Ice Hockey DBoard

The Official New England Ice Hockey DBoard 


Click Here to Visit Our Facebook Page

email: icehockeydboard@yahoo.com

Youth Hockey
Start a New Topic 
Author
Comment
View Entire Thread
Re: Greater Value: Alternate on 2 Teams vs. Full-Time on 1 Team?

Anon
My opinion is there is greater value in practices/skills sessions than games. So, there's 30 games played in E9 each season. That's plenty for me and my little bender. He plays other sports besides hockey. He's been on an E9 team for several years, no issue with coaches or playing time. Occurred to me recently though that he could be an alternate on 2 teams and go to tons of practices and maybe play 15-20 games between the 2 of them for the season. He would also get all the practices he wants during this time and it would be when it works for our schedule (because he's an alternate). I looked into 2 separate programs and both said their "Alternate" cost was $500 for the season. So, potentially, I would pay $1,000 for 2 programs for the year, get the same amount of practice time and maybe 10-15 less games. Why would you not do this? With most programs running $3,000-$4,000 as a full-time player, why would you not take this approach? You control your schedule, you get a decent amount of games and you can take the money you would save by not being a full-time player on one team and put that towards private sessions or skills or camps, etc. Thoughts??? Enlighten me, you hockey hardos...hoping we have a debate that is as crazy as Tuesday night's was...
Maybe a better question would be "alternate on 1 team vs full time on 2 team?"