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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    That would be accurate.
    Guess my kid is sticking to rec hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    Guess my kid is sticking to rec hockey.
    Keep him there till he is 10 or 11.
    Then you will know.

    The team I took over cost 6k per player last season.
    We drove the costs down to 1700 per player, (not counting sponsorships).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    Guess my kid is sticking to rec hockey.
    It really is way out of control. I knew it was expensive when we started but I would never have guessed that it would get up to $5,000 + a season. I'll be paying around $3,000 for this season if he makes Squirt B. I have two other, younger, sons too. Thankfully my middle guy doesn't seem to be too interested in playing ice hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    Keep him there till he is 10 or 11.
    Then you will know.

    The team I took over cost 6k per player last season.
    We drove the costs down to 1700 per player, (not counting sponsorships).
    In 12-13 years it's just going to be double LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    I personally think the summer tourney's are silly as hell, (and so does USA hockey ADM).

    In regards to tryouts, why would you not want to wait as LONG as possible?Kids develop over the summer, grow, focus, etc.
    What you have in March maybe completely different then 5 months later in September.
    Nobody wants to lose whatever players are in their organization. Out of site, out of mind. Too much can happen in those months to make families leave the team they were with the season before. That's my guess. It's a lot different here than it is by you. A LOT different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Original6Ranger View Post
    It really is way out of control. I knew it was expensive when we started but I would never have guessed that it would get up to $5,000 + a season. I'll be paying around $3,000 for this season if he makes Squirt B. I have two other, younger, sons too. Thankfully my middle guy doesn't seem to be too interested in playing ice hockey.
    What team is he on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    What team is he on?
    NJ Stars out of Proskate in S. Brunswick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    Nobody wants to lose whatever players are in their organization. Out of site, out of mind. Too much can happen in those months to make families leave the team they were with the season before. That's my guess. It's a lot different here than it is by you. A LOT different.
    We had to get all the organizations together, (something I worked hard on).
    And simply say, this is when we will all have tryouts.

    Now in our area it was no big deal, we run it like Canadian towns.
    One organization representing interior Alaska.
    Top 17 make one team, next 17 make the next, etc, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    Guess my kid is sticking to rec hockey.
    That doesn't include the privates, travel, hotel, food, gas, etc. lookin between 7-10 depending on what extras you do.
    Quote Originally Posted by Original6Ranger View Post
    NJ Stars out of Proskate in S. Brunswick
    Was just there for 3 on 3 tournys. You know Boris Sherman?

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    No, I don't know him. The rink just brought in a ton of new coaches from ProTech and other places plus I don't know many of the coaches from the older ages. They have a new hockey director at the rink that seems to want the program to expand. They will now have AA teams at Peewee and Bantam levels this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Original6Ranger View Post
    No, I don't know him. The rink just brought in a ton of new coaches from ProTech and other places plus I don't know many of the coaches from the older ages. They have a new hockey director at the rink that seems to want the program to expand. They will now have AA teams at Peewee and Bantam levels this year.
    He's not a coach. He's a parent with 02 twins and another one at 00. He puts together 3 on 3's and other clinics. Real nice guy and he does a great job organizing and running things. I'm pretty sure he's tight with the 2 Russian coaches they just brought down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    That doesn't include the privates, travel, hotel, food, gas, etc. lookin between 7-10 depending on what extras you do.
    Or equipment!

    I'm blown away by the time and money my parents spent on me playing. Including the annual rink in the backyard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NosLliWhsoj View Post
    Including the annual rink in the backyard.
    I'm so fucking jealous.

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    What an appropriate (re)tweet I just read...

    Matthew Barnaby
    The biggest problem with parents in youth hockey is parents rushing their kids and putting them in spots they don't belong. #slowdown

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    Quote Originally Posted by NosLliWhsoj View Post
    Or equipment!

    I'm blown away by the time and money my parents spent on me playing. Including the annual rink in the backyard.
    Yup .. fuckin kid is on his 5th set of pillows.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    What an appropriate (re)tweet I just read...

    Matthew Barnaby
    Can I rep Barnaby? So fuckin true. Even if your kid makes a higher team and is a borderline player at that level, he's not going to get the ice time to develop. Tier 1 shortens the bench, they all play to win. They're better off at the next best level and developing and gaining confidence, which is huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    What an appropriate (re)tweet I just read...

    Matthew Barnaby
    I kept my kid in "house" or rec hockey for the first 5-6 years for that reason.
    Keep his ass grounded and things in perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    Yup .. fuckin kid is on his 5th set of pillows.


    Can I rep Barnaby? So fuckin true. Even if your kid makes a higher team and is a borderline player at that level, he's not going to get the ice time to develop. Tier 1 shortens the bench, they all play to win. They're better off at the next best level and developing and gaining confidence, which is huge.
    No tier should be shortening the bench until Bantams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    No tier should be shortening the bench until Bantams.
    I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just saying what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just saying what happens.
    Coaches who don't have a clue I guess.
    I'm big at the Bantam level, kids start to find roles.

    I understand it's never possible to get perfectly even ice time, but roll all 3 lines as equal as possible in all situations.
    PP, PK, etc.

    Only time I ever change that is in regards to a behavior modification

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    Wish I would have seen this thread from the start.. Mikey you are exactly right, Tryouts started last night here for the Jr. Flyers.. My Dad and I were out there scouting over 70 16U players. 17 Goalies. His phone was ringing off the hook this week with parents trying to make sure my Dad and I knew which kids were there. AAA is SO political these days, it's actually sickening, and I've been a part of it for a while now. The problem that most people don't realize is EVERY AAA team has their tryouts the same nights. So the kids who don't make say, our AAA team, will try to bail early on tryouts, and go over to another AAA teams tryout for the 3rd night, just at the chance of making a AAA team.

    It's really hectic, and you can learn a lot by just listening to the kids talk. I actually had a goalie telling me yesterday he was going to go out for another team, and 2 hours before tryouts his buddy texted him saying "so and so" weren't going to that teams tryouts anymore, so he switched plans, and came to ours. I don't know how the parents do it, I don't know how my Dad did it, and I am not sure how I am going to do it. It's pure craziness this week for all organizations with a AAA program.

    Good luck to your Son, I hope he makes the team. Try and stay sane this week!

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