Frequently Asked Questions
Tell me more about the inline hockey seasons.
When do youth seasons happen?
In a given year Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association operates both a Spring and Fall season. Typically there is not a summer season offered.
Is there a summer league?
If you've ever tried doing anything mildly active when it seems the temperature and humidity are having a race to see who can reach 100 first, then you would know how miserable it can be. Due to the heat, we don't normally offer a summer league; however on occasion we have offered a summer camp. If you are interested in a summer camp/clinic, please click here to contact us and let us know.
What are practice schedules like?
When are games scheduled?
Games are played on Saturdays with one additional game sometimes played during the week in order to fit a 10 game season into an 7-9 week schedule. In rare circumstances, your team may have one double header scheduled on a weekend.
What are games like?
Is there any checking in games?
No checking in any age group is allowed and penalties are strictly enforced. You may occasionally see players bump into one another and the league understands this may occur; it's pretty easy to differentiate between an intentional check and an accidental encounter between players.
What do practices consist of?
I'm new to this; what do I need to know?
What skills/experience are necessary to play in the league?
There are no specific skills sets required to play in any age division. While the ability to skate is obviously helpful, most age groups consist of players who have never skated before to players who have skated for multiple years.
Are there any skating classes offered by the league to teach how to skate?
During the regular seasons (spring and fall), a skating clinic open to all age groups is typically offered one day per week outside of normal team practice schedules. These clinics spend time focusing on fundamentals of skating and help skaters at ALL levels learn techniques to improve their ability.
My son/daghter has played ice hockey but never played inline hockey, how similar are they?
If you've played ice hockey before, the transition to inline hockey will be pretty straightforward. You will find that a lot of the skating techniques on ice will also apply to inline skating (with some exceptions).
What are practices and games like?
Practice content varies depending on the coach but will typically occur 2 days per week and last 1 hour per practice. Emphasis is typically placed on "touches" (how frequently players have the opportunity to touch the puck). For that reason, most practices are done on a half-rink which increases the number of touches players get. You will often find small area games like Sharks and Minnows to scrimmages occur during practice
Gear and Equipment
What gear is required?
Please see our Required Equipment page.
Where should I go to get gear?
Play It Again Sports in Hendersonville is a great place to start. Their staff is knowledgeable and will gladly help you find proper sizing.
Do goalies need to provide their own gear?
HIHA has a full line of goalie equipment in various sizes for players wishing to play goalie to use. This equipment is provided as a loaner and is free of charge to those players playing goalie. However, each team is restricted to one set of goalie equipment for use only during the season.
My son/daughter is X years old, what age group will they be in?
Age divisions start at 4 years old and run through 18 years old.
Are there any adult age divisions?
Currently HIHA does not offer any adult leagues. If you have an interest in joining an adult league, please contact us by clicking here.
When can I sign up my player?
Signups/registration usually opens in February for the Spring season and July for the Fall season. Check our website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
How much does it cost?
Registration costs $145 per player. Each player will receive a team jersey to keep.
Can I get a discount on registration?
HIHA generally provides an Early Bird Discount for those registering the first week or two after registration opens, after which time the price returns to the normal $145.
When are player evaluations?
Player evaluations usually occur around the time the registration period closes and prior to the player draft.
Who should attend player evaluations?
Termite division does not need to attend player evaluations.
What happens at evaluations and why is it necessary for my player to attend?
Historically evaluations consisted of an age group or two skating around the rink while coaches tried to evaluate them individually.