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02-23-2012, 04:11 PM
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adaminnj
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AAA for a peewee goalie or just stick with AA?

I have a 10 year old goaltender who has been working very hard and getting attention around the rinks he plays at. Recently we have been getting asked where is he going to play next year and I have been responding "I don't know tryouts have not happened yet". I have since talked to a few people in the know and I have realized that Tryouts in the GTA (Toronto) are just a cash grab and that there are tones of kids playing AAA that really should not be playing at that level.

Anyway the last talk I had with one of the in the know folks I know is that AAA is not that important until the kids get to be 14 or 15 and that there are a bunch of kids that get burned out before they ever hit Bantam and end up quiting hockey until they get older and start playing beer league.
I don't want to burn out my son but he has been asking to play AAA.
So I told him that he could do the tryouts this year but I don't want him thinking that he will get a spot based on his tryouts if no mater what he dose on the ice will get him a spot. My son has a goalie coach who is telling me that "he has the mind of a goalie and he should start looking at playing AAA".

Part of this post is to vent and part of it is to hear some ideas how to move him into AAA without having to pay off a coach or a team.

What ever happened to earning a spot on a team?

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