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Looking back a previous post I had to laugh and forward it to my sons coach. In the post the OP wrote "Remember when you told me your kid always looked sluggish towards the end of the year and I told you he was burnt out?" 3 years ago my oldest son was in the middle of his peewee minor year. Mid January through the final game he looked terrible. Not only slow but mentally he was bad. Constantly out of position, messing up drills because he didn't know where to go, etc. This wasn't like him so I talked to the head coach. His comment back to me really stuck. It was something like "Hes burnt out physically and mentally. Take a 3 month break from hockey. Let him play xbox more." I remember thinking what an assshole he was but I listened. That burnt out son never had the problem again, is at a decent prep school and most certainly likes hockey more now than he ever has.
You praise your coach but I differ.
While I agree with taking time off to recharge, telling him to play more video games is never the right alternative.
Also, the fact is if coaches made it more fun at youth level there would be less burnout. I've never heard a kid say he was burnt out from having too much fun.
Easy buddy. I think your taking the video game thing much to serious. And I think your missing the point when you bring your fun statement into the convo.
I can tell you'll be one of those parents that will never understand from reading "convo".
Here lies the problem, does anyone here ask their super star if they want to play? Go to practice tonight? Attend a skill session, camp, game? Shoot pucks, workout?
99 percent of the lugnuts on this sight kidnap and hold hostage their super stars life until, oops, they have no life! And then eventually, no hockey!
If you're not giving your kid an opportunity to say, no, then shame on you! There is nothing wrong with missing a practice, a game, a skill session etc. If you are not at the very least asking, on occasion, want to go bowling, a movie, vacation weekend,play another sport, anything but hockey, then shame on you.
I don’t know a single decent youth player in our town and we have more than a few that aren’t multi-sport athletes. I can see it at high school level but before that? Don’t generally see it.