Re: Help out a newbie re: joining an indoor league
I'm sure you'll get a lot of great advice soon, but since no one has yet answered, let me just tell you that you should go to the rink, skate with the equipment (skates, wheels) you already have, and see how it goes. What do you have to lose? If you slip all over the place, you'll find out that someone oiled your wheels before you got on the court (just kidding), or that you've got the wrong kind of wheels for the surface.
My guess is that if you slide all over the place, your wheels are too hard. Softer wheels give more grip on the plastic surfaces used for inline hockey. (I can't say the name of the company you mentioned -- they once had a lawyer send a threatening letter to IHC because facilities listed in our former Links section mentioned that they used "that surface" in their rinks. You'd think that would be a GOOD thing!)
Anyway, I don't expect it will take you very long to get used to the surface unless your wheels are extremely hard, or as slick as a greased pig.
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