Tryouts for the Temecula Valley Inline Hockey Association start Dec. 3 and organizers have scheduled times according to various schools.
About 160 middle and high school students from campuses across Southwest County are expected to become involved in the competition, organizers said today.
Tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. for Temecula and Day middle school students at the rink.
Game nights are Fridays for middle school teams and Tuesdays and Thursdays for high school teams, said Scott Fink, TVIHA Board president.
Times set for all other schools are as follows:
- Vail Ranch and Gardner middle school students at 10 a.m.;
- Margarita and Bella Vista middle school students at 11 a.m.;
- Thompson, Shivela and Warm Springs middle school students at noon;
- Temecula Valley High School students at 1 p.m.;
- Great Oak High School students at 2 p.m.;
- Chaparral High School students at 3 p.m.;
- Students from all three Murrieta high schools at 4 p.m.;
- All Lake Elsinore-based middle and high school students at 5 p.m.;
- All Menifee-based middle and high school students at 6 p.m.
About 160 students from Southwest Riverside County showed up last winter for the 2010-2011 season and volunteers with the non-profit association said they expect a similar turnout this year.
“Kids continue to return because they have a blast,” said Fink.
“It’s a fast-paced, exciting sport. The kids love the fact that they are playing cross-town rivals. It adds an extra layer of competitiveness and determination," Fink said.
Unlike the association’s fall and spring recreation seasons, which help hockey players develop skills, the middle and high school season is competitive, and meant to offer students the oppotunity to win a championship, Fink said.