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It simply doesn't matter until they are older. And for defensemen it can be as late as 17-18. There is a local kid who is a defencemen who couldn't get a regular shift on his D-1 public school team until his senior year and multiple USHL teams offered him a spot. Yeah his H.S. Coaches were clueless but it shows 12-13 year old coaches might even know less.
We were on a team that the coaches said a lot worse than that about the kids. An 06 team.
Let's be a little less sensitive and assume the coaches were saying the kid is a grinder *at this age*. Did they say that was his ceiling, or that he's destined not to be a star? Probably not. They are coaching him as a 13 year old, not as a 16 year old. The more concerning question is whether they are relegating the kid to a certain role that will impact his ability to develop into a potential stud, or are they just evaluating his current skill set?
A lot will depend on if the kid grows and how his confidence is affected. Club and D-III hockey is filled with kids who failed to grow; are less than confident and have lost interest in the game.
So, why do you care what a coach thinks of another kid on the team? It's youth hockey. I see it on my kids 10/11 year old team. Coach thinks 2 forwards are the best kids on the team. Know what I think, I could strap on pair of skates and be the highest scorer if I tried to carry it up every time without passing...and I didn't play hockey.
And before everyone attacks me, No, I didn't play hockey but played plenty of other team sports and the concept if the same. Team sports require team efforts. And those kids as mites look like stars, then in Squirts when the slower developing kids keep progressing, those stars aren't carrying it or shooting as much because they are loosing the puck. And I'll put money on it that it's even more noticeable in the next division that they lose the puck more and carry it less. But when you have coaches who watch the puck instead of the game and want wins then the highest scorers are their stars.
Guess what? That's life. Keep telling your kid to work hard, hard work pays off and their youth coach isn't their end of the road coach for the good players. Play as a team but play for yourself!
coaches favorite play more min even if having a bad game other kids have a bad game coach cuts ice time tg
sounds like other kids are just roster fillers they play to give super studs a rest tg
sorry your ki got cut can u come up with something more original its old dbag
I had a steak and cheese grinder for lunch today.
Only a mom would write that post ...
Or a liberal