Q. When does the season start?
A. The season starts in the later part of September, continuing into April. However, we do have ice time in Zweibrucken starting in July every Thursday.
Q. How many teams do you have?
A. We have three teams, KMC Eagles I, Eagles II, and Eagles III. The skill levels vary from advanced, intermediate, to novice.
Q. Are there tryouts?
A. Not at this time. Player assignments are based on season availablity, skill level, and/or paid status with the organization. The teams are very dynamic in regards to the player’s ability to be consistent in attending practices and games, family and missions take precedence.
Q. Who is eligible to play?
A. We accept all players, from age 16 and up, all military members from all branches, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, NATO, local nationals, etc.
Q. What skill level or talent is needed to play?
A. We accept novice to the more experienced. Unfortunately, we do not have the additional ice time or coaching staff to teach beginners the basics of ice hockey. We generally accept players that can skate forward and have decent stopping skills. Practices will help in recovering skills, but personal improvement may require additional skating outside team training.
Q. If I don’t have equipment, where can I buy locally?
A. The organization does not issue nor have complete sets of hockey equipment. If a player is in need of a few items, players will often lend equipment until the order arrives.
Gateway Hardware: "It is a hockey shop that has most things if it doesn't they guy who owns it can usually get them. He knows us through one of our new members who knows the owner personally. The big advantage is that the shipping costs are just that--shipping. We placed an order which weighed about 50lbs and the shipping cost was $20. I shipped 2 sticks and the shipping was $8. He will work with us and I am hoping to get even better discounts if we start buying from him. He has already visited our web site and is interested." - Coach Brian
Before purchasing online, verify shipping costs which can definitely drive up the price.
If time is an issue, Top-On-Ice is an excellent German vendor, located in Mannheim about 40 minutes drive. You can order on-line with them and have it shipped, or contact them for price quotes. If you are a DPL league member, they offer 20% discount, plus the VAT form (19%) off the cost of the item. Another location is the Zweibrucken rink, http://www.dewehockey.de/1.html, but the pro shop hours are very limited and so is the stock. They accept the VAT form and have a decent selection on sticks. However, they only accept cash.
Q. Where can I get my skates sharpened?
A. As a benefit to DPL members, Top-On-Ice will sharpen your skates 3 times per season as part of your membership. The rink at Zweibrucken charges 5 Euro, typically a public skate edge, not too aggressive. The Eagles organization owns a sharpener, which can tailor the cut to your needs. The cost is a $5 or 5 euro donation, which funds our end-of-season party.
Q. Do I have to buy my own jersey and socks?
A. Yes, every player will be expected to purchase a set of home and away jerseys and socks. Jerseys and socks will be ordered in mass at the beginning of the season so the jerseys have arrived before the first game. The jerseys and socks will cost approximately 100-120 euros per player. The cost of the jerseys and socks is dependent on the size of the order but the 100-120 is to give player a idea of what to expect. A second order may happen later in the year depending on demand. Player may also purchase a personal set of breezers, but the organization has purchased them so you don’t have to. You can contact your coach for information on ordering jerseys and socks out of cycle.
Q. What if I can’t afford to buy a jersey or I PCS in after the order has already been made?
A. The team has extra jerseys for players who come in late or cannot afford to purchase their own set. Players will have to pay a deposit to the team equipment manager to be issued jerseys and socks and will be expected to turn the jerseys and socks in at the end of the season or before they PCS/deploy.
Q. How do the jersey numbers work?
A. All numbers are managed by the organization in order to avoid duplicates when players move up or down teams.
Q. When and where are practices?
A. Practices are held on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:45 pm, at the Zweibrucken rink which is located 30 minutes drive from Ramstein, and every other Saturdays at Viernheim, 09:30-10:45 am. If there are several league games during the week, then practices may be canceled to save costs and to allow players to physically recoup.
Q. Do you play in a German league?
A. The teams compete in the Die Plays Liga (DPL) At the time of this writing, there are 32 teams, split into four divisions.
Q. Where are the games and at what time?
A. The majority of our games are held in the Mannheim/Heidelberg area. The schedule is usually posted on the DPL website, game times and dates vary.
Q. Does the team carpool?
A. Generally, the team will carpool from the Mobile Martin Park & Ride on the night of the game, time determined by the coach.
Q. Does the team play other teams outside of the league?
A. We play teams in Bitburg, Geilenkirchen, Darmstadt, Mainz, etc…, not to mention Prague (Czech Republic), Strasbourg (France), and Luxembourg City (Luxembourg). This year, we are looking to expand into Switzerland and Belgium.
Q. What does it cost per season?
A. The cost is dependent on the sponsor's rank, and the Euro rate at the time of season start. Information will be posted on the website starting in September.
Q. What if I am a dependent?
A. The cost will be based on your sponsor's status.
Q. What is included in the membership? A. All practices and league games, this includes the player’s fee into the DPL. Additional benefits of playing in the league is the 20% discount (can be combined with a VAT form to get 39% discount) off of equipment and three skate sharpening at Top-On-Ice, a free ticket to a Pro Adler’s game in Mannheim, and additional discounts with league sponsors.
Q. What if I am deploying or PCSing mid-way thru the season?
A. We will pro-rate your cost based on the amount of months you are able to play.
Q. Do you accept payments?
A. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is for everyone to play hockey and not break the bank.