I completely understand older kids and top-end players filling their spring and summer with hockey. For many others I do think it can increase the chance of burnout. This was the first year in the past four my son didn't play spring hockey. Recently he started a skills session and seems refreshed and is anxious for the season to start. I think the break really did him some good and he filled his time with baseball and lax (loved both). Every kid is different but for now this is the path we'll follow.
All valid points. As a coach I want all players to come into my locker room hungry to play the game. Over the past few years with the addition of all these spring/summer tournaments it is much more difficult for players to stay focused on that hunger.
I tell my players the same thing every year: If you put the time in during the season, Practice Hard, Practice correctly, and Play each game like its your last, then you earned the time off in spring and summer..If you don't do those things during the season then I'll keep the lights on for you and send you postcards. However, I also work hard at having my kids be seen through out the season so they dont need all of the spring/summer for exposure.
Good luck to all, its a great game when the kids are enjoying it.
" Most kids do not benefit from spring/summer skating as much as they would from the rest. "
So you're an expert on 'Most kids' physiology, skating ability, temperament, their outside schedule & activities, their level of interest and about 30 other variables?
I've been around hockey a long time and EVERY KID could use edge work and skating instruction in the off season. In fact I'm so sure they could use it that I can tell you NHL players work on it in the summer. It doesn't hurt them, make them slower, make them tired....
O.K., I think this goes back to the old 'worry about your own kid.'
As the kids say, Boom, roasted.
So let's all just stick to broad insults and generalizations. And the 'sorry your kid got cut' and 'your (sic) an idiot.'
Hey life story guy, do you Jenny from the block? Even with the rocks that she has got, She is still Jenny from the block.
This post went in weird direction. What is the general consensus of the topic. Do kids up to Bantam Major generally need some time off or is this now a 12 month sport? After Bantam Major due you have to play in spring/summer to be noticed if your not in the top 5%?
The answer is yes. The trolling know it all town hockey guy knows zero about hockey. I've been told numerous times regarding spring & summer hockey from coaches - hey, I don't have time to come out and look at kids during the season, I have to come out during the summer.
Town hockey players aren't getting any looks so don't worry about them. No junior or college coaches are going to town a games looking at players.
Wow, Its been awhile since I been on here, glad to see everyone has kept there sanity.
Im just going to leave this here
Her therapist told her - no DBoard no matter how good you think your philosophical thoughts for the day may be.
Every kid is different and it's not so much they get burnt out its that their bodies break down and are more easily injured but if you have the money and time, and your kid really wants to play then have a blast. The only thing I have seen is that kids will pick up some bad habits during spring/summer hockey so make sure you sprinkle in some skills to keep them on track and your winter coaches happy! Remember folks, 1/2 these kids are done by 16, minds well have some fun along the way
kids should play multiple sports not one sport year round..it makes them a better player on the ice. They learn how to read their opponent, take angles and stay between a player and the goal and so much more. Most NHL players agree and have been very vocal about it lately. It is a no-brainer. My son was recruited to Prep school to play hockey and will make varsity Lacrosse as a freshman..
Correct. Science shows that a kid NOT playing the game and sitting on the couch playing video games eating chips has a greater chance of playing high school sports. Don't practice or work at anything, skill will just happen. If not, it's the coach's or system's fault.
Can we all agree it's not one great extreme or the other?
Teach your kids to work hard, be committed and recognize how fortunate they are to have these experiences.
Nothing wrong with working hard in the offseason to get to where you want to be. If these were inner city kids who looked at " Their Sport" as a way out, we would applaud them for staying out of trouble and being so committed. The difference is with hockey, it has really turned into a rich kids sport that is in no means a gateway to a better life. In many cases it is just the opposite; play two years of "pay to play" jr's, so they can play college hockey at a low level div 3 school with mediocre academic standards. Time may be better spent with academic endeavors.
However, with all that being said; Work Hard, Stay Committed, Dream Big, Enjoy the Ride.