Youth Teams UWH Nationals 2014 - contacts/schedule summary information

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2014 USA National Underwater Hockey Tournament

June 27, 28 & 29 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Find puck handling exercises and swimming workouts in this page: Training

(click on top to see the official tournament site)

Summary for SF Teams:

Games start ~8 am Friday and end ~2:30 pm Sunday

Banquet, award ceremony and closing party are Sunday evening.

The San Francisco Sea Lions children program will send one or two teams.

The SF teams:

-Will have ~8 teen players + 2 adult players
        10 players participate in every game (6 in the game, 4 in the sub-box, subbing is on the go, unlimited).
        Team can have up to 12 players. If more than 10, players take turns.

-Will compete in the C division.

Tournament Cost:
Tournament Entry Fee $1,000 per team
Banquet- $35 per person

In addition, all players need to:

-Be current members of the national UWH organization (USOA) 

-Sign the US UWH "Waiver of Liability" and "Safety Guidelines" in advance

 2014 memberships are $45 and are paid in the US UWH website: USA UWH. Click here for a walk through the steps to create a US UWH account online and signing all required paperwork electronically

-Bring their own gear. Advice and rules on legal gear choices is here: Gear for Children

    Mask & Snorkel (with mouthguard)

    We negotiated a deal on masks for $28 and snorkels for $6. I will update this info soon. Don't need to tell me for now.

    1 pair of fins (and socks to go with them)

    Buy your pair of HP fins using this link: Fins orders

    1 glove (any color other than white, black, yellow, orange or red)

    If you need to buy a glove, let me know.

    2 sticks, one black, one white.

    We will provide sticks from the club stock

    2 headsets, one blue or black, one white.

    Buy a pair of headsets in CanAm using this link: 

    Water bottle (optional, but recommended)

-Optional: Sea Lions team suits can be ordered here: Suit ($32 speedos, $42 jammers, $56 ladies, $27 for one headsset (blue or white) with club logo).

Hotels:

Next to the pool:

The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN
    • $130/night up to four guest +tax (+$15 for parking). No meals included.
    • Call 612-379-8888 for reservations. Ask for the National Underwater Hockey Rate or use the following link: Commons Hotel.
    • Reservations must be made by May 27, 2014.


5 blocks from pool:


Days Hotel
, 2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN
    • $95/night + tax, includes continental breakfast and free parking
    • Reservations are through the sales department; request the underwater hockey room rate. Call 612-623-9303.
    • Reservations must be made by May 27, 2014.

Flights: 

Flying to Minneapolis airport (MSP), you will be able to take light rail line directly to the hotel and the pool (see below, line is scheduled to open June 14, 2014).

Preliminary plan is to leave SFO Thursday June 26 in the afternoon and leave MSP Monday June 30 in the morning. 

Airlines typically grant special discounted fares to groups of 10 or more. We will explore this option.

A recommended site for searching flight is KAYAK.com. Today (April 7) I found non-stop flights for $446 (round-trip) for those dates and times.

Light Rail:

The light rail line runs from the airport (MSP) to the campus at the University of Minnesota. You will take the Blue Line from the airport and transfer at the MetroDome Station to the Green Line (to open June 14, 2014). Use the link below to review maps and schedules. As the date approaches we will update you on the stations to use.

http://www.metrotransit.org/

Note: If you end up at the Mall of America you went the wrong way, unless that is where you want to go.

CHECK-OFF LIST

1 - PAIR OF FINS

MASK AND SNORKEL WITH MOUTH GUARD - spare  back up recommended 

GLOVES

2- HEAD GEAR - LIGHT AND DARK 

EXTRA MOUTH GUARD

2 - SETS OF THE STICKS - BLACK AND WHITE

POOL WARDROBE TO KEEP WARM 


review ....

 



In the 3-3 formation, backs line in up in what is called a "Seven" formation. The reason it«s called a Seven formation is that it looks just like a seven when the right back has the puck:  

  2014 USA National Underwater Hockey Tournament

June 27, 28 & 29 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

(click on top to see the official tournament site)

Summary for SF Teams:

Games start ~8 am Friday and end ~2:30 pm Sunday

Banquet, award ceremony and closing party are Sunday evening.

Tournament Dates: 
• June 27, 28 & 29 - Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 
• Captains Meeting Friday morning (Time TBD) 
• Play to start after the captains meeting. 
• Maximum 24 teams. Send your intent to participate by March 12, 2014 to flinguwh@yahoo.com Include your team name, # of teams attending, contact person name, phone number and e-mail address.

Tournament Costs: 
• Tournament Entry Fee -$1,000 per team (includes the USOA development fee and the USOA National tournament fee) 
• Banquet- $35 per person 
• Beer at Banquet- $15 (we will buy two kegs and you can drink until the kegs are empty) 
• You must be at a minimum of 21 years old on the date of the banquet to consume alcoholic beverages at the banquet. 
• The roster payment form can be downloaded here 
• Payment is due May 5, 2014.

Hotels 
The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 
• $130/night up to four guest +tax +$15.00/night for parking 
(For those who attended in the past this is the Radisson it just changed ownership) 
• Call 612-379-8888 for reservations. Ask for the National Underwater Hockey Rate or use the following link: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=53931&Chain=11910&template=GCF&shel... 
• Reservations must be made by May 27, 2014. 
• The hotel is located across the parking lot from the pool. 
• It will be the site of the Sunday banquet. 
• We have 70 rooms on hold per night. Days Hotel , 2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 
• $95/night + tax, includes continental breakfast and free parking 
• Reservations are through the sales department; request the underwater hockey room rate. Call 612-623-9303. 
• Reservations must be made by May 27, 2014. 
• The hotel is located 5 blocks from the pool. 
• We currently have 30 rooms on hold.

General Information 
• The venue will allow for a car-free tournament. 
• You will be able to take the light rail from the airport (MSP) directly to the Hotels with one transfer. Yes, we will have light rail directly to campus. It is scheduled to open June 14, 2014. 
• Located within a short walk of the hotel is the pool, banquet facility, a variety of restaurants/bars, a liquor store (CLOSED ON SUNDAY), grocery stores, and a hospital. It«s everything an underwater hockey player needs for a weekend of fun.

Transportation:

The airport to fly into is Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP), Lindberg Terminal 1. MSP is a Delta hub, but also is serviced by many other carriers. In the airport, follow the signs downstairs to the light rail. You will have to take a short tram to the airport light rail station. Tickets are purchased at the cool underground station.

Some smaller airlines, like Sun Country and Southwest fly into the smaller Humphrey

Terminal 2. Follow the signs to the light rail.

Light Rail:

The light rail line runs from the airport (MSP) to the campus at the University of Minnesota. You will take the Blue Line from the airport and transfer at the MetroDome Station to the Green Line (to open June 14, 2014). Use the link below to review maps and schedules. As the date approaches we will update you on the stations to use.

http://www.metrotransit.org/

Note: If you end up at the Mall of America you went the wrong way, unless that is where you want to go.

Any questions please e-mail Karen and Ben Erickson at flinguwh@yahoo.com

 

Gear for Children

 
All playing children need to wear mask, snorkel, and fins. A snorkel is essential to advance the level of play in underwater hockey. It is best that each player owns their personal set of equipment, for the following reasons. 
  1. Fit : every body shape is different. A well-fitted mask that doesn«t leak is paramount. Fins stretch and mold to a player«s foot.
  2. Personal preference : from color to style, it«s more fun to use something we like.
  3. Hygiene : mask and snorkel are in close contact with mouth and nose.
  4. Club gear is really only good for starting players. It is in poor shape and is rarely maintained. 
Underwater hockey is closely related to scuba diving and snorkeling, but much faster and harder on the equipment. Most of the equipment found in retail stores is designed for diving/snorkeling, and is  not suited  to the practice of underwater hockey. 

In addition to this article, see also  Sean«s view on equipment for adult players .
 
Swimsuit  - Men«s recommended suits are briefs ("Speedos"), although many boys use "jammers", women«s are one or two piece swimming suits. The club has designed very cool club suits, available in this link:  Sea Lions Suit

Buying a Mask

A good mask is key to enjoying the sport. It is the most critical item. Get a mask with: 
  • Two lenses  of tempered glass. One-lens masks are dangerous and not suitable for our sport.
  • A  black silicon skirt  and strap. Other types of plastics break down quickly and are not as comfortable.
  • A prescription mask can be  purchased at Snorkel-Mart .  
With these requirements you will need to spend $30 at least. Really good masks cost ~$50, and they are much better. They last years and years, so it is worth paying a bit more.
 
Here are some masks we recommend: 
Fogging Mask:  A new mask fogs up, always. It needs to be cleaned thoroughly before first use. Rub toothpaste on the lenses with your finger, on the inside. Do it even if you have had the mask for some time. Before each practice, clean each lens again with a drop of dishwashing liquid. Rub, rinse. See also  how to defog a mask .

Buying Fins

After the mask, get fins that fit and propel you underwater without hurting yourself or others. Underwater hockey fins need to be: 
  1. Full foot. No straps are allowed, they are a safety concern.
  2. In general, they should be plain, without any special features: no splits, slits, or holes.
  3. Fitted. They should be a bit hard to get on when dry. If the foot slides in comfortably, they are too big. If a good fit cannot be found, use neoprene socks to get a snug fit.
We recommend: 
  • Mares HP Avanti  (also  available at LeisurePro ). THE classic fin for UWH, and recommended without reservations. These are optimal for kids that wear size 4 or bigger (in fins, which is usually 1-2 sizes less than what they wear in shoes).
  • Cressi Clio  for smaller-footed kids.
  • Rubber "training" fins are good too for small kids (10 yr. old and under). Sports Basement sells those.

 

Buying a Snorkel

When buying a snorkel, look for:
  • A soft material that won«t scratch or sting the skin of other players.
  • Without a top device to stop water from entering. 
  • A mouthpiece that fits -- most snorkels are designed for adult mouths and are too big. 
  • We recommend it without a purge (a valve at the bottom), but it is ok if you like it. Purges break down often and ruin the snorkel.
Here are some suggestions. They are known as "J-type" snorkels:
Most store-bought snorkels are not adapted to underwater hockey.  But they can be improved. You need to:
  • Remove any device on top, they are nuisance for the rapid up and down and swimming actions of the game. They are also a safety concern. 
  • Cut the snorkel shorter. Many are too long and too narrow up top, which makes it harder to inhale and blow quickly. A shorter snorkel makes it all easier. 
  • Streamline the snorkel by cutting off  any knobs or spikes, and smoothing them with sand paper after cutting.

Gear Backpacks

These backpacks are very practical to carry all the gear, wet or dry, including the fins. These are two examples at good prices as this is posted (June «14). Click on the link or the photo to open the vendors pages.
 
 
 
 

Where to Buy?

Retail (offline) stores let you try on equipment and sometimes carry the specialized items you need. Within San Francisco, we recommend  Sports Basement (general sports store) and  Bamboo Reef  (dive store).
 
Underwater hockey gear isn«t common, and online shopping helps. We endorse  CanAm for underwater hockey equipment : they have good prices, considering their free shipping and no tax deal. We also recommend is LeisurePro : excellent prices and a lot more choice (not necessarily an advantage, as their focus is diving/snorkeling). 

Shopping on a Budget

Kid snorkeling packages can be found for less than $50. While priced attractively, such packages are not suited to underwater hockey. An  example of what not to buy  includes fins with straps, a single lens mask, and a "dry" snorkel.  

Although prices vary, a careful selection can yield equipment in a similar price range: 
If your budget only lets you afford a single item, get a mask. It«s the most important one. 




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Gustavo Pesce,
Apr 11, 2014, 6:26 PM
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