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08-04-2011, 01:40 PM
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Too old to start roller hockey?

My friends and I have been playing recreational floor hockey at a local park over the past year and we've been expressing interest to play roller hockey since there are local roller hockey leagues in the area.

I'm 22 this year and have not been on blades since I was in my early teens. I wasn't really good at blading back then so I figure I'd need a lot of practice to even consider roller hockey.

Is it too late to try and learn how to blade and play roller hockey? What do you guys think?

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08-04-2011, 03:31 PM
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Never too late, skate often though.

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Are you ever too old to learn how to ride a bike?

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Go for it. I used to love playing roller hockey but then I made the switch to ice and can never go back! Most rec leagues are filled with beginner players anyways, you shouldn't feel nervous about it.

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I started when I was 17. I am 21 now. The change from when I started to now is remarkable. Granted I am still not as good as some of my friends who have been playing since they were kids, but I was atrocious when I first started. Couldn't skate, stickhandle, shoot, pass...absolutely nothing. Now I keep up just fine, set up plays, dangle when I can, and score. When I started I would skate for 5 days a week just to improve. it took a while but if you keep at it, you can only get better.

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As long as youre still breathing youre not too old. I never even laced up a pair of ice skates until I was 29 years old but Ive worked really hard at getting better and now only 2 years later people think that Ive been playing hockey all my life.

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As long as youre still breathing youre not too old. I never even laced up a pair of ice skates until I was 29 years old but Ive worked really hard at getting better and now only 2 years later people think that Ive been playing hockey all my life.
Heh, same here. Started at 29, could just skate forward and turn. No stops, no crossovers, nothing. Just got dedicated about playing ice & roller, took power skating at the rink.

This summer, the team captain made me an asst. A couple months later he asked when/where I played minor/junior. That made me smile.

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22 is just a little baby! Too Old? Sheesh! I WISH I'd started at 22! You have so much time left to get awesome.

Just do it. Have fun.

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You'll be amazed how much you improve in the first year. That's when it's really motivating because you progress so fast its practically noticeable from game to game. The hard part is when you kinda plateau and you have to really work to see major improvement.

GO PLAY! NOW!

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Heh, same here. Started at 29, could just skate forward and turn. No stops, no crossovers, nothing. Just got dedicated about playing ice & roller, took power skating at the rink.

This summer, the team captain made me an asst. A couple months later he asked when/where I played minor/junior. That made me smile.
Youre one up on me because I could barely even stand in skates held onto the boards for dear life so that I wouldnt fall down.
Now, just 2 years later and after many open skate sessions and some lessons Im a pretty decent skater and people at open skate are always telling me what a good skater I am.
Its amazing how quickly one can improve when they devote themself to it.

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Roller is great! Just practice and have fun and you will lvoe it!

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Can never be too old for hockey, my 70yr old grandpa still wants to play.

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As others have said, never too late

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You will be ASTOUNDED at how much you improve after one year. The first few weeks will be rough getting your body in shape and learning to control yourself but after that you can start to enjoy the game. I'm at the point now where I can see myself improve literally game to game.

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I started playing hockey on ice when I was 25. I'm 30 now, and am so happy with the progress I've made. Never too old to start.

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I'm going to start ice hockey next month, and i'm 22.

I also roller skate (got a pair of inline hockey skates) and i think learning rollerskating is a lot easier than on ice..

I've skated all the winter and seen huge improvements in my skating, can't wait to start LTP!

So i'd say go for it now! I loved to have a roller league here also but no way

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I started roller at around 28. Started ice at 29. Now, at 33, I'm arguably the best forward on my two ice teams (in an admittedly low league).

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Naw, Go for it man, you'll be glad you did!

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I'm just about to get started on my skating lessons, and I'm 23.

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Nope and TBH, there are a lot of people in the same boat as you.

In ice hockey at least, it's quite an expensive sport that for kids who didn't have the privilege of being entered into minor hockey by their parents, only start hockey either in their early 20's or late 20's when they're in the capacity to sustain the costs themselves.

There's a lot of people in your boat so don't feel like you're anywhere close to being too old.



Of course, you won't be as good as the others right of the bat but in Vancouver, we do have some beginner friendly leagues (and pickup groups) that cater to your kind of niche, so I hope you find the same social resources local to you.

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I feel like in roller there are a ton of people who are just starting at a later age, even more so than ice. It's really not that uncommon and you should go for it. Who knows, you could end up playing for 10+ years if you like it that much.

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I got into it and played for a few seasons when I was 21. You'll improve a lot in the first year or so.

Life got busy recently so I haven't been able to join any leagues. I hope to get back into it someday soon.

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"too old" and "22" should not even be in the same sentance. get your gear and go have some fun.

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