The Estevan Broomball Association is still looking for players who are interested in playing for the organization's teams this season.
The association boasts midget and juvenile teams for both the Raiders boys and the Raiderettes girls, and there is also an adult mixed team. But the broomball organization is worried about the midget and the juvenile squads, as they currently have 15 registered for the midget boys' club, and about eight signed up for the other three teams.
The midget Raiders have won bronze at provincials the last two years.
An ideal number of players for each team would be about 20.
Midget Raiders' coach Shane Davenport said it's a non-contact sport that is a lot of fun to play.
"It gives players a lot of self-esteem by playing and being part of a team, and they get a chance to get to know the other kids in Estevan," said coach Shane Davenport.
Midget Raiderettes' manager Roberta DeRosier said broomball is one of the most affordable winter sports around, because equipment costs are relatively low. Registration is free for a first year player, thanks to the support of one of the association's sponsors.
"I have never seen a kid who came and tried it, and didn't like it," DeRosier said. "People say 'I don't think I'll like it,' but they come out and they do."
Hockey players who have tried broomball initially thought the sport wouldn't be challenging, Davenport and DeRosier said, but their perceptions quickly change.
"You can't skate and glide; broomball is just running all the time," said Davenport. "There are different things you have to do to stop, and to learn how to predict what you're doing ahead of time."
The coaches with the different broomball teams also have a lot of fun activities to help build up the skills of the players, Davenport said.