For the past year, Logan, Utah has been a place to rely on for roller hockey pick-up games every weekend. Every Saturday morning these guys strap on their skates, grab their sticks, and get ready to play some schoolyard puck! The group was originally started by my brother Keegan. Once a decent amount of demand was underway for the group, fliers were created and placed up all around town. A few months went by and the “roll” rose from around 6 or 8 guys to 20, 30, and even 40+.
In October of 2009 Utah State University Roller Hockey was formed. The group holds around 15-20 members and is continually increasing since the day it began, with hopes of playing other schools within the near future. With the one year anniversary of the group and to commemorate six months of the USU Roller Hockey Club being established, the school’s newspaper (The Utah State Statesman) asked me for an interview. I very willingly agreed to this -mainly to help promote the group–in hopes to have others share in the passion I have for this sport. The link to the article is below:
I hope this gives a little inspiration to those reluctant to start some pick-up games in their area. It doesn’t take much to get something like this started. The demand is there, you just don’t know it yet. Rather than waiting for someone else to start something, take some initiative and do it yourself. Start with local classifieds, pass and post fliers around your school (or even work), share the excitement you have for the sport, and keep consistent on the time(s) and location(s) you play.
I found that people have a million different excuses not to play, even though they want to. Just get a few guys together (start with your friends) and invite people to play. When they see the competitive nature and the fun you’re having, the excuses will start fading away.
If you live in Logan, we play every Saturday morning at 9am (and usually play until 1pm) and every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. The location can be found on the right side of the homepage. If you have any questions, feel free to look at the “contact” tab for contact information then ask away. Keep on puckin’!