Lions, YMCA part­ner for pond event

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - LOCAL NEWS -

OX­FORD - Strap on your skates, pond hockey lovers, for the first tour­na­ment of its kind in Cum­ber­land County.

The Cum­ber­land YMCA and Ox­ford Lions Club are join­ing to­gether to bring the tour­na­ment to res­i­dents Feb. 11 to 13.

Brad White, Cum­ber­land eco-event co­or­di­na­tor, said the biggest thing the two or­ga­ni­za­tions want to ac­com­plish is show­cas­ing tra­di­tional hockey.

“We want it to be less about the com­pe­ti­tion and more about the ca­ma­raderie,” he said. “There won’t be any phys­i­cal con­tact but lots of fast skat­ing.”

White said the games to be played on Salt Lake and the Ox­ford Arena won’t be your typ­i­cal hockey games.

“We’re us­ing smaller nets. Hel­mets, gloves and skates are re­quired, shin pads are op­tional and there are to be no shoul­der pads. The games will be three-on-three, with a fourth player dressed, and teams can also have a fifth player on their team. We won’t have goal­tenders.”

Goal­tenders, said White, won’t be needed as the nets are eight inches tall and six feet wide.

The tour­na­ment will in­clude two ice sur­faces at the lo­cal arena and four on Salt Lake.

“We’re ob­vi­ously happy the weather is get­ting colder,” said White.

The two or­ga­ni­za­tions are still look­ing for vol­un­teers for the event, which could be for set­ting up the tour­na­ment, ref­er­ee­ing hockey games or par­tic­i­pat­ing in win­ter car­ni­val ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We’re try­ing for this to be a com­mu­nity event rather than just a show­case of tal­ent,” White added.

Trina Clarke, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer with the YMCA, said join­ing with the Lions Club in Ox­ford was an easy de­ci­sion.

“The YMCA is re­ally big on be­ing ac­tive in what­ever type of sport or ac­tiv­ity a per­son wants to par­tic­i­pate in,” she said.

She added that the Y re­al­ized, in dis­cus­sions with the Lions Club, that there is no other ac­tiv­ity such as the tour­na­ment around.

“It just sounds like a re­ally fun day,” she said.

The tour­na­ment is open to in­di­vid­u­als over the age of 13.

Cat­e­gories in­clude ladies 13-15, 16-18, 1935 and 36+, while the men’s cat­e­gories are 1315, 16-18, 19-35, 36-49 and 50+. There is a reg­is­tra­tion fee as­so­ci­ated with each cat­e­gory.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Cum­ber­land YMCA at 667-9112. Reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Jan. 29.

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