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Re: Is Hockey REALLY for everyone?

anon
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.


Unless you're a coach - this is a crock. Not the elite level. Back up your "fake news".

Re: Is Hockey REALLY for everyone?

anon.
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?

Why is the end all be all about being recruited? If they a e decent and enjoy it, does that mean they don't play in the EHF because it costs more than town and they aren't going to be recruited? Why does hockey have this attitude? I don't hear BB, lax, basketball or soccer players with this attitude

Re: Tryout Money Grab

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.

Re: Tryout Money Grab

anon
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.

This happens. I've seen the numbers at tryouts dwindle as my kid has gotten older. Fortunately people learn that dropping in to a tryout is a waste of time and money, so they stop donating.

Re: Tryout Money Grab

Pickle Juice
I believe the OP was saying that his kid is not great however programs are desperate for try out numbers and money. My personal experience is that Express, Kings, Bandits, Boch, and any of the Lovell programs will do anything to drive revenue through tryouts. Shameless.

Here's an idea. Charge $25 per try out. If a kid has no shot at making it don't make him come back. If the team is already picked, don't have a tryout.


Yea, the Lovell's really advertise and push tryouts ?

Re: Tryout Money Grab

Anon
My kid is a high-level tier 1/low level elite player. It's amazing how many emails I received from programs and coaches asking him to come to tryouts. Won't guarantee a spot but they want me to come to tryouts, it's my check!


14 separate emails from the Vipers are still one invite !

Re: Tryout Money Grab

Anon
Anon
My kid is a high-level tier 1/low level elite player. It's amazing how many emails I received from programs and coaches asking him to come to tryouts. Won't guarantee a spot but they want me to come to tryouts, it's my check!


14 separate emails from the Vipers are still one invite !


Stop thinking you're special.

Pretty sure anyone in youth hockey is getting the Viper spam.

Re: Tryout Money Grab

Anon
Anon
Anon
My kid is a high-level tier 1/low level elite player. It's amazing how many emails I received from programs and coaches asking him to come to tryouts. Won't guarantee a spot but they want me to come to tryouts, it's my check!


14 separate emails from the Vipers are still one invite !


Stop thinking you're special.

Pretty sure anyone in youth hockey is getting the Viper spam.


That's my point

Re: Tryout Money Grab

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.