8/27/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
Alright, here we go. This is going to be a very important weekend for RPI
Rollerhockey. We have already gotten a booth/table at this weekends
Rensselaer Union Activities Fair. I've also gotten permission to have a few
people skate around with me to try and promote the club. Jose's getting in the
net, so we have a goalie. Also Bankim will not be here because he has to go
back home this weekend. I think it's part of his probation or something...
Anyway, The Fair starts at 12pm so if you know anyone that is interested or if
you're new and you are interested, come down and sign the membership form and
show your support.
8/20/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
If there is anyone interested in Rollerhockey here at RPI, I would like to hold a meeting and see what kind of
people we have to start the semester. I have already heard from a few of you
and I'm looking forward to getting things underway. Presently, we don't have a
Union sponsored club here at RPI. Due to the long
period of inactivity of the old Club In-Line and Rollerhockey, it was let go by
the Union due to lack of interest. I don't feel that there is any so called
"lack of interesxt" and I also feel that we can make this into one of the
premier clubs here at RPI. Along with the club
starting, I'm also looking into starting an RPI
Intramural Rollerhockey League. This has to get presented and subsequently
approved by Ken Steffen, director of Intramural Sports, and I already have the
support of Steve Allard, Union Club Financial Administrator. We have discussed
this over and over and this week, I'd like to get it rolling. The main
obstacle that we have to deal with is that there is no place to play
rollerhockey other than parking lots and, ... more parking lots. Mr. Allard is
trying to convince other Administration to allow us to use the Field House for
our new league. Again, this is the problem. Without a readily available
playing area, our Rollerhockey league may not even get off the ground. After I
talk more with Mr. Allard, I'll let everyone know.
OK, back to this meeting. I just wanted to get everyone together and see if
there were any questions and/or suggestions on what could be done to further
Rollerhockey here at RPI. I'd like to set the meeting
time for 7:30pm at the Union on Sunday, August 23, 1998. I would very much
appreciate it if you could email me and let me know if you'll be able to
- Email me -- Rich Dunne
8/3/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
Sorry for my tartiness with this thing but I've been a little busy, a little
lazy and I was home this weekend. Anyway, ... The meeting with Cynthia Smith
didn't turn out as I had expected it would have, but we did cover a lot of
important ground and we're well on our way to re-instating the RPI Rollerhockey Club. Bankim and I need to start
working on the clubs "new" constitution and purpose before the start of the
semester so that we can submit it the the E-Board right as classes start. We
should be getting started on that in about a week. Another very immportant
issue is that we are going to need to have a club meeting at the beginning of
the semester(maybe before if any of you are up for it), so we can vote on a few
things and get the "new" RPI Rollerhockey Club
moving in the right direction. I hope that many of you will take this
seriously and traet it as a very important event. Without the support of
everyone we have now, we'll not be able to becomne a Union sponsored club and
we'll have a much harder time getting places to play and people to join our
club. If anyone has any specific questions, I'll be here for the rest of the summer.
7/28/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
This Thursday I have a meeting with Cynthia Smith (Fitzgerald) to discuss the
future of RPI Rollerhockey. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to discuss all of
the following issues that concern me about RPI Rollerhockey's current
1. Our club's status in the Union.
2. Our club name and whether or not to change it. I'll leave the
final decision up to everyone in the club. ( Club In-Line and
Rollerhockey vs. RPI Rollerhockey )
3. Once again I'll try to get the scoop on using the Field House as a place to
4. I'll ask about hosting a tournament in the Field House for next Spring
5. Also, can we use the '87 Gym for Winter season rollerhockey?
6. Can we get any realistically useable area where we can play rollerhockey
besides the Field house or the '87 gym(not even sure yet...)?
7. Anything else that comes up during our converasation...
Here is the email that she sent me:
Rich - Your e-mail was forwarded to me. I'm glad to see that you are
continuing to develop this club activity. The Union approved club name for
this activity is "Club In-Line and Roller Hockey." Changing the name
requires Union approval. I believe I gave you materials back in March that
list the process for Union club approval. When the club was first formed,
there were trademark issues that precluded us from using the term "Roller
blade" in the club name. The members chose Club In-line to include those
people who were interested in the sport of skating, not just in playing
It will not be possible to change the locker name until the Union has a
chance to review the material again. Because the club was inactive for so
long, the Executive Board will need to review the purpose. I would suggest
that you and Bankim review the name/purpose and have the Constitution
Committee and the E-Board review/approve them early in the semester so that
you can proceed with developing the constitution thereafter.
The Activities Fair is on Saturday, August 29, from 12-4 in the Union, and
you will have the opportunity to recruit members then, if you wish.
Let me know if you have any questions and what I can do to help you with
the process. - Cynthia Smith
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 19:42:07 -0400
From: Rich Dunne <email@example.com>
Organization: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Subject: RPI Rollerhockey
Please add the RPI Rollerhocey Club to the list of Union Sports Clubs.
We were prviously called
RPI Club In-Line and Rollerhockey. Thank you.
I'll post the answers to these questions and whatever else comes up during our
meeting on the webpage as soon as I have the time after tomorrow. It'll
probably be up by the weekend.
7/15/98 - Posted by Rich Dunne
In case any of you were wondering about the Rule Book portion of this website, and the rather strict policy
there seems to be about penalties, here's my justification:
Take a look at the RPI Intramural Roller Hockey Rule Book section of the
webpage and let me know what you think about the rules I have come up with.
Some of the penalties sound pretty harsh but keep in mind we probably won't
have enough people playing to separate the league into skill levels. These
rules are more or less to protect the players that aren't as polished yet.
If this seems to be a problem with anyone or if you just have any general concerns, you know where to reach
7/14/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
Believe it or not I've already gotten a response from the administration people that I emailed
yesterday. Here is what Kerry Quinn had to say:
On Tue, 14 Jul 1998, Kerry J Quinn wrote:
I am responding to your email pertaining to roller hockey @ Rensselaer as
Bob Ducatte, athletics director, will be out of the office until 7/20/98.
You mentioned below there was a suggestion to consider the field house as a
practice/playing surface for this activity. I would suggest you contact
Kathy Edick, Director of Auxiliary Support Services, to discuss this
possibility further. Kathy handles all scheduling of the field house.
Kathy's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerry J. Quinn
Associate Athletics Director, Business
Alumni Sports and Recreation Center, Room 216
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180
Athletics Web: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/athletics/
To which I responded:
Hi Kerry and thanks for the surprisingly quick response. I had been
contact before with Steve Allard about using the Sharp tennis courts as a
surface to play rollerhockey on. Obviously, we were told that playing
rollerhockey on the Sharp courts was not even remotely possible. I don't
want to sound ungrateful or anything, but the Field House isn't as readily
available as the tennis court or other outdoor court areas. If there were
an outdoor courted area that could be used for rollerhockey, we would have
the oportunity to host a greater number of tournaments(possibly) and make
some $$ for the school. The ususal charge per team is about $250-$325.
Depending on the number of teams participating and number of allowable
players per team. It seems reasonable to assume that at least 4-5 teams
would be able to attend a tournament. So it stands to reason that the
total "revenue" we could make would be in the neighborhood of $1200.
From that we would need about $200 or so to get prizes or trophies for the
winner of the tourney. The RPI Club In-Line and Rollerhockey should be
able to use some of the money to purchase supplies for itself as it may be
traveling to participate in other collegiate tournaments as well. I would
think no more than $150-$175 The rest would then go to the school, I
think. Keep in mind I have NO IDEA what I talking about here. I'm just
throwing out a suggestable means of going about the inception of RPI
Rollerhockey. Because RPI is so involved in research and acedemic
development, I wouldn't expect that much if any financial support from the
school, eventhough we are recognized and a Student Union sponsored club.
I will be getting in contact with Kathy Edick soon and anxiously await
her response. I hope that in the future there will be some room for an
RPI Rollerhockey facility here on campus. Thanks.
Now here's what I wrote to Kathy Edick:
Hello Kathy, my name is Rich Dunne, the president of RPI's Club In-Line
and Rollerhockey. I was told to get in contact with you about using the
Houston Field House as a possibly facility for our club to use for
rollerhockey. I've already spent ample time voicing my opinion to various
other RPI Sports and Building Administators such as Dan Fridgen, Bob
Keyes, and Robert Dugatte. I've also contacted Kerry Quinn, Steve Allard
and now I've gotten referred to you. Here's the scoop and where RPI
Rollerhockey stands right now... Towards the end of last semester(Spring
'98), I was in contact with Steve Allard about using the Sharp tennis
courts as a possible rollerhockey facility. It was explained to me that
this would not be a possibility but there might be a chance of using the
Field house as a place to play. This never became a possibility as I fell
out of contact with Steve and student support expectedly dwindled as
finals approached. I would like to get the ball rolling on having the
Club In-Line and Rollerhockey use the Houston Field House as it's
rollerhockey facility for that fall semester as long as it is not use for
the Men's Ice Hockey Team (ie. while there is no ice). It is my
understanding that the ice does not go down until late September or
mid-October. If we get moving now, I feel that by the first week in
September, we will have more than enough student support to fashion an
intramural rollerhockey league. I have already tried to compile a rule
book pertaining to the formation of an intramural league. This "rule
book" as well as many other items are posted on the RPI Rollerhockey Web
Page listed below. I would like to hear your response on the following
1. The possibility of our club using the RPI Field house as a
facility to play rollerhockey.
2. The possibility of forming an intramural rollerhockey league,
pending student support.
3. The possibility of any financial support from the Student Union
and/or RPI itself.
4. The possible future of an RPI Rollerhockey facility on campus.
(I realize that I'm pushing my luck, but I'd just like to get your opinion
on the subject.)
Your cooperation is vitaly important to the future development of RPI
Rollerhockey. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Please visit the RPI Rollerhockey web page at:
for more information. Thank you.
All of these emails being sent back and forth may be posted on a seperate page in
the future so that they will be eaiser to view and manage. But for now, this is
all you're gonna get.
I have also gotten some responses from a few people that would like some
responsibility with the inner-workings RPI Rollerhockey. Once I get in contact
with the administration people and decided what positions are needed, I will let
everyone that has expressed an interest know.
Right now I am going to turn my attention to developing an RIRHL Rule Book that we
can use to base a new Intramural Rollerhockey League on. Like I sadi before, the
rules for intercollegiate rollerhockey are pretty much uniform throughout all of
the college hosted tournaments around the area, so I'll leave those rules alone.
The RIRHL Rule Book will be developed on-line at:
Any suggestions you all might have on rules and regulations will gladly be taken into consideration.
7/13/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
Well for what has so far been for me a boring and tedious summer, I've
finally taken action and gotten off my lazy ass to try and get RPI
Rollerhockey in motion for next semester. I have submitted an email to the
"Big Wigs" of RPI Athletics the likes of which include
RPI Men's Ice Hockey
Coach Dan Fridgen, Financial Coordinator
of Union Clubs Steve Allard, Associate
Athletics Director, Business, Athletics Kerry
Quinn, Athletics Director Robert Ducatte,
and Building Supervisor Bob Keyes. Hopefully
some of these people will respond with some positivity and we can then try to
forge ahead through the infancy of RPI Rollerhockey.
Here is a copy of the email I have already sent these people:
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 22:34:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rich Dunne <email@example.com>
To: Steven M Allard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com, Kerry J Quinn <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Daniel J Fridgen <email@example.com>, Robert Ducatte <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Robert E Keyes <email@example.com>
Subject: Roller Hockey At RPI...
I hope you still remember who I am becausde it sure has been a while. I
came in to talk to you a few times towards the end of the semester abtou
using the tennis courts as a place to play rollerhockey. Does any of this
ring a bell? Anyway, I'm living in the area for the summer and I thought
it would be a good idea to get a head start on things for the new school
year. I remember you mentioning us (RPI Club In-Line and Rollerhockey)
using the Field House as a possible area to play rollerhockey. Is this
still a possibility? I would like to get people in there and playing as
soon as the semester begins if at all possible. This way, we'll be able
to judge whether or not the concrete floor is a good enough surface for us
to play on. I'm sure that it will be but I'd just as soon check it out
myself. I'm working right now on putting together the RPI Rollerhockey
Team Web Page so that we can try to get as many people as possible
interested in this exciting sport. I also remember you telling me of
another athletic director that tried to start a rollerhockey league some
years ago but failed due to low student support. I have a strong belief
that the student support has arrived. I have accumulated a web page of
interested rollerhockey players posted at:
I will contact these people in the next few days and let them know that we
have voiced our opinion on roller hockey here at RPI.
It annoys me, and even angers me to some degree, to see that other
colleges in the Norhteastern US have had assembled rollerhockey teams for
years and years. Practically none of these schools have any reputation or
commitment to hockey as a like RPI does. Just this past NHL year for
instance, two former RPI standouts, Joe Juneau and Adam Oates played
together on the Washington Capitals for the Stanley Cup. When I tell my
friends, "Hey, that guy went to RPI.", they all roll there eyes in
disbelief. This is the problem that I'm talking about. Most of the
people outside of the Div 1A Men's Ice Hockey world don't even know that
matter. By putting together a rollerhockey program that can soon compete
intercollegicly and let the other schools out there that RPI has a great
legacy and an even greater future in the sport of hockey.
Sorry about that,... I just had to get that off my chest. But as you can
probably imagine, there are many other students that feel as strongly as I
do about the sport of hockey and it's future development here at RPI in
the form of a representative roller hokey team that can compete against
other schools. I'm not expecting this to become a huge success or
participation magnet right away, but I'm sure that as ore people learn of
the teams existence, the involvement of RPI students will grow just as
quickly. All I ask, is that we get the chance as a club/intramural sport
first, and see where that leads us.
If at all possible, I would love to hear from any of you at you earliest
108 25th Street
Troy, NY 12180
I'd like to thank you all for the support and consideration you've already
given to our club.
As for where we stand right now? I have already gotten some interest from a few
incoming freshmen, believe it or not, that have contacted me via email. I will
of course get to these people eventually, but as for now, I'd like to talk
about more pressing issues.
1. We have to get togther an up to date list of people that will be
around next semester (Fall '98) so that I can submit this list to the
aforementioned people and get RPI Rollerhockey started throught the gauntlet of
red tape that bounds to ensue.
2.Anyone, and I mean ANYONE that feels compelled to email the
people above, please feel free to do so. The more interest they hear about
from RPI students, the better chance RPI Rollerhockey has of becoming a
3.I will be offering another page on the web that you may use to
"register" yourself as a memeber of the RPI Club In-Line and Rollerhockey.
This is not going to be around for a while so don't worry about it for now.
4.I am looking to have Rollerhockey as an intramural sport for this
fall. This will prove to be a very important starting point for the
development of RPI Rollerhockey and it's future here at
RPI. We must have the FULL SUPPORT of all students
interested in participating in RPI Rollerhockey.
Once I hear from the administration people that I have emailed, I will post
their replies and let everyone know as soon as I can. Once again, ANYONE
that is interested in helping with the initiation of RPI
Rollerhockey into the Intramural sports programs can contact me via email.
You're help is already greatly appreciated.
I am also in the process of compiling a "rule book" that we may use both
for starting the RPI Intramural Rollerhockey League
(RIRHL, or whatever other name you'd prefer) and also use for hosting any
tournaments in the future. Actually, it might be better to setup 2 seperate
rule books, one for intramural game and one for intercollegiate games. Most of
the rules for intercollegiate games have been pretty much consistent throughout
the course of last year's tournaments, so we might just want to grab some of
those for our own and see about the rest of them. I'll be posting those rules
for you to look at also.
4/14/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
Sorry about the one day notice concerning last weekend, but we had a good amount of
people show. Anyway, I'm in the process of trying to get us to be able to play
in the Fieldhouse for a few days before the semester is over. I won't hear
until Wednesday but I'll keep everyone up to date. If we do get permission to
use the Fieldhouse, we might need to sign some injury waiver or something.
Either way, it shouldn't be a problem. But we will be "evaluating" the
Fieldhouse and it's capabilities to host a possible future tournament.
Everyone's opinions and comments are more than welcome. The way I see it, we
have (realistically) 2 weekends left, and for some people only 1, to get some
of this rollerhockey in effect. I'll definitely be there for this weekend and
next weekend as well. Hopefully, everyone can make it.
3/31/98 -- Posted by Bankim Tejani
For those who are wondering, the Tournament in Baltimore will be played
with an IDS puck. I have one if you would like to see one.
3/31/98 -- Posted by Bankim Tejani
Please let us know by Thurs. 4/2 if you can play in the April 11 & 12
Tournament. This needs to a definite answer, so that we can submit a
roster, and collect money for the team fee. Thanks!
3/31/98 -- Posted by Rich Dunne
First things first. I would have to say that last Sunday's game at Sharp was
quite a success. I was pleased to see so many people show up. In fact, for
those of you who were at the game, there were actually too many people for the
amount of space we had. I'd have to say about 20 or so people actually showed
which is very reassuring. Hopefully the next time we have a game or practice
we could get some more people and get 2 games going at the same time. Have
like a little tournament thing. Who knows... I'm trying to make this like a
bulletin board where everyone can post stuff or make comments and such. I'll
let you all know when I've got it working.