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Dallas Sled Stars - To provide sports and recreational opportunities for people with physical disabilities by facilitating, advocating, and developing a regional community based outreach program, providing resources and education, conducting regional competition, and access to national and international competition.
Funding will continue to provide ice time for the sled hockey program and expenses to attend the Disabled Hockey Festival.
Thank you to the Dallas Stars for their continue support of the Sled Stars!
What is Sled Hockey?
Sled Hockey is an exciting alternative sport that uses the rules of hockey. However, instead of skating, the players sit on a specially designed sled and use two short ice picks to propel themselves across the ice. Standard hockey rules apply. Legal body contact and raised puck shooting are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in traditional hockey.
Who can play?
Sled hockey is a sport that totally integrates players with mobility limitation, amputees, and able-bodied players with knee, leg or hip injuries that limit participation in standard hockey. Teams are organized by age and ability. Novice, junior, and intermediate players (ages 5 and older) and the senior team (ages 16 and older).
In other words....EVERYONE!
Players will find they enjoy greater physical fitness, opportunities to compete internationally, socialization, team camaraderie, new friendships and a lot of fun.
The opportunity to play sled hockey is not limited locally. Players can progress and try out for the National Under 20 Team and/or the Paralympic Team who competes in international tournaments including the Paralympics, which take place 2 weeks after the Olympics every 4 years. Team USA won the Gold Medal at the 2002 & 2010 Winter Paralympics!
Equipment for this sport consists of a light weight tubular framed sled, about 4-5 feet long and approximately 3 inches off the ice, with two hockey skate blades mounted beneath the seat. A portion of the front frame rests on the ice and provides lateral stability. Straps around the ankles, knees and waist securely hold the player on the sled. Two 1.5 feet “sticks” are used. The sticks are modified hockey sticks with 4 cm teeth attached to the bottom of the non-blade end. Leaning left or right while digging the stick into the ice, turns the sled. Players slide to a stop on one or both blades like a skater. All players wear regulation protective hockey equipment.
Are you interested in playing Sled Hockey?
For more information, please contact:
Cliff Greene- firstname.lastname@example.org