Frequently Asked QuestionsUpdated Sunday January 27, 2019 by WCIHL.
Below is a list of FAQ's: Scroll down the page to view the responses.
Q: What is inline hockey?
A: Inline hockey is a fast-paced, competitive sport involving two teams fielding up to five players--two defensive players, two offensive players and one goalie--on the rink at a time. Using long curved sticks, the well-padded players try to seize or maintain control of a hard plastic disc, or puck, and hit it into the opposing team's net, which is guarded by a goalie. It's one of the fastest sports in the world.
Q: How is it different from ice hockey?
A: We play in an outdoor rink with 4-on-4 instead of 5-on-5. There is no offsides or icing rules which make it more open and faster style of play. There is no body checking or fighting allowed and the game is generally far less rough than ice hockey. We play on a surface of painted asphalt instead of ice, with a hard plastic puck instead of a rubber puck.
Q: What are some benefits to playing inline hockey?
A: Inline hockey has enormous appeal for children and adolescents. Hockey enables children to skate fast but challenges them to stay in control. The sport also provides a constructive means of channeling their energy. Like other sports, children learn about teamwork and get many opportunities to succeed. Because only a handful of players are on the rink at any given time, each skater must play a very active and important role.
Inline Hockey also offers many health benefits. Drills, scrimmages and games provide aerobic as well as anaerobic training. Playing ice hockey also tones and strengthens every major muscle group. As a recreational sport, inline hockey is something children can carry into their adult lives.
One of the least thought about benefits of playing inline hockey is that anyone can play. Most kids begin youth sports, be it baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis or youth football in grade school. By the time they reach middle school or high school the better players continue on and other kids drop out. Why? Because the better players play the most. Hockey is different because regardless of the age, we have a team for you even when you are an adult.
Q: How old must a child be to start inline hockey?
A: Many children start at age 4 or 5 but don't let that stop you if your children are a bit older. Children may start at any age right up to High School. Coaches for very young children may ask the parent to step out on the rink during practice to help the child in some instances.
Q: What are the different age levels?
PEEWEE – 5 years old or younger or beginner skill level on January 1 of the current year
SQUIRT - 9 years old or younger on January 1 of the current year
BANTAM – 14 years old and under on January 1 of the current year
HIGH SCHOOL - 17 years old and under on January 1 of the current year
ADULT – 18 years old and over on January 1 of the current year
Q: Do Boys and Girls play on the same team?
A: Yes, Boys and Girls play on the same teams from squirt age all the way through to Adults.
Q: Will hockey take up a lot of our time?
A: Practices are once per week, usually on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch their children. Games are played usually on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday nights. People associated with youth hockey have found that the time involved whether it is in the car traveling, or the time spent in the sport itself encourages families to spend quality time together. Friendships are abundantly made by both child and parents. These friendships and memories last a lifetime.
Q: Is inline hockey safe?
A: Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth inline hockey is a different game than what you see on TV in the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey and the WCIHL place a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Body checking and fighting is not allowed in the WCIHL.
Q: How much does inline hockey cost?
A: Probably not as much as you might think. Although it can be expensive in northern parts of the US, hockey is relatively inexpensive in our surrounding area. Some equipment can even be rented for a nominal fee on a first come first serve basis. As skaters progress there are options for purchasing good used equipment and much of it may be used for several years. When time spent playing hockey is factored in, the sport is very competitive on a cost per hour basis.
Registration Pricing for the 2019 Spring season is:
Early Registration ($80) January 3 - February 1
Regular Registration ($100) February 2- February 8
Late Registration ($120) February 9-15
$10 discount per child. Registration will close on February 15th.
Q: Is there a lot of traveling?
A: No. Our rink is located in Basil Griffin Park at 2055 Three Springs Road so depending on how far away you live will dictate how much traveling time you will incur. There are no out of town games or away tournaments in our league at this time.
Q: What equipment do we need to get started?
A: Click HERE to view a full list of required equipment. First year skaters can rent equipment for for $30 on a first come first serve basis. All skaters need to provide their own skates and stick. Beginning parents need patience and a camera.
Q: Where do kids put their gear on?
A: When children are younger it is sometimes easier to get their gear on at home, bringing them to the rink dressed. As they get older most kids like to get dressed on their own at the rink. We do not have locker rooms to get dressed in. Picnic tables are provided outside of the rink for kids to sit at to tie their skates and put their protective equipment on.
Q: How long is the season?
A: We offer two seasons. One is in the spring, starting around the first week in March and ending around the last week in May. The Fall season starts around the first week of September and ends around the last week of November.
Q: How many games do we play?
A: The amount of games played each season is around 10-12 games and is determined by the age classification, game scheduler, coaches, parents and ultimately the weather.
Q: Do I have to volunteer?
A: Voluneering is not required, but always greatly apprecaited! As an inline hockey parent you are expected to help your child out by getting them ready and and making sure all the their equipment is on and they are ready to go at least 10 minutes before game time. Other than that, we have no volunteer requirements at this time. The WCIHL is a non-profit volunteer based organization. If you enjoy the sport of hockey and are interested in volunteering to help on the board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
Q: Will I have to participate in a fundraiser?
A: We do not have any fundraising requirements at this time. However, if you are a business owner or would like to donate directly to our league, please click here for more info.
Q: How do I sign my child up for hockey?
A: Registration is online only. Click on the red registration at the top of the home page to begin the registration process. If you need more info email email@example.com or call 270-883-0177 to leave a voicemail and someone will return your call.
Q: How do I rent a billboard sign in the rink?
A: To purchase a billboard sign at the rink, please click here to make your purchase. Your business will gain a unique advertising opportunity along Three Springs Road if you support one of our upper-level packages. KYTC.gov estimates an annual average daily traffic volume of 9,560 cars driving past our rink each day that your brand will have exposure too. That's a better deal than a billboard on Scottsville Road! Plus, you'll get added benefit of knowing that you're supporting local youth sports in Warren County.