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04-06-2011, 03:00 PM
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The celebration thing is a big one. In my house league there are two pretty decent players that most people can't stand, because they scream and carry on like it's game 7 every.time.they.score. Which is a lot, since the league is full of beginners.

And don't brag about your beer league "accomplishments" on Facebook, complete with stats - you'll look like a Wannabe or Neverwas. At most, post a "Great game tonight" or something like that. I have a few friends like that on FB, and the other hockey people I know just laugh at them.

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04-06-2011, 03:33 PM
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Calm down champ. I forgot to put in that he wears a mirrored visor. Almost everyone in my league wears a full cage or fishbowl. We make fun of his mirrored visor, not the fact that he wears eye protection.
Haha true, that makes far more sense now.

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For the celebration bit, its nice to come together as a line and tap each person on the head after a goal but don't jump into the boards and make a spectacle of it. In my league teams will usually say good goal to the other team especially if it was a nice goal. Thats what my team does. No one freaks out and does an Ovechkin celebration. Other teams have done it and guess what? They usually end up on their back with a 30 year old with about 240 lbs of anger behind him. Pretty hard to "skill" your way out of that one.

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You're in for a surprise if you play in a decent league. You will automatically assume during your first warm up that, because you're young and healthy and played some mildly competitive hockey, you'll own the guy on the other end in old gear half hacking a few clappers with no visor and his chin strap undone. Note, this guy always looks like Doug Gilmour circa 1997. What you don't yet know is that this guy is 30, played junior A 12 years ago, and may be losing his legs, but is tougher and about 1000 times smarter than you with the puck. Dangle him if you must, but when he gets the puck it's cross ice tape to tape every time, and he's going top cheese on your goalie all night without even moving his feet. So yeah, bottom line is, you may have nicer gear than half the league and some fresh legs, but respect your elders, cause they will OWN you that first half season.
Hit the nail on the head there!

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04-07-2011, 02:01 PM
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If you can't keep your slapper down, don't take one. Nobody's trying to get a puck in the face.

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One piece of advice... watch it calling out team mates.

Remember that everyone in the room pays the same amount to play. They may not be great, but they paid money to be there, they did not pay money to get yelled at.

Share a point of view, give encouraging advice, but do not think that becase you are a better player, you have more rights than anyone else.

It is now a leisure activity. Do not think there is something really on the line.

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If you can't keep your slapper down, don't take one. Nobody's trying to get a puck in the face.
While I somewhat agree, pucks deflect upwards all the time, and sometimes shots just go high. If you're worried about pucks to the face, stop trying to look cool with your half visor/no visor, get a cage or a full shield.

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04-07-2011, 03:34 PM
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While I somewhat agree, pucks deflect upwards all the time, and sometimes shots just go high. If you're worried about pucks to the face, stop trying to look cool with your half visor/no visor, get a cage or a full shield.
I don't have a problem with that. I have a problem with the guys who wind up from the point and then slap a one timer that goes head high into everyone in front of the net. And I do wear a cage. I know many people who don't though

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10 commandments of beer league hockey, a fail-proof guide to getting the most out of your experience:

1) Beer leagues are a good place to get "chippy" with your opponent. With so many fans watching and experienced officials in control, there's no way anyone will go overboard in retaliation.

2) Score as often as possible against weak opponents (rule of thumb: goals count, assists don't). This will impress any scouts who happen to be dropping their kids off for a birthday party.

3) With such a bright spotlight on these games, the only thing more important than padding your stats is looking good doing it. Be sure to purchase brand-new color-coordinated equipment, and celebrate your goals with as much enthusiasm as an NHL player.

4) Don't be afraid to give the refs an earful when they miss a call. That's the only way you'll ever gain their respect, and ensure that future calls go your way.

5) Much like the NHL, ice time is distributed on the basis of skill. If a player comes off the ice, he is admitting that someone else should be taking the majority of the ice time from now on.

6) Encourage your friends to show up and cheer loudly for you throughout the game. They may even be able to help you by heckling the other team.

7) "Non contact" is more of a guideline than a rule. Nobody should seriously expect to go into the corners or slot without getting bodychecked. This is hockey, after all.

8) As a budding beer league star, your time is best devoted to offense. Try to stay a step behind the trailing defenseman at all times, looking for a breakout pass.

9) Tip for scoring extra goals: bump the goalie frequently, and try to jam rebounds through his pads and into the net.

10) Never, ever volunteer to bring the beer.

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Man, between the inflated egos of Bantam A all-stars with all brand new equipment and the decrepit fat guy with 30 years of experience and the 90mph slapshot, you guys make beer league hockey seem like the most depressing thing in the world.

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6) Encourage your friends to show up and cheer loudly for you throughout the game. They may even be able to help you by heckling the other team.
I actually think this is pretty cool. The best one was when we were in a playoff game and the other team had a bunch of girls show up with signs cheering their team on. They even checked the roster and then slow-chanting our goalie's first name after he gave up a goal. We all thought that was freaking awesome, but maybe that's because we won and they stayed pretty classy doing it. Nothing personal or over the line.

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Man, between the inflated egos of Bantam A all-stars with all brand new equipment and the decrepit fat guy with 30 years of experience and the 90mph slapshot, you guys make beer league hockey seem like the most depressing thing in the world.
if everyone would play with the etiquite (sp?) of a pond hockey game no one would ever have a problem. for some reason playing indoors turns some people into dbags.

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I actually think this is pretty cool. The best one was when we were in a playoff game and the other team had a bunch of girls show up with signs cheering their team on. They even checked the roster and then slow-chanting our goalie's first name after he gave up a goal. We all thought that was freaking awesome, but maybe that's because we won and they stayed pretty classy doing it. Nothing personal or over the line.
I think this is all good, as long as it's cheering and not heckling (although the goalie slow chant is hilarious). My teammate's girlfriend and her friends showed up to a playoff game with signs for both our team and him specifically. Although I'm pretty sure the intent was to embarrass him as much as anything and it worked. One game my kids and a few other guys kids were at the game and they started a chant for us. Again, embarrassing but kinda cool cause it was the kid's idea.

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There's a world of difference between "friend" and "girlfriend".

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04-07-2011, 06:18 PM
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Man, between the inflated egos of Bantam A all-stars with all brand new equipment and the decrepit fat guy with 30 years of experience and the 90mph slapshot, you guys make beer league hockey seem like the most depressing thing in the world.
Everyone on the internet (myself included) likes to complain and/or sound tough, hence all the comments about dbags and/or claims of violent retribution towards such dbags, but in my experience the vast majority of guys in beer leaguers are just looking to have fun and play hard. Games very rarely actually get ugly (literally at most 1 fight every 50+ games in my experience), most people are great teammates, and honestly the whole experience is an absolute blast. Beer league games are without a doubt one of the highlights of my week, just as HS games used to be when I was younger and played more competitively.

In terms of actual chippiness/chirping/dirty plays beer league is actually VERY tame compared to competitive minor hockey, it's just that in the more competitive, full contact minor hockey environment this stuff seems somewhat understandable, while in a non contact beer league it's clearly out of place, hence more complaints. I'm sure there are some leagues (and some teams) with large numbers of dbags, but in my experience both my teammates and my opponents are mostly awesome. I've never seen anything remotely close to the two handed chop to the guys head (shown in that other thread) for example.


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Man, between the inflated egos of Bantam A all-stars with all brand new equipment and the decrepit fat guy with 30 years of experience and the 90mph slapshot, you guys make beer league hockey seem like the most depressing thing in the world.
Nah. The thing is, while guys are often old and decrepit, they're under no illusions about it. The guys in beer league hockey aren't there because they're deluding themselves that their career isn't over, they're out there to have fun playing a game they love. It's usually a very fun atmosphere, apart from the occasional team that takes it too seriously. Every league has a few of 'those guys', but they're few and far between, and the Bantam A all stars usually mature and learn. Sometimes they go to the team that takes everything too seriously.

But people are there to have fun, and to have beer with the guys after the game.

Also, the guy I play with with the killer slapper isn't fat. He is really tall though. But for a few seasons, he was often on a D pair with a guy (now on another team) who matched his height and did have a little extra weight, and had the same name. Thus, an odd peculiarity of a 6'5" 6'6" ish guy with a nickname of "Little Mark".

[actual name changed, but you get the idea]

Sadly, the league I play with him in has since banned slapshots. But he can still wire it without bringing the stick above the waist.


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Nah. The thing is, while guys are often old and decrepit, they're under no illusions about it. The guys in beer league hockey aren't there because they're deluding themselves that their career isn't over, they're out there to have fun playing a game they love. It's usually a very fun atmosphere, apart from the occasional team that takes it too seriously. Every league has a few of 'those guys', but they're few and far between, and the Bantam A all stars usually mature and learn. Sometimes they go to the team that takes everything too seriously.

But people are there to have fun, and to have beer with the guys after the game.
Yeah, this has definitely been my experience. Mostly great guys, the odd ******, but obviously on the internet you're not gonna have people starting threads along the lines of "my league has tonnes of awesome guys and I have a great time," you're gonna hear about the odd bad experience that people have. Reading a forum is like watching the news - on the news all you hear about are the *****, murders, wars, etc., but for most of us life is not like that. You will hear some beer league horror stories and general kvetching on forums, but for most of us beer league is awesome the vast majority of the time.

Beer leagues cost around $600-700 for a season (and another $300-400 for the summer, if you play then too), are generally way out in the middle of nowhere, and often have games that end at like midnight on a weeknight, but guys still flock to them like mad, that should really tell you all you need to know about how fun they are. Most participants love beer leagues, I think it's safe to assume that it's a highlight of the week for the vast majority of players.

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YBeer leagues cost around $600-700 for a season (and another $300-400 for the summer, if you play then too)
How many days a week is this league and how many months?

Our leagues in Central Ohio are around $200 per person for 12 games plus playoffs, if you make it. One day a week. Works out so that a season is 4 months. So an entire year is $600 or so. Of course, that number depends on how many skaters you have, but most teams have 13 skaters and a goalie and we personally don't charge our goalie.

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How many days a week is this league and how many months?

Our leagues in Central Ohio are around $200 per person for 12 games plus playoffs, if you make it. One day a week. Works out so that a season is 4 months. So an entire year is $600 or so. Of course, that number depends on how many skaters you have, but most teams have 13 skaters and a goalie and we personally don't charge our goalie.
Winter league is about 25 games + playoffs (2 to 11 extra games, depending on how far you go), and runs about 7-8 months, with generally 1, sometimes 2 games per week, and is around $650/person. Summer league is about half that in all ways (time, number of games and cost). So a bit more per game than what you pay in Ohio, but this is about as cheap as it gets in Vancouver.

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Remember everyone has to get up the next morning to work and put food on the table. Fights, dangerous plays like boarding, etc. Leave that crap for the pros who get paid to risk a broken leg or jaw.

Go out, play fair, skate hard, shake hands at the end, drink a beverage in the room after. Repeat.

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For me personally -

- act like you've scored before

- 'agitator' or 'pest' is not a legitimate role in a beer league

- if you yourself are clearly too good for the div and you want to play with friends, have some fun setting up your friends and making plays with them. Don't just take it behind your net and go coast to coast every play for the easy goal.

- everyone plays roughly an equal amount. You just roll lines. At MOST you put out your scorers on a powerplay when you need a goal.

- don't be all tough and get in people's faces with a cage on, especially when the other guy doesn't.

- most importantly, you MUST, MUST have cold beer in the dressing room for after.

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