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When do coaches start reaching out to current players about next year? If I haven’t been already approached should I be worried?
Depends on the coach, level, and organization. If your kid is not one of the kids playing minutes at the end of a game be worried. If your coach only cares about his kid and one or two other top kids be worried. If the coach doesn't take the time to talk to your kid at practice or a game and walks away be worried.
They still technically have a few weeks left before they can really say anything, but you will have to wait for them to hear back from the kids that they did reach out to about switching teams or the ones that they definitely know who's staying for next year then they will fill in the roster as needed with who's left. The majority of the teams already know what they have or the direction they are going in. Its about who you know and what you or your kid can do for them
Wasn't knocking any coach or org, just giving the parent(s) signs to look for as they have to be realistic for where their kid should be and their development. Also as a coach I would take more pride in developing a "bottom" player and watching that instead of bringing in a "better" player that someone else developed for another win or two during a season
Oh sure, a coach loves to develop players. But some kids just don't catch on and then it gets really frustrating. Not all kids are meant to be great hockey players. Parents look to blame the coach when often times the kid is just maybe in the wrong sport or isn't going to ever be a top player. Not sure what age group we're talking about either but some kids have more drive than others as well.
Handled differently by all coaches. Rule of thumb in competitive club hockey is that the bottom 4 should be replaced/upgraded. Coaches should give these type of players heads up early in the process so they can start looking for new team. Issue is that it’s not always cut and dry until mid March. Either way if you are bottom 1/3 of team type of player you could get cut. If you are bottom 1/3 with a bad work ethic and shoot pucks in between whistles you are 100% getting cut.
The problem is usually the delusional parents thinking their kid should be on the team when the shouldn't be.
I've also seen situations where the parent had an issue with the coach and had to leave for that reason OR kid was cut over issue with parents. Brutal.
Very rare - kid on our team got cut after all tryouts over. Even was invited to the new team skate. Kid was better many others too, well liked, always showed up etc. It was pretty ****ty, and I have c looked at my coach the same after that. Never any indication to the family. Coach was waiting on someone else to decide or be told he had no better options. Always go to other tryouts if your player is on the bubble.
I wouldn’t say worried but it’s probably an indication that your child
Isn’t good enough to
Be on the team. At this point it’s been about a year and you and the coach should know exactly where
Your kid stands if you’re being a realist.
If you havent had a conversation yet I would be concerned. The reality is most parents if they are honest with themselves know whos got a spot and whos on the bubble and whos out. My sons coach started telling us in mid December that they want him next season. The longer you wait and dont know the better chance you have of getting shut out the doors close quick. And dont believe waiting for tryouts the teams are all filled long before that day comes
My kid is one of the few first year players on a peewee team. He doesn’t get a lot of playing time this year, but he plays well when he does. Coaches haven’t said anything. I assume he has a spot next year as he’d be one of a few returners. Is this presumptuous given no one has reached out?
Kid is playing on a 2010/2011 team which is mostly 2010s, but my kid is one of a few 2011s on the team. Should I be worried that coach hasn’t said anything about next year yet?
Not where we live - it is the best team in our state; they combine age groups but typically only take a couple first years; however, only one of the first years (coach’s kid) got good playing time this year. I have no idea where we stand with this club.