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08-24-2009, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by OCanada View Post
LOL, there is alot more to figure skating than just skates and an outfit!

When comparing Hockey costs to other sports you have to compare it to other winter sports imo. Then you also have to factor in how much they play and for how long.
Where our association is the kids get roughly 40 to 50 games depending on the parents and the coaches. They get over 50 hours of practice ice time. I think thats pretty good for for registration fees and hockey equipment costs.

Thats just my opinion.
What else you need for figure skating? serious question.

Fine compare hockey to basketball, indoor soccer, curling, figure skating, volleyball, lacrosse and hockey still is more epensive. You could even snowboard/ski for cheaper then a season of hockey. How can you argue this?

Registration fees for most house leagues range from alright to WTF!!. Could be from 300$ to 600$+, like you said for the amount of time they are on the ice it CAN be worth it. Depends on what level the kid will play. But it doesnt negate the fact that it is expensive as hell and a lot of parents simple cant afford it.
In the Greater Toronto Hockey League, the average registration fee for AA and AAA teams is from $2,500 to $3,000, with $5,000 being "the high-end."
In St. John's and area, registration for major midget AAA costs $6,000 a season.
In the Estevan Minor Hockey Association. Registration fees this year cost nearly $2,000 each. Then you add on equipment every year and a few sticks a year.

You can play baseball AND football and it wont even be close to what you pay for hockey.

Price is the biggest factor/problem for kids to play. And ass**** parents who wont give up their time or make the "commitment" for their child to play a sport.

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