Beer League Frustrations Vent Thread.
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03-17-2013, 03:04 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Oh I needed this thread.
I'm currently on a new team, as our last team kind of dwindled down to nothing as guys moved away. I've played on good teams, lousy teams, inbetween teams, I don't care, I just want to get out there and play hard, but this one takes the cake.
My friend and I are the only two players on this team with any sort of experience in an actual hockey league, and yes, this includes the goaltender. So the results are predictably comical. Which again, is fine, I'm not going to really ***** and moan that my beer league team sucks.
The problem is the actual players. Despite being outscored 16-1 over the first two games, and my buddy and I being the only two players that have generated anything resembling offense, the rest of the team has come to the conclusion that the two of us are what's holding them back. I was absolutely reamed in the locker room for not passing the puck to anyone other than my friend, and was called out for not hustling enough on defense.
I'm not immune to criticism, but the problem is these players have absolutely no idea what the **** they're talking about because they know nothing about hockey. Ignoring the two empty nets I set up one of my teammates with, both were flubbed but whatever, NOBODY IS OPEN, because nobody moves. When I get the puck, players either stand totally still and bang their stick for a pass, or they make a bee-line up the ice. Anyone that has ever played before knows that neither of these options are good passing options. Nobody has the knowledge of how to open up passing lanes and make themselves a target, so I have nobody to pass to when I get the puck.
Defensively, they seem to think that giving max effort means diving all over the defensive zone and sprinting towards whoever has the puck, instead of tracking your assignment and taking away the passing lane. So I got yelled at for "not skating as hard back as I skate up", when I have hardly ever been out of defensive position all year. (I made a commitment to myself before this season even started to be much better backchecking/defensively before I even knew who my teammates were, because I felt my defensive game was lousy last year)
So after the last game, the team decided to split my friend and I up so we can "pass to the rest of the team" because after two games of playing they have decided that the only thing bringing them down is us hogging the puck. I have no problem playing on bad teams with bad players, in fact I would love to help some of them improve their games and learn how to play, but I have never, ever had a problem with any teammate on any team I have been on, my effort or unselfishness has never been questioned by far superior players, but on this team I have to listen to a team-wide ***** fest about how I'M the problem, and the reason they aren't winning any games. I have never come across a situation like this in my life.
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