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$30 USA hockey registration
$19 safe sport modules
$50 Certification class
$99 right out of the gate + time spent taking these modules. Parents, do yourselves a favor and thank your coaches for what they do.
They used to, at least the good ones did. And they also included in players bill but not so much anymore.
I never missed work for a class, they were always on a Saturday or Sunday. I have been told you don’t even do the on ice portions anymore, Which to me is incredulous.
Add in the 2 day level 4 clinic that seems to be at a location that lends to an overnight trip and we are in the realm of $1000 to get to level 4. The organizations don't reimburse any of it and we are mostly volunteers.
The new rules are ridiculous and even more so at the u14 and above level. It is time to seriously think about walking away from USA hockey as they no longer represent the members of the organization.
Really as a coach you are complaining about the $99 out of pocket right away. Most coaches get 1/2 price tuition for their bender, so they saved anywhere from $1,000 to $1,800 right out of the gate.
Let us not forget you choose to coach for a couple of reasons. None of which are to make it on an NHL or collegiate bench. More commonly it is to insure playing time for you bender, or just getting him on the team. The good ones do it because the love the game and having a positive impact on their group of skaters, and they're not complaining here!
Quit your whining. Safety first. Sportsmanship next. Hockey third. Take the education and hold on to the memories forever.
Have to agree with earlier post. Last weekend sons 2 games (u-14) were un -bearable to watch . No tag ups , slows the game down waaaay to much . Forget about the hitting . Totally clean hits ( shoulder to shoulder, D - stepping up on a forward on a one on one .. getting called . 2 players ejected and missing the next game .. it’s ridiculous games going on and on with no tempo or pace ... .. the only contact allowed was along the boards .. going to be a long season !
The problem with these new rules are they never really filter down to the kids until they are enforced on the ice and the game turns into a disaster. They will learn the no tag rule in 1 shift, but the majority of them are never taught the new body checking mandate. I am a ref and nobody in the rink knows the rules except for most refs and some coaches. the players should be required to watch modules on the new checking rules. I see injuries every weekend and the vast majority occur when 1) a player does not have the puck and he's hit from behind 2) player is in a vulnerable position 3 feet off the boards w/o the puck and a kid "finishes" his check. 3) Big body vs. little body and something has to give. Majority of injuries occur when the player does not have the puck and most kids finishing checks are taking a run at a vulnerable player and also taking themselves out of the play - it's unnecessary. As a ref I am in favor of the new body contact rules - you can still play aggresive, angle and create contact while eliminating the hits causing most of the injuries. IF coaches, players, refs know the rules and are on same page it will be a much better game - I am not anti contact by any means, but I see far too many injuries from pointless hits.
Gone are the days of the hip check as the D angles the F to the boards. Based on the new rules this will now almost always be illegal. This is a great skill for D but I fear this will be lost for future US hockey players.
We have been teaching the boys to engage players physically as they enter the zone to get them to surrender the puck. The puck is then collected by the supporting defensive player along the boards. This can now be construed as a penalty, by some officials, yet still meets the mandate of making a play on the puck. This is a 2 player system that has worked for decades without increasing the risk of injury.
The competitive contact rule isn't terrible in concept but the inconsistency throughout the rinks is a problem. I understand the kids will learn the game but for those that are U14 and above their time has passed for this. They should have been "grandfathered" through this new rule change including the automatic offside - which is the most ridiculous rule implemented to date.