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But when my oldest son starting playing about 8 years ago, I was under the impression that the Mass Select League required its kids to play town hockey first and then offered a limited game and/or practice schedule. During this time, our town had a lot of club kids playing full time and it seemed like a good balance. There were several town pee wee teams and a couple of bantam teams, so kids could largely play with similar talent. Now our town often runs into the problem of having 1 overcrowded or 2 undermanned Bantam team(s), etc.
Good topic...my son just asked me if he could play on the town team next season. I'm totally against it. First off because he literally wants to be that kid that scores 7 goals a game. We play baseball all summer, and concentrate on hockey all winter. When baseball starts, we will have to deal with the kids who played AAU baseball all winter and run the show. It drives me nuts being on the other side of it so I will not to it in the hockey world. It is what it is, if you kid is good enough to play elite 9-10 year old hockey and you don't mind spending money on it - stay in that world. If your kid is great at baseball, and you are willing spend the money on baseball, stay in that world. No need to rub it anyone face.
Good post - AAU year round baseball has ruined spring town baseball. Kids show up showing gas and the kids that do not train year round cannot compete. I am on the baseball board and we are losing numbers and I believe this is the reason. Not saying its wrong but it gets kids out of the sport by middle school and then it hurts high school as you do not have the numbers to have a freshman and sometimes even a JV team.
Sorry your kids are getting cut from baseball and hockey... yea weird huh. The 8 year old studs aren't studs anymore when they face the kids who have worked hard to get better and are athletically inclined now they they have been playing for a few years. Its every sport !!
How do you build a super team in little league. Don’t most towns have drafts where the players are chosen and therefore the talent gets spread around?
My town has a draft, however there are multiple dad coaches on stacked teams, in many cases, dad coaches start coaching a year before their kids are eligible to ensure he gets on the right team, listed coaches automatically get to draft their kids. There are 4or5 hot teams.
Town sports are the worst. In every town the coaches kids or the league officials kids get opportunities they don’t deserve and because of that people are flocking to club sports where playing time and opportunities are based off ability.
If Dads aren't coaching many of these teams there is no one to do it. Can someone explain why it's wrong to coach your own kid. I have no problem putting my kid on the bench when he's not cutting it. I know that's not the norm, but there are a lot of fathers out there that coach for the right reasons. And often times the coaches kid(s) are some of the better players on the team, that's a fact.
no problem with Dad coaches, most are very good, better than I. Just put some rules in place and have an honest draft, limit coaches to 3 per team. spread the wealth.
Music is not in our blood. We'll just have to play better this year against those stacked teams, just hired a great personal coach for our younger aged Majors.
Now let’s talk about the Williamsport teams and how disgusting it is when the coaches kids who could not hit water if they fell out of a boat seem to make those teams.