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