guys: need some help here.
We are re-starting up our wheelchair division of inline hockey play at the Xtreet Sports Center here locally. We played this sport three summers ago when I was in charge of the local parks dept facility. We are now part of my local private rink program. We are looking for other wheelchair hockey programs to participate in a national event.
Does anybody know of any?
There are specific requirements for this endeavor. We play 3v3, small goals (2 ft. diameter, round), no goalies, on a 75' by 70' rink (or cross-rink, with side-line barriers on a big floor). We use manual chairs only , no electric chairs. We do wear full equipment: helmets, gloves, leg guards, elbow pads, and skates (at least boots sans chassis/wheels). We play with a puck, and our game does not have any modifications from USAHIL rule book.
It is our intent to have our game sanctioned by USAHIL, and have it become the roller version of hockey all the way into the Para-Olympics. As most of you probably know, sled hockey is already there as the ice version of the game. We contend (self-servingly) that wheelchair roller is a much better version of the game. In fact, in contrast to the highly adapted sled play, wheelchair is exactly the same game as "regular," able-bodied roller hockey. We feel that is an important factor.
We would be happy to challenge any/all sled programs to get into their chairs and play with us at the InLine Cup this October (Las Vegas again?), and would welcome any new, start-up programs like ours to join in.
We are aware of the Power Chair programs in Canada and the U.S. Midwest. These programs do not meet the USAHIL requirements for rules/equipment at present, although we recognize their tremendous worth as programs unto themselves.
Please let any programs you might know of that we are looking for them. You guys that work at rinks might also think of starting a program yourselves, eh? Let's develop our great sport to this segment of the disabled athletic population and let "More Hockey for Everybody" be our credo.
Thanks! for any help you can give us.