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Re: Definition of insanity

The reason it warrants discussion is that those Gulls parents may be new to hockey and don't realize they should be insisting on a different approach. Or they may see how many games the Gulls played and wonder why their kid's team isn't doing that.

A kid I coached back in Mites had moved and had played 70+ game's for MFF as a 7 yo. He told me he liked our team better because we played fewer games. When 8 yo's are smarter than their parents is the true definition of insanity.

Re: Definition of insanity

It would be interesting to see how many kids could go through a pace like that for multiple seasons and stay in youth hockey? My guess you would lose more than keep in the sport.

Re: Definition of insanity

Anon
It would be interesting to see how many kids could go through a pace like that for multiple seasons and stay in youth hockey? My guess you would lose more than keep in the sport.
That's true generally. Something like 75% of all hockey players leave the sport by HS. So you'd have to look at the ratio of those that stay and compare if it's different between the ones playing 70+ games as Mites and Squirts versus those that don't.

Which, of course, is a theoretical exercise, because no one will ever study it.

The MFF kid I was referring to is still in the sport, BTW. Junior in HS playing public school varsity.

Re: Definition of insanity

Burnout is one thing but what I've found interesting in the kids I've watched play and as they get older is how many fail to improve as they age. Some I've seen stall-out as freshmen making varsity and by the time they're 18 they aren't any better than they were when they were 14. Some you see from 16 to 17 and not one lick of improvement and some actually decline.

So just because the kid plays 75 games a year as an 8 year old it is no assurance the kid will a)be any good as a teenager and b) will want to stay with the game.

Re: Definition of insanity

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Anon
It would be interesting to see how many kids could go through a pace like that for multiple seasons and stay in youth hockey? My guess you would lose more than keep in the sport.
That's true generally. Something like 75% of all hockey players leave the sport by HS. So you'd have to look at the ratio of those that stay and compare if it's different between the ones playing 70+ games as Mites and Squirts versus those that don't.

Which, of course, is a theoretical exercise, because no one will ever study it.

The MFF kid I was referring to is still in the sport, BTW. Junior in HS playing public school varsity.


You wonder if the 75% who leave is related to kids not being good enough to play in high school as much as anything else? If you're a mediocre player you kind of run out of places to play after bantams. Don't you?

Of course the checking aspect claims kids as well.

Re: Definition of insanity

At the recent WW Junior Championships Bracco was one of the standouts for USA. His brother is now playing for the 07 Gulls. The parents on that club are not new to hockey.

Re: Definition of insanity

Who are the 07 Gulls?

Re: Definition of insanity

Team from Long Island where the parents drive z28 irocs , eat lunch at strip malls, and use lots of hairspray.

Re: Definition of insanity

Anon
Team from Long Island where the parents drive z28 irocs , eat lunch at strip malls, and use lots of hairspray.


The also get tanked at their kids hockey tourneys and play sh*tty 80s music!

Re: Definition of insanity

Anon
Team from Long Island where the parents drive z28 irocs , eat lunch at strip malls, and use lots of hairspray.