We would like to take this opportunity to thank the important people who have helped make this manual possible. First, to all the sponsors who have purchased ad space throught the manual, we thank you for your support. Also, to our families who have been supportive during this adventure of inline hockey that we entered into.
Finally, to the Canadian Men's National Inline Hockey Team (1995), who will always be Canada's first ever inline hockey team. This team competed in the first ever World Inline Hockey Championship in Chicago in August of 1995 and brought home the silver medal. You will always be in our hearts for your efforts, your acrifice and respect you gave us as coaches. Our respect for all of you will last forever.
"The joy is in the journey, not the destination."
Dave Easter & Richard Ropchan
It has been an incredible adventure to be part of a brand new sport that has yet to establish common rules or an organizational structure that everyone can agree to. The growing pains will continue, but make no mistake about it - this is not a fad. This is sport that is here to stay.
Inline hockey (without checking) is strictly for the skilled player: Skating, passing, shooting, and reading the flow of the game are the essential elements. With all the extra room (4 per side, not 5 as in ice hockey), and no boundary limitations (no blue line, no 2 line passes, and no icing), a player must learn to use the entire surface to his team's advantage (width and depth).
It is not, however, strictly a "run and gun" game. Good teams know when to go and when to play control.
We promise you that if you go to watch an inline game, you will see more "highlight" type goals than not. We just don't know why anyone would want to be a goalie in this sport!
Note: When attempting an offensive play, you should always think "lateral pass and one-timer!"
The most refreshing aspect of inline hockey that we have noticed is the socializing before and after the games of all the players and coaches. Let's work hard to maintain this fantastic element of inine hockey.
When we set out to train the Canadian Men's National Inline Hockey Team for the World Championship, we searched for drills to teach skills and tactics of inline hockey. We quickly realized that there was very little material available.
Since we as coaches came from the ice hockey world -- as did most of our players -- we began with traditional ice hockey drills. As time passed, we quickly adapted these drills and developed others that could be specifically used for inline hockey. Thus, the obvious next step was to put a manual together to help other coaches who are just getting into inline hockey.
We feel that the drills are designed to make the player understand that this is a different game, in regards to tactics and strategies. But, when it comes to basic skills, we are dealing with the same components and principles as ice hockey.
We hope that you enjoy the manual and use it to train the players that wish to learn to play inline hockey.
Nathan Bowen Keith Cassidy Chris Chinery Mark Edmundson Rich Gallace Ken House Rob Hrystak Ryan Legget Owen Lessard Ryden Marko Paul Melton Ken Nicholson Perry Pappas Tyan Rintoul Craig Smallwood Sean Sullivan Double Duty Dog (team mascot) Precious Put (team mascot) Dave Easter (Coach) Richard Ropchan (Assistant Coach) John Corso (Trainer) Ken Whapham (Equipment manager)