Following is the email I sent to Lou Marciani:
Howdy! from the Nations-Tobin Hockey League in El Paso, Texas. We are interested in information regarding the USARS regional, national, and international inline hockey competitions and programs for youth and adult players, both male and female.
With the opening of our new inline hockey facility in El Paso, Texas, we are also interested in information regarding our hosting events within the USARS program.
Our program is operated by the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of El Paso, Texas. Our local house program set is strictly recreation-level, inline hockey play. However, we also field competitive teams and players that have participated in other regional and national competitions.
We take particular interest in your internet site notation regarding USARS as the "National Governing Body of Roller Hockey." It is our understanding that, while "short stick," or "harball" roller hockey has indeed been part of the national and international scene for some time, this is certainly differentiated from the present-day form of inline hockey. By using the notation "of Roller Hockey," is USARS indicating that the Congress of the United States, the IOC, the FIRS, or the USOC has extended the title and responsibilities for our inline hockey sport to USARS?
We understand that USARS has presently operated the USA inline hockey representative team that has participated in the FIRS operated Pan American Games. We also understand that FIRS has been designated by the IOC as the host-operating organization to hold the World Games inline hockey competition. Is USARS, through FIRS, anticipating that this relationship with the IOC will continue to exist when and if the Olympics ever should host an inline hockey competition? Or has such a designation officially been made by the United States Olympic Committee? Or the U.S. Congress?
We hope you understand our defined interest here. We hope you understand that we are not inquiring as a member of the disinterested public, but rather as core group membership from a very specific sports interest. May we expect more than a simplistic, general-answer-for-the-unknowlegeable-public in this instance?
To be honest, to date, both USARS and AAU have only shown an interest in working with private rink operators, whose interest in the sport is soley to make money. The very fact that USARS is not running it's own operation, but has deliberately chosen to farm it out to AAU holds the competency level of such an operation as highly suspect. For the past 16 years, we have not seen any indication that USARS (or precedent USAC/RS) has made decisions that will further develop the sport. We hope that, perhaps, this new "partnership" as you have characterized it, between USARS and AAU will move the organization in a better direction to help develop the sport for all players, not just a select few.
You can see from the above that we have some concerns. Please give us any information you can to help us allay these concerns. We are very interested in setting up a dialogue and establishing a relationship that will benefit all the inline hockey community that we mutually serve.
Daniel T. (Dan) Guard,
Recreation Services Supervisor
El Paso Parks & Recreation Department
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