Inline Hockey

Francis Howell Inline Hockey is a spring school sport that plays in the Missouri Inline Hockey Association (MOIHA)

Ages

Junior High

Students 4th grade through 8th grade are eligible to play.

High School

Students 7th grade through 12 grade are eligible to play high school inline. However, 7th and 8th graders are required by MOIHA to play junior high even if they make a high school team.

When

The season runs from March to mid-May. Tryouts begin in January.

Where

Games can be held at any of the inline rinks in the area. Practices and tryouts will either be at Matteson Square Garden or Queeny Park.

Practices

We only hold a handful of practices and those are typically prior to the start of the season.

Games

Junior High

The season is 12 regular season games followed by playoffs. Junior High teams will also be signed up for the Breakout tournament, which is an additional 4+ games.

High School

The season is 15 regular season games followed by playoffs.

Jerseys

Jerseys are custom ordered and are an additional cost if you need to order a set.

Extra Costs

Junior High

If your team decides to participate in any additional tournaments, there would be an extra cost.

High School

The Tour Breakout tournament is held the first weekend of March. This is the only expense not included in your fees. If there is enough interest, we will enter a varsity team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to play?

Students grade 4th through 12th who live within the district boundaries of Francis Howell High School (not the entire school district, just students who will attend Francis Howell High School) and are currently attending school in the school district.    

If you go to private school or your high school does not have a team, you would have to register on MOIHA’s website as a pool player and we can put in a request for you.

Is inline hockey experience required?

No. As long as you have ice hockey or inline experience, you'll fit in fine. Ice hockey players usually take about 4 games to adjust to the differences.

When does the season start?

The season kicks off with the Tour Breakout tournament the first weekend of March. The regular season will kick off in mid-march and run until the playoffs in mid-May. 

How many teams will you have?

We typically field three high school teams (Varsity, JV, C) and two junior high teams.

Who are the Coaches?  

TBD for the 2023 season.

How are teams formed?

Rosters are going to be set via a tryout process in January and February. 

When are the games?

The league has full control over the game schedule. The games can be any day of the week, but the majority are on weekends.

Where are the games?

Games are scheduled at all of the inline rinks in the area: All-American, Queeny, Vetta 70 (formerly Matteson and Fenton).

When are the practices?

To keep costs as low as possible, we will only hold a few practices in February or March.   When those times are available they will be sent out.

How many games are there?

The season consists of a preseason tournament (4-5 games), the regular season game (14 games for high school, 12 for junior high) and the playoffs.

What equipment differences are there for inline than ice?

Most of the equipment between is the same. In addition to skates, the differences are


  • Rather than 'hockey pants' and socks, players wear inline pants. These must be black with minimal white or blue on them. No other colors may be worn.
  • For padding on the hips, we recommend an inline girdle but many players opt to not wear them.
  • Players do not wear ice hockey should pads. Many don't wear any shoulder protection, but we do recommend a padded shirt.
  • The rest of your equipment will be the same as ice hockey.


What is the cost to play?

We run the club to break-even. What that means is that we take a deposit at registration and then once we have the final number of players we divide up the cost equally. Typically the cost ends up being around $350 for the season plus the cost for jerseys which you can use for multiple seasons.


2023

The Francis Howell Hockey Club is a not for profit organization whose purpose is to provide high school hockey opportunities to 7th – 12th grade students for ice and to 4th-12th grade students for inline who reside within the Francis Howell High School District. Though Francis Howell Hockey Club is a non-school sponsored club, it plays under the Vikings name and logo and conducts itself in a manner that reflects positivity upon the Francis Howell High School. Our club, along with the other local High School clubs, is affiliated with the Mid States Club Hockey Association (MSCHA) for ice and Missouri Inline Hockey Association (MOIHA) for incline.

This season we hope to field three teams at high school: Varsity, V and C.  

This season we hope to field two teams at junior high.

Since there is no rink availability, the pre-season Breakout tournament, March 3-6, will be used as our evaluations. Preliminary rosters will be set for the tournament and then those skates will be used to determine who is locked into Varsity and JV. 

Cost

Signup requires a $250 deposit. Final payment will be charged on 3/15 and will depend on number of players and teams registered.  

We expect that final payment to be between $100-150.

Goalies are half price.

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