All ages, youth and adult. CO-ED Anyone who has a mobility challenge. Spina Bifida, Spinal cord injury, CP, Congenital limb issues, amputations, leg length discrepancy, short stature, Muscular dystrophy, MS, motor Dyspraxia, limited range of motion, balance issues, post stroke .
Individuals maybe independent ambulators, use assistive devices, or wheelchairs. You do not need to be a community wheelchair user to participate.
Abled Bodied adults are able to play sled hockey. Abled Bodied youth are welcome to practice with us but will not be able to participate in competitions.
Coulee Region "Frost" Sled Hockey was started in 2016. A group of 14 players started the first adaptive team sport for individuals with physical disabilities in the Coulee Region. They were the impetus for the development of the Sports, Therapeutic and Adaptive Recreation (STAR) Association.
What is Sled Hockey?
Sled hockey is a paralympic sport of hockey. Players with physical disabilities play seated in sleds.They have two modified sticks. One end of the stick has "picks" which are used to propel the players along the ice. The other end has blade similar to a traditional hockey stick. The game is played with the same rules as stand up hockey. Except for a few rule regarding striking another sled in a "T-bone" manner. It it fast, and exciting to play and watch.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to know how to play hockey?
NO! We will teach you everything you need to know
Do I need to be a wheelchair user?
No! You just need to have a physical disability that prevent you from being able to play stand-up hockey.
I don't have the strength in my arms to push the sled, can I play?
YES!!! Those who have limitations of arm strength can enjoy the game being pushed. You still pass and shot and score just like everyone else.
Do I have to have my own equipment?
NO! STAR supplies all the protective equipment, sleds ,sticks, and coaching.
We welcome new players anytime of year. contact us at [email protected] to set up a trial day on ice.
Abled bodied players can join in the fun in recreational youth play, but adult teams can have up to three abled bodied players. Parents and kids can practice together in this great game. Siblings and friends are also welcome to practice with us.
STAR makes it easy to try a new sport. We supply all protective equipment, sleds, sticks and great coaches. COME GIVE IT A TRY! Enjoy a great workout, great friends and a whole punch of FUN! Come join our Sled Hockey Family.
We usually play one tournament a month.
Tournament play is optional, but you won't want to miss them.
- Oct: Wisconsin Disabled Hockey Festival - Madison
- Nov: Double Header
- Dec: "Frost". Holiday Invitational. La Crosse
- Jan: Paul Naztke Memorial Tournament. Wisconsin Dells
- Feb: Hendrickson Invitational. Blaine Minnesota
- March: Hope Invitational ? Fargo
- April: National Sled Hockey Festival when in Central Region
Coulee Region "Frost" Sled Hockey is a member of the USA Hockey. All players must be registered with USA Hockey. First year players can play for free.
There is no fee from the STAR Association. However ice time is a significant expense. We ask that all players and families participate in our funraisers.
We are always looking volunteers to assist with on ice assistance and pushers. We can also use assistance with equipment maintenance.
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In case of inclement weather, the STAR Association reserves the right to cancel a session. Participants will be notified via TeamSnap.
The STAR Association follows CDC and State, and County Health Department recommendations for COVID Mitigation. We recommend that all who are eligible to get a vaccine to do so. Masks, Social Distancing and good hand washing will be required at all STAR programs.