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05 parent here visiting for entertainment during boring zoom call.
As my kid is aging out- I cant agree more about this post. (except the parent coach thing- my kid had some good ones).
I don't remember any of the scores of the youth games- neither do the kids or any other parent. What wee remember are the good times and the friendships. The families who jumped from team to team don't develop those lifelong friendships (kids or parents). don't get too worked up if your kids a stud at mites because it all changed when they hit U14.
I'd just add one more:
11: Shut your mouth and stop yelling at the refs. you sound like an idiot
I don't think anyone remembers scores, but I think people remember how often they won or lost. If you're on a team losing most of the games I'd say that's a reason to jump ship.
Loyalty counts is NOT the truth. Look out for your kid and only your kid. As they get older there is zero, literally zero loyalty from programs. As they get older winning is much more important to the program than doing right by a kid.
No he's 100% right. Jumping all the time early on is a mistake but he's right that later winning is what draws more players, more revenue. No one cares about the individual. Give a **** about you and your kid. Coach being an irrational diqhead? Have the conversations to find out what to do to improve the situation. No progress? Move on.
12. Get to know your high school coaches asap.
If you goal is for junior to play HS hockey, play town/house hockey. Save your money. HS hockey is a joke anywhere outside MN.
Loyalty is an overused term. As they get older they don't care how long you have been there. Newer and fresh are the words. Honestly I dont think there has been 1 kid that has been an improvement on my kids team out of more than half the boys they replaced over the years.
The people who change teams every year look like idiots. They're out there.
People who jump teams every year do look like losers but make no mistake its not about loyalty. The orgs and coaches have 0 loyalty especially at the fed elite level. They will cut a kid in a heartbeat if they think another kid is slightly better. Also, there is no development unless you're the coach's kid and every practice is geared towards him and hes out there every PP/PK, only plays with the best kids, turns the puck over constantly and never passes but has nothing said to him while other kids get yelled at for doing the same thing. There really is no way to avoid daddy coaches but if you find one that cares more about developing the kids the right way than winning games stick with him. At the end of the day all these coaches that care about winning over developing hockey players are the real problem with hockey in Mass and why we'll continue to fall behind the midwest states.