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Hockey and Other Roller Games Discussions about hockey played on inline skates, quad roller skates, and ice skates. Also includes discussions about other games played on skates such as roller basketball and rollersoccer.

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Old March 4th, 2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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Default 2007 U.S. Hardball Hockey World Team

The United States selected their 2007 World Hardball Roller Hockey Team the weekend of February 9-11 at a training camp in Salt Lake City. This team will represent the United States at the June 2007 Hardball Hockey World Championships in Montrieux, Switzerland. Congratulations Team USA!

PLAYERS
- Josh Englund
- Shane Enlow
- Matt Price
- Jeremy Allen
- Adam Englund
- Shawn Schmelcher
- Nic Robinson
- Dylan Sordahl

GOALIES:
- Toby Tagliapietra
- Austin Morhaus

ALTERNATES:
- Michael Trussell
- Sach Zipper
- Jon Trussell
- Allen Davis
- Chris Gibson

Have the world teams from any of the other countries been selected yet?

- Kathie

Note: Outside the United States hardball hockey is often called rink hockey, traditional roller hockey, or ball and cane hockey. It is played on quad roller skates using a ball instead of a puck. It is quite a different game then inline hockey. The players wear very little body protection and there is more fancy footwork and tricky maneuvering then you will see at an inline hockey game.

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Old March 5th, 2007, 12:42 PM   #2
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"It is played on quad roller skates..."

Just in case anybody gets the idea that quads are compulsory, they are not.

"The players wear very little body protection..."

becaue rule sdo not allow

(a) checking

(b) the ball or stick to go above head height

"...there is more fancy footwork and tricky maneuvering..."

so that inlines puts you at a disadvantage.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:56 PM   #3
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Just in case anybody gets the idea that quads are compulsory, they are not.
Really! But I assume at a hardball hockey competition one could not wear inline skates. Or am I wrong about that?

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Old March 6th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #4
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Inlines are not banned.

The rules effecting skates used to say that skates had to have 4 wheels, one in each corner (i.e. quads), but that has been replaced with words to the effect that skates must be safe, in good condition, and no heel brake. And that is about it.

My personal viewpoint as to why quads are used rather than inlines is partly historical, but also because the shape of the stick, and the use of a ball allow control much closer to the body than inline/ice skating sticks. And with no checking allowed, keeping the ball close to the body, and twisting and turning make quads a better choice.

Having said that, I know one team that has 3 inline skaters. They make use of the speed that inline skaters can achieve, leaving quad skaters in their wake.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #5
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I know one team that has 3 inline skaters. They make use of the speed that inline skaters can achieve, leaving quad skaters in their wake.
Which team is that, and do their skaters wear inline skates at FIRS sanctioned hardball hockey competitions? I have never seen hardball hockey players wearing inline skates at FIRS competitions, either in the U.S. or internationally.

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Sorry -wrong side of the pond - English kids team.

One kid in the team is just brilliant though. He is a good on inlines as the others are on quads.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 09:03 AM   #7
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Inlines are not banned.

The rules effecting skates used to say that skates had to have 4 wheels, one in each corner (i.e. quads), but that has been replaced with words to the effect that skates must be safe, in good condition, and no heel brake. And that is about it.
Sorry to disapoint you, But at the international level, and I'am talking about World "A"s, European clubs cup, etc... we dont see inliners...
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Which team is that, and do their skaters wear inline skates at FIRS sanctioned hardball hockey competitions? I have never seen hardball hockey players wearing inline skates at FIRS competitions, either in the U.S. or internationally.

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Internationally, inliners were allowed for some years. Eg: canadian team taht won the Womens championships in 1992, or canadian team taht get promoted to World "A" 2001.

I dont think that the TRADITIONAL RINK-HOCKEY national teams are still using these kind of skates at an international level. In my country, inline skates are used for kids learning. Quad skates are used to higher level of knowledge. You see, to paly rink-hockey, you dont have ONLY to be fast. You have to have SKILS!

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Old May 16th, 2007, 09:14 AM   #9
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Default Team USA!

Talking about team USA, I saw them on a tour in Portugal, on easter eve! It was great to meet them, although results were not so great. Take a look at my website articles about it:

Article about the tour:
http://www.mundook.net/noticias/inte...acional129.htm

Interview to NT coach:
http://www.mundook.net/noticias/entr...ista08_ENG.htm
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