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Rich you better do some talking to families in your hockey network... I don’t know anyone in the 2006 birth year and up, our family included, who plans on going back to that organization. Definitely not worth the $3600 price tag to play in the BHL (I don’t think they have any E9 reams at any age level). 2007 team roster is pretty packed... that being said I’m sure they’ll cut a few and take a few exceptional players. 2007 coach is a good guy. That being said, at the upper age groups the Lovell’s have shown themselves to frankly give crap... how would you like to spend $3600 and have your son play in a half rostered team, have a coach that also coaches five other teams, go to games and have a bunch of random players from other Lovell teams show up that no one on the team knows, and then have coaching no shows so parents have to jump on the bench to avoid a forfeit, have to beg to be able to play in a tournament (any tournament, still nothing booked yet) have fellow parents email and call the Lovell’s with no reply. The whole situation sucks. Hopefully Lovell’s will wake up and get their heads out of the Boston Advantage teams to give one ounce of attention to the multitude of other teams they have created but could obviously care about... that will change when they witness the March exodus. For years was told how fantastic the Lovell organization is. Highly disappointing. My advice is look elsewhere. But don’t take it from me... do some digging around before you invest in this organization!
What about the 08 Team Elite will most of the kids be coming back or jumping to the Kings!
I think their is more attention paid to the younger kids ... 2007 and younger.... think about it, they are trying to identify “talent” to then elevate to their more competitive teams. Im just saying if you are going to spend that kind of $$$ then I would look at an organization that is interested in developing all their kids as they progress. Better yet, find a team that charges 1800 for the season and put the other 1800 in training for your child to better develop their skills!
Happy that it works for 2010-2007... above that the organization is a **** show and has revealed itself for what it is.
You are better off trying out for the 07 Knights teams up the road. They have 2 teams there. At least you get JL running skills there.
Yikes!!! Thank you for info
New program in 2016-17, so it is good for 07/06 and below teams where the kids start playing for them at an early age and develop at a faster rate. Other teams are made up of a mix of lower end club kids and town hockey players whose parents always hoped for a chance to have johnny play club.
For the 04, 03 and the 05s to some degree, it is too late to hop on the club level bandwagon and hope johnny suddenly kicks it into gear now that they have paid skills coaches....even as a BHL-N player.. The needed development has passed these 04 and 03 kids by and old habits or lack of effort/commitment can't be changed. Those older kids would have been better suited to stay in PHL or SSC.
Agree to a great extent to what you are saying.... however for folks paying in full, $3600 upfront does not give Lovell the right to essentiallly F those 2006-2003 kids over... at both the “elite” and “selects” level.... I don’t think any of those parents are under the delusion that their kid is playing D1 hockey in college but they were signing up for solid, continual coaching, competitive play, a team atmosphere, and at least a two line team. None of that delivered on. Oh and what you wrote in your post, the kids plainly are made to feel that way... they aren’t stupid. But I hope when the majority of them go through puberty they kick some butt on the hockey scene and make you eat your words!
Who would want to pay $3500 to the 95giants and play in the BHL. The EHF silver division is more competitive. Not to mention the financial issues the rink has
How can a coach go around recruiting, when you/we know you only have 1 stud on the team. Really E9 material!:laughing:
You can be mad or can look at it this way. Your son, who is about to be cut, got at least one year of playing non-town hockey. I’m assuming you don’t like RL because he either benched, yelled at, or is going to cut your kid
Like every program, depends on level. And yes, the poster is correct about skills. Some families don’t like their kids being yelled at for not paying attention or goofing off so that’s fine. Same was said about TL. Just don’t try and compare any local skills to any of the Lovell programs, especially BA and Giants. They are good.
OMG there’s a great marketing slogan for Lovell... “ got a kid aged 2006 or above? Got $3600 burning a hole in your pocket? Looking for an opportunity for Little Johnny to grow his skills above state league? Then come to the 95 Giants where we will match him up with a bunch of other hockey misfits!” Ohh that sounds so good! If it’s a new organization then where do you think you are going to attract kids from?? State leagues! I wouldn’t **** on them too much... that’s where there is cash to be made! And if you go to My Hockey Rankings for any age group,you’ll see a number of A level state league teams ranked right up against AAA and Elite teams from across the country! makes me laugh... I wouldn’t call them misfits... I’d call them SUCKERS!!! Lol
Giants are folding. New Lovell team and management for Attleboro.
You people are morons. Sorry your kid is getting cut as they upgrade.
Upgrade? To what?...
They'll have tryouts, get checks, then change to Generals with new management and some new coaches.
It is very apparent that there is one, maybe two folks who aren't happy with the program and are spreading rumors about them folding, not having ice, director is a jerk, blah blah blah....same rumor-mill for other programs. Lovell has 16 teams there, plus their Juniors teams. At least 2 additional teams being added next year. Like every year, there will be a rotation of kids between all the local programs. When all said and done, the rink sells a ton of ice, Lovell makes a ton of money and the kids improve way more than they would playing town hockey or for programs like the the Huskies, Caps or Saints, as all those ones have useless daddy coaches.
Focus less on wins and losses and more on quality instruction and ice time folks.
“Useless daddy coaches”.... I love it! You are right on the money, sir! Consider it a gift, folks, when your kid plays on team where the coach doesn’t have his kid on the team! Oh I’m sure there’s plenty of coaches here who like to believe they aren’t biased toward their kid, but when you get a paid coach with no skin in the game other than to develop the team, you’ve hit the jackpot! FYI not all Lovell teams use “daddy-free” coaches...
Thank you all for your info. Considering the 2007 and 2010 future, I'm between New England knights and terrier program. Going to watch teams play in next few weeks. And try to talk to coaches. 2007 looking to see a good goalie and good play, good environment for the 2010. Again thank you all and best of luck for all.
Your kid didn’t cycle through for six months. He was horrible. Playing way over his head. We know who you are idiot. You don’t like them because your kid was not Goodnuf to play here. You were used to coaching your kid so you can throw him out there all the time. The second you brought him to an organization with an independent coach that held him accountable for all his mistakes that bothered you. Just be honest with yourself.
Program is working the kinks out. Director in over his head so will have a lot more support next year. No financial troubles at the rink at all. That is all rumor. They also have an ironclad long-term lease with a ton of ice.
OP, good luck with your decision.
There is only 1 child staying with the 06 95 Giants team. I know this because we(parents of current outgoing team) have all discussed where everyone is going. No one had a good experience,...no one!
Kind of confused by this. Which team are you talking about? Elite or select? And if you aren’t returning because of one kid, and I mean the entire team, that kid must have been seriously impactful to be solely responsible for a -47 goal differential. If you are blaming one kid or family for an entire team stinking maybe you need to look in a mirror! Many teams/ families over there having a lot of success, seems like you are an aberration. Why is that? And I wonder where you are going? You are lucky if you have this all sorted out before tryouts for ehf teams. Unless, hmm, maybe you have no plan.
I understand there will not be a 2010 team. That age group is very thin. Low numbers all over. 07s are a solid team. People are staying on that team. They did pretty well and had a good year. 06/05/04/03 were all shaky. 05s were terrible. Not sure how they will fix that. The 04s are looking to restructure, I think. They have a new, non-parent coach. Anybody know if those kids are staying? U14 is such a weird year.
There are now 2 2007 teams there
Giants are struggling to get enough kids this year. Too many surrounding teams.