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Multisport Hockey Players

USA Hockey has a policy that encourages its members to participate in additional sports. They see a benefit to athletes participating and excelling at other endeavors. The mastery of skills necessary to participate in other sports has benefits both on and off the ice. Athletes gain a sense of accomplishment and self esteem from their participation in non-hockey activities.

I have often been asked, “How long is the ice hockey season?” I am not sure, because it has not ended yet, and my kid is a Bantam. I do know that ice hockey has a slow season, spring and summer. These two seasons are ideal for soccer, lacrosse, and baseball/softball. Most travel team versions of these sports play year round. While it is possible to play on multiple travels teams, sooner or later, it will become too much to handle. This usually occurs around the U13 age division. Most local recreation associations have leagues, which require minimal dedication. These leagues are the perfect outlets for hockey players who wish to participate in other sports. In addition to local recreation leagues, middle school sports typically begin at 7th grade. Middle school sports have practices and games, during the week, early in the afternoon. These times usually do not interfere with ice hockey games or practice.

Obviously, ice hockey should take athletic precedence, but it is possible and preferable to participate in multiple sports.

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What to Do with Outgrown Hockey Equipment

Ever wonder what to do with your child’s outgrown ice hockey equipment? This is a dilemma faced by the parents of every growing child. Hockey gear may still have value, so long as is it merely outgrown and not worn out.

Are you looking to recoup some of your initial investment? If so, look on eBay to evaluate the market for the item. Remember to take good pictures and try to use USPS flat rate shipping options to entice bidding.

If the item is difficult to ship, perhaps it is very large or unwieldy, try posting on a rink’s message board. Local buyers are easy to meet and the need for shipping would be eliminated.

Do you know of another child who would be interested in hockey if not for the high upfront cost of equipment? Perhaps an offering of the used equipment would help to defray the entry barrier for the family.

Young players have been known to forget to pack some of their equipment. This usually happens during away games, when it is impossible to rush home for retrieval. Perhaps a coach or manager could coordinate a team effort whereby players keep one piece of outgrown equipment in their bag. That way, a complete or nearly complete set of extra equipment would be in the locker room at all times.

Lastly, take the equipment to Goodwill, a yard sale, or the rink’s lost and found.

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Understanding The Power Rank

Most youth sports leagues report team standings, schedules and scores.  This is valuable information for determining the relative strength of the teams in your child’s sports league.  There are many sites on the web, which generate relative sports rankings.  Most are computed mathematically and are based upon how well teams play against one another.  The following is an explanation of how these values are determined.
First, check this spreadsheet for a handy reference.This mathematical model rates teams based upon three factors; average points per game, average goal differential, and strength of opponent.  Average points per game (APG) is calculated by taking the total points assigned for wins and ties and dividing by the total games played.  Average goal differential (AGD) is calculated as the difference between goals for and goals against and dividing by the total games played.  A team’s strength of opponent (SO) is calculated by averaging the AGD for all of the opponents contested to date.  The composite rank, a measure of relative strength, is computed by summing the AGD and the SO.  The POWER RANK is the sum of the composite rank and the APG.This may sound overly complicated, just give it some time, noodle with the spreadsheet, in time, it will make perfect sense.  It has been my experience that this model is a fairly accurate means to evaluate team strength.The associated spreadsheet has two tabs, one is for calculations, and the other is a copy over of the values.  The copied values are handy for sorting and filtering.

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