August 30th, 2006 - The Middle Tennessee State University Inline Hockey Club announced today that tryouts for the 2006-07 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) season will take place the weekend of September 9th-10th at Veteran’s Memorial Park in LaVergne, TN.
The tryouts will consist of two on-rink sessions over the two-day period and a $10 tryout fee will be charged. After the tryout process is complete, a travel team roster of 16 skaters and a minimum of two goaltenders will be selected to compete in the Great Plains Collegiate Inline Hockey League (GPCIHL) representing the University in intercollegiate competition through the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA).
“We are truly looking forward to starting the season,” said MTSU head coach Seth Lake. “We have spent a great amount of time and energy this summer to put the program in a position to compete at both a regional and national level and we look forward to starting the season with open tryouts.”
On Saturday, September 9th, tryouts will open with a 90-minute skills session beginning at 4 PM. Sunday’s session will begin at 5 PM and will have players divided up into two or three teams (depending on turnout) to take part in a 90-minute scrimmage. The coaching staff will notify players on Tuesday, September 12th of the results of tryouts.
The MTSU Inline Hockey Club is open to all current MTSU undergraduate and graduate students, however due to NCRHA regulations regarding eligibility only those members whom are presently taking a minimum of nine (9) credit hours as an undergraduate student or those students are currently enrolled in a graduate program and pursuing a degree are eligible to compete with the travel team.
Students wishing to participate in Club tryouts and other Club events must provide all of their own playing equipment. Mandatory playing equipment includes roller/inline hockey skates (no more than four wheels per skate, all axle openings must contain axle and wheel), shin guards, elbow pads, hockey gloves, and a HECC certified helmet with full-facial protection. Additional equipment that is recommended, but not mandatory includes a protective cup or pelvic protector, a protective girdle or hockey pants, wrist slash guards, and a mouth guard.
Due to NCRHA regulations players are prohibited from wearing shoulder pads unless they can provide a note of medical necessity from a licensed medical provider. Protective shirts with foam padded sewn into the chest are allowed and encouraged although not mandatory. Tryout participants are also asked to bring a dark colored and white jersey, a water bottle, and any food or nutritional supplements for consumption during breaks.
“I encourage everyone who is interested in the sport of inline hockey to sign up,” said Lake. “We cater to all levels of play and are working on putting together a development program to help grow our student-athletes both on and off the rink. Collegiate inline hockey provides student-athletes with a great outlet for their competitive desires, while also allowing them to meet new friends from all over the country, and gain valuable life experiences.”
Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive in LaVergne off of Murfreesboro Road (Highway 41/70 North). Transportation to and from tryouts will not be provided by the Club, however if you need assistance finding transportation or need directions, please e-mail Coach Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MTSU Inline Hockey Club is officially recognized by the University as a Club Sport and is governed as such under the Sports Club department.
The MTSU Inline Hockey Club is proud to be celebrating their 10th year as a recognized club sport at the University and will be hosting events throughout the Middle Tennessee area over the course of the year to celebrate the sport of inline hockey and assist in the promotion of the sport at both the collegiate and grassroots levels by working with local youth hockey leagues. Please visit http://www.blueraidershockey.com throughout the year for more updates on activities and opportunities.