The Official New England Ice Hockey DBoard
Click Here to Visit Our Facebook Page
ex-college athlete here with whole college-athlete family. Seen a million kids burn out bc the parents push them , criticize them and force them to do x, y and z. If the kid wants to do spring/summer/night/morning/roller blading/shots in the driveway, support them. If they don't, support that. Burnout doesn't come from the athlete's desire for more.
Ex-College athlete and coach for over 30 kids who have played college hockey. You are correct that burnout does not come from desire but I can confirm that often the players who are playing year round and do not focus solely on another sport for a few months a year usually fail athletically at some point when they are 16-18. It’s not to say that the players who have taken USA Hockey or any other national approach will not fail, but the ones who do generally will be the better athletes at 18-24. My personal opinion is that players under 12 should play for 7-9 months a year and play a secondary sport for 2-3 months. At 16-18 I think it’s ok for them choose just hockey and play for 10-11 months but I still believe they should incorporate other sports into their training.
The spring stuff is almost 100% parent driven especially with younger kids. The stories of little Johnny begging to get back on the ice or dearly missing his teammates is a fantasy parents push to justify sticking their kid into 10 more weeks of mindless drills and games most kids don’t really want to be at. I was guilty of it too for a couple of years and could see my kid going through the motions. Finally gave him a break and let him play lax outdoors and he went on to be a much better player and anxious to get back on the ice mid to late summer. Spring hockey activities are mostly money grabs.
Money grabs lol. Love all you idiots putting a price on your kids happiness. What is not a money grab? I like capitalism. Kids who play baseball lax and soccer grow up and eventually on a drunken night they ended up receiving another man and finding out who they really are. I’ll keep my kid on the ice.