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  1. If your 6 year old doesn't have the drive and commitment of Sidney Crosby they have no place on the ice 🙄. It is attitudes like this that can make hockey rinks seem like such a toxic place. Every kid is different, every family situation is different. People have to do what is best for their family and their kid's development, not as hockey players but as little humans who need room to learn, grow, and thrive.
    9 points
  2. My son as since aged out, but he started skating at 4 and the question my wife and I asked him all the time was "Are you having fun", "Was that fun", "Are you still having fun"... we did it constantly, to the point that it probably annoyed him but it was because we always wanted to be sure that he was doing what he wanted to do and not what we wanted him to be doing. Let your player have fun, progress at their own pace, and then make your choices about what to do based on what they want to do along with what your personal time and financial limitations allow. Most people realize that the odds are against any player/anywhere in the world going pro so ignore the criticisms you are going to hear from other people and parents about things like where you are choosing to play, where you are choosing to spend your money, and how much money you are spending. People (especially on this board) like to be critical of the choices people make even though it has zero impact on them directly. Do what is best for your player and your family, ask questions when you have them, ignore the negative, and make sure they are having fun.
    6 points
  3. Most of these leagues websites / social media presence is terrible. Need to get some young blood involved with these leagues/district boards to help grow the game in our area and bring more motivation and drive that these old farts don't have. Mid Am District = Archaic, hard to find anything, not updated regularly. PIHL = Spread out all over the place. Not user friendly. No Creativity. Not updated regularly. PAHL = Whats good about this site? Archaic and not updated regularly. Promote the kids that are paying a lot of money to participate in your district/leagues.
    5 points
  4. I thought maybe one of the teams was playing an illegal goalie
    4 points
  5. Nah don't bother. Those folks don't want to hear it. If anything, just say what you do with your own kid because of your own concern with burn out etc and then let it go.
    4 points
  6. At this age, one of the best things you can do with them that will cost you next to nothing is to....play with them at home. I am convinced that my boy developed some great hands because he was obsessed with....knee hockey. Whoever he could get to play with him, he played. Sounds silly , but those little light balls can move pretty fast. It helped his reflexes. That, driveway play....we get so focused on the skills training, lessons, etc that we miss the development that happens with unstructured play. And quite frankly, if they aren't pursuing the sport on their own time in some way, whether physically or watching it somehow, that gives you a big clue that you shouldn't be dumping a lot of money there.
    4 points
  7. I don’t think the 6 year old is choosing to do all of this skating on his own. My point was that this kid is being forced to do 4 week long hockey camps at the age of six. Not healthy. And even if the kid wanted to do all of them, the parent shouldn’t let it happen. It is unhealthy for the child. Both mentally and physically.
    2 points
  8. This is absurd. This kid should be out playing with friends and experiencing other sports such as soccer, baseball, lacrosse, etc. Maybe level with him and see if there are any solid articles that detail the benefits of diversifying one's life at such a young age.
    2 points
  9. @newhockeydad "I have personally thought that North Pittsburgh has done a great job with my son. He really enjoys that coaches and everyone at the rink. He also made a lot of friend's through hockey that don't go to his school." That quote says it all. Your son appears to be having fun, he's making new friends and developing as a hockey player and the rink is at a convenient location. If he keeps playing hockey in his later years, there is plenty of time for him to play on a travel team as U10 is just a year away. There are anabolic parents out there that think their 7-8 year old needs numerous tournaments home and away at that age which doesn't guarantee player development. If you see your son's skill level progressing then he is in a good spot. And don't be afraid to ask his coaches about areas he can work on his game, especially from a dryland standpoint. Good luck to you and your son.
    2 points
  10. I would assume Vengeance and "Pitt Stars" will both be mediocre AA teams at best. I'm sure most of the players will be miserable throughout the season, but atleast they got the extra A.
    2 points
  11. I know families that have done both in the same season. Mites is the only level you can do this. North Pittsburgh’s mite program is a house league. Games are on the weekends. Yetis mites play in the PAHL so you will play jamborees at different rinks. It is possible to do both though there may be some weekends with conflicting schedules. Levi Rogers runs the Mite program at the Yetis and is very good with the kids and emphasizes skating skills. The teams will have parent coaches for the jamborees. Looking into the future, beyond the Mites, someone above mentioned that North Pittsburgh’s program is large. They will usually field 4+ squirt teams that play in the PAHL. It can be a good long term home. The next step for Yetis, would be either the Icemen birthyear team, which plays an AHF and independent schedule or to continue with the Yetis which fields PAHL teams. There will likely be fewer Yetis teams than North Pittsburgh teams, so there may be a wider range of talent up and down the roster. Both are good organizations and have supporters. its easy for me to spend your time and commit your free time, but if you are in a position to do both, consider it. The extra practices are a good thing and you can see which fits the best and have great visibility into each organizations plans for next year come tryout season.
    2 points
  12. Brandon Montour (Panthers) vs. Sam Carrick(Oilers)
    1 point
  13. Most scientific studies are done without "complete data", researchers compile enough data to form a representative population size and use that as the basis for a conclusion. There are and always will be outliers, and those are normally not used because they are so outside of what the expected norm would be. Obviously, we are not doing medical research here, but this comment is correct, based off of what is shown, the missing data would have to skew dramatically one way or another to significantly move the overall results one way or another. There's probably enough provided here to be pretty confident that the 50% number is representative of the whole give or take a few percentage points one way or another. Maybe assume that number would fall in the 47%-53% range. Thoughts?
    1 point
  14. The article states at the outset that it used the "available data" and doesn't yet have it for many teams. Let's see what the full set of data shows.
    1 point
  15. Eyeballing that graph, looks like about 60% of tenders last year across the whole league were still with team in October. Honestly, that was about what I'd expect. No guarantee, but a decent shot at the team if you get one.
    1 point
  16. Probably the best way to handle it is to mind your own business. Let him raise his kids the way he sees fit. I don't know why everyone is concerned about how much hockey someone plays. If he gets burnt out or loses interest, so be it.
    1 point
  17. Agreed. They won't listen anyway and some programs encourage that crap so it's a waste of your time.
    1 point
  18. PIHL website runners couldn't even be bothered to post the box score for the championship game this morning. Thankfully the Triblive writer had a good summary, seems like it was an exciting back and forth game that came down to the last 30 seconds. Upper St. Clair classmates provide heroics in 3rd PIHL girls championship game | Trib HSSN (triblive.com) Congrats to the girls from Team Southwest.
    1 point
  19. Has anyone from your players current organization/level ever went on to play in the NAHL?? If not then Money grab. Icemen/Preds for example never had a player in the NAHL as far as I know. Esmark a few, PPE a few more, And if you're PAHL AA, you probably need to be the best player in the league to be considered. So use that as a general guide. Another way to think about it. There are 2 or 3 Pittsburgh area kids on the national development team. There are maybe 5 Pittsburgh area kids in the USHL. And maybe 5 to 10 Pittsburgh area kids in the NAHL. This consist of kids 16-21 years old. So is your player in the top 15 or 20 Pittsburgh area kids, not just in his birth year, but birth years 2009-2005??? If he's somewhere close to that then give it a try. Maybe you get a look or invite to NA3 team or NCDC team.
    1 point
  20. Anybody with a real chance isn't waiting for an invitation-only email. Somebody will contact the player/his or her family.
    1 point
  21. I can’t imagine how much their dues will go up at Stars without the Esmark sponsorship plus having to buy all new jerseys, gloves, bags, shells, etc.
    1 point
  22. Someone needs to put a stop to these scams. Poor kids/families.
    1 point
  23. I think the point he is making is this is a thread about 2009
    1 point
  24. This. I mean, if you call yourself AAA and appear to deserve it, then this Board seems to leave you alone. The other organization in recent memory that had some success was Mt Lebos 04s, I think was the BY. Jealousy may play with Pens, maybe Esmark? But for other organization, if you are calling yourself AAA when you aren't even remotely there, you deserve all the backlash IMHO. Why do people care how we spend our money and time.... because if you know anything about hockey, playing way above your head does not develop players, I don't care how much ice you get and off ice, it just doesn't. And other people care about diluting the talent available to play PAHL.
    1 point
  25. Agree with most of those thoughts. However, the one thing you're going to fall behind on is skating. It's hard to make up for lost time there. Kids that grew up in our neighborhood and only played deck hockey, they had great hands, they had above average shots, they struggled to make their school's Middle School team. One took classes and private lessons. But became frustrated and gave up hockey.
    1 point
  26. 1 point
  27. If by that age you aren't already being scouted for the Brick team, then do you even hockey bro? In all seriousness, go wherever it's a good fit and the child enjoys themselves. Add additional skills and skating classes if your player is willing. If you need to prod them to go then don't do it.
    1 point
  28. In terms of transition from mites to squirts, North Pittsburgh is a large organization, so they often field multiple teams at each level. I've found that you're more likely to find a fit for your child's development level when there's multiple teams like that. North Pittsburgh consistently fields a AA team for squirts because of that as well, but coming in as the younger birth year you will likely be on Team 2 or below. The AA team isn't a birth year team for squirts, but it is de facto since older kids usually fill out the roster. Other organizations that are smaller may or may not have a AA team as their top team, but it all depends on the players that try out for the program and how they place. I don't want to say one is better than the other for development, because I'm sure it is hit or miss with who is coaching, but North Pittsburgh is simply a bigger organization and can field more teams at different skill levels.
    1 point
  29. From my understanding there are teams at both. Quality, I don't know.
    0 points
  30. I think you miss the point about tournaments and travel. You should do these things because kids enjoy them and it adds to the experience. If you are too lazy to take you kid to a jamboree at Armstrong or you are too cheap to take your kid to an out of town tournament in Cleveland, then hockey probably isn't for you and you should get out now.
    -2 points
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