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.