*Note - I have no financial or any other interest in any of these events, just trying to get the word out to people who may want to try something different*
Hey guys -
Just got back in from a dek/ball hockey tournament in Vegas - what a blast! I just wanted to make a post to try and get the word out to get more crossover players involved with dek/ball hockey tournaments.
I'm sure a lot of you think it's a "goon sport", or that it doesn't take any talent, or that it's below you. Believe me, I understand. But if you haven't participated in a major tournament, you're missing out on a great time and good competition.
The play is very physical, but the referees draw a hard line in the sand so you know clearly just how far you can go.
You can't dangle d-men like you can on skates, therefore, crisp & accurate passing is the only way to win. This is helpful for any kind of hockey - roller or ice.
Above all, there's no garbage going on at dek/ball tournaments. You don't need to worry about AAU/USAHIL/RHA insurance conflicts. The big tournament organizers list and support each other's events. You'll make some great friends and play some quality hockey. And I'm sure you'll recognize a lot of your former teammates and opponents who play dek/ball in addition to inline and/or ice.
Even if you're an individual player, or don't have quite enough for a full team, let me know and I'll try my best to help you out.
North American Championship (Feasterville, PA) - March 27-29
*This one has over 50 teams of all skill levels, great prizes and the best teams in the country
Street Hockey USA National Championship (Pittsburgh, PA) - April 24-26
*An extremely well-organized event that has 13 years of history. Very fairly priced also.
Beach Bash 2009 (Ocean City, MD) - August 15/16 (higher divisions), August 22/23 (lower divisions, women's, coed)
*Definitely the most fun, laid-back tournament out there. Rink is a short drive from any hotel/resort