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  •  BY NICK BOYARSKY One of my favorite things about working for NARCh this year is seeing roller hockey in parts of the country I’ve never had teams of my own travel to for a qualifier.  Being from the West Coast we only get to see and play teams from other parts of the country once a year at NARCh Finals. For me, it’s always interesting to see how different the styles of play are in each market and how it translates to playing against each other. Last weekend I was in Atlanta, this weekend

  • By Nick Boyarsky Saturday afternoon saw our first two championships of the weekend from the Skatium here in Ft. Myers with Mite and Squirt wrapping up. Both divisions were small with 3 teams each competing but the lack of teams didn’t mean there was any lack of competition.  In the Mite division we would end up with a final that featured two teams with my favorite jerseys of the weekend; The Flash, from here in the Ft. Myers area. Our home team would be the Flash U10’s and our away squad w

  • By Nick Boyarsky Just about the time my body clock got set back to local time after a packed weekend in ATL, it was time to head to the Airport again for another NARCh weekend. For the next 3 days my home will be Ft. Myers, FL where there’s nothing but greasy hockey flow and cargo shorts, as far as the eye can see. Our NARCh Staff Team this weekend here at Skatium consists of Media Wiz Connor McShane, now local Florida resident Casey Escarcega, and yours truly.  Casey being local got to kick

  • Sundays are always a little lighter in terms of tournament hours, but way busier as it relates to our workload.  The day flies by between all of the details and the games are always very competitive due to tiering the playoffs into different levels.   Speaking of tiering, whether it’s labelled platinum, gold, or silver in the playoffs or championship at the regional qualifier, the labelling doesn’t necessarily determine your placement for the NARCh FINALS.  Every regional is different in

  • By Nick Boyarsky Unlike the last qualifier I worked a few weeks ago in St. Louis, this weekend’s arrival was smooth sailing. Daryn and I arrived on separate flights midday, met up and made our way out to Snellville to do a little “NARCh-ification” to the facility. When we got to SGAA I had the pleasure of meeting George Goodwyn who coaches in the JR Galdiator's program where his 3 boys also play. Daryn and George (not related) go way back so when we finished set up the 3 of us went to go g

  • By Nick Boyarsky   When I got handed the St. Louis qualifier a few weeks ago I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I was pretty confident I could handle it, but still not having Daryn or Alex there to hold my hand made me a bit nervous. I was assured after some of the larger events I’d worked so far this year with Winter Nationals and Huntington Beach, this would be an easy weekend full of good roller hockey and even better people. If you read my first blog about our arrival into tow

  • by Alex Morrison It seems like it has been hours and hours since we started today's first game on Long Island.  That's because it has been!  16 hours ago to be exact, and we still have 3 hours to go.  Today's 56 games haven't been short of excitement and some amazing displays of skill.  Daryn and I were commenting earlier about how good some of these players are, and they have brought their best to this regional. In Bantam, the Tour Roadrunners 99 are going to be a solid Platinum team in Flo

  • by Nick Boyarsky   Sometimes what’s supposed to be simple… isn’t. NARCh Videographer Connor McShane and myself left Arizona midday Friday for an easy 3 hour flight into St. Louis. The plan was to land, grab our car and dinner, head to the hotel to check in, then pop into the rink to get set up for an early start Saturday.   All was well until the Hotel check-in which is where things started heading south.  Our room was one bed short of what two grown men required, so we went on

  • Good Morning from Skate Safe! There’s more that goes into a tournament than just instantly appearing at a rink.  Alex and I took the red eye from LAX to Newark, putting us in about 10am yesterday with the time change.  We made it out to LI, got our tournament paper copied at the local Fedex/Kinkos and rink set up by mid afternoon.  We had to fit some games in last night to fit everyone in the schedule, so we kicked off the tourney at 6pm last night. After we wrapped things up last night we

  • by Alex Morrison We are winding down this 4 day event that has had great energy, close games, friendships formed and good times had.  One of my favorite parts of the rink here is the incorporation of the outdoors.  It is nice for us obviously, as we have the beautiful Southern California breeze flowing through the concourse throughout the day, rather than stale rink air, but it is also great for our families that are here.  Kids are able to run around on the grass, picnics are happening all a

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