Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
The Grand Strand Inline Hockey Association is hoping to expand its league in the fall, and the first step to attracting more players is a 3-on-3 tournament in a couple of weeks.
The league, for ages 5 and older, is similar to ice hockey but the four players on each team wear roller blades. Games are played in a rink that is the same size as in ice hockey, and most of the same rules apply.
League games are played on an outdoor rink at Market Common in Myrtle Beach.
The upcoming tournament, Aug. 17-18, will be played at The X Gym Sports Mall in Myrtle Beach. The X Gym is located behind the former Hard Rock Park, within site of the old Led Zeppelin roller coaster.
Scott Clough of Conway, a native of New Hampshire, is president of the association, which used to be called Myrtle Beach Xtreme. The league has been around for about 15 years, but participation in recent years has dropped off.
He’s trying to change that.
“I want to do everything in my power to share my knowledge and share my passion in the hopes that kids will share that,” he said.
There are currently about 80 adults and kids in the league. There are three divisions for kids: 5 to 8 years old, 9 to 13, and 14 to 17. The adult league starts at 18 years old. There is also a division for people over 40, and a coed division.
The fee for league play is $180 per person and players must supply their own equipment.
Clough said league officials are collecting used equipment for some players to use, and are accepting donations.
“It’s a very, very expensive sport,” Clough said.
Registration begins in early September, and tryouts will be at the end of the month. The season is October through March.
The upcoming 3-on-3 tournament is for kids 5-17 and costs $25 per player. Association officials will split participants into teams, and everybody will get a jersey and a trophy.
For more information you can find the association on Facebook, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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