Burbank Roller Hockey Program Continues to Grow

By On July 28, 2014

Burbank Roller Hockey League (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Roller Hockey League (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

On any given weekday evening and especially all day on Saturdays, Ralph Foy Park off Victory Blvd. is home to the ever growing popular sport of roller hockey. Resurrected in 2010 after six years of non-activity, the Burbank Roller Hockey Rink currently hosts 75 teams consisting of more than 750 participants ranging in age from 4-years-old to adults.

More than 250 kids participate in the Youth Roller Hockey League (Photo courtesy of Frank Dalessandro)

More than 250 kids participate in the Burbank Youth Roller Hockey League (Photo courtesy of Frank Dalessandro)

It has become the fastest growing hockey program in the area and is sponsored by the Community Sports Foundation.

Visit the official website at www.BurbankRollerHockey.com for information on costs and each individual program.

The kids receive all the equipment (skates, sticks, and pads), a free jersey and trophies at the end of the season. Free youth team jerseys will be provided by the Community Sports Foundation. Most importantly, free lessons and instructions are available. Youth hockey holds one practice and one game a week.

All games are held at the Burbank Roller Hockey Rink at Ralph Foy Park (Photo courtesy of Frank Dalessandro)

All games are held at the Burbank Roller Hockey Rink at Ralph Foy Park (Photo courtesy of Frank Dalessandro)

A “Learn to Play” program for kids four to five years old is available for beginners. Other leagues for youth are 16-and-under, 13-and-under, 10-and-under, 8-and-under, and 6-and-under.

“We continue to grow every week as we are constantly getting more people walking in the door, finding us online and getting great referrals from the current players and parents who now enjoy the leagues on a weekly basis,” Director Frank Dalessandro said. “It has been a ton of hard work and some very long hours at times but it is all worth it to see these programs to continue to grow.”

There is FREE youth roller hockey every Friday for kids from 3:30 – 5 p.m. which includes free equipment. The rink is split into half with the younger kids on one side and the older kids on the other.

Ages 10-and-Under:

Times: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Dates: Every Friday
Costs: FREE for all youth skaters. All goalies are FREE!
Program: All kids who are 10-and-under or are beginners to hockey will receive free lessons on passing, shooting and skating to get them ready for the upcoming season. Please make sure the kids are on time.

Ages 17-and-Under:

Times: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Dates: Every Friday
Costs: FREE for all youth skaters.
Program: All kids who are 17-and-under will receive free lessons on passing, shooting and skating to get them ready for the upcoming season. Please make sure the kids are on time.

“This program has only been successful because of all the people involved and there are a lot of them who each do their part,” Dalessandro said. “With the help of everyone involved, I am sure we will continue to grow.”

For more information, please call Frank Dalessandro at the Rink Office (818-845-0960) or the Home Office (818-360-4302) or visit the official website at www.BurbankRollerHockey.com