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02-24-2013, 10:10 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
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our junior hockey system is almost non-existant
,can we keep up the pace with say Denmark or Germany?
That's not true. I mean sure it should be more organised, like setting standards to all hockey schools regarding what should be taught to young players at a certain age and certainly we need more good coaches (but that cannot be solved in a day, especially without any money) and there should be more top teams for the hockey school pyramids, not only Dinamo Rīga and Liepājas Metalurgs, ony opportunities to play serious adult hockey in Latvia... BUT it's not so bad as somebody wants to paint it. Many municipalities hep to cover costs so that parents do not have to pay large sums of money ech months for players to be able to learn hockey, there are all kinds of tournaments organized, younger players inherit equipment from older ones again to cut costs...
Sure the situation can be improved in many areas but there are 24 teams currently in the U10 chmapionship at the moment, and 21 in U12, and next to existing good schools that produce talents like Riga ones' HS Rīga, Pārdaugava, Prizma and Liepājas Metalurgs, Dinamo Rīga's own youngesters look promising in U12 and U10 groups and a serious job is done in Jelgava now. The problem is not as much with how many schools we have but with quality. If there were more hockey schools like Liepājas Metalurgs consequently all Latvian U 10,12, 14 etc. leagues would be better and players wouldn't have to play in Belarus or Russia and there would be more talents coming out...
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