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Re: What are people thinking of doing

Anon
Anon
Anon
Skating, skills, skating, skills, skating, skills. Isn’t everyone always droning on about development and how “it’s all about development”? Now you’ll truly be able to see how good your kids coach is because it’s going to be practice and development all year long. Taking a year off because there are no games is ridiculous. If your kid loves the game he’ll be just fine with practice for a year.
Skill and skating alone are not enough. Players need to play in a games to work on speed, decision making and learn the game.

Take for an example the coach that goes through the same drills week after week after week. The kids can do the drill, but they are not put in uncomfortable situations to learn the game and the team doesn\\\'t get better.

We all know there are kids who do well in skills but struggle in games. Game play is one of the 3 key pillars.
If your kid is an 07 or 06 this is totally a lost season. Majority of 06s will lose a year of HS hockey, which is a big deal considering 97% of them won\'t play beyond it. This age group does not need additional cone work. It\'s all about game experience and situational awareness. The studs are already getting their individualized skill work with private coaches outside the team. The practices will just be to keep them skating so they are ready for if and when something starts at some point.
07 might be screwed but I don't think 06 will. Yes they could miss out on a freshman season of hockey but for those 06's who would be on the bubble for varsity get another year to develop their game and grow. A lot of people talk about how full season teams at the U14 and above are a crap shoot but if high school hockey is cancelled or even delayed you could see kids choose to stay and go full season making full season teams competitive.

Who this really hurts are the 03's who might need that senior year to show how their game has developed. I feel bad for those kids.

Re: What are people thinking of doing

Anon
What are people thinking of doing if there a no games until Jan? And also who knows if we will even have games in Jan. just wanted to see if people were going to do skills/practice for 4 months and possible longer or just shut the whole thing down until next year.

I am on the fence. But think I would want to do skills/practice even if its for the whole year. Its good for the kids to get out and skate. Quarantine sucks. hopefully we don't go back to what it was like in March/April.



Golfing, finishing the summer reading list, detailing both vehicles, home improvement projects, skills sessions, tournaments here or there, plenty of Xbox. It probably will save money and result in better players overall. ~Never been a better time than right now.

Re: What are people thinking of doing

playing out of state games already lined up by organization and also local "scrimmages" that will happen

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Three skates a week and a few long weekend ski trips to break it up.

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Here's an idea...

Give them the options available and let them tell you which one THEY want to do.

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The idea certain groups of kids skill wise are going to escape this thing unscathed is wishful thinking. With the exception of some very elite kids everyone is going to lose something from this. It won’t be a problem getting kids committed to the weekly skills sessions in September but if this thing drags on for months a lot half decent players are going to lose a little steam. Happens to everyone and kids are no different.

Re: What are people thinking of doing

Back to the ponds...Don’t forget the ponds