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12-22-2004, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
My theory is the ones who want to make it to the NHL will stick it out and the lazy ones will quit. Is this a good theory.

In Peewee AAA, you cannot expect 11-12 year-old kids to have fun if they're being bag skated, nor can you expect them to have the dedication of even a junior hockey player. They are still children in peewee. They are playing for fun more than anything else.

Bantam AAA is a little different because this is when junior scouts first start to look for players. When a player is 13-14, you can then start to assess his dedication to the game, but you can't assess that with bag skating. Even at the bantam age, a coach can easily drive a player away from the game by making simple wrong decisions like that.

Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
Games are suppost to be fun, practices aren't.
Who says that doing drills can't be fun? If all you're going to do is have your team skate lines, circles and do the horseshoe, the players will hate you as a coach. There are tons of drills out there that can be fun because they will challenge the players both mentally and physically.

Peewee and bantam aged players are still kids. They cannot be expected to have the mentalities of an NHL player. Putting these kids through grueling practices on a regular basis will only make them hate their coach and want to quit.

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