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There are a couple summer teams that do which of course you pay extra for but most don't. You pay your money and show up the first day of the tournament. Summer hockey is supposed to be meant for fun but some take it way too seriously. Personally I think spring and summer hockey is a little bit of a waste of money
I agree, it is a big money maker for these summer teams. If you are going to do it have him play on a team with kids he doesn't normally skate with.
Generally you contact the coach, he finds out what tournaments work for both parties, you have the kid show-up, you pay the $ for the weekends games, they hand him a jersey and a pair of socks in the locker room, he plays, after the last game you give back the jersey and socks after and if the kid is good enough and isn't a pain in the a$$ to the coach or other players the coach will ask you back for the next tournament.
If you look through the tournament websites you will see the fee the tournaments charge each team. The coach puts that money upfront for the team and then he needs to collect enough to cover his nut at the door of the locker room. I've never seen anyone charge enough to make a profit and I'm pretty sure many weekends are a losing proposition for the coaches.
Well said program owner/coach...
Here is the reality of summer tournament teams for those that have passed 3rd grade math.
Fee to enter team into tournament =$1300 (on average)
Player fees for teams like Boston jr whalers, jr bruins, shd, blue chips, etc are on average $200-$250 per player.
Tournament teams carry 14 players on average with a few playing for free/reduced rate. That leaves 12 kids paying atleast $200. Thats $2400 coming in to cover the $1300 tournament fee.
Hate to burst your bubble but summer tournament teams are ALL about the money.
Sorry they didn't ask your kid back
So I can get rich running a summer tournament team?
After I shell-out the $ for the uni's and socks, have 3 'no-show' kids, have the dad with two kids that want's a discount, have the kid come in for a game and pay pro rata, have the kid that promises he will send you the money and doesn't, the days 9 kids don't show-up because it's 85 degrees and sunny, the super star that never pays full boat, the poor kid that really can't pay....
Yup, it's a regular profit center.
Sorry you dont know how to run a business
Oh I run multiple businesses...just not hanging around a rink in the summer cashing a stack of $200 checks.
fact - top summer team in new england charges $200 tryout fee, $800 player fee (includes jersey, 3 hrs of practice), $250 x 3 tournaments, $500 x 1 tournament. Cost for a 2008 birth year to play in 4 tournaments and 3 hrs of practice = $2250.
That does not include travel to and from, hotel stay, etc.
Thats how you run a business.
If you are hanging out in front of the locker room in Bridgewater hoping for kids/payment to show up in July...you sir do not know how to run a business
it gets you exposure
you play tournaments with kids you know or don't
and get on the ice to have fun
Finally, someone making sense of it all. Well said, thank you!