Wouldn't it be better conditioning to just keep playing ice or roller? Or do the roller and ice teams you're on have more players? I think if you can, it is always best to keep playing your regular sport in the offseason, especially if it is roller/ice hockey since the motion of skating is different than running so you're using different muscles.
Because, quite frankly, the level of behavior and immaturity in summer roller leagues due to the population of young college kids that infest the roller leagues is a disgrace. In the fall and winter the roller league and ice league i'm in is outstanding in the Morristown area as the older players return. As a matter of fact, there are roller teams in my fall/winter league that i feel are better then the pro team we share the building with.
I'm married, work a professional job, own a home and in my early 30's so traveling to play is out of the question like it was in my 20's, single and carefree. If i'm going to spend the cash, time to play and bitching from the wife, it sure as hell isn't going to be the Summer seasons where the college kids overrun it with no respect for anyone or anything.
I enjoy dek, it's fun, great conditioning and a challenging brand of hockey to play as it just isn't "run to the ball" and "run around like crazy". Just becuase there's no skates, doesn't take away any strategy and system play. Players are mostly equal with no skates as the skating ability is taken away. A ball is used which is a bitch to handle on a sport court as it travels pretty fast and it spins when it comes off the boards, plus with composite sticks and the patterns on blades shooting accurate can be a challenge in itself. People that bash it are normally the ones who wouldn't last a full season due to the physical drain it does take and the challenge it can provide. There are players in my league that are outstanding stick handlers and goal scorers so to say there are is no talent is far off and a lack of disrespect to playersa that have ability and work hard.
Also, my dek team that played in Wallington a few years ago, actually beat the "top" roller team there in a challenge game. The team we beat were no slouches. As a matter of fact, that team we beat had two players go on to play in the PIHA.
P.S. No disrespect to all young college age players that play. Problem is a majority of your peers give the good ones a bad name.
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