WHAT IS INLINE HOCKEY?
Inline or roller hockey is a game similar to ice hockey with the major difference being it is played on a smooth surface with roller blade skates. The team on the surface is comprised of 4 skaters and a goalie. The team scores a point by shooting a plastic puck into their opponents net.
WHO PLAYS INLINE HOCKEY?
We have teams for girls and boys. There are some all girl teams entered as well as mixed teams. Anyone aged 6 years to 50+play the game. We have skill levels from recreational to elite so beginners as well as experienced players all have a place to play. NHL players such as Jason Chimera, Brian Sutherby, Mike Comrie and Alex Hemsky have all enjoyed and benefited from the game of inline hockey.
HOW LONG IS THE INLINE SEASON?
Our season runs from April to the end of June. Games begin with the Martin Yonge Ice Breaker tournament the middle of April. League game start the following week. Teams typically play 2 games per week. Each team is assigned a home arena and each week they play one home game and one away game. Several times during the league play the teams will be retiered to allow for appropariate levels of competition. Playoffs begin the middle of June and all play is concluded before the end of June - in time for summer holidays.
HOW DO I GET ON A TEAM?
Registrations are accepted from individuals, groups of friends or complete teams. If a person registers on their own, they are placed on a team of players from their area of the city. Players from Edmonton as well as surrounding communities are invited to register. Games are played in Edmonton (Soccer Centres and local arenas) as well as facilities in Spruce Grove, Beaumont and Wetaskiwin.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO PLAY?
Getting started is easy. If you play hockey you already have all the equipment needed. If you do not already play you will have to borrow or buy the basics as listed below. We provide the jersey and puck that you need to play with. Equipment: WHAT YOU NEED: Inline Skates/ Elbow Pads/ Helmet and Face Shield/ Hockey Gloves/ Hockey or Inline Pants/ Hockey Stick/
WHEN DID EDMONTON INLINE START?
The league started in 1996 as Edmonton Minor roller Hockey League. In October of 2000 we became incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name Edmonton Inline Hockey League. The purpose of the establishment of this organization was to develop inline hockey as a recreational sport for children and young adults.The league has operated under the direction of volunteers from 1996 to the present time.
WHAT IF I WANT TO PLAY GOAL BUT DO NOT HAVE THE EQUIPMENT?
Edmonton Inline has goalie equipment (pads, chest protector, blocker and catcher) which we lend out for the season. There is a $100.00 cash deposit which will be returned when the equipment is returned at the end of the season.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT REGISTERING A FULL TEAM TO PLAY?
When a player registers online they enter the team they wish to play on. The team is built as players register. To ensure that no one is missed / or mistakenly added to your roster, you can also e-mail a list of your players. A team form is provided on the FORMS link at the top of the page. Complete this and submit. This ensures that all your team members are placed on the right team.
WHAT HAPPENS IF TEAMS PROVIDE THEIR OWN JERSEYS?
The cost of jerseys is built into our registration fees. If the team wishes to design and order their own jerseys, the league will refund $200.00 to the team. The coach can receive this up at the Coaches Meeting. This does not apply to 17 Under, Junior or Adult Age Divisions. Jerseys are not included with the team registration for these age groups. Teams are expected to supply their own jerseys.
Can equipment be rented?
Edmonton Inline does have some small sized skates (sizes Youth 10 to size 4) which can be leased for the inline season. Arrangements are made with the registrar and a deposit of $150.00 must be paid. At the end of the season, $100.00 is given back for the return of the skates in good condition.
There has been talk of making the age older for players being allowed to wear visors. For the upcoming 2018 season, are first year junior players (18yrs old) allowed to wear a visor? (Of course along with a mouthguard)
Players who are under 19 years of age on January 1, 2018 are required to wear a full cage for games and practices. Players who are 19 years of age or over must wear a half shield or can chose to wear a full cage.
When does registration open up for the 2018 spring season?
We will start registering for the 2018 season on December 15, 2017. Early Bird prices will be in effect until February 1, 2018. After February 1 the fees will increase. Registration continues until teams are full or the end of the first round of play. All registrations will be done online through the website.
Is there any kind of lessons for my son who is 8 to learn how to skate properly on inline skates?
We do not have a program to teach skating skills alone. Time during the practices at the beginning of the season is dedicated to learning skating skills as well as puck handling skills.
What if your 17 and don't have a team to join
We allow individuals as well as teams to register. There are usually some teams looking for players and we try to place everyone who registers.
We have 2 boys. Nov 2004 & March 2003. We'd like them to be on the same team. Is this possible?
We try to keep siblings and friends together on the same team if they request this. If players fall into different age categories, we do not allow players to play down an age group but we do allow younger players to move up a division to play with their friend or sibling.
My daughter was invited to play U14 with a group that plans to enter as a team. We were told that she would play Tuesdays and Thursdays. Is this information likely to be correct or is it like regular ice hockey with the games and practices all over the place? Please advise. Thanks.
The play dates for the age groups 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U are set. The older age groups may end up playing any day of the week. The only time this changes is if a team is too skilled and has to move up to an older age group to get competition (i.e. 8U moves up to 10U). Sometimes a team must move down to a younger age division to get competitive games.