. The Co-ed teams were fun to watch. We have alot of really good women broomball players in the U.S. and the co-ed division was very competitive.

USA brooomball did a fantastic job with this years tourney. Games were scheduled from 7 am until 11 pm almost non stop. Thank you to everyone at USA broomball. Especially the refs that worked some really long hours. I look forward to next years National tourney.

The top pic is of the Normadic Hordes from DC. The pic on the bottom is the REX Bulldogs playing the Fargo Warriors. The video is a clip from Inferno against Geez.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Tactik is in stock! Check it out.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Carolina Broomball

Carolina broomball is an incredible story. The Charlotte league has been around for over 20 years. The league peaked in the 90's with 12 teams and 3 divisions. They played for years in the Eastland mall. The league died in 2003 and was resurrected by Mondo Normile in 2003.

Better known as broomball Mondo. Mondo is one of the biggest broomball promoters in the world today. The new league was started as a co-ed league with 27 players in 2003. It has now grown to 6 co-ed teams with 75 players in the league today. They play at he Extreme Ice Center which is a fabulous facility in Indian Trail, NC. Check out their website. Broomball is prominently promoted on their home page.

I work with people like Mondo all over the country to promote the game of broomball. It takes passionate people to promote the game. Word of mouth is the best advertising for the game. The leagues that are flourishing are keeping it fun and inviting new people all of the time. You will see in the broomball section of the Extreme Ice Centers broomball area that they offer open broomball. This is a great way to introduce the game to new people. Broomball is a very easy game to market. It is different and fun and the media loves doing stories on the game. Paste the link below to see a video on Charlotte broomball.

Thanks Mondo for all you do to promote the game.

Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 Superboot Wrap Up

I attended the Superboot boot hockey tourney this past weekend. It is the largest boot hockey tournament in North America. The best teams from the US and Canada come to play for the coveted boot. Check out the picture of Superboot trophy. This boot was worn by the founder of Superbooot - Gary Androsky during the first Superboot tourney in 1992. The tourney was really fun to watch. Very competitive teams. The winner of this years Superboot was Park Place (pic below) from St Paul. Their team is made up of some of the best US broomball players mixed in with some of their boot hockey friends. In pool play they lost 7-1 to one of the Canadian teams. They then had to come back in the losers bracket and beat the team in the championship twice. They did it. Amazing.

It was fun to talk to the players and watch the high level of play. The boothockey players are diehard hockey guys. Only a few said that they played broomball. It was interesting to me that the Canadian players all called broomball shoes "boots".

The would say: "I need a new pair of boots"

The weather was fantastic and the Buffalo house sports complex was the perfect venue. If you have ever thought about trying boothockey, this tourney is the place to be.

Monday, July 12, 2010

USA Broomball Kids Camp

The AKA Sports USA broomball kids camp was a huge success. The 4 day camp ran from July 6th - July 9th. The kids had an hour or more of broomball instruction every day. The rink was split into 3 smaller rinks and the kids were divided by age and skill level. Woody (Allen Stauffacher from USA Broomball) did a fantastic job of organizing the event. All of the kids seemed to really enjoy the game of broomball. I volunteered during the Friday session and was really impressed with the skill level. My son attended the camp. His only complaint was that he wanted to play more broomball. The kids were entertained throughout the day with other sport activities. The hand ball game was a huge hit. They used broomball nets and a volleyball and played a game that resembled waterpolo on turf.

Mark your calendar for next years camp. It should be around the same time in July. AKA does an incredible job of keeping the kids active through out the camp day. Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped out with broomball.

The video is from the broomball shootout on the last day of camp. The off ice pic is of the main area of the camp where kids have their choice of sports activities or board games.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Nationals Wrap Up

What a fun weekend. It was great to see everyone. We had 65 teams, almost 1000 players, and over a dozen states represented. USA broomball did a fantastic job promoting and running the tournament. The Schwans center was the perfect venue with 4 ice rinks committed to broomball.

I watched alot of really good broomball. From the A level down to the D level, I was impressed. I really enjoyed talking to the collegiate players and the c/d players from other parts of the country. People are very excited about this game. There is a genuine interest in getting better and growing the sport.

In the video, my friends from Alaska are playing the NYC Boomz. Alaska played co-rec and collegiate. Long weekend for the college team, they had 6 guys on the collegiate roster.

The picture is from the collegiate division. Minnesota Gophers verses Nebraska. All of the college teams improved a ton this year. I hope to see the collegiate division grow in the future. will offer $100 to any college team that makes the trip to Duluth next year for nationals.
Great to see everyone. I look forward to meeting more of you at the 2011 National Tourney in Duluth, Minnesota.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Duluth Olympic Celebration

The city of Duluth Minnesota is holding a two week long Olympic celebration. They have organized events throughout the city promoting the Olympic games. sponsored the broomball event at Norton park. Norton park is one of many community centers throughout the city. Years ago all of the community centers had broomball as one of their winter activities. It was really cool to see pictures from the 1970's of the city champion Norton park brooomball team. One of the women working the concession stand played on that community broomball team. It was fun to talk to her about broomball years ago. sent out an email to local broomball players for help in promoting the game at Norton park. Thank you to all that came out to teach the game. We had representatives from the Superior Machine men's and women's team, Bergies, and the UMD Bulldogs college team. The event ran for about 4 hours. We had 2 rinks going at once. After about 3 hours, most of the volunteers had had enough. We sat and watched as more community members arrived and soon we had another game going with 20-30 community members enjoying the game of broomball. What a fun game.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This past week I sold broomball equipment to some players in Moscow. I thought the history of Moscow broomball would be interesting to the blog readers.

Moscow broomball

What is it all about?

Moscow broomball is a sport similar to ice-hockey played by non-Russians in Moscow. It is known by its players simply as "broomball", but is called Moscow broomball elsewhere to distinguish it from the similar sport of the same name played in Canada. Broomball has been played in the winter in Moscow every year since it's inception in 1966.

Pitch and equipment
Broomball is played on a tarmac tennis court that has been flooded with water and allowed to freeze. Snow that falls on the court is pushed to the sides to create a bank that helps to contain the ball. Fenced tennis courts are preferred for the same reason, but not all courts in Moscow have this amenity. Goals of wood and wire-mesh are erected at each end of the court and a centre-spot for restarting after a goal is provided. The balls used in Moscow broomball are small soft plastic children's balls ("Disney balls"), slightly larger than a tennis ball.

Players wear protective gear to cushion falls onto the ice, mostly equipment intended for ice hockey. Padded shorts, elbow pads and leg guards are vital and no one is allowed on the ice without a helmet. Leg length hockey socks are worn over the knee and leg guards to provide increased friction compared to the smooth plastic of the pads - without these a player on his knees will slide a long way. The whole ensemble is then fastened into place with liberal quantities of packing tape. An ice-hockey helmet with a face cage is also worn.

Second in importance only to the knee pads are the broomball shoes. These are "sneaker" type shoes with thick soles of very soft rubber, to provide as much grip on smooth ice as possible (still not much!). These are obtained from suppliers in Canada catering to the "mainstream" variety of broomball played there.

Finally, each player (with the exception of the goalkeeper) carries a stick. These are made locally from the straw brushes used by Moscow street-sweepers in summer, giving the sport its name. The straw brush is tightly packed and shaped before being wrapped in many layers of silver duct tape, forming a rigid club somewhat resembling a hockey stick. Broomball sticks are much shorter, however, and are wielded one-handed. A wrist loop is attached to avoid losing the stick. Broomball sticks vary quite widely in length and shape according to the user's preference (and to some degree his ability in shaping and taping the straw). Some have large flat heads almost like miniature ice-hockey sticks, while others are curved into hook-like shapes designed control the ball much like in ice or grass hockey.

Game play
Broomball follows the typical layout of a ball-and-goal game like football or hockey - get the ball into the opponents' goal - and there are few rules beyond that, other than for safety. Feet may be used to stop the ball but not to propel it (this rule is interpreted liberally) and other than that only the stick may be used. In most games using a hand to fish the ball out of the pitch-side snow bank is accepted after a couple of attempts to play it with the stick.

Broomball is a contact sport. The player with the ball - or attempting to get it - may be tackled or barged; a common occurrence is for the tackling player to be sliding across the ice on his knees or chest and knock his opponent's legs from under him. Because of the low grip on the ice tackles do not need to be especially vicious to send players flying, to the delight of spectators. Players may hit the ball - with their short sticks wielded in one hand - from any position including face down on the ice. In fact, sliding prone with the stick held out in front is a fairly effective defensive manoeuvre.

Goalkeepers do not use a stick, and must remain on their knees at all times. They are allowed to catch the ball in their hands (although ice hockey-style oversized gloves are not used) and throw it down the pitch.

The lack of grip on the ice means that stopping and changing direction are extremely difficult. It is not uncommon for a player to fail to stop a ball that is passing only a few feet away, with plenty of warning, and instead to simply fall over as he struggles to start moving in that direction. Spectators agree that broomball is an extremely humorous sport to watch.

Broomball matches are played in three twenty-minute "periods"; players change ends for each half, and again during a "quick change" ten minutes into the final twenty-minute half. Most teams maintain a tradition of drinking together after the game and sometimes at the breaks during friendly matches.

Broomball teams consist of five players plus the goalkeeper. Substitution is allowed, but only at a natural break in the game - usually when the goalie has control of the ball and calls a change for their side. The opposition can also change at that time, but not initiate a change. Refereeing is performed by players from the league; 3 referees normally required.

Broomball in Moscow exists largely as a result of support by the embassies of several countries, particularly Britain and Germany, although foreign nationals in Moscow for commercial or other reasons now form the majority of most teams. There is a [Moscow broomball] league of 12 men's teams and 7 women's, with matches held every winter from December/January onwards - as long as the ice outside holds. The season closes with a formal Broomball Ball event in celebration of the game, season and players.

Broomball has been played by expatriates in Moscow for several decades, but Russians have never been permitted to play. This is because non-Russians are almost invariably diplomatic or commercial personnel on a three-year posting - with the continual turnover of players that this implies, the standard of play remains fairly accessible and hence new arrivals in Moscow can quickly become valued team members. The league organisers fear that if Russians were allowed to play they would soon be able to field a team of players all with many years experience that would destroy the dynamics of the league. This issue is put to the vote each year.

The only other place where Moscow Broomball has been played is Finland. In the year 1989 the game was drifted to Finland with diplomatists. In Finland the game gained expeditious growth in a few years and skill level was relatively high among Finnish players. At its best there were 14 active teams in national league in the middle of 90s. During that time a Finnish team travelled yearly to Moscow to battle for the world championship of Moscow Broomball being many years the winner. Unfortunately the game died down in Finland in the end of 90s and last organized league was played in 2000.

Broomballing!, Passport Moscow magazine, January 2006 edition.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Check out the size 1 Spider that I am sending to Alaska today. I emailed the customer to confirm the size and sure enough, they have a young broomball enthusiast. Fun week. I shipped to Switzerland and England. Freight was ridiculous, but they need the equipment and love the game.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Minnesota has been in the middle of an ugly and unusual January storm. Normally January is our coldest month of the year, but not this weekend. Throughout the state we have had a wintery mix. It started yesterday with rain in the am. With borderline feezing temps, we woke up to roads that looked like ice rinks. I coach a mini mite hockey team (4-7 year olds). We had a outdoor hockey tourney with games at 10 and 1 Saturday and Sunday. Saturday went well outside of a pestering cold rain. Sunday was a different story. We woke up to snow. About 4 inches on the ground. I called the tourney director and he said the games were on. I took off with my son and the roads were not bad, but it was snowing hard. We arrived at the rink. They were trying to prepare the ice, but with all of the rain before the snow, the ice was in bad shape. Most of my team had arrived and we were 30 minutes from game time. Then they decided to cancel the games. The ice was so bad, that tennis balls did not even roll well.I talked to the tourney director and offered to donate a couple of broomballs to use. He agreed and we played our final tourney game with all of the kids on the ice and 2 broomballs as pucks. The broomballs saved the day. I thought that fellow broomballers would appreciate the pic and story.

Friday, January 22, 2010


The Sport of the
Future Today!

What Is Broomball?
A thousand years ago, battle-hardened Vikings engaged in a brutal, often-deadly sport called Knattleikr. Although details of the game are mostly lost to the ages, it’s known that it was played on the frozen Icleandic countryside and that the entire villages got in on the action. Matches would begin at dawn and last until dusk, tournaments could last up to two weeks and it was not uncommon for the field to be littered with corpses when the game was over. Today, many believe Knattleikr’s closest descendant to be broomball, a markedly less violent version of the sport. Most would agree that our modern day broomball developed in Canada around the beginning of the 20th Century. US broomball may have originated in Duluth, Minnesota. The old time photo that you see is courtesy of Lou Campbell the director of the Korbel broomball tourney. The group of men would gather and play on the ice by the docks in Duluth as early as 1910. Organized broomball in Minnesota started around the 1960’s. The first state championship was in 1966. Broomball in the United States started out with 10 players on the ice per team (one goalie, three defensemen, three mid linesmen, and three forwards). By 1967, the number of players was reduced to eight players per team. Some leagues still play eight-person broomball. By 1980, the rules changed to 6 players per team.

Since then, broomball has grown into a popular sport on all levels. Businesses, churches, schools and other organizations have discovered the game of broomball. It is inexpensive to play, easy to learn, and fun for everyone. Broomball is played on a lake, a pond, an ice hockey rink or the gym floor. It is played with rules and strategies similar to those of hockey. Players can wear padded sponge-rubber shoes to enhance traction on the slippery surface. The object of the game is to strike a ball with specially designed brooms into the opponents net.

In Your Area
Ice arena managers across the country have discovered the benefits of adding a broomball program to fill vacant ice time. Arenas in shopping malls and close to college campuses have been especially successful in setting up recreational programs in consistently empty time slots, and find them expanding into popular attractions. This strategy is not exclusive to northern climates. In fact, some of the best broomball programs exist in areas of Arkansas, California, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas.

For Fun
Recreational broomball teams are easily formed since a skill such as skating is not required to participate, and initial equipment costs are relatively low compared to those of other sports. Also, due to decreased mobility on the ice surface, men and women are able to play on a more equal basis with the ice being a great equalizer, thus making the sport more enjoyable for all.

For Sport
For those who become more serious about broomball, there is a circuit of competitive tournaments across North America. Many of these tournaments offer cash prizes for the winning teams to help decrease traveling expenses; they also provide intermediate, coed, and recreational divisions. Check out the links to the Canadian Broomball Federation, USA Broomball and the International Federation of Broomball Associations for information on these tournaments.

The Future of Broomball
The future for the sport of broomball is looking very bright with extensive play throughout Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. So whether you are playing a broomball game with your family and friends on a frozen lake, with your church or school group in the gym, or in your local indoor outdoor league, enjoy yourself, because having fun is the name of the game in broomball.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Let's talk brooms. Wood or aluminum? They are both good choices. I attended the Canadian National tournament in 2008 and I would estimate that 20-30% of the players were using a shaved handled wood broom. One of the best players that I ever played against in our Duluth league used a Dgel Ultralight wood. The price point (under $20) brooms are made with a thicker and heavier wood shaft and are more durable than the shaved handled brooms.

This is a good time to talk about durability. The life expectancy of a broom is anywhere from 1 minute to 10 years. All it takes is one slash or one hit to a goal post to break or bend a broom shaft. This is why manufactures will not warranty brooms. This is also why I suggest brooms that are priced $50 or less. Brooms will break. They live a tough life.

Aluminum brooms vary in price from $26.99 to $109.99. As you go up in price, your strength will increase slightly and your weight will decrease slightly. Less weight means that you will have increased broom speed when it comes around and strikes the ball. This normally means that you will shoot the ball harder. Broom head speed is just one of the factors in a harder shot. Like anything else strength, mechanics, and practice are also very important.

Broom heads are all very similar. The Dgel BDG is the only plastic head. All of the other broom heads are what I would call rubber heads. The plastic head is very durable and great for recreational play. I do not recommend it at higher levels. For passing and catching passes, you want a rubber head that grabs the ball. I suggest only cutting one corner of the broom. That corner is the bottom of your broom. A lot of players will then bend the top over so that the head will grab the ball and allow for better wrist shots. Be careful with all broom heads in cold weather. All broom heads will harden in colder temperatures and may break if the broom head strikes the ice.

Finally, broom length is also important. The standard length for brooms is 46 inches. This is the proper length for 99% of broomball players. Sometimes a shorter player is more comfortable shortening the broom. We do sell some of the longer STX Gold Crown 52 inch brooms. The longer broom is nice for poke checking the ball away and does increase your reach, but I have never been able to shoot well with a longer broom.

Broomball Shoes

Let's talk shoes. There is a big misconception that broomball shoes have suction cups on the bottom. Broomball shoe traction is determined by the fingers on the bottom of the shoes. These little fingers grab the ice and give you better traction. The difference between indoor and outdoor shoes is simple. Outdoor shoes have holes on the bottom that are designed to allow obstructions to fall out of the shoe. Obstructions could be snow or ice chips that are left behind after ice skating. Ideally, we would like to play broomball on perfectly smooth ice. More often than not, broomball is played on obstructed ice. I always suggest an outdoor shoe for first time players. An outdoor shoe will work indoors or outdoors. It has fewer little fingers to grab the ice, but the holes on the bottoms will allow obstructions to fall out of the sole so that the fingers can grab the ice. If there are obstructions on the ice, I would continually hit your shoes with your broom to free up the fingers.

Every shoe that we sell is a good quality shoe. The Dgel shoes and the FI Elite are a little wider than most. The Acacia shoes and the Forest Ice Spider and Traction are a little narrower and tend to fit women and narrow feet better. The soles of broomball shoes are made from latex. There is a point of diminishing returns. If you make the shoe sole too soft, the fingers will break off faster, but you will have great traction right out of the box. Shoes do break in over time. The latex softens up. There are tricks to softening the soles. Be careful, the softer the sole gets, the more likely you are to lose the fingers that give you traction in the first place. is marketing the new gripper sole on the NEW Rek and Gripper as an indoor and outdoor sole. Dgel designed the sole with a few holes to allow obstructions to fall out and an unusual finger design that also allows obstructions to fall out. We have had a number of good broomball players using this sole and all agree that this sole is an indoor or outdoor sole.

We all need and want to promote the game of broomball. If you get into this sport and grow to love it like I did, borrow, gift, or sell your shoes to a new player and upgrade your shoes on a regular basis. That way you will always have ultimate traction on the ice. It is a great way to get someone into the game. A lot of people never play the game with broomball shoes. If they do wear shoes, their success increases and usually they will stay with the game and promote it to their friends and family.


Let's talk broomballs. Worldwide we have had issues this winter with broomball durability. Here are my recommendations. The Dgel and Forest Ice indoor and outdoor broomballs are very similar in constructions, size and quality. The basic difference between the outdoor and indoor rubber broomballs is that the blue balls are designed with a latex that will be softer in cold weather. I do not suggest using the outdoor rubber balls below temperatures of 20 degrees Fareheit. Below 20 degrees F, all rubber balls freeze and will break at anytime. I suggest a handstitched broomball for temperatures below 20 degrees F. In particular I suggest one of the 3 orange handstitched broomballs. They are all very comparable in size, construction and quality.

Indoors I recommend the Dgel or Forest Ice indoor balls. The indoor balls are the preferred balls for indoor competitive play. That being said, for recreational play, I recommend the handstitched balls for indoor use as well. The handstitched balls are a downsized soccer ball. They do bounce more than a rubber broomball, but the advantage on a recreational level is that they normally do not hurt as bad if you are hit by one.

Inflation of a handstitched ball is very important. They need to stay properly inflated. If the handstitched balls lose air, the bladder inside will spin and the ball will be shot. I suggest inflating to a point where you can still push your thumb into the ball. Firm inflation, but not so firm as to stress the seams of the broomball. The firmer the ball the more it will bounce which can make the ball difficult to control on the ice.

Inflation of the rubber broomballs is important as well. Again, an over-inflated ball is difficult to control on the ice. You should inflate the ball to the point that when you bounce it hard on the ground, the ball should rebound no higher than about 3-4 feet. If you stand 10 feet away from the boards and throw the ball against the boards, ideally the ball will only bounce one time off of the boards.

The Acacia rubber broomballs are not a good option for outdoor broomball. We suggest this ball for recreational indoor broomball and gym broomball. The blue Acacia ball is also recommended for recreational play. It is designed with a higher content of rubber and tends to bounce more than the other handstitched broomballs.

Finally, the manufactures do not warranty broomballs. I hope the information above helps you make the right choice as well as maintain them during their difficult and brutal lives.