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12-29-2011, 10:48 AM
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Is pickup hockey adult only everywhere?

I'm in DC/Balt area and all the pickup hockey slots around here are 18 and up. I was just curious if there is anywhere that allows under 18 to play. I can certainly understand the liability issue involved so it wouldn't surprise me if there were none. But I was just thinking it would be pretty cool to get out and play with my under 18 son in a game.

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12-29-2011, 11:11 AM
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I am almost certain that they never ask... but if your kid is a small 14 or 15 year old, well that would be noticable

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I am almost certain that they never ask... but if your kid is a small 14 or 15 year old, well that would be noticable
10, so yeah it would noticable

we can do stick and puck but no pick up games

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In Central Ohio they have a 13-17 Drop In (our version of your Pick Up), but nothing for anyone younger than that. If you want to do anything with your kid that's that young, it has to be Stick And Puck.

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They used to let young ones out at pickup here years back, but they're very strict on it now. Given how fast and chippy pickup typically is, I wouldn't want my kid out there. I'm counting the days until my son turns 18 and can play adult league with me. Wondering how protective I'm gonna be of him when we're out there together.

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If it's not, it should be. Typically there's some kind of liability waiver that should be signed (or implicit in signing up) and you can't make that agreement if you're under 18 without a parent's signature.

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I wouldn't want 10 year olds in my pick up games. I don't care how good they are, its just not safe. If I trip and fall on a kid I could really hurt them, and parents don't tend to care that their lil angel was skating with his head down.

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A 10 year old is too young to be playing at an "adult" pickup game. Over here they have things like family shinny in which adults and kids can play together. If you go to an outdoor rink (that allows hockey) you'll almost always find a few guys with their kids on the ice.

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I've played with 16 and 17 year olds in pickup before, nothing younger though, and even then they need their parents to sign a waiver.

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why not go to your local rink and see if they would be willing to do a Father and Son day where guys can bring their kids and play a game.

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Here they let us play beer league if your over 13 and you have to wear a cage and neckguard.

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Here they let us play beer league if your over 13 and you have to wear a cage and neckguard.
How does that work? You have to be 21 to drink in the states.

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How does that work? You have to be 21 to drink in the states.
you don't have to drink to play beer league...plus I'm in canada so it's 19

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16 here (though 18 for beer league), and that's fine. Lets high school kids play, but weeds out the 10 year olds. 10 is really just way too young- you're risking injury playing with adults going full speed. Even if your kid was good, everybody else on the ice would have to pay special attention to going easy or not injuring the kid, making it a lot less fun for them. It may be a cute thing for you, but you can't ruin it for everyone else.

It's not a matter of your son being under 18 so much as it is a matter of your son's presence being a risk to himself and something that would spoil the game for anybody who had hoped to play a higher level game. They're perfectly correct to ban kids, I certainly wouldn't play in a pickup that welcomed them.

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I'm in DC/Balt area and all the pickup hockey slots around here are 18 and up. I was just curious if there is anywhere that allows under 18 to play. I can certainly understand the liability issue involved so it wouldn't surprise me if there were none. But I was just thinking it would be pretty cool to get out and play with my under 18 son in a game.
I live in the DC area and Kettler has under age 18 pick ups.

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16 here (though 18 for beer league), and that's fine. Lets high school kids play, but weeds out the 10 year olds. 10 is really just way too young- you're risking injury playing with adults going full speed. Even if your kid was good, everybody else on the ice would have to pay special attention to going easy or not injuring the kid, making it a lot less fun for them. It may be a cute thing for you, but you can't ruin it for everyone else.

It's not a matter of your son being under 18 so much as it is a matter of your son's presence being a risk to himself and something that would spoil the game for anybody who had hoped to play a higher level game. They're perfectly correct to ban kids, I certainly wouldn't play in a pickup that welcomed them.
I have to agree with this. It's one thing to sneak your 17 year old son / nephew / cousin who plays full contact into men's league games (i've done it several times and he happens to usually be one of the best players on the ice)... but if the kid is small enough to be noticed that he's not 18, he really shouldn't be on the ice with adults, simple as that.

While you do have to respect individual parenting choices, I don't think there should be an honus on the league to facilitate poor choices. I can understand that a father may want to share the ice with his kid, but that doesn't mean the other 8 guys out there want a father and his 10 year old ruining their game.

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At my local rink its 16 and up, which is fine with me. But the problem is the staff lets anyone on the rink, and sometimes there is this little **** 10 year old with a giant ego. His dad always watches him play and the kid tells everyone hes the "next Gretzky." He doesn't pass, gets stripped every time, and talks **** to everyone. He whines when the guys don't pass him the puck, and I don't blame them because he slows the pace of the game to a screeching halt. You guys think I should contact whoever is running the rink?

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16 here (though 18 for beer league), and that's fine. Lets high school kids play, but weeds out the 10 year olds.
Also, I know of at least one kid in the 16yo range who plays with his dad in the local beer league. He's big for his age, but behind the curve skill-wise. I don't think anybody really has a problem with him being out there since he can hold his own physically.

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just the other day, a guy and I collided (same team)... both going for a free puck and there was an opposing player between us and he moved, but we didn't see each other

he left with a seperated shoulder (both of us don't usually wear shoulder pads)

if we saw each other, we'd let up as we both know how to play, but accidents happen

but I can tell you, if this was a 10 year old at shoulder height playing with us, I'd be having to deal with possibly a concussion issue and an angry parent

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10 is really just way too young
Seriously. At that height, he's liable to take an adult's knee to the head on accident. Not to mention what will happen when a 10 year old gets in the way of an adult slapshot.

I assume the OP is looking for a kids-only pickup. Again though, it's pretty hard to have 8 year olds and 15 year olds on the ice at the same time for the same reasons as above.

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in Calgary here, most city ran leasure centers also have adult/child shinny

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Seriously. At that height, he's liable to take an adult's knee to the head on accident. Not to mention what will happen when a 10 year old gets in the way of an adult slapshot.

I assume the OP is looking for a kids-only pickup. Again though, it's pretty hard to have 8 year olds and 15 year olds on the ice at the same time for the same reasons as above.
Actually, I guess what I was asking would be more properly shinny. But I don't think they do that anywhere in this area. It would make sense that stuff like that was around Calgary.

I agree, I wouldn't want younger kids like that in a full on game, because even if not intentional, you can't always avoid the contact.

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I have played beer league since I was 16 here. Although I am one of maybe 6-8 16/17 year olds in the league. Its not to common in my league, but there are some.

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They have a bunch of Family Open hockey sessions at the rinks I go to here in NJ.
Don't know if there's an age limitation, but you just need to be careful when the kids are out there. I don't have kids of my own, but I've got three younger cousins. Two are old enough for adult open, and I've played with them both (out in SanDiego, actually - one cousin took time off to come up from La (Louisiana, not Los Angeles); but my other cousin is a goalie who's about 14. I'd love to get us all together for a game, but he's out near St Louis.

I actually played in an adult open here where one of the goalies had a kid who played in the high school open hockey a few minutes before. When the adults took the ice, the kid came out and skated with us (guess his dad signed a waiver or something). During the course of the game, he got crushed by one of the larger adults, but bounced right back up and scored on his dad from the blueline.

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