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I hear many parents saying that about switching to lacrosse but I just don't understand why. After a lifetime of hockey at the 11th hour they encourage their kid to seek out lacrosse instead. But why? Sure if your kid is exceptional and gets a rare rare rare D1 full lacrosse ride then OK.
But for the other 99.5% why change sports for college if there is no financial benefit? Even if they can't make a D3 hockey team, if they love the sport they can play ACHA which can be very good.
Are they switching just to say "my kid plays some NCAA college sport"? If so let me tell you I've seen many kids quit on that path saying the year long commitment to a sport they just like (not love) was not worth it.
Not slamming anyone just saying have them do what they love, even at a lower level, not what they might like.
It's more about "I want to play a sport in college" than "I love hockey so much I'm willing to go and spend two years of playing Juniors, spend $30-$40K of my own money on the 'experience' and then show-up to some third rate D-3 college as a 21 year old freshmen to play marginal hockey in front of parents and a few girlfriends."
With the incredible number of schools offering and adding Lax and team rosters going 50-60-70 players deep and the serious recruiting region being DC to Boston a pretty average athlete can play Lax in college. D-3 you can find kids who can barely run making teams.
The hockey / Juniors system is real for many top-end & Canadian players but it's pretty criminal for those who end-up playing D-3 at some unknown college.