The focus on year-round hockey is ridiculous. I played D1 hockey (I wasn't that good but good enough to play at that level) and never touched my bag from April-June. Yes, the sport has become more competitive, but you all need to understand the cream will rise to the top regardless...if your kid is good enough, they will find him / her. Don't burn them out, screw up their hips, etc. Let them have fun and play other sports with their friends from school. And I bet with more perspective and a better approach, we will close the gap vs. MN. These spring and summer tournaments for kids that are not high school age are all money grabs and are not good for the kids in the long term.
My kid is about to age out of youth hockey and start playing in front of people who will actually make decisions about him. We’ve always had him play spring tourneys but not many summer tourneys. Spring tourneys are fun. We see friends from the winter, the kids play with their fed opponents instead of against them, and the tailgates and cornhole are a blast. You get to the semis or finals and eventually lose to the all star team that somebody’s father created. Maybe you miss a lacrosse game or you miss one of the tourney games. You don’t do them to make your kid better. You do them for the fun of it. In the summer, we stay away from the tourneys but the kid skates in a good skills program during the week (far more important than tourneys). Spend the weekends at the beach, playing golf, on somebody else’s boat. Maybe you do mini chowder.
Slightly different perspective. Our 14 looks forward to the travel experience, meeting new teammates and coaches who might have a different hockey style, geographical upbringing and yes, even accent, lol.
From a hockey experience, the competition is stronger, every shift is a challenge, every game is an opportunity to learn and improve. For him, learning and improving gives him the confidence he can compete and he loves to compete.
If your kid wants to play then let him play. Worked out big time for me. Coach from Prep school coaches my kids summer tournament team... after the tournament hands me a card and one year later guess where my kid is going?... prep school. Good education for a third of the tuition and he gets to play hockey!!! WINNING! I have no idea why some parents speak poorly of summer tournaments... can't understand why they care -if their kid isn't playing then why comment? Gotta be because they a) have a kid that wants to play but they need a break (which is totally understandable) so they just trash the whole thing to make themselves feel better b) kid just isn't good enough to play in the better tournaments. IDK. But if you don't like Spring/Sumer tournaments then just don't play - easy peasy. Just an aside... I love the supposed D1 players that troll the DBoard just waiting to pounce and share their wisdom to all of us peasants.
If summer tournament is fun for you and your kids, go for it. I was at the final 40 games this past weekend, and I can tell you that it doesn’t make any difference whether your kid plays summer tournament or not, if your goal is for hockey development.
It's because your little bender isn't going pro. It's not worth depriving them of their childhood or other sports. They will realize when they get older and reflect, how much of a doosh you were.
I coached spring/summer tournament teams for about years and got to make decent money doing so. My own kids age groups and kids up through 18. The kids who played in them were no better off in the long run than the kids who didn’t play. I chose to leave my kids off of most teams even though they could have played. Again, I was getting paid to coach. Parents were always dumbfounded when they found out my kids were home, at the beach, or fishing instead of at the rink. The only tournaments I let them play in were the ones their full time teams did as a team. Worked out well for them as they both play are still playing at a high level.
Spring and Summer tournaments are all about the parents posting on social media that they were at the rink. Makes their kid look good. I mean, if the kid is at the "Elite Showcase Showdown" he must be really good right? And how about some of the spring and summer coaches? "Guys you need to work harder" or "Guys you are playing really good". Thats the development you will get at a premium price!
This thread is crazy :grinning: Just let the kids play as much as possible. Like another friendly poster mentioned, life is short. Just have a great time people.
"Mesi" loves himself a tailgate
If the kids love doing it let him/her do it as long as the family can afford it. There are worse things a kid can be doing with their time than having fun playing the game they love, being with teammates they like, improving their hockey skills, and getting exercise doing it. If the parent is pushing the kid to do it and the kids doesn’t want to do it then you should reconsider. All of this nonsense about specialization at an early age is a lie. The better they become now the more propensity they will have to excel later because they are building muscle memory. It’s the same with other activities such a music and academics. Connor McDavid is a perfect example of highly specialized athlete who only played hockey since he was very young. He openly admits that he is terrible at all other sports and just played hockey all the time and rollerbladed everywhere he went. He is now the most advanced hockey player ever. Obviously he is an outlier and most kids will not even play NCAA but it just shows what can be achieved by someone who specializes in a certain sport or other activity.
Jesus Christ. There are no Conor mcdavids floating around in these spring/summer tourneys. Someone nailed it earlier these tourneys are a chance for the parents to puff their chest out and act like their kids going to be the next mcdavid. They’re all going to get a rude awakening in a few years.
Sorry your kids got cut