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Totally depends on the relationship you have with the coach. If he is open and honest he deserves the same in return. If he's as duplicitous as most seem to be, he gets that back.
I would wait until you have a contract from the new team, which hopefully happens before tryouts, as kids rarely make a team in tryouts. So don't burn bridges. But, if he's a pretty good guy, how I would phrase it is that you are going to take a look at some other teams because of _____________________. Make sure it's for a good reason.
If you're running away from a situation, then you probably don't need to say anything. In fact, it's probably best to say nothing, as it isn't likely to be positive.
It's freakin youth hockey, nobody cares. Get over yourselfs
Tell the coach your wifey will no longer "be available" starting March 1st.
He'll figure it out when you don't show up for tryouts.
100% right on
In the crazy world of youth hockey, its better to be upfront then secretive when planning to leave a team. Unless you are leaving the geographic area, all of the coaches know each other and talk, so as soon as you call another team or show up at a practice, your current coaches phone is ringing.
On the other hand, if you are skating/talking with other teams and your current coach is aware of it and not asking you to stop its pretty safe to say he isn't too upset you are leaving and you are saving him from having to cut your kid next year.
If your coach hasn't told you by now that he wants your kid back (next season), then your kid is either on the bubble or he is looking to cut him/her. No need to tell him about you plans because he doesn't care that much. Any coach worth his weight has already had conversations with families about next season.
Let's make one thing really, really clear here. You owe the coach and the organization nothing. Period.
Anything a parent says as to why they are moving on can and may be used against them in the future. Coaches and G.M.'s move to different organizations and word does get around. You would hate for anything you say to be held against a 13-14 year old kid.
Shut your mouth and move on.
After you invite him outside and smash his face in, I think then he will realize your gone, Then call your lawyer he will take care of the rest
You need help
"...however, the good coaches who love the game and helping kids continue to do so usually take what other coaches say with a grain of salt..."
I met that guy once! Nice, nice guy.