Ice Hockey DBoard

The Official New England Ice Hockey DBoard 


Click Here to Visit Our Facebook Page

email: icehockeydboard@yahoo.com

Youth Hockey
Start a New Topic 
Author
Comment
View Entire Thread
Re: The grass isn't always greener.

I've always thought the kids make the program more than the program makes the kids. They all offer just about the same thing, there's no magic dust being sprinkled at any of these rinks. The best teams are where the talent settles, for whatever reason...coach, recruiting, rink location, luck.

Re: The grass isn't always greener.

Well said! I never understood the need at the U10level and under to cut half a team and go out and search for the newest “little Stud”... what U10 is already formed into the perfect player with all the needed skills? Why not keep teams together and grow and develop them over time? I know you guys are using club hockey teams in your example, but look at some of the teams and kids out of Nantucket and MV... so not a deep pool of players to chose from, you get who you get, but those kids stay and play together over the years and some players have been recruited by prep such as St George’s and others.... why? Because they stay together and play together and grow their skills as a team!

Re: The grass isn't always greener.

my son's team could be better. above 500 now, but could be more like 850 if they had more talent. i could care less about that. he gets a lot of ice time and the coach is making him better. team works well together and they have a good locker room. for him, it works. he could also look at other options, but why? makes no sense. he likes it. most parents are the ones that move the kid from team to team vs. the players choice. sad.

Re: The grass isn't always greener.

Coaching is key. my kids team is about 500. Parents all get along, kids are developing. No drama. You would think people would be trying their hardest to get their kid on the team.

Re: The grass isn't always greener.

Great post and good replies.

As a coach, if your priority really is development, then you want to be a .500 team. You want to play games that are really challenging but also have those games that build confidence. You want most of your schedule to push the kids. If a team is so stacked they're winning by 7 goals every game those kids are not really being allowed to fail- and failure is where growth and development happen.

Find a good coach and stick with him! I can't tell you how many parents ruined their kids reputations by hopping from program to program trying to pick up 3 more wins on the season or "get in" with a certain crowd. Kids will develop more with the same coach over 3 or 4 years than with 3 or 4 different coaches. That same coach knows what your kid can and can't do and if he's good, will keep introducing things that challenge him, and keep ramping up the skills from year to year.

Re: The grass isn't always greener.

anon
I've always thought the kids make the program more than the program makes the kids. They all offer just about the same thing, there's no magic dust being sprinkled at any of these rinks. The best teams are where the talent settles, for whatever reason...coach, recruiting, rink location, luck.
You are correct, on paper they all offer roughly the same thing but in action they can differ greatly. For example: Skills. A program might say they have an outside instructor running skills but then you watch it and realize it's nothing more than an outside guy blowing a whistle while the coaches hang out on the ice drinking dunk's. No correction being offered, no guidance to the skaters..no development.

In my world, the right coach is the #1 thing I look for but skills is #2.

The problem with looking at the neighbors green grass with envy is unless you are invited into their yard, you may not realize that the grass is just green painted cow patties until you buy the lot.

Re: The grass isn't always greener.

anon
anon
I\'ve always thought the kids make the program more than the program makes the kids. They all offer just about the same thing, there\'s no magic dust being sprinkled at any of these rinks. The best teams are where the talent settles, for whatever reason...coach, recruiting, rink location, luck.
You are correct, on paper they all offer roughly the same thing but in action they can differ greatly. For example: Skills. A program might say they have an outside instructor running skills but then you watch it and realize it's nothing more than an outside guy blowing a whistle while the coaches hang out on the ice drinking dunk's. No correction being offered, no guidance to the skaters..no development.

In my world, the right coach is the #1 thing I look for but skills is #2.

The problem with looking at the neighbors green grass with envy is unless you are invited into their yard, you may not realize that the grass is just green painted cow patties until you buy the lot.
Prior poster here and I agree with you. There are clubs that offer a weekly skills session on weekends that kids almost never make because of games. I find the off ice training offerings vary widely as well. But the teams offering the best "fringe" benefits are not always the ones highest in the standings, which lends further credence to my point.