Youth roller hockey keeps kids active and connected in the community

Photo contributed by Chattanooga Hockey / Throughout each season, youth hockey league practices entail a mix of learning the basics, doing drills and playing scrimmages.

Fast-paced. Exciting. Different.

All words that Dustin Backus, board member for the Chattanooga Hockey League, uses to describe the youth roller hockey league.

"Roller hockey is just so different for this area," says Backus. "And it's good for all shapes and sizes. You don't have to be a big or muscular person to play."

The youth hockey league is a fairly recent addition to the area, having only started in Chattanooga in 2018. Since its arrival, kids of all ages and levels of experience have had the opportunity to play.

The league currently has no privately owned rink, so all games and practices take place at the public skating rink next to the Chatt Town Skate Park. Moreover, because the league is nonprofit, many of the coaches and board members are parents or players in the adult league that want to help out, says Backus.