This is our first year ever at attempting spring hockey. After 156 hours of rink time during the winter season, what’s another 10 weeks really?
And who am I kidding, I miss the rink in the off season. Y’all, I’m going to need to find a new hobby when they decide they are done with the sport. I’m open to suggestions….and reading can’t be one of them, I already buy more books than is good for the budget.
Per usual, I’m off track.
As a refresher, we decided to register Boy #3 in spring hockey this year to break up a bit of the repetitiveness that can come from the Initiation level. For our league it runs from age 4 to 6, which means three years of learning the basics of hockey. Do not misunderstand, this level is necessary and it can be a lot of fun. But my now 5 year old has already spent two seasons of hockey in a rink, watching from the sidelines. This kid knows what he’s doing on his skates. He might not be terribly smooth about it just yet, but that will come in time. In the interest of keeping him happy and engaged in the sport, we decided on 10 weeks of spring hockey with one of his buddies.
Given that this is a first for us, I thought I would give a little update on what I’ve learned from spring hockey so far.
- It’s quieter than regular season hockey. Granted, some of this is due to the fact that we’re still in Initiation hockey and the cheering distracts the kids. But overall, the kids play and the parents watch.
- There’s less stress about the season. It’s only ten weeks long, and there’s no coaching. So again, we show up, the kids play, the parents watch and then we go home. The league keeps score, but it’s not posted anywhere the parents have access to it. It is strictly for organizing playoffs.
- It is a perfectly compliment to the regular Initiation season. As I’m mentioned before, the Initiation season is predominately drills and learning the skills that a player will need going forward in hockey. There are scrimmages but no games in the regular season and only games in the spring season. Because there’s no coaching during these games, it encourages creative thinking during games.
Boy #3 has one more year of Initiation left and then we move to Novice with him. I’m not entirely sure any of my boys will play spring hockey again. But it is absolutely perfect for this year for my Initation player.
See you at the rink,