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Re: Good Luck

Anon
It's the most stressful week of the year, so for all those trying out as well as parents involved, take it day by day and remember that things aren't always as they seem.
Reevaluate your life if hockey tryouts are the most stressful part of your year. You have it pretty good.

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Anon
Anon
It's the most stressful week of the year, so for all those trying out as well as parents involved, take it day by day and remember that things aren't always as they seem.
Reevaluate your life if hockey tryouts are the most stressful part of your year. You have it pretty good.
Of course, it's stressful for the players if the team is competitive and returning a decent number of players. My son knew going into tryouts that, at most, there would be a single spot on D this season, perhaps none depending on how the coach builds the roster. After the first cuts, it's down to him and a very good friend, both underclassman fighting it out for that one spot or again, no spots if the coach goes a different direction.

As for the parents I think we/they get stressed out because we want our kids to achieve their goals and it's hard not to be emotionally invested as a result. As I told a good friend whose son was trying out for the first time "you can't get too wrapped up in it, you have no control. Tell your son to try his best but even then, the outcome is largely out of his control. Neither of you have any idea what the coaches are looking for to round out the roster." I just try and take my own advice to keep things in perspective.

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It's difficult for most freshmen parents who watched their bender skate year round on an elite youth team suddenly be put on the shelf for a couple of years at the larger competitive schools. Especially when former teammates are making varsity at less competitive schools. Turn off the social media and cheer up though, it'll all even out when he makes varsity in 11th grade. Every school, every kid's situation, every position group and coaching staff is different.

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Anon
It's the most stressful week of the year, so for all those trying out as well as parents involved, take it day by day and remember that things aren't always as they seem.
Bring your son over to my kid's D4 HS tryouts. Everyone with a pair of skates makes varsity including a couple of seniors who haven't skated in a couple of years. 7th and 8th graders too, it literally is all hands on deck.

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Or Attleboro

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Crazy how one town over, 8th graders make varsity. Our town, 60+ players trying out.

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ANON:
Crazy how one town over, 8th graders make varsity. Our town, 60+ players trying out.
The old Hingham / Rockland story

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Anon
In a break from the usual, just wanted to wish all the young men and women who are starting tryouts today best of luck. Wishing them all good health, good fortune and I hope they have some fun.
There was only one night of tryouts at my daughter's D1 public HS. At the first night of varsity practice the lines were already set for the season before the girls stepped on the ice. Is this normal for a HS varsity girls team?

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Anon
Anon
In a break from the usual, just wanted to wish all the young men and women who are starting tryouts today best of luck. Wishing them all good health, good fortune and I hope they have some fun.
There was only one night of tryouts at my daughter's D1 public HS. At the first night of varsity practice the lines were already set for the season before the girls stepped on the ice. Is this normal for a HS varsity girls team?
Most coaches will not replace an existing varsity player or cut a senior. If your daughters high school team only lost a few players from last season and has an equal number or greater of seniors moving up from JV it may simply be impossible to crack the roster. I wouldn't call it normal but certainly can see where it can happen.

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My son tried out as a freshen for a competitive H.S. team a few years ago. Seriously, then his U-15 team would have smoked the varsity team by a pretty good margin. The kid was something like 5'7" 145 at the time and we were just thankful he didn't make Varsity. Against all the C.C. 'stay back a year 19 year old kids' he would have gotten killed. He grew to 6'3" 185 by senior year and smoked those cherry-picking repeaters. . . it was the right spot at the time for him.

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anon
My son tried out as a freshen for a competitive H.S. team a few years ago. Seriously, then his U-15 team would have smoked the varsity team by a pretty good margin. The kid was something like 5'7" 145 at the time and we were just thankful he didn't make Varsity. Against all the C.C. 'stay back a year 19 year old kids' he would have gotten killed. He grew to 6'3" 185 by senior year and smoked those cherry-picking repeaters. . . it was the right spot at the time for him.
"Seriously, then his U-15 team would have smoked the varsity team by a pretty good margin."

i love how club parents, those team draws from a wide area, compare to a town.

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Kind of like how Town teams are required to compete with Catholic Conference teams and no one see this as strange?

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The best public school wins are over Catholic schools wake up dummy