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blackcell 04-22-2012 12:59 AM

Club Hockey
 
I'm in college and we've got a club ice hockey team. I know I could contact the team about this info, but I just wanted to ask the community too. Do club teams have you buy new equipment (correct colored gloves, helmet, etc) to play? I understand with pants, you can just wear a shell, and everything else would fit the uniform.

Thank you

ReverendAlBundy 04-22-2012 01:13 AM

I've looked a whole lot into club hockey (assuming you're talking about acha) and it really all depends on the division. Majority of div.1 teams supply gear for you, while a lot of div.2 teams have you just buy gear that will match. What school is it? I've looked it almost every school and may be able to tell you what they supply.

blackcell 04-22-2012 01:14 AM

I go to UF, and I think they're Div 3. Thank you for your help

ReverendAlBundy 04-22-2012 01:21 AM

Ah you got just about one of the only schools I've never bothered to look at. Living in Texas, I've never really looked into going to play somewhere else down south. But from what I know they probably supply shells and gloves. It doesn't say on their website, but looking at team pictures they were wearing gators pants which would have to be supplied, and they were wearing blue and orange gloves which arent really sold retail, so I assume they are supplied as well.

blackcell 04-22-2012 01:24 AM

Understandable, especially because UF isn't really known for it's hockey haha. I grew up playing roller hockey, so I figured I'd give ice hockey a shot here. Yeah I think you're right about the shells and gloves, and I'd probably have to purchase the royal-colored helmet. Thank you again!

ReverendAlBundy 04-22-2012 01:27 AM

Have you ever played ice before? Because club teams are usually surprisingly good.

blackcell 04-22-2012 01:34 AM

No I've never played ice before. I mean I've skated on ice, and I can perform as well on ice as I did in roller, but I've never played competitively on ice before. I didn't mean to make it sound like the team was poor or I was underestimating them; just that they won't be as competitive as, say, BC. I definitely have a lot of work to do, and I don't expect it to be a breeze by any means. This probably seems like a silly question, but under shells do players generally wear their hockey pants, or a girdle?

Fanned On It 04-22-2012 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by blackcell (Post 48563817)
No I've never played ice before. I mean I've skated on ice, and I can perform as well on ice as I did in roller, but I've never played competitively on ice before. I didn't mean to make it sound like the team was poor or I was underestimating them; just that they won't be as competitive as, say, BC. I definitely have a lot of work to do, and I don't expect it to be a breeze by any means. This probably seems like a silly question, but under shells do players generally wear their hockey pants, or a girdle?

Shells are usually made to go over a girdle... but they do have "pant-cover" variations of shells that I guess are more made for going over pants. Either can work for both situations, though.

ReverendAlBundy 04-22-2012 01:39 AM

Depends, really. Some people just wear the shells over pants, but typically people wear shells over a pair of breezers.

blackcell 04-22-2012 01:42 AM

Thank you. In roller we'd wear long pants over a girdle so I wasn't sure how it's done.

Harv 04-22-2012 11:34 AM

UCF and FGCU are national powerhouses in D3.

Don't know about UF but I assume they are good. I'd be wary of tryouts. Kids will try to catch you with your head down and send you into next week.

blackcell 04-22-2012 12:14 PM

There are no tryouts

ausername1 04-24-2012 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by blackcell (Post 48562941)
I'm in college and we've got a club ice hockey team. I know I could contact the team about this info, but I just wanted to ask the community too. Do club teams have you buy new equipment (correct colored gloves, helmet, etc) to play? I understand with pants, you can just wear a shell, and everything else would fit the uniform.

Thank you

I play in the sechl too! (UT- but don't look us up, it's embarrassing...) If I recall correctly, you guys did have stuff that I think your team/coach/whatever would have to order themselves because it was all UF colors, even the pants. However, you might be paying for it anyway if you pay club dues like most clubs have to- it could be included in there depending on your fan base. We have virtually no fans so we have to pay for everything ourselves. If you guys have a lot of fans to sell jerseys, tickets, etc. to then you might not have to pay much at all.
I hope you have fun playing club, it's a little 'different' but still loads of fun!

ausername1 04-24-2012 02:34 PM

sorry, meant sechc

Doctor No 04-24-2012 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by blackcell (Post 48578967)
There are no tryouts

No tryouts? How do you make the team, then?

My last year at Colorado, we had over 250 people try out.

blackcell 04-24-2012 10:17 PM

ausername1- I'm glad somebody on here is in the league too! I didn't think Tennessee was bad at all. I watched a video of you guys against Alabama. Do you guys order everything through the team, or only certain things like socks/gloves/etc, while the helmets are purchased on your own? I hope you're enjoying it too! Is this your first year on the team?

Taco- alright maybe I misspoke a bit by saying there weren't try outs. The team can only suit 20 kids, so they have to find a way to pick the best. But every body can come out, and it doesn't seem like a serious event. Maybe I'm misjudging

Doctor No 04-24-2012 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by blackcell (Post 48774145)
Taco- alright maybe I misspoke a bit by saying there weren't try outs. The team can only suit 20 kids, so they have to find a way to pick the best. But every body can come out, and it doesn't seem like a serious event. Maybe I'm misjudging

Sounds like open tryouts. I'd recommend taking it seriously (if it's anything like the open tryouts at CU).

I don't know how many people will be at the tryouts, but if they compete against schools like Florida Gulf Coast, at least 20 of them are going to be really good.

blackcell 04-24-2012 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Taco MacArthur (Post 48774999)
Sounds like open tryouts. I'd recommend taking it seriously (if it's anything like the open tryouts at CU).

I don't know how many people will be at the tryouts, but if they compete against schools like Florida Gulf Coast, at least 20 of them are going to be really good.

Yeah my bar for serious hockey is a little skewed though. When I think of serious college hockey, I think of northeastern/midwestern schools. I'm not saying it's an easy-in, but just relative to top-notch schools. I'm going to be practicing all summer, every day to prepare.

wahsnairb 04-25-2012 12:33 AM

club hockey at my school (OSU) is crazy good.. i played high school at a decent level and wouldn't be able to make our club team.. the guys get most of their stuff given to them here so they don't have to worry about being matchy matchy.. it is done for them.

ATLhockey437 04-25-2012 02:04 AM

Play on UGA's (Georgia) club team. Most of the teams in the south are D3. Alot of solid schools from FLA. Gulf Coast won D2 on their home ice which is awesome. Aside from these powerhouses, most teams let you join as long as you know how to sign a check for team dues. Just depends on the coach in terms of playing time/skill level ratio.

However, since it's the south, it's not the best hockey in the world. But if you have played travel before you should be fine. Most of the teams down here consist of 5% studs who could of or played jrs, 75% kids who played travel, 10% kids who prolly started playing in HS, 10% complete benders who rarely play.

Get to as many drop ins/stick&pucks as you can this summer. Even though it is stick time, practice keeping your head up as much as possible. Come next season, there will be a few dbags who only go for big hits on kids they know they can easily crush to get a momentum builder. So don't be an easy target...work on positioning and anticipating the play and that should save you from getting lit up. Trust me, the flow and speed of this level isn't as fast as you'd think.

I got to play at the ACHA D3 select tournament this past March on the SEC conference team. Made friends with the guys from UF, shoot me a pm and I'll try to help you out if your interested....

shoeshine boy 04-25-2012 09:27 AM

yeah, glad some players chimed in. you say that you've only played roller hockey. you do realize that college club hockey is full check, right? I've seen a few games between UGA and GaTech get so nasty the cops had to be called. my understanding of club hockey is that technically everyone is on the team that wants to be but unless you're really good you probably won't be suiting up for games.

blackcell 04-25-2012 10:11 AM

Yeah over the summer, I've already found a rink that does stick and puck for an hour every day. I'll be attending. The roller rink where I live is also available to use 24/7, so I'll be practicing keeping my head up there, though it is a little different compared to ice.

I do know it's a checking league. I've watched plenty of videos of the team, usually against Georgia. In making the switch from roller to ice, I'm buying shoulder pads.

ausername1 04-26-2012 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by blackcell (Post 48774145)
ausername1- I'm glad somebody on here is in the league too! I didn't think Tennessee was bad at all. I watched a video of you guys against Alabama. Do you guys order everything through the team, or only certain things like socks/gloves/etc, while the helmets are purchased on your own? I hope you're enjoying it too! Is this your first year on the team?

Taco- alright maybe I misspoke a bit by saying there weren't try outs. The team can only suit 20 kids, so they have to find a way to pick the best. But every body can come out, and it doesn't seem like a serious event. Maybe I'm misjudging

We weren't that bad a while ago but this past season wasn't all that great...
we got socks through the team; the pants, helmets, and gloves are all black so we buy them ourselves. If some can afford it they buy custom black and orange gloves and we all buy some UT stickers from the bookstore and slap them on the helmet- like I said, we're pretty poor. :laugh:
It was my first year playing this season (and playing ice hockey ever!) so I'm definitely the bender the guy from UGA was talking about, lol, but it's still really fun!!
Most people I meet really do love the sport so they don't mind helping out a bender like me, i'm sure the guys on your team will be eager to help you transition from roller to ice!:D

ConoR187 04-26-2012 06:14 PM

anyone have any info on purdue club hockey? looking to play next year

blackcell 04-26-2012 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by ausername1 (Post 48871227)
We weren't that bad a while ago but this past season wasn't all that great...
we got socks through the team; the pants, helmets, and gloves are all black so we buy them ourselves. If some can afford it they buy custom black and orange gloves and we all buy some UT stickers from the bookstore and slap them on the helmet- like I said, we're pretty poor. :laugh:
It was my first year playing this season (and playing ice hockey ever!) so I'm definitely the bender the guy from UGA was talking about, lol, but it's still really fun!!
Most people I meet really do love the sport so they don't mind helping out a bender like me, i'm sure the guys on your team will be eager to help you transition from roller to ice!:D

Was this your first year ever playing hockey in any format? I know you mentioned first for ice, but maybe you played roller. If it was your first year of hockey, I think it's really awesome that you decided to pick it up while you're in college. I know I'm going to need some help from the guys on my team, and I'm really glad to hear your teammates were so helpful. If you and I are willing to make the effort, why wouldn't they help! haha


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