The 15th National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, will be held April 10-15, 2013 in sunny Fort Myers, FL. Games will be played at the Fort Myers Skatium. The event will bring 60 teams in 4 divisions (Division I, Division II, Junior College Division, and B Division) together to compete for the title of Collegiate Roller Hockey National Champion. The event will be hosted by the NCRHA, in conjunction with the Fort Myers Skatium, the Lee County Sports Authority, and USA Roller Sports.
Teams will represent each of the seven Member Organizations of the NCRHA. Each Member Organization will receive an automatic bid to place one team in each division. The rest of the field will be selected at-large from around the country by the NCRHA Selection Committee on “Selection Monday,” March 11, 2013.
The format for the event includes three round robin games for each team, followed by a single elimination bracket round leading up to the National Championship games. A complete listing of the colleges and universities that will be represented, round robin pools and the game schedule will be available on the NCRHA website, www.NCRHA.org, in April, 2013.
As the event nears, the NCRHA website will feature a dedicated section with event details. This will include block schedule, team invitations (bids), and travel information such as airport, hotel, rental car, local attractions, etc. The NCRHA and the Lee County Sports Authority will be working together to provide excellent local hotel options for teams and fans that will be available through an online booking system. Teams MAY NOT book hotel rooms through any source other than the LCSA’s approved booking engine, as all team hotel bookings must go through the official booking system for the event. Hotel information will be posted by the end of January 2013 and an announcement will be made to all teams when the system is available.
Fort Myers, FL, is an ideal location for an event such as the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, and is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches, fishing, golfing and shopping. It is also the site of the Edison and Ford winter Estates, and the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox. Primary attractions include the pristine, world class beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, including the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. April is a particularly nice month in Fort Myers, with an average high temperature of 84 degrees and a low of 64. Precipitation averages around 2 inches of rain, making April one of the driest months of the year, well below the 10 inch averages of June, July and August. Fort Myers is easily accessible along Interstate 75, and is served by Southwest Florida Regional Airport (RSW) located just southeast of the city.
The Fort Myers Skatium is a facility used by the SECRHL for regular season games. It is a two rink mulit-purpose facility owned by the City of Fort Myers. The Skatium features one ice rink and one rink with SnapSports tiles year round, with the second rink being used for roller hockey, soccer, basketball, and other court-sports. The facility also features a snack bar and hockey pro shop.
The 2012 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Utah Olympic Oval. In Division I, Bethel University (TN) claimed its first Division I title in a thrilling 4-3 victory over the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Central Michigan University claimed its first ever Division II championship by defeating the University of Pittsburgh by a score of 8-0. In the Junior College Division, St. Charles Community College (MO) claimed the title by defeating Saddleback College (CA) by a score of 3-2. Finally, in a rematch of opponents from the 2011 B Division Championship Game, Lindenwood University’s B team repeated by defeating West Chester University’s B team 7-1. You can view all of the results from the 2012 Collegiate Roller Hockey National Championships, as well as those from 2004-2011 at www.NCRHA.org.
This will be the 15th consecutive year that college roller hockey will crown national champions, going back to 1999. It is first time that the event has been held in the state of Florida since 2000 when it was held in Ellenton at the JP Igloo.
The NCRHA is the recognized national governing body of collegiate level roller hockey in the United States. Organized into seven regions, over 190 teams represent 140 colleges and universities at the club sports level. The NCRHA is sanctioned by USA Roller Sports, the National Governing Body for Roller Hockey in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.
The NCRHA would like to thank the following partners and sponsors for their continued support of this event and the growth of collegiate level roller hockey: Mission Hockey, Revision Hockey, Ace Jerseys, Inline Warehouse, Rocket Puck, Fort Myers Skatium, Lee County Sports Authority, and USA Roller Sports.
For more information, stay tuned to www.NCRHA.org throughout the season.