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I wonder how the conversations are going at the Islanders and Warriors right now. The programs who are constantly competing with Top Gun or Spartans for talent are now sitting on a lost season. The Warriors charge over $4k for a season filled with skilled sessions and maybe 10-12 games it is not looking good to retain their talent.
Games don't build "youth" talent. What does? Skills, both on and off ice, and skating, skating, skating.
It has been discussed by some of my peer coaches that a youth "game" shutdown might be a good thing for Northeast hockey.
Why? The emphasis on winning exceeds the emphasis on skating ability, hockey intellect, positional play and individual work ethic. I have witnessed some kids only getting 15 minutes or less of ice time in a game. How does that improve his/her skills? It doesnt!
Make sure your Org has a good plan in place for the Fall. Then when games return let them be a barometer of the work put in.
According to studies the average youth player touches the puck well under a minute total each game. Some for only a few seconds total.
One ADM study stated that a "well run" practice was better for skill development than 10 games. The problem is getting a well run practice.
>What would we do without you?
Eat, drink, sleep. You know, the normal stuff.
You shut the FK up before I kick your ass