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New to this so trying to navigate, what am I thinking for coming here for actual advice?
Anyways, MITE aged kid. Where do I spend my money this summer? A couple week long camps? Or would the money be better spent getting a few private lessons with a skating coach? The reason I ask is that the thought of a skating coach for a mite aged kid seems like nonsense to me, but what are you in hockey without skating skills? I'm sure a camp will focus some on skating, but probably not in depth like a skating coach would?
Anyone gone through this and have some advice, one way or another?
I would 100% concentrate on skating. My kid has been doing figure skating lessons since he was 5 and it makes a huge difference when they get older. You can have a super star in mites and squirts that is fast and strong and can’t skate, but it will eventually catch up to them.
Right on, I used to take my son once a week to a skating clinic in the summer, various boring edge work drills since he was 6 to 12, same weekly summer skills. Currently he is playing high level hockey approaching midgets, he still attributes his success to those weekly skills.
Spend it on vacation. Let him be a kid.
Avoid spring and summer tourney teams and spend money on the beach, skating and other sports
The people telling you to avoid the spring and summer teams are the parents of kids that couldn’t make those teams. Do what your kid wants to do. Don’t force them to do skills or camps. At the mite level concentrate on skating and edge work.
you sure about that hahaha? Avoid summer tournaments teams unless your kid is a stud. No development at all on these teams. Just a money grab.
Imagine the concept of a vacation in the summer while your kid who loves hockey also gets to play in a tournament? Wild idea isn't it.