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My son did this as a squirt and I would never do it again. I say this not because it was a bad experience, but because it was too much hockey. My son enjoyed it, we enjoyed it but it wore him down. My town offers game only commitments and that was still allot. Not to mention I feel that bad habits can be learned at the town level for skaters. Our town coach is a good coach but no where near the level of coaching my son receives at the club level. I think it's a great idea for goalies that have to split the net at the club level.
I had my boy do it for the opposite reason. My boy's dad-coach (at club) was meh. He was just flying by the seat of his pants most of the season. My town has a former NCAA coach volunteering so I jumped at the opportunity to have my boy learn from him. My kid's skill level, fitness, and confidence went through the roof. But it's a lot of hockey. I can't wait to get my out of his skates and on the baseball diamond. He's seen a lot of ice and repetitive use injuries scare me. I saw improvements but I won't do it again.
AGREED!! I can not wait for Baseball to start.
I agree, I think most are done with hockey at this point. We need a break from the madness! After (hopefully) next weekend see you in September
Yeah we have playoffs this weekend and hopefully the weekend after. Then we hang up the skates and pick up a bat and glove. Not to mention I really enjoy the ride to our baseball field (5 minutes away)... Good luck in the playoffs everyone!
Some kids will do it so they can play with their friends in the town they are in. I personally wouldn't do it because our town program is awful. I also think it's way too much, regardless of how athletic little Jonny is. Go play another sport and become more well rounded.
My son did it for mites and it was a lot of hockey. I wouldn't do it above mites. Take the money that you'd spend on town and sign him up for extra skills. That will pay dividends much more than playing town.
At the "club" level, your kid has one full sheet, one half sheet and a club sponsored skills either each week or every other week. Likely 2 games a weekend so he's on the ice 5 out of 7 days every other week. If you supplement his club schedule with some concentrated skills his skating, stick handling and fundamentals will improve.
Depends on which club team you are talking about.
My town had a series of exceptional coaches with D1 and Pro experience so at the younger levels the individual "coaching" was actually better than the EHF Elite program he played in. The problem was that when HS hockey started the town youth ice time dried up and he was lucky to get 2 practices in a week. Usually it was 1 practice a week in addition to a game. Having the scheduled weekly ice time of the EHF team was a big advantage and we did it for 2 years before going exclusively with the EHF team. We had good luck with not too many schedule conflicts but others doing the same thing seemed to have a ton of them so your mileage may very.