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Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

anon
Ok, are you 03 dads who sound like moms done talking about hitting yet? Your kid hasn't stepped into a high school game yet and your talking about how checking changes the game? really? Your kid is going to get pounded by kids who can both skate and have a size advantage, your kid is going to have to get up and decide if they are going to keep playing or throw in the towel. Either way, lets not clutter up the High school board with this ridiculous conversation. Thank you, Dad of 99 and 01 players.
10:40 AM poster here. My kid is a 2000. So, yes, I am talking about how checking changes the game, based on personal observation. Just like you.

It's a crock of **** that the parents that say "once the hitting starts" are parents of galoots that can't skate. "Once the hitting starts," hockey becomes hockey.

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

Anon
anon
Ok, are you 03 dads who sound like moms done talking about hitting yet? Your kid hasn't stepped into a high school game yet and your talking about how checking changes the game? really? Your kid is going to get pounded by kids who can both skate and have a size advantage, your kid is going to have to get up and decide if they are going to keep playing or throw in the towel. Either way, lets not clutter up the High school board with this ridiculous conversation. Thank you, Dad of 99 and 01 players.
10:40 AM poster here. My kid is a 2000. So, yes, I am talking about how checking changes the game, based on personal observation. Just like you.

It's a crock of **** that the parents that say "once the hitting starts" are parents of galoots that can't skate. "Once the hitting starts," hockey becomes hockey.


I think you're going after the wrong poster. The guy you quoted was pretty much on the money. Especially the second half of his post you left out. I believe he was saying checking does change the game, but it's not reliant on size alone. If two kids have equal ability and one is 6" taller and 30 pounds heavier, than yes, size will probably win out on that one. But high school coaches are about winning, and your opinion as a parent means nothing. So in the end, kids that can skate and move at game speed, think and react at game speed and go to all areas of the ice at game speed, will be the kids that get the most ice time, no matter what size they are. Really not rocket science. Most public's will play two primary lines throughout the season, while you'll probably get three primary lines at Catholics and Preps. Will some coaches play favorites. Yes. You can encourage your kid to work through it, or you can take your puck and go home. Your choice. And if you're expecting your kid to get significant playing time as a Freshamn on any varsity squad, then there is sure to be a lot of soul searching and heart ache to follow. I'm pretty sure your kids birth year is not uniquely talented, and you have to remember there are 3 or 4 birth years worth of players in front of him that are competing for the same roster spots that Jr is vying for. So welcome to high school board. We try to keep it real here. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, maybe you'll make it to the junior/college board some day. For now, just sit back and enjoy, because for most of us, it will all be over too soon.

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

Anon
Anon
anon
Ok, are you 03 dads who sound like moms done talking about hitting yet? Your kid hasn't stepped into a high school game yet and your talking about how checking changes the game? really? Your kid is going to get pounded by kids who can both skate and have a size advantage, your kid is going to have to get up and decide if they are going to keep playing or throw in the towel. Either way, lets not clutter up the High school board with this ridiculous conversation. Thank you, Dad of 99 and 01 players.
10:40 AM poster here. My kid is a 2000. So, yes, I am talking about how checking changes the game, based on personal observation. Just like you.

It's a crock of **** that the parents that say "once the hitting starts" are parents of galoots that can't skate. "Once the hitting starts," hockey becomes hockey.


I think you're going after the wrong poster. The guy you quoted was pretty much on the money. Especially the second half of his post you left out. I believe he was saying checking does change the game, but it's not reliant on size alone. If two kids have equal ability and one is 6" taller and 30 pounds heavier, than yes, size will probably win out on that one. But high school coaches are about winning, and your opinion as a parent means nothing. So in the end, kids that can skate and move at game speed, think and react at game speed and go to all areas of the ice at game speed, will be the kids that get the most ice time, no matter what size they are. Really not rocket science. Most public's will play two primary lines throughout the season, while you'll probably get three primary lines at Catholics and Preps. Will some coaches play favorites. Yes. You can encourage your kid to work through it, or you can take your puck and go home. Your choice. And if you're expecting your kid to get significant playing time as a Freshamn on any varsity squad, then there is sure to be a lot of soul searching and heart ache to follow. I'm pretty sure your kids birth year is not uniquely talented, and you have to remember there are 3 or 4 birth years worth of players in front of him that are competing for the same roster spots that Jr is vying for. So welcome to high school board. We try to keep it real here. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, maybe you'll make it to the junior/college board some day. For now, just sit back and enjoy, because for most of us, it will all be over too soon.


This is what makes the high school board a breath of fresh air. All those crazy youth board parents with their future D1 superstars suddenly realize their stud isn't so special and if they were, they'd make 1st line varsity as a freshman, which is just not reality for 99% of them. Certainly dedication and hard work can help get them there at the end.

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

As long as you don't peak "too" early you'll be fine.

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

It's all so silly. OK Kiddie Board parents, yes there is checking at older levels. That's it. Every kid hits and gets hit eventually, 99% of the time they laugh it off. It is not a defining difference in hockey like most kiddie parents think it is.

My defensemen son (6'3" 185) noticed right away that as the game progressed and he played at a higher level the 'forwards almost became too slippery to line-up.' Meaning yeah a player would like to catch a kid occasionally but if you missed it was an odd man rush going the other way. Yes I've seen high school D-2 and D-3 hockey and there it looks like half of the football team is trying to play hockey but good d-1, prep & junior hockey it is all about skating. . . for EVERYONE. Big kids, little kids, forwards, dedfensemen it doesn't matter. Skating is everything.

They all hit and they all get hit...even the big fat kids. It's really no big deal.

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

...and the better athletes rise to the top.

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

A wise man once said hitting doesn't make anyone better, but it makes some worse...

Re: Uh-oh, I peaked to early

Bee Keeper
It's all so silly. OK Kiddie Board parents, yes there is checking at older levels. That's it. Every kid hits and gets hit eventually, 99% of the time they laugh it off. It is not a defining difference in hockey like most kiddie parents think it is.

My defensemen son (6'3" 185) noticed right away that as the game progressed and he played at a higher level the 'forwards almost became too slippery to line-up.' Meaning yeah a player would like to catch a kid occasionally but if you missed it was an odd man rush going the other way. Yes I've seen high school D-2 and D-3 hockey and there it looks like half of the football team is trying to play hockey but good d-1, prep & junior hockey it is all about skating. . . for EVERYONE. Big kids, little kids, forwards, dedfensemen it doesn't matter. Skating is everything.

They all hit and they all get hit...even the big fat kids. It's really no big deal.


Great post. Skating is everything sums it up. For the parents that think the little fast skilled guy in youth hockey is going away when hitting starts.. think again. That speed is now also used for forchecking and backchecking. The game is getting faster and faster.