New Plymouth Ravens Inline Hockey is a branch of the Roller Sports Club catering for skaters interested in playing this fast, action packed sport.
We offer coaching for all levels and welcome new participants every season.
Currently the age grades offered are:
- Under 10
- Under 12
- Under 14
- Under 16
- Under 19
- Senior Men
- Premier Men
- Women (Junior and Senior)
The Ravens teams play in the Central Region League against teams from Hamilton (Devils), Waihi (Miners), Piako (Pirates), and Mount Maunganui (Mustangs). The competition season begins early May and runs through until October. The season also includes various club hosted events in New Plymouth and in other centres for all age grades.
Selection to play for a Ravens Inline Hockey team is based on talent, attitude, dedication, and coachability as well as a commitment to our team and club.
Membership is based on the understanding that this opportunity is for those who are serious about pursuing their inline hockey development within the club. Commitment from both the player and his/her parents/guardian is required to be a member of the team.
Ravens Inline Hockey sets itself apart from other club teams because it holds organised practices to create a true team environment. Therefore, it is required that players commit to 100% of the practices and 100% of the possible games and tournaments scheduled. The goal behind this requirement is for the players to benefit as individual players as well as learning the responsibility of being part of a team, developing vision and knowledge of positional play and a good sense of how the game should be played. This can only be achieved through hard work and discipline, there are no “magic” secrets to becoming a good hockey player, it takes years of training and hard work.
If something comes up and a player cannot attend a particular practice or game, the coach or manager must be advised as soon as possible (it's a courtesy to advise your availability status to the team management).
Players must respect their coach and team officials, be attentive at practices, wear correct uniform, be ready on time for practice and games. This may mean arriving up to an hour before your scheduled time to get playing gear on and be available to attend team discussion on game or practice plans.
Hard earned knowledge
The Ravens Club have a number of coaches who have been involved since the early days of the sport. They have a significant amount of knowledge gained through researching, reading, attending coaching courses and events both local, national and international and volunteer their time to pass this knowledge on to players willing to put in their best efforts and energy into training, physical conditioning and playing for their team. Not all players make it to nationals or representative teams, but all our players are winners. Hockey teaches discipline and teamwork, how to handle failure and success, it provides a lifetime of enjoyment, friendships and physical fitness.
Volunteers are vital!
Club members should recognise the importance of club volunteer coaches. These coaches are important to all team players. Support their decisions and trust their judgment. Communicate with them if you have any questions.
Like to get involved?
There is plenty of opportunity for you to help out and enjoy the sport even if you don't skate yourself. Parents are encouraged to help with the various tasks involved in running our branch. Positions will be available for coaching, managing and assisting with team management, helping at various maintenance sessions, score-keeping, refereeing, running the snack shop, and lots more.