by Heather Baxter
After months of planning and proposals, the University of La Verne will be offering a roller hockey class to students in both the fall and spring semesters of the 1999-2000 school year.
The one unit Movement and Sports Science class will be taught by Dr. Ken Tudor, a part-time professor.
Available to both experienced and amateur players, Dr. Tudor plans on creating an environment where even students who have never played roller hockey before will feel comfortable and will be able to learn.
“Above all else, I want there to be a cohesiveness with the class,” said Dr. Tudor. For this reason, he plans on breaking the class up into beginning and advanced groups.
An introduction to hockey, the class will teach the fundamentals of hockey, even instruction on how to skate properly. Skaters will spend a majority of their time doing planned drill exercises.
First-time skaters and players are encouraged to sign up for the class. Because of the concentration of attention that Dr. Tudor plans on utilizing, he says that students “will learn as much from other students as they learn from the instructor.”
“More than other sports, roller hockey players are more tolerant of people’s skill levels,” he explains.
“By the end of the class, I want everyone to have a better appreciation and enjoy hockey,” said Dr. Tudor.
Students will spend about a quarter to a third of their class time participating in both inter and intrasquad scrimmages. The amount of time spent scrimmaging will increase as students’ skill level goes up, according to Dr. Tudor.
“This class will be a vehicle for the roller hockey team at La Verne,” said Dr. Tudor.
“The class will be set up so anyone can participate and have fun in it,” he said. The class will be held in Chino at The Hockey Silo. Students who sign up for the class are expected to make transportation arrangements individually.
Besides transportation, participating students will also be responsible for all of their own equipment. Basic equipment includes shin pads, elbow pads, gloves, a helmet, in-line skates, and a hockey stick.
A total package can run anywhere from $150 to $350, depending on whether a player purchases skates or not. Because of costs, The Hockey Silo is offering a rental package for $30-$45, which is available for the entire class, but which do not include skates or sticks.
Dr. Tudor expects that many of the students that sign up for the class will end up participating on the club roller hockey team in either the fall or spring.
“There can be A and B teams in the league,” said Dr. Tudor. For this reason, he hopes that many of the students will take the step into competitive play.
“Once [a student] joins the class, [they’ll] work better and [they’ll] want to join the team,” he said.
Dr. Tudor comes to La Verne teaching community with an extensive background in roller hockey. He has held a class at Mt. San Antonio College for three years, as well as having taught at Citrus College. It is after this class that the sessions at La Verne will be constructed.
He has also coached youth teams for over four years. An author of two books on roller hockey, Dr. Tudor gives coaching clinics for coaches nationwide.
Junior John Castle is one of the students who has decided to take advantage of ULV’s newest class.
Enjoying roller hockey because it offers a chance to participate in game and work together as a team, Castle has played roller hockey only in courts and during non-official games. But, he is not discouraged about not having as much experience as some of the other prospective students.
He says that everyone should consider taking this class.
“You should take it and if you don’t like it, withdraw,” he said. “But, you will like it.”
The class was only approved two weeks ago, and as a result, was not offered in the fall 1999 registration booklet.
Fifteen students must sign up for the class for it to be officially approved. As of Friday, only nine had made arrangements with the registrar for the class to be a part of their Fall schedules. For the class to be offered in the spring, more students take the class in the fall.