For many students who traveled south to attend the University of Tampa it meant giving up some of their favorite sports and activities. There is no skiing, and there are only a few ice skating and hockey rinks in the area. Diehard hockey fan Brett Kotcher is opening a few doors to those who are still interested in the game of hockey.
Kotcher started the UT Men’s Roller Hockey Club team this year. The team will join the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association. The NCRHA has over 250 schools in the league; UT will be competing in the Southeast division.
Tampa will be playing against Division I and II schools stretching from Florida to Virginia. Some of the most notable teams the Spartans will challenge are: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
Kotcher expects to play in five tournaments during the season. Each tournament lasts four games, so the team will play a total of 20 games for the season. UT will advance to a regional playoff tournament if they are one of the top eight teams in the Southeast division at the end of the season.
Unlike ice hockey, the game is played four on four with no offsides. Roller hockey is played on a quick surface made of plastic tiles, meaning the action will be faster than ice hockey.
If you are interested in joining the team you can contact Kotcher via e-mail at BKotcher@ut.edu.
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