On any Saturday or Sunday passersby can’t help but to notice the abundance of activities taking place in La Sabana Park.
Soccer takes a front row seat, but a closer look reveals sporting activities that are novel for Costa Rica.
None is more novel than the group that plays hockey every Sunday morning. Who would think hockey in Costa Rica?
Although there has been a league that has played the sport on ice, this league is for roller hockey.
Don Mora, the president of the Asociación de Deportivo Hockey Costa Rica, said that the sport took roots in 1993 and teams played in the Parque de Paz. After losing that venue to a bicycle club, the association obtained another site in Parque de Paz only to lose that to a tennis club.
Finally, in 2010 players were able to acquire a new site in La Sabana when a new skating facility was constructed. They have been there ever since. Mora said that it has taken time to rebuild interest in hockey and now have as many as 30 to 40 show up each Sunday to play.
Mora also said that on Saturdays at the same location they have a hockey clinic to teach children and other newcomers the game. The clinic begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free of charge. Mora said that participants need to have only a pair of skates and a helmet to participate in the clinic.
The league officials are planning the upcoming season which is scheduled to start in late July or early August. They plan to have a rainy season and a dry season, which will begin in January.
Mora said the league plan to have five or six teams by January. The upcoming season will be comprised of three teams. Anyone interested in playing or learning hockey should contact Don Mora at firstname.lastname@example.org.