This time of year kids are showing up for high school tryouts. It is so funny to see the dads before and after practice. Their expectations are based on what league they played in or how good they were when their kid was 11 years old. News flash - It doesn't matter! It all comes down to this week and the result of the tryout. It is all about speed, size, skill, hockey IQ.
Remember the wise words of Mr. Ben Derr -
We had an esteemed poster here that once insisted that nothing from Mites until today at 3pm counted towards my child's hockey development. Absolutely nothing mattered until high school hockey tryouts started.
Didn't matter where he played
How he played
Who coached him
level of competition
So my question is, my son might try out if he can find his skates and the majority of his gear by the end of school. Should I expect 2nd line? He skated E9 select in 2004 and spent most of his summers on the lake. Will there be hittin' tonight?
Were you able to say "It all comes down to this week and the result of the tryout" about public HS hockey with a straight face?
I’m confused. I thought was all about the hitting. You know wait until the checking starts ????
Head over to the High School section of the board and post your crap there. Any dad watching his son's HS hockey tryout needs to get a life too.
We are all crazy!
Going on a youth website to read and write posts .....you got it...crazy.
I agree we are all crazy but that is what sets our kids sport apart from other sports. Our season is a long grind, weekends away, lots of travel times to games.
True but even lower levels of hockey have a long season - Sept - March/April. I guess I was comparing to something like little league which is like 2 1/2 months in the spring. Then a month off then another couple of months in the summer. Football is Aug - Nov.
100% accurate. Top level kids are the best in every sport they play. Top Hockey players will be best lacrosse, baseball players etc. Eventually they give one up but not at 10.
I find baseball to be a great sport for kids to play after a long hockey season.
Good for hand/eye coordination but not the high, physical impact of hockey. It's nice to be outside (at least after April) and I think the kids like the change of pace.
Only a lazy kid would 'like the change of pace' of baseball. Running to-and-from the dugout is the excitement of the day....that game is dying a fast death.
"I will maintain what I always have. The most athletic kids are going to be the best in any sport they choose to play, and while they may need a few months to catch up on skating, they will eventually and pretty rapidly surpass the nonathletic kid who has been playing hockey his entire life."
OK Sparky, go over to the high school team and find the 5 best athletes and bring them over to the rink 3 months before tryouts at a D-1 hockey school. Not only are you 'athletes' not making the team, they will hardly know how to skate.
Go check a D-1 h.s. hockey roster and you will see even the kids who have played since they were 6 years old who are very good athletes and spent their time in town hockey playing 6-7 months a year...THEY ARE NOT MAKING THE TEAM let alone 'surpass' the kid who has been playing his entire life.
Gramps, this isn't 1985
And to add to the previous post, the baseball season may be shorter, but it's more time consuming. It's 10-12 hours per weekend from April into July.
That’s a lot of standing around on the weekends.