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Saturday, November 19, 2011

December 10-- a Big Day for Sled Hockey

If you live in Southern California and like hockey, you should be at one of the two (or both!) of the sled hockey events on December 10.

First, SoCal Sled Hockey will be in the Camarillo Christmas Parade.  It will start at 10:00 A.M. and will feature our Junior Riptides Sled Program from Oxnard.  Click here for more information about the parade.   You can also find out how to be in it, or where the cheering section will be along the route by contacting Rhonda Waidmann at  The parade will bring exposure and publicity to our sled hockey program.

Pretty Camarillo...

Second, the Ontario Reign will be having a Sled Hockey Night, featuring an intermission demonstration of some SoCal Sled Hockey players, and a jersey auction to support the Junior Reign Sled Team in Riverside. Loud Jumpy Kids will be selling knotted lace bracelets at the game to help support our program as well.

The jersey auction and knotted lace bracelets will help the team buy sleds, sticks, and equipment, and donations are tax deductible.  Tickets to the Ontario Reign game range from $10 to $50, depending on where you want to sit in the arena.  The Reign will be playing the Las Vegas Wranglers that night.  You can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster here.  We appreciate everyone who can come and cheer us on when we have our athletes on the ice during intermission.  We also appreciate anyone who can purchase a jersey at the auction. They make great Christmas gifts.

Invite your friends, family, co-workers, bosses, classmates, neighbors, church members, club members, musicians, waitresses, store clerks, etc.  You get the idea. If you have purchased tickets and you want us to know you'll be there, let Todd know what section you are sitting in by e-mailing him at   Also, e-mail Todd if you would like some materials to send/give to people you are inviting.

Both of these events should be loads of fun.  We hope to see you at one or both events.  They are about 2 hours of driving distance apart...and their start times are 10:00 A.M. for the parade and 6:00 P.M. for the Reign game, so it is possible for a person to be at both events, with time in the middle of the day to spare.  Of course, we understand that the holidays are a busy time and if you can only go to one, choose the one that's right for you.  We have the best fans, and the greatest athletes.  We know you have big hearts.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ventura County Clinic Set for January

Great news!

The Ventura County branch of SoCal Sled Hockey is planning a free clinic on January 28 at the Channel Islands Ice Center in Oxnard.

It all started when Nicholas Jenkins, the kid who started the Riverside team, auditioned for a role in a television show.  He didn't get the part.  Didn't even get a call back.  Still, he was excited that Brock Waidmann, a kid who has spina bifida just like him, got the part.

Brock taking a second to pose for a picture after 
falling over on a hockey sled.  

Nick's dad contacted Brock and invited him out to the September 4 SoCal Sled Hockey clinic.  Brock and his mom, Rhonda, came out, along with his three brothers.  They fell in love with the sport.

Brock in light gray, with his two brothers, playing sled hockey

Nick in the red helmet, with Brock in the light 
gray at the September 4 clinic in Riverside.

Still, living in Ventura County, the family was realistic in their assessment of the program.  It was fun, but way too far for them to drive for regular practices and games.

The family took the bull by the horns and decided to start a team closer to them.  Their first choice was the ice rink in Oxnard, and the people at the ice rink have been very supportive of adopting a sled hockey team.

Recently, the rink added the sled hockey team as a component of its hockey program, the Junior Riptides.  Now, people in Southern California have two choices for sled hockey: Riverside and Oxnard.

Plan to come out to the Channel Islands Ice Center on January 28 to help kick-off and celebrate the new team!  More details about time and clinicians to follow...

Map and directions to the ice rink in Oxnard.

Rhonda and Mel Waidmann, the team mom and dad of the 
Ventura County branch of SoCal Sled Hockey.  

For more information about the the clinic, you can contact the team at and/or check out their event page on Facebook here.