"Mom, I'm FINALLY on a team!" said 10-year old Spencer after his first sled hockey practice.
We are the Wheelchair Sports Federation NY Sled Rangers, a sled hockey team for physically disabled youth ages 5 through 23, which is one of few outlets for physically disabled kids to play competitive sports in New York City. We have kids from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties, and Southern Connecticut.
We change perceptions about how parents think about their children, and how the kids think about themselves. We are increasing self-esteem and self-confidence through sports & recreation all while exposing them to teamwork, friendship and competition.
Sled hockey allows children and adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy an adaptive version of traditional ice hockey, with similar concepts and rules. The main difference is that, competitors sit on adaptive sports equipment known as a sled. The sled is fitted with two skate blades underneath and a runner in front, forming a tripod. Players have two shortened hockey sticks to shoot on one end and a pick (similar to the tip of a figure skate) on the other end (which enables them to propel themselves across the ice, similar to cross country skiing). Checking and high-speed slap shots are common features of the sport.
Guided by the belief that the benefits of athletic competition are no different for athletes with disabilities than for able-bodied athletes, Wheelchair Sports Federation sponsors a wide variety of wheelchair recreational and adaptive sports programs in NY and around the country.
We are committed to covering the costs for athletes who want to play, and we are determined to introduce even more kids to the great sport of sled hockey. The WSF NY Sled Rangers is actively looking for children to participate on their sled hockey team, so come out and skate!