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08-24-2004, 09:59 AM
Readers of IHC;
College roller hockey is growing. As school is coming into session we are receiving more and more inquiries about how to play in college. NCRHA is going to set up a FAQs section that can be referenced on our website. We are working on it. However, I am going to post here a few very simple items in the form of an email sent to me and response. This is basic stuff but might be helpful to more of you who have similar questions.
Please read on. Some small items have been edited from me
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08-24-2004, 10:00 AM
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Your name has been coming up more and more as my son and I have been forging ahead on the college search...
I have also heard great things about you frequently - as spoken by my good friend ***! *** can't say enough about you and what you've done for the sport of roller hockey at a high level. He told me basically that with all I try do to unite the sport on a lower level, you've accomplished the real deal! I'm already grateful for all your efforts!
(*** and I run the Junior Travel Club Program out of **.)
I wanted to touch base with you because for the first time since we started looking at schools (my son **** is going to be a senior), we only recently started taking the roller hockey programs available as a serious consideration! He's been encouraged by his baseball coaches and friends to pursue baseball at a Collegiate level but has flat out never had the desire. He loves hockey...and even as starting shortstop on Varsity last year, compromised his position to an extent to instead make roller hockey tournaments.
I can only imagine that many other talented players don't seriously consider schools that will allow them to continue what they love to do and I hope to help get the word out to these 'kids' as to what's going on right here in the East! Bill Sherwood from Drexel has also been a great encouragement to us in the same regard.
We've never listed ****'s Roller Hockey accomplishments but are in the process of doing so and it's pretty impressive. Besides that, academically he is a good student taking many AT/AP courses ending his Junior year with Honors.
I was hoping you could feed me some info. regarding who to contact directly...and what/where might be a good fit. Of course I can give you more information but this note is already way too long!
Any information you can provide would be very much appreciated and hope to meet you someday soon!
Thanks in advance,
08-24-2004, 10:02 AM
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I am responding to your email today but am also going to have other staff people respond as well. We have at least 2 people who handle inquiries like this; Tomy Ames (pronounced TOMMY) is the National Development Director and can add to my rambling the more serious answers to guide you and then some of the other regional Board members also will respond. Every one of them has been a player in the league and has also spearheaded their college club at one point. These guys speak from experiences (both good and bad). The good news is that guys like these have passed on plans and systems to other clubs to help them have better and more positive experiences. The struggles have been many.
I definately understand why people would encourage your son to play a sport in college other than hockey (ie: baseball). These people are trying to be realistic and they also are not aware of the progression of inline hockey in the schools. I love the sport and know the growth so I support and encourage EVERYONE to participate and change the direction. The sport has remained underground for many years in a sense. At this time, it only is at a club level as opposed to varsity, but it exists and is evolving rapidly. The upside is that the students guide the program and control the clubs and therefor it is THEIR league not ours really. We work for them and their interests. The downside is the fan base is poor and the sport can grow expensive without the backing or interest of the school and the money always comes into play. NCRHA and ECRHA contribute by teaching the interested player how and where to begin. We see our success with the sheer volume of teams, head count of participants, and tangible monies and support from the colleges.
There are a few things that you and your son can do. Tomy will elaborate much more:
1) Set goals for what **** wants to do specifically with roller hockey. Basically, at what level does he want to play and how much is he willing to put into it to get it to that level as both an individual and a team player. This also can ensure that if he goes somewhere with no team he can help build one on his own.
2) Find a school based on his academic interests. Some go to school for academics and the perk is they get to play roller hockey there. But now the tables are turned and students who otherwise would show no interest in going to college now want to go just to PLAY ROLLER! That amazes me because now they will try for that education.
3) Our national website (www.ncrha.org) lists all the currently active teams and schools. Additionally, not listed, are dozens of teams at schools that float in and out of the league and are just developing. He can weed out schools too by geographically selecting an area. The National organization is geographically divided into 8 regions. I run ECRHA which is the Northeast. If he wants to stay in this area then look at the school lists at www.ecrha.net
4) As I advised Mr. ** - get your son to sign up on the collegerollerhockey.net forums and post his name, hockey experience, and academic interests immediately. Teams are trying to recruit and they look at the messages. They will also give him helpful information and answer his (and your) questions. You should even look yourself. Look specifically in the forum called "Scouting Report". Feel free to post there as well (collegerollerhockey.net/b...m.php?f=2)
Once **** can zero in on specific schools then I can further put you in touch with their contacts. Also if he posts on the forum, other players will respond.
While I only wish to encourage you and **** to pursue roller hockey, he really has to have realistic goals and strongly consider #1 above. He will get out of it what he puts in, unless he finds a school with a very established program. In ECRHA there are some very established clubs who do receive support of some type from their school. For academics in the Northeast there are schools like Towson, U of MD, U of DE, U Penn, Rutgers, UCONN, and more who's programs are established and well grounded. But thats just the tip.
Start with the above 4 items and anything suggested by Tomy.
As far as the actual playing, teams attend full weekend events from October through April and play 2-4 games in that travel weekend against other schools. Attendance is low but we are trying. The game structure is advanced though and obviously we have great officials. We are NO-Check and though these guys will play incredible hockey, there is a lot of discipline. In return, there is a high level of respect for the game, sport, league, and teams that I have never seen in other known leagues and tournament series. There are not many awards and obviously no money purses but the reward is the experience of representing your school and being on the forefront of the sport's future.
Thanks for your email and write again. Tomy will also respond.
08-24-2004, 10:03 AM
Tomy Ames is the National Development Director for NCRHA. He can be reached by email [email protected]
Please also check out our Scouting Forum for answers to your questions since many questions are being answered there and Tomy is getting slammed with email about college roller hockey.
Until the FAQs section is complete, all you need to do initially is search for some answers using the search engine on our message boards.
Look for answers too by administrators who are identified in their avatars and signatures.
08-24-2004, 05:12 PM
Thanks for your posts! I know that IHC readers who are interested in playing collegiate inline hockey will find your answers very helpful.
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