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Re: JV or Varsity?

Talk to coach about practicing with Varsity but playing JV games...done all the time

Re: JV or Varsity?

Anonymous
So, is it better to be a first-liner on the JV team, or a practice player on the Varsity team?

On one hand, as the JV first-liner, you get lots of meaningful minutes. On the other hand, the varsity practice player gets to see and feel the pace of the varsity level of play and get used to it, and hopefully next year s/he moves up to a line that sees playing time.

What do you think?
Welcome to high school hockey, I'm going to sound like a jerk, sorry. Unless you have a weak as hell coach at varsity, you & your son will have no say in this decision, the coach is the one making them now. If he wants your kid on varsity, that's where he'll be, he's not going to ask you or your player what you want.

Which is better, answer is varsity but it makes for a long season. Varsity generally has 2X the practices, pace of play will be much higher than JV, and positional coaching is better as in, they have positional coaches to work with the players.

Re: JV or Varsity?

This ^^^^^^^ is correct

Re: JV or Varsity?

My son just did JV as a freshman and it is a bit of a hockey wasteland. Plenty of playing time but the competition is all over the map and it seems more like an extension of youth hockey than high school. If nothing else it has motivated him to work hard this offseason to make the jump next year.

Re: JV or Varsity?

Anonymous
So, is it better to be a first-liner on the JV team, or a practice player on the Varsity team?

On one hand, as the JV first-liner, you get lots of meaningful minutes. On the other hand, the varsity practice player gets to see and feel the pace of the varsity level of play and get used to it, and hopefully next year s/he moves up to a line that sees playing time.

What do you think?
Meaningful minutes on a JV team = Oxymoron