Rink Hockey is a team sport played on quad or inline roller skates (in the USA). It is composed of two teams, with 4 out players and a goalie on each team. Teams use a hardball weighing 6 ounces, 9 inches in diameter. The stick used is 45 inches long from the tip of the blade to the end of the shaft. Rules are similar to soccer stressing skating ability and ball handling. The object is to maneuver and drive the ball with your stick into the opposing teams' goal cage. Kicking the ball is not allowed and the ball can only be played with the stick, not the skate. Blocking the ball with the skate outside the penalty area is allowed as long as the skate is stationary.
Rink Hockey was an Olympic demonstration sport in the 1992 Summer Games held in Barcelona, Spain, which is considered the world capital of Rink Hockey. There are over 60 countries currently participating in Rink Hockey with the first World Championship held in 1902.
Jim Jost started his skating career at age nine in Chicago, Illinois. Roller skating quickly became a part of his weekly routine and he skated competitively from 13 to well into his forties. Jim has participated in artistic, roller hockey and quad speed skating, winning regionals in all three disciplines. In his forties Jim became a coach and referee producing, several national championship teams. Late during his skating career he owned the Mukwonago’s Skate Connection roller rink for 18 years, and he started a company named Roller Sports Equipment (RSE) which creates designs and distributes rink hockey equipment. Several of the RSE designs have been used by rink hockey world teams in Brazil, Mexico and the USA.
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