Rink Hockey For Dummies

By: Linda McNeel

One of the best kept secrets in the United States is one of the most well known sports in many other parts of the world. It is not a new game, its origins dating back to Persia 4,000 years ago. The U.S. has produced competitive teams in this traditional form of roller hockey since the 1800’s. There were even famous silent film stars, such as Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin, playing on teams in the early 1900’s. Over 60 Countries have Rink Hockey programs.

While the majority of our youth are getting involved in American football and baseball, popular only on our Continent, the majority of European, Latin American and South American youngsters are playing soccer and “Rink Hockey.” In recent years, with the advent of the modern inline roller skate, there has been a form of the game played on the streets, in parks, and arenas in various areas of the Country, but that is NOT the hockey of which I write.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

USA Rink Hockey | Mens Team USA and Sub-20 Team USA


USA Rink Hockey



2013 Mens Team USA and Sub-20 Team USA
By: Tom Hughes



On Friday afternoon, following the conclusion of the 2013 Rink Hockey National Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, two Men’s Rink Hockey Teams were chosen to represent the United States at two different World Championship Tournaments this year.

The Men’s Team will travel to Angola, Africa on Tuesday, September 17th to participate in the Men’s “A” world Rink Hockey Championships. The competition will take place in two of their major cities, so they can present rink hockey to as many people as possible. Team USA will compete against some of the best Teams in the World to try to capture a Gold Medal. This would be a first for the United States in an “A” Rink Hockey World Championships. We wish them the best in their quest for World Gold.

The Team members that qualified for Men’s Team USA are:
Josh Englund, Shane Enlow, Nic Robinson, Shawn Schmelcher, Dylan Sordahl, Lucas Thompson, Michael Trussell, Richard Trussell; Goalies : Bill Mihay, Troy Sato.

Alternate Goalie: Austin Morhaus; Floor alternates: Scott Ferguson, Holland Elkins. Coach: Jim Trussell, Assistant Coach and Manager: Pat Ferguson.


The Men’s Sub-20 Team will be traveling to Cartagena, Colombia on October 2nd for the Sub 20 Rink Hockey World Championships. They will be under the guidance of a new coach, Brian Moyer. Brian was a member of the U.S. Men’s Team for a number of years, so he has seen and participated in many Tournaments overseas. I think this will be quite helpful with this young Team. His experience and enthusiasm really came through during the tryouts. I wish them the best of luck in their quest for a Gold Medal for the United States.

The qualifying Team members for Sub-20 Team USA are:
Austin Baker, Justin Bradford, Ryan Carney, Alex Chavana, Thomas Dunning, Holland Elkins, Jonathan Glatt, Colby Moyer; Goalies: Ryan Nelson, Nicholas Stauffer, Coach: Brian Moyer, Manager: Scott Ferguson

Friday, July 19, 2013

2013 USA Rink Hockey National Championship Results and Placements.- July 18th 2013, Day 5



2013 RINK HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
By: Tom Hughes

We completed the competition for six of our seven divisions, crowned six new champions and are closing in on the last two division champions. The results and Placements from the 2013 Rink Hockey National Championships in the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico are as follows. Be sure to catch all of the action streaming live on www.skatersplace.com

Pee Wee Division Placements
  1. Alaska Sno-Devils
  2. Olympia Washington
  3. Lubbock, Texas


Midget Division Placements
  1. Lubbock, Texas
  2. Decatur, Texas
  3. Bremerton, Washington

Freshman Division Placements
  1. Alaska Sno-Devils
  2. Bremerton, Washington
  3. Decatur, Texas

Junior Division Scores
Lubbock, TX def Bremerton, WA, 2-1
Lubbock, TX def Decatur, TX, 7-1

Junior Division Placements
  1. Lubbock, Texas
  2. Decatur, Texas
  3. Bremerton, Washington

Ladies Division Scores
Salt Lake City, UT def Decatur, 2-1

Ladies Division Placements
  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Alaska Sno-Devils
  3. Decatur, Texas

Bronze Division Scores
Salem, Or def Merced, CA, 5-3
Columbia, MO def Decatur, 9-3
Decatur, TX def Merced, CA, 6-3
Columbia, MO def Salem, OR, 4-3

Bronze Division Placements
  1. Columbia, Missouri
  2. Salem, Oregon
  3. Decatur, Texas

Silver Division
Bremerton def Alaska, 5-0
San Angelo, TX def Lubbock, 4-1


World Class Division
Burlington, WA def Salem, OR, 6-5
Olympia, WA def Utica, NY, 10-5

Final Placements will be determined tomorrow for Silver Division and World Class Division.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

2013 USA Rink Hockey National Championship Results.- July 16th and July 17th 2013, Days 3 & 4




2013 RINK HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
By: Tom Hughes

After a complete computer meltdown on Monday, I am now able to bring you up to speed on Tuesday and Wednesday’s results from the 2013 Rink Hockey National Championships in the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Catch all of the action streaming live on www.skatersplace.com

Pee Wee Division
Alaska def Decatur, TX, 8-3
Olympia, WA def Lubbock, TX, 13-3
Lubbock def Decatur, 6-3
Alaska def Olympia, 9-7

Midget Division
Lubbock def Olympia, 7-1
Decatur def Bremerton, WA, 4-3
Bremerton def Olympia, 5-1
Lubbock def Decatur, 11-8

Freshman Division
Ft. Smith, AR def Decatur, 8-7
Alaska tied Bremerton, 4-4
Bremerton def Ft. Smith, 7-2
Alaska def Decatur, 5-3
Decatur def Ft. Smith, 5-2
Alaska def Bremerton, 6-5

Junior Division
Decatur def Lubbock, 3-1
Decatur def Bremerton, 4-3

Ladies Division
Salt Lake City, UT def Decatur, 2-0
Alaska def Salt Lake City, 2-1
Decatur def Alaska, 2-1

Bronze Division
Salem, OR def Merced, CA, 8-1
Columbia, MO def Decatur, 7-3

Silver Division
San Angelo, TX def Alaska, 6-1
Lubbock def Bremerton, 2-1


World Class Division
Utica, NY def Burlington, WA, 8-7
Bremerton tied Salem, 4-4
Olympia def Salem, 7-4
Burlington def Bremerton, 8-3

Final Standing and Placements will follow tomorrow for every Division except World Class, which will be completed on Friday.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2013 USA Rink Hockey National Championship Results.- July 15th, 2013, Day 2



2013 Rink Hockey National Championship Results 

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

2013 RINK HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
By: Tom Hughes
Exciting games continued through Monday, July 15th at the 2013 Rink Hockey National Championships in the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mondays Results are:
Pee Wee Division
Decatur, TX def Lubbock, TX, 4-2
Olympia, WA def Alaska, 14-6
Midget Division
Lubbock, TX def Decatur, TX, 10-7
Bremerton, WA def Olympia, WA, 5-0
Lubbock def Olympia, 8-1
Decatur def Bremerton, WA, 8-2
Freshman Division
Bremerton tied Decatur, 3-3
Alaska def Ft. Smith, AR, 6-2
Junior Division
Bremerton def Lubbock, 4-1
Ladies Division
Alaska def Decatur, 2-1
Bronze Division
Decatur def Merced, CA, 6-3
Salem, OR def Columbia, MO, 3-2
Silver Division
San Angelo, TX def Lubbock, 4-3
Bremerton def Alaska. 9-1
World Class Division
Burlington, WA def Olympia, 5-4
Catch all the live action at  www.skatersplace.com

Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 USA Rink Hockey National Championship Results.- July 14th, 2013, Day 1

2013 USA Rink Hockey National Championship Results

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

2013 RINK HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
By: Tom Hughes
July 14th, 2013
The 2013 Rink Hockey National Championships got underway on Sunday, July 14 in the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There were several exciting games in each of the eight competitive divisions along with a nice Opening Ceremony featuring the Albuquerque High School ROTC color guard presenting the colors. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the color guard. You guys and girls did a great job.
Sundays Results are:
Pee Wee Division
Alaska def Lubbock, TX, 7-5
 Olympia, WA def Decatur, TX, 7-4
Olympia def Lubbock, TX, 11-1

Midget Division
Lubbock def Bremerton, WA, 7-3
Decatur def Olympia, 8-2

Freshman Division
Decatur def Alaska, 5-3
Bremerton def Ft. Smith, AR, 8-3

Junior Division
Decatur def Bremerton, 4-3

Ladies Division
Salt Lake City, UT def Alaska, 5-2

Bronze Division
Colombia, MO def Merced, CA, 5-1
Salt Lake City def Decatur, 6-3

Silver Division
Bremerton def San Angelo, TX, 6-3
Lubbock tied Alaska. 3-3

World Class Division
Bremerton def Utica, NY, 5-3
More exciting games coming tomorrow. Catch all the action being streamed live at www.skatersplace.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

2013 USA RINK HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE




SATURDAY JULY 13TH

9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM:      Athletes & coaches registration at Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM

5:00 PM:         Referee's Clinic held by Mark Brailey at ABQ Convention Center

 5:30 PM:         Coaches Meeting at ABQ Convention Center

6:00 PM:          Open Meeting: Informal meeting regarding Rink Hockey at ABQ Convention Center

AMATEUR CARDS WILL BE ABLE TO BE PURCHASED AT THE ABQ CONVENTION CENTER DURING REGISTRATION!

DUE TO THE TIMING OF INSTALLING THE FLOOR AND WALLS, THERE WILL BE NO PRACTICE TIMES AVAILABLE BEFORE THE START OF THE TOURNAMENT!

Monday, June 10, 2013

ATTENTION USA RINK HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS

AMATEUR CARDS MUST BE PURCHASED PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL IN ALBUQUERQUE! THERE WILL BE NO ON SITE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE! IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN AMATEUR CARD APPLICATION ON FILE WITH THE USARS NATIONAL OFFICE, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

USA Rink Hockey Committeee Conference Call

Minutes From May 19, 2013 USA Rink Hockey Committee Conference Call.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bill Sisson Closes World Championships


Bill Sisson in Recife, Brazil
 USA Roller Sports Rink Hockey Chairman Bill Sisson announced the closing of the 11th Ladies World Rink Hockey Championhships in Recife, Brazil, November 17th. The 12th  Ladies World Championships will be held in Spain in 2014.

France Wins 2012 Ladies Rink Hockey World Championships


France Wins Ladies World Cup
 A talented and determined Ladies Team from France defeated the Spanish Ladies Team 3-2 in the final game of the 11th Ladies Rink Hockey World Championships in Recife, Brazil. Although they led 2-0 at one point, Spain battled back and tied the game but the French were able to score one more time for the victory. Congratulations Ladies!

The Final Placements for the 2012 Ladies Rink Hockey World Championships are: 1. France, 2. Spain,
3. Colombia, 4.Portugal, 5. Germany, 6. Chile, 7. Argentina, 8. Brazil, 9. Switzerland, 10. USA, 11. Japan, 12. Uruguay, 13. England, 14. India.

Ladies Team USA Plays India and Japan


Team USA Pressures India
 Although India was the last place Team at the Ladies Rink Hockey World Championships held in Recife, Brazil, they always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time. Our passing was off target most of the match and India took advantage of our problem by intercepting our poor passes and scoring at every opportunity. This kept the match rather close. What should have been an easy win for Team USA turned into a very close scoring contest. We finally got our act together at the very end of the game, holding them off and winning 7-6.


Team USA Defeats Japan
 Our last match of the 2012 Ladies Rink Hockey World Championships in Recife, Brazil was against a very quick, young Japanese Team. They scored on us less than one minute into the match, catching us off guard and making our Ladies step up and take charge. Japan could only score one more the first half, while we were able to add four for our side. We led at the half, 4-2. We played a more controlled offense and tighter defense the second half and defeated the Japanese Team 5-3.

Ladies Team USA Plays England and Uruguay


Ladies Team USA Plays England
 Ladies Team USA had two matches scheduled for Friday, November 16, the next to the last day of the 2012 Ladies Rink Hockey World Championships in Recife, Brazil. The first was against a very young, strong Team from England. They pressured us right from the start, but we responded by moving the ball around with some very good accurate passing. We got some open breaks on the English and led at the half 3-1. Pressure was their game plan, but we kept moving the ball around creating scoring opportunities and shutting down their ability to control the game and score. We were victorious by a 6-2 margin.
Our second match was against Uruguay. This was also a very young Team, but they lacked the experience to put pressure on us, and they could not get an offense going that could penetrate our defense. We controlled the match from the start, and won the match easily 3-0. Saturday we have a match against India and the last match against Japan.