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    Has anybody tried setting up a unicycle hockey team at their
    university? I really like the idea but not much idea whether it would
    work. I know there's a handful of other unicyclists about, and I'm
    going to take up a couple of spare unicycles to lend to other people
    interested in learning. But seems to me that would need to get a
    reasonable number of people involved quite quickly for it to go
    anywhere, because of things like hall hire, and that's a problem
    because people aren't going to buy a unicycle unless they can already
    ride. Anybody got any relevant experience/advice?

    KOXX unicycles are very nice.

    Beth.

  • #2
    Re: university hockey teams

    Beth Tichborne wrote:
    > Has anybody tried setting up a unicycle hockey team at their
    > university?


    Which university are you at? Does it have a juggling club whose members
    might be interested? Is there a juggling club in town whose members
    might be interested, or better still a unicycling club in town? Have
    you spoken to the Student's Union about setting up a club and booking
    university facilities?

    If you can set up a club and get it affiliated to the Student's Union
    then you should be able to book a university hall of some description.
    You may also be able to get some funding for equipment.

    I was Chairman of the juggling club when I was at university. Part of
    the job (probably the most important part, actually, and it probably
    should have been the secretary's job) was to make sure our twice weekly
    slot in the dance studio was booked. It wouldn't have been big enough
    to play unicycle hockey, but it *was* where I learned to ride backwards
    (the dance bar was perfect for that).

    --
    Danny Colyer (the UK company has been laughed out of my reply address)
    <URL:http://www.speedy5.freeserve.co.uk/danny/>
    "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine

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    • #3
      My college is much to small. I have met three unicyclists since I got here and one was a professor. There is a juggling club but it only has about 5-6 members and I stopped going cause it ends up conflicting with other stuff.

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      • #4
        Re: university hockey teams

        There is a juggling club, haven't spoken to anyone there about it yet,
        there aren't very many unicyclists. I hadn't thought of the town club
        though, thanks, that's a good idea. I'm just looking at all the stuff
        about officially setting up, it'd be nice if they bought us sticks. All
        quite complicated though..if it fits in with my timetable I might just
        travel down to the London club, if they're still going (anyone know?)

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        • #5
          here's a thread about our ongoing adventures in uni-hoki in South Africa

          this is organised thru the existing Juggling Club in Johannesburg
          our numbers are so small that distinctions between jugglers and unicyclists are really unproductive, we have however selected some funky names for the different bodies, all comprising more or less the same people. there's the 'Balls Up!' Juggling club, there's the Gauteng Unicyclist Society (G.U.S. for short) and the Gauteng and National Juggling Association (G.A.N.J.A. for short)
          there's also the 'Ministry of Jesters' at WITS university, hence the need for the national body

          this is also the body that organises our Annual Convention

          we're quite fortunate in the sense that the In-Line Hockey Club who's rink we use are just so happy to have a sport around that's forever going to be smaller than theirs, that they're happy to let the rink to us at R25 per person playing
          spectators free
          (R25 is equivalent to an average Macmeal-and-a-bit)

          here are some pics showing the idealness of the venue

          i'm not really answering any of your questions here, am i?

          try n find a venue that will let u pay based on the amount of people who actually pitch
          i realise this is unlikely
          remember u have the novelty value of Uni-hoki on your side
          don't be scared to use the 'potential exposure for the venue' card if it'll help u secure this benefit
          if it's still a bit dodgy, try n find a tennis court u can use
          up to about 3-a-side, tennis courts are great
          u can make a plan for goal posts
          use the time-honoured 'between these two jerseys' if u have to
          it worked when we were in school...
          basically do whatever u have to do to get a bunch of people out and playing
          once they've played, they're about 85% sure of being hooked
          that'll make it a bit easier to organise a 'proper' venue

          if u can make it to London and have a game with the Luni's, do so
          they struck me as a fun bunch of people who play a mean game of uni-hoki
          i don't know how far u'll have to travel, but if u can take some doubters along before getting a game going in your area, do so
          it'll help to convince them
          Three short Gs and a long E-flat™ - UniHoki
          If I'm Murdered, Don't Execute My Killer.
          harper
          MikeFule Seager BluntRM
          NAMASTE!
          Dave

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          • #6
            old pics new zealand pics new pics
            Where have I been riding? (GPS)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by joemarshall
              ...jumpers for goalposts...
              i was going to type jumpers and then i thought the UK people might get angry at me for taking the piss 'cause surely they don't actually talk like that...

              fat lot i know





              ps. if u haul along a cooler bag with some cold-drinks and sell them at cost+lil'bit, u might just make enough money to help u cover the venue hire on nights when u're a bit short of players.
              if u mark them up enough, u might be able to offer the uni-hoki free, with a two drink minimum

              Three short Gs and a long E-flat™ - UniHoki
              If I'm Murdered, Don't Execute My Killer.
              harper
              MikeFule Seager BluntRM
              NAMASTE!
              Dave

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              • #8
                Um, I sure can't start one. I'm the only one that knows how to unicycle on this campus.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LegoBoy
                  Um, I sure can't start one. I'm the only one that knows how to unicycle on this campus.
                  that just means it's easier to organise games!
                  think positive thoughts!!

                  Three short Gs and a long E-flat™ - UniHoki
                  If I'm Murdered, Don't Execute My Killer.
                  harper
                  MikeFule Seager BluntRM
                  NAMASTE!
                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    I'm a Freshman at Purdue University. We have about 40,000 students. I was surprised to find that our Juggling/Unicycling club has only one other person who rides even weekly. Several others do know how to ride a little though. It would be interesting to find out how many unicycles we have in the club to see if we might be able to have enough to get a good game together. I have one unicycle that I have been lending out to people so that they can learn to ride. The last 2 people i have lent it to ended up learning and getting their own. I think I'm successfully bulilding the unicycling community here at Purdue and I hope to be able to do things like organize some games. It is just taking time.
                    Just plain having fun with the uni and clubs.

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                    • #11
                      Re: university hockey teams

                      Hi Beth,

                      > Has anybody tried setting up a unicycle hockey team at their
                      > university? I really like the idea but not much idea whether it would
                      > work. I know there's a handful of other unicyclists about, and I'm
                      > going to take up a couple of spare unicycles to lend to other people
                      > interested in learning. But seems to me that would need to get a
                      > reasonable number of people involved quite quickly for it to go
                      > anywhere, because of things like hall hire, and that's a problem
                      > because people aren't going to buy a unicycle unless they can already
                      > ride. Anybody got any relevant experience/advice?


                      I'm at the University of Nottingham. We have a juggling club in the
                      university, but as these things usually are it is any "anything juggling
                      related" club which most definitely includes unicycling. As you point
                      out, it can be difficult to get enough people together to play hockey -
                      this is the first year we will be doing it. Significantly I feel, most
                      of the people that will be playing would not consider themselves
                      unicyclists first, but diablo/staff/juggler. They don't have a burning
                      desire to learn lots of nice tricks and buy expensive unicycle but they
                      are interested in playing hockey. My point is that you shouldn't
                      discount the juggling clubs!

                      Depending on where you are (if you tell us I'm sure someone will pipe in
                      with a suggestion of where to look), you might find that there are
                      enough clubs near by to get a decent game going. I play hockey regularly
                      (I'll be playing tonight even, wahey!) but it's only really possible
                      because of the people from the university club, the Nottingham Juggling
                      club and the Derby Juggling club.

                      As for setting up your own club... There are pros and cons. If you join
                      the juggling club you get instant access to more potentially interested
                      people, it is easier to earn money as part of a juggling club (as
                      opposed to unicycle club), it saves you the hassle of setting up the
                      club and there is no conflict of interest/time for people wanting to do
                      both juggling and unicycling.

                      On the flip side, if you create a unicycle club there is more space for
                      you all, any grant money you get can be spent on unicycle equipment
                      only. You control the direction of the club. It will be harder to get
                      sufficient members and it is possible that the students union will not
                      affiliate the club if they think it is too similar in its role to an
                      existing club, ie. the juggling club.


                      Oh and don't forget to go to the unimeets! When is the next one?

                      Just my thoughts,

                      Cheers,

                      Roger
                      --
                      Nottingham One Day Juggling Convention
                      5th March 2005 - 10am-Late
                      http://www.nottsjuggling.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        I started one at my uni when I started riding. It was just a few chaps from the juggling club. We played wherever we could, usually car parks. We rarely got more than 5 people truning out so we never got a proper game but it was still fun.
                        Severn Wheelers. Bristol's best (and only) unicycle hockey club
                        Wednesdays, 8:30. All welcome

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                        • #13
                          Re: university hockey teams

                          joemarshall wrote:

                          > In Derby, we (well Roland) solved the hall hire problem by hiring a
                          > floodlit outdoor 5 a side pitch. It's smooth and hard surfaced, well lit
                          > and nice and big.


                          ....

                          > It's sometimes nasty weather, but once you get going that doesn't
                          > really matter.


                          This is very true. I think it adds a dimension to the game as well. We
                          had frost last week which meant lots more spills than usual but it was
                          cracking good fun.

                          I'm still hoping for snow.

                          Cheers,

                          Roger
                          --
                          Nottingham One Day Juggling Convention
                          5th March 2005 - 10am-Late
                          http://www.nottsjuggling.co.uk

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                          • #14
                            Re: university hockey teams

                            bethant@gmail.com wrote:
                            > I hadn't thought of the town club ...


                            Students seldom do :-(

                            When I was at university I was the only student to regularly play judo
                            in town, the only student to do aikido in town, the only student to go
                            to the juggling club in town and the only student to go to the unicycle
                            club in town. It's a shame, I think students can benefit a great deal
                            from fraternising with the locals, and of course it's good for town and
                            gown relations.

                            --
                            Danny Colyer (the UK company has been laughed out of my reply address)
                            <URL:http://www.speedy5.freeserve.co.uk/danny/>
                            "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine

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                            • #15
                              The London Club is still going. We play from 8 'til 9:30 most Thursdays (sometimes there are exams in the hall we use).

                              More details at John Marshall's Website

                              We'll definitely be there this week, and next week.
                              We're always looking for more players, we've been getting around 6 most weeks which a bit low.

                              Paul

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