In general, I think a kid really needs to stand out at an Open Skate for a coach to pursue his parents. Especially if there are lots of kids. That being said, the same might well be true about tryouts. Most teams know 90%+ what their roster will be before tryouts. The key is to get in early to a team practice in February and talk with the coach. To do that, kid needs to be good, needs to come recommended or at least come from another legit program. Good luck.
I think the above poster is spot on. The one other thing to add is that kids still leave programs to go to so called better ones around tryout time so it's not uncommon for unanticipated spots to become available around tryout time. While most coaches may only have 1-3 spots available at the tryout, it can become 4-5 at any moment. Even kids who sign early have left money on the table to go elsewhere, although that is rare.
Every year can be a bit different. Many excellent comments from the earlier posters. This year I have already signed one kid who came to 3 practices last month. 1 practice is not enough in my opinion. I have signed one other player who played with my squad following a nonrostered tournament. I have expressly told two parents that their kid will not make the team following one practice. Maybe this doesn't make money for the organization through tryouts but most of these parents come through recommendations and I have my credibility at stake. I have one kid who has come to two practices and his chances are not good but I have told the dad to bring him to tryouts because there is always some uncertainty completing the team.
[ Don't like it? There is always town [/quote]
I don't like it. I respect the "Coach" post. Honest and upfront. That's how it should be. I can't figure out why parents are always looking for a better team. There's just no logic there.
If you find a good coach then stay with him. Simple
the guy who says he "left" the ehf for the Knights is funny....sorry your kid got cut. no one leaves the ehf for the knights.
Why, what is so bad about knights?
point is the Knights are all show and no substance. Gas money for TL's BMW. Unfortunately most programs are like this now. Caps the worst.
Lots of EHF Tier 1 teams are TERRIBLE
Most kids are not elite. Go up to Toronto and your ass kicked. For every one kid here there are 5 up there. Get a grip!
Here are a few good rules of thumb:
1. Is your kid serious about hockey or just playing for fun? --The latter should lean toward town hockey
2. Does he/she have the natural talent level that could be brought out by better coaches, more training, more money, etc. in order to get him/her competitive with the best players on the top teams (EHF Elite, E9)? If not, then playing at a level of high school varsity at D1 or Prep or above (college, juniors) may not be in the cards. --Lean toward town hockey
3. Are you and your kid willing to give up other sports, other activities and savings to play on expensive club teams, summer teams, etc.? Remember, you can't have these years back. --If not, lean toward town hockey where it's more flexible
My guess is that few kids associated with parents and coaches on this board qualifies based on all three rules so I call for the elimination of Select, Tier 1, Tier 2, BHL teams and go back 10-15 years ago when only the best of the best played club hockey. Sorry team owners, sorry overachieving pushy parents, sorry future NHL coaches.......
Rule 2 is flawed. Find me a parent who doesn't see their kid with talent or the it factor.
It's very valid. You need to be honest with yourself. Only 10-20% of all kids in club hockey qualify, if it's not you then it's not, it's OK.
Try all EHF Tier 1 teams are terrible. Same with BHL and MPDHL.