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Tired

So tired of fighting the good fight for my kid against the "popular" names. Its become to exhausting and I am waiving the white flag. My son, who is graduating this year got a call out of the blue and will be playing lacrosse at the University of Tampa next year. Good luck to all of you D1 hockey dreamers who are not part of the "in" crowd, we will be pulling for you. Thank you to EHF, The Brick, PeeWee Quebec, USA Camp, USPHL, and Prep for the 12 years of fun! 12 years of good hockey and no solid bites, 3 years of lacrosse and going to Florida for 4 years. Hockey is crazy, make sure your kid is an all around athlete, opportunities show up out of the blue, Peace!

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Anon
So tired of fighting the good fight for my kid against the "popular" names. Its become to exhausting and I am waiving the white flag. My son, who is graduating this year got a call out of the blue and will be playing lacrosse at the University of Tampa next year. Good luck to all of you D1 hockey dreamers who are not part of the "in" crowd, we will be pulling for you. Thank you to EHF, The Brick, PeeWee Quebec, USA Camp, USPHL, and Prep for the 12 years of fun! 12 years of good hockey and no solid bites, 3 years of lacrosse and going to Florida for 4 years. Hockey is crazy, make sure your kid is an all around athlete, opportunities show up out of the blue, Peace!
well thought out and so true.

best to your kid

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Not trying to be be a jerk, but that is good news only if he loves lacrosse. Its common for hockey players to also do lacrosse, and I know three different hockey players that had similar offers to instead play lacrosse in college.
Each one of them quit during college because they realized they like lacrosse, but they don't love it like they love hockey. And they realized the year long serious commitment to Lacrosse was not something they wanted or enjoyed.
So, good luck to your son and I hope he really loves lacrosse. But you will find out soon.

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anon
Not trying to be be a jerk, but that is good news only if he loves lacrosse. Its common for hockey players to also do lacrosse, and I know three different hockey players that had similar offers to instead play lacrosse in college.
Each one of them quit during college because they realized they like lacrosse, but they don't love it like they love hockey. And they realized the year long serious commitment to Lacrosse was not something they wanted or enjoyed.
So, good luck to your son and I hope he really loves lacrosse. But you will find out soon.
True. We had that conversation last week multiple times before making a decision and I think some athletes that just love to compete can adapt to any sport they are skilled/trained in. Opportunity also played a huge role in the decision, this year was very limited for hockey, as it was for most, but allowed him to work in being an athlete while at school and the multiple times he was home in quarantine, and he realized that hockey wasn’t everything, even though he loved every second of it he realized how the system works and he just wasn’t part of it. It’s all ok though, we don’t regret a second of it but also realize there are tons of other opportunities to compete and be a successful athlete.

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Great post, have heard similar information from others this year. 3 I know of that have decided to go the baseball route instead, 1 lacrosse and 1 for rowing. These are known 02 and 03 kids that have just had enough. Enough of the social media craze of kids, the useless NZ draft, and prep coaches not offering much assistance with getting to the next level. Could be a new trend over the next few years. Good luck to your boy. Love the statement about being an athlete not just a hockey player.

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I'm not going to debate the existence of an "in" crowd bias - b/c there definitely is something there.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for everyone else. It's not like every USHL or DI team is filled solely with "in" kids.
My kid is definitely an outsider - he was a late starter from a non-traditional hockey market whose family knows nobody. Hell, I never even played growing up.

Kid earned an invitation to a TPE event, then a Crimson Combine, and did well enough to generate some buzz, get on some lists, and turn that into a good opportunity at a new england prep school and then a DI commitment.

Are there more opportunities for lacrosse - sure. Hard to compare 120ish college hockey programs with over 400 college lax programs.

"In" or "out" it still falls on the kid to develop and get better, and plenty of them do that and are recognized for it.

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Anon
I'm not going to debate the existence of an "in" crowd bias - b/c there definitely is something there.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for everyone else. It's not like every USHL or DI team is filled solely with "in" kids.
My kid is definitely an outsider - he was a late starter from a non-traditional hockey market whose family knows nobody. Hell, I never even played growing up.

Kid earned an invitation to a TPE event, then a Crimson Combine, and did well enough to generate some buzz, get on some lists, and turn that into a good opportunity at a new england prep school and then a DI commitment.

Are there more opportunities for lacrosse - sure. Hard to compare 120ish college hockey programs with over 400 college lax programs.

"In" or "out" it still falls on the kid to develop and get better, and plenty of them do that and are recognized for it.
Good luck to your boy, with the changing landscape of Covid Hockey I hope he gets a chance to play for the team he committed to sometime in the future.

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It's simple math. College Lax programs outnumber College Hockey programs 5:1. Good luck to your kid, sounds like he was pretty good but you might've been his biggest problem.

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DB Anon
It's simple math. College Lax programs outnumber College Hockey programs 5:1. Good luck to your kid, sounds like he was pretty good but you might've been his biggest problem.
I bet you say that to all the kids who go a different way and wont pay for your magical cone drills anymore. Good luck to you old man.

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I would be happy for you if it was at any other school. Rumor has it coach gets a kick back for bringing in players. Look at the varsity and JV roster.

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Interesting.
I don't think Boston University or Merrimack has a junior varsity team.

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Anonymous
Interesting.
I don't think Boston University or Merrimack has a junior varsity team.
Correct, but we are talking about Lacrosse in Florida..Some colleges have 3 teams. The demand is incredible down here, and its not very expensive for a program to order an extra 30 Jerseys.

Boston U Xbox Cyber Bullies

A player on BU is insecure about his statline and haircut and takes it out on 16yr olds on xbox. Cant say who but he is awful crusty and is 3rd line.

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DB Anon
It's simple math. College Lax programs outnumber College Hockey programs 5:1. Good luck to your kid, sounds like he was pretty good but you might've been his biggest problem.
Add to the number of programs the size of the rosters (3X hockey?) and until recently the recruiting area has been basically Washington DC to Boston....and no two years of Juniors just to show-up on campus at 21 and about $30K lighter in the wallet.

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40+ kids on roster. 12.6 scholarships. Yeah lax is a panacea.

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Anon
40+ kids on roster. 12.6 scholarships. Yeah lax is a panacea.
The ability to go into college at 18 vs 21 or 22 is the right path for most kids vs wasting a few years living in a billet basement only to play most likely D3 hockey. Good for your boy!

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Yeah $50k to be a 5th string D middie and a degree from the university of Tampa. Extra good luck to your boy.

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Anon
Yeah $50k to be a 5th string D middie and a degree from the university of Tampa. Extra good luck to your boy.
I want to thank you for your concern, but just a few facts/ a major in cybersecurity with a minor in entrepreneurship, he is a 6’1” midfielder so playing time will not be an issue, oh and it’s 15K per year for smart athletes, they have these things called academic scholarships, google it. So the plan is to join the family company in 4 years, keep building, sell it for a few million, rinse, repeat. It’s worked so far. But yes, you should let your kid waste a few years in jrs, graduate at 24/25 and start from scratch. To each their own I guess. Maybe my kid will hire your kid? Godspeed

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6-1”. Whooey why didn’t you say so.

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Anon
6-1”. Whooey why didn’t you say so.
If you really look deep inside yourself you must feel horrible to know you can’t provide good advice to your own kid. It must hurt. I’m sorry. Here’s a hug.

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Anon
6-1”. Whooey why didn’t you say so.
All he took away from the post was how tall the kid is? Your kid is screwed!!!

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Maybe the two best hockey players at our local D-1 h.s. and one went to play D-1 Lax locally and the other went to a nice big southern school to focus on school and play club hockey.

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could it be your kid just isn't that good at hockey? i know he's 6'1" and all but...

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anon
could it be your kid just isn't that good at hockey? i know he's 6'1" and all but...
Bahahahahaha! Seriously, you just can’t help yourself! So pathetic.

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Kids have their whole lives ahead of them to work. What’s the rush ? Based on above posts, Dad should be able to cover for the kid for an extra 2 years at the family business. The business will be there, sports opportunities will not. Just my opinion