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08-08-2010, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post

I play very competitively and i don't apologize for it. I do try to be respectful of other people's health and knees, and I don't run around pretending to be Jarkko Rutuu, but I will will dive for a sweep check on defense, I will go hard into the corner on the forecheck, I will take a slapshot even if you are standing in front of me, and Willl battle hard for the puck. I think everyone should be prepared for this in an organized league. If you're just looking to skate around and have some light fun, go to open hockey. Everyone can just go their own speed at open and they don't have to worry about it hurting their "team".

I think it's fine if someone tries hard however there is a fine line between being competitive and trying hard and going overboard in a rec hockey game. Some guys get it and some guys don't. That's the problem with beer league hockey. For example I have no problem with the guy who goes hard, battles hard and is competitive. I do have a problem with the guy who is all of that but will make stupid dangerous plays just because it will benefit the team. It isn't life or death out there.

As a guy that's been playing various beer leagues for the last 5 years (since I taught myself to skate). I just have a few general tips.

1. ****. Seriously. Most of the advice I hear is garbage. Except for a couple of people on my team who obviously understand the game, I tune out anything that sounds like advice. Worry about your own game.

Wrong attitude IMO. Not that you should take everybody's advice because your right some people don't know what they are talking about but how about conversing with that guy and let him know the correct way to do things and helping him out instead of just having a bad attitude of "worry about your own game" Good teammates will help each other out and won't take anything personally.

2. Stop taking long shifts. This pisses me off more than anything. There's nothing more irritating than listen to teammates in the locker room talk about how much energy you have and how you're always hustling... yeah, it's because I'm out there for 50 ****ing seconds at a time. We had a guy last year that got to the rink late, took his first shift halfway into first period and stayed out there for two and a half minutes. If the other team hadn't finally scored he might still be out there now. I'm also sick of skating back to the bench after a short shift and seeing people waive me back out there because they don't have energy yet. Are you serious? With three lines you should be chomping at the bit to get out there.

Agreed this is a common problem anywhere you play hockey. If a guy doesn't get the hint I have found the best way is to get a group together and confront the guy and explain nicely why he should be skating harder and taking shorter shifts. Make sure the captain is the head of the "intervention group"

3. Please learn to do the following before you attempt to play ice hockey at any level

1. stop
2. stop and take a quick step (usually a backwards crossover) in the other direction
3. skate backwards and pivot
4. crossovers, backwards and frontwards. Crossovers should be strong

This is garbage. Some people I have seen play would never in their life be qualified to play according to your standards. I know guys who have been playing for 5 years and go to classes, camps, stick n pucks, open hockey etc. all the time and they still can't do crossovers, backward crossovers, stop on a dime, transitions well etc. Some people just aren't born with athletic ability. That shouldn't stop you from having fun playing hockey. Just play in the appropriate league.


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