Welcome to USOA Underwater Hockey!
This non-contact snorkeling sport has two teams of six facing off on the bottom of the pool. The weighted puck can be pushed, slid, or flicked with a short stick into the goal. Equipment includes mask, fins, snorkel with mouthguard, glove, water polo cap and stick. Typical dives last anywhere from 5-20 seconds as the fast-paced game is played. Please look under “Regions” or email us for games in your area. Tournaments are held regionally and nationally. Bi-annually there are international competitions.
The 21st World Underwater Hockey Championships will take place from July 18-30th in Gold Coast, Australia. The four teams have spent countless hours training and working toward the Championships and we are proud that they will be representing the USA in 2023. Let's all cheer them on!
|Women||Men||Masters Women||Masters Men|
|Beth Ann Morley||Ben Holtzman||Beven McWilliams||Chris Tommaso|
|Cheryl Russell||Cagatay Adiguzel||Carolyn Erdman||Christophe Ochin|
|Christina Jones||Casey Nakamura||Elaine Willoughby||Dan Lowrey|
|Dagmar Jirsova||Chris Docampo||Helene Soleille||Dave Kennedy|
|Elsa Debrunner||Danny Agren||Jia Richardson||Greg Fitzgerald|
|Ianna Debrunner||Decker Onken||Kat Kurtz||Gurkan Peksoz|
|Johanna Whitman||Eric Straily||Katie Konrath||Lyndon Rive|
|Kaitlynn Tucker||Jono Saunders||Katrina Finley||Matt Blair|
|Kim Riccitelli||Kevin Green||Nicole Fabian||Nate Rust|
|Kristin Straily||Luke Bousley||Rachel Carrington||Neil deHoog|
|Tricia Simon||Raymond Antos||Tulin Kaman||Phil Hickey|
|Tyera Eulberg||Tristan Debrunner||Juan Sevillano, Coach||Scott Tucker|
|Phil Hickey, Coach||Iain Curtain, Coach||Benjamin Emery, Mgr||Andreas Marwick, Coach|
|Michael Riccitelli, Mgr||Andrew Creedon, Coach|
A big thank you to our USA referees who will be officiating at the 2023 World Underwater Hockey Championships: John Kulsa, Don Mathews and Rosa Zhang. This is a huge, voluntary undertaking to travel to Australia and spend two weeks refereeing countless games and working long days to help make the Championships run smoothly and fairly for all teams. A big HIP HIP HOORAY to our referees!
The following materials are available for underwater hockey clubs to utilize in their search for venues. We are hopeful they may change some pools' perspectives on the safety of the sport and improve venue accessibility.
1) A peer-reviewed medical journal article on the misleading classification of underwater hockey as an apneic sport.
2) A presentation from the University of Auckland regarding hypoxia
3) A safety statement from USOA