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Captain's Practices

Now is about the time where the high school team's start their "non-school-sanctioned" captain practices. Is the MIAA really that dumb, or do they just turn a blind eye?

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Oh they're good with it. It's too much to have most coaches put in even more work for no more money and it's a sport you really can't just jump off of the couch and play after being off of the ice for 8 months....assuming lower level teams and players don't chase the dream like C.C. and D-I kids.

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anon
Oh they're good with it. It's too much to have most coaches put in even more work for no more money and it's a sport you really can't just jump off of the couch and play after being off of the ice for 8 months....assuming lower level teams and players don't chase the dream like C.C. and D-I kids.


If the coach isn't watching these sort of "practices" aren't worth the price of the ice.

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anon
anon
Oh they're good with it. It's too much to have most coaches put in even more work for no more money and it's a sport you really can't just jump off of the couch and play after being off of the ice for 8 months....assuming lower level teams and players don't chase the dream like C.C. and D-I kids.


If the coach isn't watching these sort of "practices" aren't worth the price of the ice.


I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you never captained a team, or played for a team with quality captains and have no idea how a captains practice works.

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Anon
anon
anon
Oh they're good with it. It's too much to have most coaches put in even more work for no more money and it's a sport you really can't just jump off of the couch and play after being off of the ice for 8 months....assuming lower level teams and players don't chase the dream like C.C. and D-I kids.


If the coach isn't watching these sort of "practices" aren't worth the price of the ice.


I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you never captained a team, or played for a team with quality captains and have no idea how a captains practice works.
You're kidding, right?

Hey, if your kid's HS team has a "quality captain" that runs a good practice, consider yourself lucky, because you are definitely in the minority. My experience is like the poster you replied to, the only value to a Captains Practice is to begin to show the coach what you have before tryouts. Being Captain is about being the most popular, not the most respected role model.

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Anon
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you never captained a team, or played for a team with quality captains and have no idea how a captains practice works.

this comes up every year, and somehow i continue to respond:
these practices are hit or miss from school to school and year to year. i have 'heard' some are effective, some are, while well meaning, become a waste (too much time deciding what to do next) and some are useless: quickly becomes a scrimmage in which the lower classmen sit and watch the upper 'show off'.

the more consistent and useful ones are those in which a 'hand picked' adult runs.

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Captain's Practices = FUNDRAISING!! 40+ kids on the ice, each charged $20 for 50 minutes of ice ($200 for the ice) for 3 months over the Summer and 3 months in the Fall...you do the math!

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If your Captain's Practices are a fundraisers, you need a better Boosters program!

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Anon
If your Captain's Practices are a fundraisers, you need a better Boosters program!


"Boosters program"!!?? For high school hockey?

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I take it your kids are too young or else you would know this is where the $ comes from.

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anon
Anon
If your Captain's Practices are a fundraisers, you need a better Boosters program!


"Boosters program"!!?? For high school hockey?


Yes, Boosters are what keep the Catholics and higher-end Publics in MA afloat.

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+1

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It is amazing the range of knowledge to lack of knowledge in this area when it comes to levels of hockey. It appears that people base all of their knowledge of the sport on their small sample of where they played or their school.

My experiences with Captains practices were the real deal (the coach would tell the captain things he would suggest working on or suggest they use the same plan that last years captain did ) In fact, the coach would use a season practice at some point to run a simulated captains practice where they would observe from the stands, so they when they could not be there it was fine.

In addition, players pushed themselves hard, because they knew the captains would be telling the coaches who did what and the potential to be cut was very real. The captains took their role very serious so that the captaincy would not be revoked and the players took it very serious too.

I can say that the numerous captains practices at various levels I participated in were real practices that the coach had some behind the scenes input in. It would always inevitably end in some type of scrimmage or shootout. But it did not matter if the coach was there or not, because they were structured uptempo intense practices.. In fact some of the most physical practices were captains practices when the coach was not there to tell you to stop crushing his new d men with an overly aggressive fore check !

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Anon
It is amazing the range of knowledge to lack of knowledge in this area when it comes to levels of hockey. It appears that people base all of their knowledge of the sport on their small sample of where they played or their school.

My experiences with Captains practices were the real deal (the coach would tell the captain things he would suggest working on or suggest they use the same plan that last years captain did ) In fact, the coach would use a season practice at some point to run a simulated captains practice where they would observe from the stands, so they when they could not be there it was fine.

In addition, players pushed themselves hard, because they knew the captains would be telling the coaches who did what and the potential to be cut was very real. The captains took their role very serious so that the captaincy would not be revoked and the players took it very serious too.

I can say that the numerous captains practices at various levels I participated in were real practices that the coach had some behind the scenes input in. It would always inevitably end in some type of scrimmage or shootout. But it did not matter if the coach was there or not, because they were structured uptempo intense practices.. In fact some of the most physical practices were captains practices when the coach was not there to tell you to stop crushing his new d men with an overly aggressive fore check !


They are a joke you are wrong , we have catholic and prep experience with these garbage practices . They are useless , all they are for is so the older kids can tool on the incoming freshmen , that's it . I have seen kids get hurt , bullied , and tooled on for no good reason ......They are a joke .

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You're pretty much right on....sadly.

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Anon
Anon
It is amazing the range of knowledge to lack of knowledge in this area when it comes to levels of hockey. It appears that people base all of their knowledge of the sport on their small sample of where they played or their school.

My experiences with Captains practices were the real deal (the coach would tell the captain things he would suggest working on or suggest they use the same plan that last years captain did ) In fact, the coach would use a season practice at some point to run a simulated captains practice where they would observe from the stands, so they when they could not be there it was fine.

In addition, players pushed themselves hard, because they knew the captains would be telling the coaches who did what and the potential to be cut was very real. The captains took their role very serious so that the captaincy would not be revoked and the players took it very serious too.

I can say that the numerous captains practices at various levels I participated in were real practices that the coach had some behind the scenes input in. It would always inevitably end in some type of scrimmage or shootout. But it did not matter if the coach was there or not, because they were structured uptempo intense practices.. In fact some of the most physical practices were captains practices when the coach was not there to tell you to stop crushing his new d men with an overly aggressive fore check !


They are a joke you are wrong , we have catholic and prep experience with these garbage practices . They are useless , all they are for is so the older kids can tool on the incoming freshmen , that's it . I have seen kids get hurt , bullied , and tooled on for no good reason ......They are a joke .


Hey - sorry your kid got his feelings hurt.

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Anon
Anon
Anon
It is amazing the range of knowledge to lack of knowledge in this area when it comes to levels of hockey. It appears that people base all of their knowledge of the sport on their small sample of where they played or their school.

My experiences with Captains practices were the real deal (the coach would tell the captain things he would suggest working on or suggest they use the same plan that last years captain did ) In fact, the coach would use a season practice at some point to run a simulated captains practice where they would observe from the stands, so they when they could not be there it was fine.

In addition, players pushed themselves hard, because they knew the captains would be telling the coaches who did what and the potential to be cut was very real. The captains took their role very serious so that the captaincy would not be revoked and the players took it very serious too.

I can say that the numerous captains practices at various levels I participated in were real practices that the coach had some behind the scenes input in. It would always inevitably end in some type of scrimmage or shootout. But it did not matter if the coach was there or not, because they were structured uptempo intense practices.. In fact some of the most physical practices were captains practices when the coach was not there to tell you to stop crushing his new d men with an overly aggressive fore check !


They are a joke you are wrong , we have catholic and prep experience with these garbage practices . They are useless , all they are for is so the older kids can tool on the incoming freshmen , that's it . I have seen kids get hurt , bullied , and tooled on for no good reason ......They are a joke .


Hey - sorry your kid got his feelings hurt.


Yeah nothing like watching a goalie get pucks shot at the back of his legs and off the face on purpose , also loved all the cross checks and trips. Yeah those are some great practices seeing kids get hurt for no reason other than kids being tough guys .......

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Anon
Anon
Anon
Anon
It is amazing the range of knowledge to lack of knowledge in this area when it comes to levels of hockey. It appears that people base all of their knowledge of the sport on their small sample of where they played or their school.

My experiences with Captains practices were the real deal (the coach would tell the captain things he would suggest working on or suggest they use the same plan that last years captain did ) In fact, the coach would use a season practice at some point to run a simulated captains practice where they would observe from the stands, so they when they could not be there it was fine.

In addition, players pushed themselves hard, because they knew the captains would be telling the coaches who did what and the potential to be cut was very real. The captains took their role very serious so that the captaincy would not be revoked and the players took it very serious too.

I can say that the numerous captains practices at various levels I participated in were real practices that the coach had some behind the scenes input in. It would always inevitably end in some type of scrimmage or shootout. But it did not matter if the coach was there or not, because they were structured uptempo intense practices.. In fact some of the most physical practices were captains practices when the coach was not there to tell you to stop crushing his new d men with an overly aggressive fore check !


They are a joke you are wrong , we have catholic and prep experience with these garbage practices . They are useless , all they are for is so the older kids can tool on the incoming freshmen , that's it . I have seen kids get hurt , bullied , and tooled on for no good reason ......They are a joke .


Hey - sorry your kid got his feelings hurt.


Yeah nothing like watching a goalie get pucks shot at the back of his legs and off the face on purpose , also loved all the cross checks and trips. Yeah those are some great practices seeing kids get hurt for no reason other than kids being tough guys .......


Wow, where are you sending your kids? The programs I have been aware of pretty much have been run like what the poster who said they were the "real deal" - with the Captains instructed and advised just how to run a good practice - except it was the D men shutting down the forwards!

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if this is the sh$t that happens at your kids school, why the hell would you want him playing on that team anyway? Even if he is not one of the benders trying to make an impression.

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Anon
anon
Anon
If your Captain's Practices are a fundraisers, you need a better Boosters program!


"Boosters program"!!?? For high school hockey?


Yes, Boosters are what keep the Catholics and higher-end Publics in MA afloat.


D-2 & D-3 H.S. teams would be shocked at the $ raised and the budgets of top D-1 and C.C. schools. Plus, many have annual surpluses that are carried over to the next year that could fund a crappy H.S. team for a decade.

Ice 5-6 days a week, a Varsity, JV and Freshmen team, bus rides, coaches, equipment. . . it's not free and not many schools are able to open the check book.

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Clearly you are not involved in hockey these days. Many places Ice cost is closer to $300/hr and any quality boosters group will put this together for the kids and yes make a few hundred dollars on it. Then the few hundred goes right back into the program by way of workout clothes, sweatshirts, water bottles, whatever the program needs that the school does not fund. Moron