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Oceanside’s Tri-City Inline Hockey League Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

Oceanside CA— Tri-City Inline Hockey League (TCIHL), an Oceanside based non-profit organization, celebrates its 25th anniversary. It has been popularizing the sport of roller hockey in Oceanside-Carlsbad-Vista and surrounding area since 1993. To commemorate the special occasion and further promote the development of youth inline roller hockey in North County San Diego, will hold Roller Hockey Clinics, a series of free events for children and youth players between the ages of 5 through 17, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays, February 3, 10, and 17, 2018, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park’s roller hockey rink located 4300 Mesa Drive in Oceanside.

The program consists of free skating lessons, fun games, drills, and scrimmage. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Rink activities will take place from 9:00 am to 10:30 am for mites and squirts, and from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm for peewees and bantams. First time skaters will also be able to borrow used protective gear and equipment at the site for use on a first-come-first-served basis including inline roller skates and hockey sticks. (February 17th clinic will also have an optional group outing in the evening to see a game of San Diego Gulls vs. Ontario Reigns with an opportunity to “high-five” the Gulls team. Last time, when TCIHL celebrated a special occasion, it brought over 130 of its league members to the Gulls.) The three clinics will coincide with optional in-person registration for TCIHL’s Spring-2018 Season.

With registration now open, families may sign up their child to play in a division of mites (8 & under), squirts (10 & under), peewees (12 & under), or bantams (17 & under). Assessments are February 20th and 22nd. Practices – held either Tuesdays or Thursdays – begin the week of February 27. Games begin March 2nd and 3rd (on Fridays for Bantams and Saturdays for all other divisions), concluding with playoffs, then championships May 20th, 2018. Registration fee for new players is $84 or $30 for goalies ($25 jersey fee already included, $14 additional AAU insurance fee will be charged if the player does not have it already).

TCIHL’s 25th Anniversary Season Opening will take place at the same rink 9 am to 3 pm on March 3, 2018 with all-day raffle bidding for great prizes, inexpensive Chick-fil-A sandwiches and shaved ice offered right at the rink, and the fun Chuck-a-Puck contest for the audience before each game (throw a puck from the bleachers, hit the center of rink the closest, and win a percentage of the cash purse, cost: $1 per puck or $5 for 6 pucks). Admission for TCIHL games is always free to spectators.

TCIHL was the first inline roller hockey league in California sanctioned by USA Hockey. See newspaper articles with photos that stretch back 25 years all the way to when TCIHL was founded by Blue Gomez and Rose Cully at: http://www.leaguelineup.com/miscinfo.asp?menuid=45&url=tcihl  Shane Nakamura Tri-City Inline Hockey League’s President stated, “I was one of the original players when TCIHL started its first season of play back in 1993. I was a 13 year old kid who fell in love with the sport and now, over 25 years and 7 kids of my own later, I’m still here. This time it’s me and my children who are playing hockey and enjoying the same league that I helped start. Our hockey clinics this winter are great opportunities for the kids in our community to come out and try hockey for the first time before the Spring Season begins and for experienced players to hone their skills.” Now, its co-ed recreational program is open to new and experienced players ages starting from 5 years old and capped at 18. The league currently offers two seasons per year (Mar-June & Sept-Dec) with clinics, tournaments, and pick-up play between seasons. TCIHL’s mission is to stress the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, scholastic achievement, integrity, respect for authority, and to promote the game of inline hockey in North County San Diego. To achieve this objective TCIHL provides a supervised program under the rules and regulations of AAU/USA Roller Sports.

Please see website www.tcihl.com for more information including league history, player clinics, season details, and registration. Questions may be addressed to tricityinlinehockey@gmail.com or call 760-282-4452.

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