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Love the clueless parents who think that their current standout 03 who is already done with puberty will remain dominant...hate to tell ya folks but the 5'6" 145 pounder that looks like a hairy 23 year old and is already shaving doesn't have much more growing to do...especially when dad is 5'9" and mom is 4'11"....
Enjoy U14 because it's over for them after this year when the 5'5" 125 pounders without a hair on their nads pop up 7" and 40 lbs in the next 18 months....
Oh god, I came to early.....
And remember before anyone embarrasses themselves -
"Once the hitting starts" is universally translated as "My kid is a poor skater, has hands like feet and his hockey hopes are fading rapidly. Maybe once he can start running kids, people will notice him."
Some folks do seem to forget that in order to hit someone, you actually have to be able to skate over to him first. Hitting changes the game for a few players but if your kid can't keep up, hitting air or glass doesn't make him a useful player.
To the OP, puberty isn't a great equalizer either, same rules apply. If your prepubescent 02/03 can't be a useful player against those that have matured earlier, growing isn't going to help much. It means your kid is either slow or doesn't have a solid grasp of the game compared to his peer group, neither is going to change with some hair and a few extra pounds.
Dead wrong. People often confuse height/size with man strength. Once testosterone enters the mix, all bets are ON! Average size, weight and speed and CAN change over night.
So to get Daddy Mongo's logic he still thinks at these high level hockey games there are 25-30 huge collisions / checks per game? Daddy Mongo, go out and watch a high level midget or high school game. Maybe there will be 2-3 solid hits per game but if you look around there is not one fat kid and there is not one kid that is less than an average skater.
Now compare that to your tackle vs. flag football. How many big hits are there per tackle football game? 20? 30? 40? And how many fat kids are there? How many kids are there on the field that are slower than average?
It's like comparing Barbara Bush to Melania Trump. . . and even Daddy Mongo can see the difference there.
Ok, are you 03 dads who sound like moms done talking about hitting yet? Your kid hasn't stepped into a high school game yet and your talking about how checking changes the game? really? Your kid is going to get pounded by kids who can both skate and have a size advantage, your kid is going to have to get up and decide if they are going to keep playing or throw in the towel. Either way, lets not clutter up the High school board with this ridiculous conversation. Thank you, Dad of 99 and 01 players.
Some free advice, If your kid loves the game and has some decent talent, he will be fine as long as you dont screw it up. 03's are freshman this year, don't get your panties in a bunch over ice time, they aren't going to get much, don't complain to a coach, they don't really care about 9th grade moms and dads. Use this year to teach your son's about the value of practice time, focus on getting better as they grow and mature, and being responsible teammates. It's all going to be ok, after all do you truly want your little guy battling with 17/18 year olds in a game situation..No.
As long as you don't peak "too" early you'll be fine.
It's all so silly. OK Kiddie Board parents, yes there is checking at older levels. That's it. Every kid hits and gets hit eventually, 99% of the time they laugh it off. It is not a defining difference in hockey like most kiddie parents think it is.
My defensemen son (6'3" 185) noticed right away that as the game progressed and he played at a higher level the 'forwards almost became too slippery to line-up.' Meaning yeah a player would like to catch a kid occasionally but if you missed it was an odd man rush going the other way. Yes I've seen high school D-2 and D-3 hockey and there it looks like half of the football team is trying to play hockey but good d-1, prep & junior hockey it is all about skating. . . for EVERYONE. Big kids, little kids, forwards, dedfensemen it doesn't matter. Skating is everything.
They all hit and they all get hit...even the big fat kids. It's really no big deal.
...and the better athletes rise to the top.
A wise man once said hitting doesn't make anyone better, but it makes some worse...