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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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