What is the age kids usually stop playing?
Please share your stories.
My boy is pee wee major. He still wants it. I think?
Doesn't really matter what age other boys say they're done. Every kid is different.
From what I've observed, the biggest drop off years are between Bantam Minor and Major, and between Freshman and Sophomore years.
The former is when the reality that it's a physical game set in. They go through their first year of checking, but they don't enjoy it.
The second is when the reality that they will probably never make Varsity hits them.
What I'd suggest YOU do is make sure your son understands that you are going to support him either way, but that when he says he's done, that you will understand. He has to know that he is playing the sport for himself, not because he thinks his mom or dad will be disappointed.
Also, when they are in high school competing against kids 3 or 4 years older for the first time!
when they finally realize that they are benders and they suck
Sounds like you've got some experience with that?
I'm told by people with more experience in youth hockey than I that when checking starts is the big moment for most kids. My son is entering first year PW and still very much up for it. We'll see in two years.
It's not a big deal. The parents are more worried than the kids and unless your kid is an absolute cupcake he'll be able to handle it. They should have kept it at Peewees as the size difference isn't so large then.
Agree. The whole 'the need to delay checking because the brain isn't developed enough' seems silly compared to 'let's delay checking until some kids are 6'4" 210lbs. and some kids are 5'2" 95lbs.'
Usually this is all wishful thinking from the Dads of the big, slow players. In the end it is skating. Skating, skating, skating that separates players. If big blubber boy can't keep up to the pace of the game he will quickly fade away. Sad but true.
The guy is right.
You can be a very good skater and small and still play; You can be a very good skater and large and still play; You can not be a below average skater and small and play; You can not be a below average skater and large and play.
The big slow kids become a total non-factor.