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NARCh (North American Roller Hockey Championships) is the premier tournament series for competitive travel roller hockey. It was started in 1994 by Paul Chapey and Jeff Mason. In 2002, Chapey and Mason sold their interest in NARCh to Daryn Goodwin, a NARCh employee. Goodwin is currently the sole stock holder in NARCh.

NARCh is not only the largest roller hockey tournament in the world, but also the largest hockey tournament, recently hosting 435 teams at its Finals in San Jose in July 2008. In addition, the youth portion of the tournament has grown to become the largest youth indoor sporting event in the world.

The first NARCh Finals were held in 1994 at the All American Sports Mall in St. Louis, Missouri and featured 39 teams.

The annual division champions of NARCh are widely accepted as being the best roller hockey teams in the world.

CompetitionsEdit

WinterNationalsEdit

The WinterNationals are tournaments held annually in January and February. They are not qualifiers for the NARCh Finals, but are entirely separate tournaments. From 2008-2010, the tournament was split up into two events: the East Coast WinterNationals and the West Coast WinterNationals. In 2011, the Winternationals returned to their traditional one-tournament format.

Year Host City Host Arena
1997 Huntington Beach, California Coast 2 Coast
1998 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Center
1999 Las Vegas, Nevada Crystal Palace
2000 Las Vegas, Nevada Crystal Palace
2001 Las Vegas, Nevada Crystal Palace
2002 Las Vegas, Nevada Crystal Palace
2003 Las Vegas, Nevada Crystal Palace
2004 Las Vegas, Nevada Crystal Palace
2005 Reno, Nevada Reno Events Center
2006 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Sports Complex
2007 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Sports Complex
2008 (West Coast) Irvine, California 949 Roller Hockey Center
2008 (East Coast) Bethpage, New York Skate Safe America
2009 (West Coast) San Jose, California Rollin' Ice at Silver Creek Sportsplex
2009 (East Coast) Bethpage, New York Skate Safe America
2010 (West Coast) San Jose, California Rollin' Ice at Silver Creek Sportsplex
2010 (East Coast) Bethpage, New York Skate Safe America
2011 San Jose, California Rollin' Ice at Silver Creek Sportsplex

RegionalsEdit

The Regionals are held March through June annually across North America. They act as qualifiers to the NARCh Finals. The cities the regionals are currently being held in are:

FinalsEdit

The NARCh Finals are held annually in July and are NARCh's largest event. The winner of the Finals is awarded the NARCh Cup.

Year Host City Host Arena
1994 St. Louis, Missouri All American Sports Mall
1995 St. Louis, Missouri All American Sports Mall
1996 Chicago, Illinois Odeum Expo Center
1997 Vancouver, British Columbia Great Pacific Forum
1998 Alpharetta, Georgia The Cooler
1999 Alpharetta, Georgia The Cooler
2000 Brampton, Ontario Brampton Centre for Sports & Entertainment
2001 Estero, Florida TECO Arena
2002 St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
2003 Estero, Florida TECO Arena
2004 Cincinnati, Ohio Sports Plus
2005 Estero, Florida Germain Arena
2006 Mississauga, Ontario Hershey Centre
2007 Estero, Florida Germain Arena
2008 San Jose, California Rollin' Ice at Silver Creek Sportsplex
2009 Mississauga, Ontario Hershey Centre
2010 San Jose, California Rollin' Ice at Silver Creek Sportsplex
2011 Estero, Florida Germain Arena

DivisionsEdit

The divisions (age range) and subdivisions (tiers of play within division) for NARCh tournaments are listed below.

Division Age Requirement Subdivisions
Atom 8 and under Silver, Gold, Platinum
Mite 10 and under Club, Silver, Gold, Platinum
Squirt 12 and under Club, Silver, Gold, Platinum
Peewee 14 and under Club, Silver, Gold, Platinum
Bantam 16 and under Club, Silver, Gold, Platinum
Midget 18 and under Silver, Gold, Platinum
Junior 21 and under Gold, Platinum
Division 1 24 and under Platinum
Men's 18 and up Silver, Gold, Platinum
Women's 14 and up Gold, Platinum
Girl's 18 and under Gold
High School Player must be attending high school Gold
College (NCRHA) Player must be attending college
35 and Over 35 and up Platinum
NARCh Pro 18 and up

NARCh ProEdit

Template:Main NARCh Pro is a division of NARCh in which professional teams compete for cash prizes and the NARCh Cup. Most recently, at the 2010 NARCh Finals, the cash prizes have been $15,000 for the winning team and $5,000 for the runner-up.[1] The current teams as of the 2010 Finals are: [2]

Team State/Province
Eschelon Jr. Ducks Huntington Beach California
Eschelon Jr. Ducks California
ISCA Grizzlies New Jersey
LA Pama Cyclones California
Mission AKS Empire California
Mission Axiom California
Mission Labeda Snipers New York
Mission Momentum California
Mississauga Mission Rattlers Ontario
Revision Buffalo Wings New York
SPR Frenchies France
Tour Bordercats Michigan
Tour Mudcats Pennsylvania
USA Clinics Wisconsin

ReferencesEdit

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