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if it were free, every kid and their sibling, would be on the ice with their bike helmets and milk crates. With a little skin in the game a parent needs to be confident his kid has a fighting chance. Also, it helps defrays costs.
and Sorry your kid is about to be cut!
How about some of these programs that require a $500-600 deposit with your contract? Only returned if you don't make the team. Certainly takes them off the list if I am considering between two programs and not sure which one.
Is Hockey really for everyone? This is not about the political correctness issues. Yes, I do understand capitalism and the ability to own your own business. No my bender did not get cut. This is not Town vs. select or different league debates. Yes, we do play other sports.
We are blessed with a gifted hockey player and blessed with the ability to afford the cost.
Our player recently signed up for and attended some tryouts with different hockey organizations. Not naïve we know that most of these organizations have their top teams picked already. But we tried and received some contract offers. We were stunned at the costs and distances! Yes, you have to be committed. Move. That is not happening.
What happens to that kid or family who cannot travel those distances or afford the tryouts or tuitions. The response is going to be, play another sport. No, this player is talented and is passionate about hockey. Where does this kid play? We already know how much gear costs. Sure there is the old worn out gear in the bucket at the rink.
There is some but not enough learning to play or grow hockey aid. There is Town Hockey who may have financial assistance. Please, someone tell me if there are any SELECT organizations that offer financial aid or scholarships out there. If there is any I applaud them.
When you attend these Coaching seminars and they have Hockey East Coaches there speaking. When they are asked where do you recruit? It is not High Schools or local Town Hockey programs. It is Prep-School, other expensive schools or Juniors Leagues. Sure the cream may rise to the top, but the development no matter what is not affordable for many.
So again is hockey really for everyone? Is the costs of hockey killing the game for many?
Please, the OP is correct. Tryout costs $50-$100 50-60 kids on the ice. Then list prices from $3000 and up to play never mind the other swag.
Did not see too many Mini Vans off of Derby Street last week. Just new Suburban, Escalades, BMW and Yukon Denalis.
Not many that come from humble beings from Massachusetts make it or get the chance. Maybe Canada or other places, but no in the hot bed of Hockey. Ha! Ha! There is sometimes a few that may like the Hayes boys. Sure some kids may get a discount, the Coach's kid or his friend's kid. They volunteer??
Walking into that tryout it was like walking into a Nordstroms. The rink was a dump. Watched two of the Pro-Shop guys along the side of the building smoking a joint. Listened to the parents talking about going skiing last weekend. Kids around the rink were rude, fruit does not fall to far away.
Not bitter, got offered a contract. Turned it down, not the type of environment for us. 7.5 months with those type of attitudes was not happening.
All the "gifted" hockey players I know are playing at a steep discount or even playing for free in some cases. Bottom line: if you're good enough, someone will make sure it's possible for you to play. If you're paying full price, well, your kid is probably not as good as you think he is.
The fact that youth hockey is a business cannot be seriously disputed, but luring kids in to tryout for teams they have no chance of making is messed up. Try not to laugh too hard, but there is supposed to be some element of development of players mixed in somewhere. I don't feel bad for the parents who pay the money because if you do your homework you should be able to figure out where your kid might have a chance of making a team. But when my kid was younger I got fooled into bringing my kid to a tryout for a picked team, the kid was crushed (for a day), I lost some money, but was wiser for the experience.
If a kid is good enough and dedicated to hockey, $$ will not be the issue. We all know that some coaches and orgs would waive fees for a player of that talent. I know for a fact that a few coaches take $$ out of there own pockets to pay for kids who cant afford it. $$ is only an issue for mediocre players.