But if I skate my kid into the ground starting when he is 7/8 years old he will be the best 10 year old around and be like that forever! Even though if anyone even bumps him on the ice I scream from the stands!
What are you talking about? There is no offseason.Hockey all year round 24/7 baby.It's the only way to get my 7 year old better.Hockey is life
The 07 parents are the worst. They literally skate their kids all year round.
They learned from the 05 and 06 parents. I believe the little voices in there heads were saying something like this...Cross ice? I'm not doing no cross ice! My 7 year old gets it. He needs to be playing full ice all year round cause he can put his head down and skate faster than any kid out there! He's going some where!...
By last year Peewee / Bantams you pretty much need to go all in or forget it. Before that you need to take a break.
Wow, look at all the bitter haters. Why don't you worry about your own kid??? Oh, and sorry your little johnny's not invited to play on the spring/summer team with his buds - just the crappy email list bender teams that can't be filled...enjoy little league (where I'm sure you all have the very same complaints, pathetic).
No bitterness here.
My son is playing lax and baseball and enjoying both quite a bit. That's how I know it's a good decision. He's having fun. My kid is a pretty good hockey player but being that he's ten I have no idea what sport if any he will be playing in five years. It's not the worst idea in the world to introduce a couple of different things into the mix.
In my town almost all the H.S. varsity hockey players play baseball or lacrosse. I guess they must be the "benders" who didn't get the special summer invite.
There are some very delusional parents out there who think there 10 year old player is the best around. It is comical
Yeah, I mean look at Jack Eichel he played town hockey and that was it and look at him go!
I think your all nuts. It's your money spend it on what you want. If Johnny wants to skate and you can afford it great. If he doesn't, then don't push it. Baseball and Lax are great for kids too. My son is 06, he plays hockey year round because he wants to. If he is not on the ice, he is on his roller blades, or in the basement shooting, and when that is done, he settles in for some NHL 16 on Xbox1. I am no expert on parenting, but I take my cues from him. If he is doing his homework, his chores, and wants to skate then go for it, why wouldn't I reward him and who are you or anyone else to tell me that its wrong.
As far as the tournaments go, in my opinion, they provide a great opportunity for the kids. When my son left town hockey after 1st year mite, he played in the Shamrock Invite. That first time he was slow and his reaction time was off, because if you want to admit or not, each level provides a faster paced game. The summer tournaments allowed him to adapt to the change in speed, and come time for the season, he was playing at a pace higher then the level we had chosen out of town hockey.
If your delusional, and think Johnny is playing so that he can make the NHL or get a D1 scholarship and your the driving force in pushing him towards summer hockey, then I would agree that it is wrong, but if your kid is asking to skate, and you want to put him in a better position to succeed, then its your money, and in my mind there is no better way to spend it then on making your kid happy.
From what I have seen very few 10-year-olds want to play year-round hockey and nothing else.
It's just my opinion but it's almost a disservice letting a young kid specialize in one sport. Even if they ask to.
To each his own indeed but my 06 would skate everyday if I let him but I feel having him play all year round is not good cuz it will burn him out which he insists will never happen. I do think a local tournament here and there isn't a bad thing though. He hadn't skated for the past 2 months and I let him do a tournament this past weekend and he looked really good. The time off and rest were good for him and he commented how much he missed hockey. It just reaffirmed to me that he doesn't need to be doing skills the very next day after the season ends. I actually know parents who did that. The thought out there is that if little Johnny isn't putting in the work over the summer that the other kids will pass him by. It just isn't true