Toronto Summit Explores Ways to Get more 4-8 year olds on ice
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08-24-2009, 05:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
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LOL, call it what you want!
Parents in MY area don't want to have to be COMITTED to hockey every weekend!! My town is small, alot of times we have under 10 kids registered per team. Last year we played with as little as 8 on a squirt hockey team. Pretty easy to cancel games when you don't have enough players to PLAY!
Youth hockey equipment is cheap, especially if you buy used. Have you ever looked into the cost of figure skates and all the outfits that are required? Have you ever inquired about the cost of figure skating coaches? Trust me, it isn't cheap. CanadaBacon, do you have kids in hockey or figure skating? It doesn't sound like it.
The bang for the buck you get out of hockey in my area is a steal. We have a community owned rink that is run and maintained by volunteers hence the low costs.
"Summer" hockey and "Spring" hockey are different. I have coached both. Summer hockey requires alot bigger comittment.
There is nothing wrong with spring hockey. It is just an extension of a season that is usually pretty small at young ages. Spring hockey can end in May or June.
Hockeydadx2, we have a lot of kids that wish hockey would never end. My son was crying when I told him it was over and he kept asking me to make another team. He would ask me every week if I could book ice. SOME kids have a huge passion for hockey, others like it but can do with out it when they have had enough. I NEVER once had to talk my kid into going to the rink. If its something HE wants to do, I will try and give him the opportunity. Naturally there are some psycho parents out there that think their child can be built to be the Tiger Woods of hockey.
Where I am from, we play for the love of the game. As long as my child is passionate about it, I willl take him to the rink.
Maybe thats why only 8 kids play?! Parents dont want to give up there time for their children. Thats fine not arguing that, its there choice obviously.
Childrens hockey equipment is not cheap, come on.
Actually figure skating at the Ancaster club in Hamilton is 130-230ish a season. Skates look to be the cheaper then hockey skates as well.
Doesnt matter how much you say your kids "wish hockey would never end". Doesnt matter, kids should not play hockey all year round. If you want your kid to quit playing hockey keep on doing this. There is a HUGE chance he will, then he/she may lose 5-10-15 years before they go back to the game. Its not worth the chance. Make them play something else ANYTHING else in the summer.
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