My dad tells me you can do anything you want but you need to try
harder than everyone else because the world isn't fair. And at
that point he leaves the amount of training I want to do up to me.
He gives me a list of options, camps in our area and skills courses
that have proper goalie training which don't conflict with my team
commitments and I sign up for as many as my parents can afford.
Honestly I play to get better, I have more fun when I do well. This
year I racked up almost 40 hours of on ice time by the time try-outs
were over. That is not including any dry land training, palates, sports
base team building activities... Yes, given the choice I would far rather
be playing sports with my friends rather than playing on my computer.
If I don't feel like playing my parents take me to the hospital, they
know I must be dying if I turn down an opportunity to head out on the
ice. If there is no specific need to play as goalie some times I opt to
go out and play forward or defence, it makes no difference. It's just
fun to change it up once in a while.
Now it should be understood that 3 hours a day is enough for me unless
there is something special going on, like a tournament or fun day
activities... however ice time is not always cheap if available at all... so
I play somewhat less than I like. This is how I get my hockey fix:
Preseason is the time to take advantage of hockey camps, weekend or
week long they should provide a nice mix of on ice time, stretching,
exercises and team building activities or games. For goalies you always
look for a good instructor to goalie ratio, every time you add another
student it cuts the time the on ice instructor is spending with you.
Try-outs are a valuable source of ice time, you may not want to play
on the team you are trying out for but sometimes there are opportunities
especially for goalies where they will let you try-out, sometimes even
for free. They may be looking for extra goalies and hope to win you
over, they might just want to scout out the competition or need a
warm body in net to help them select their forward line... use any ice
time you can get.
Skills Nights can typically supplement your normal weekly practice
routine... however most are typically focused on players skills. If there
is not a goalie coach on the ice and they are just using you to take
shots on net, you should be looking for a huge discount. If you are
lucky and you find a skills course that runs throughout the winter,
mark it down as a priority, better to miss a weekly team practice with
no goalie coach and take the skills course with a goalie coach.
Public skating is another overlooked source of ice time... equipment
or not, the more you skate, the better you get. Weather you go with
your school or it's an activity your town or community centre runs
it's typically focused on getting people on the ice as a form of exercise
and improving the communities health... in such they are typically
very low cost or free.
Pickup Hockey or Shinny schedules are posted for many communities
and involve minimum gear, few rules and an opportunity to play with
friends and people of different ages. We learn a lot from playing
with our peers who have a few years on us or a little more experience.
Playing with the older kids is typically the highlight of my week.
Fun-days and Non sanctioned hockey... little towns and big all across
this country host a number of fall fair fun days, adult child tournament,
Christmas break 3 on 3tournaments, or other hockey based activities.
These are also and excellent source of fun and practice.
Games, team practice and tournaments, the standard 10 hours of ice
time a month allotted to the normal folks. See if you can practice with
the team 1 division up, you may be able to get an extra 2 hours of
practice a week and if they need someone to fill in, you are already
use to playing with the team. You can start to see the hours I spend
on the ice each week, so if I slack off, if I'm not
first in the race around the rink, if I show up in player gear to work
on my stick handling, if I'm lying on the ice taking an extra 30 second
breather... don't bother me, I'm just out here to have fun like the rest
of you. The extremely small amount of time I show a sub par
performance here has been made up for other places... move on to
another child that needs the help ;) Just know when game time rolls
around, it's all business and I'm up for anything they throw at us
because I eat, sleep, and breathe hockey.
Ringette... there we went and said it. Apparently Ringette is a vastly
different sport than hockey, it's fast paced, there is a lot of passing,
they are better skaters than hockey players and a bunch of other stuff
the girls will tell you to keep you away. Honestly, a different
cage on the helmet, a bug swatter glove and you are pretty much set.
Keep the round thing out of the net. There may be a little more action
up top and it's a little easier to get faked out since the round thing
sticks to the end of the stick like a magnet... but other thn that...
keep the round thing out of the net. Good for another 2 or 3 hours a week,
extra games, tournaments and more trophies/ medals/ awards/ parades in my
honour... lol, jk... it's fun.
Preseason 100+ hours Dry Land Training not including Soccer or Soccer Camps
Preseason 40 hours Ice Time, Camps, Training sessions, and Try-Outs ($800/year) includes dryland
Weekly after making a team
Skills Nights, 2 hours With Goalie Coach, Up to 5 helping others, Average 3 hours ($200/year)+gas
Public Skating 2 hours weekly (offered every night but other hockey activities come first (Free)
Pickup Hockey 2 hours full gear, no coaches or refs, lots of fun, with older kids (Free)
FunDays/Other Tournaments 20 hours last year, ask around... people are always looking for goalies,
you might just get some free offers here, as you get older people are more likely to pay your way to these types of events.
Regular Season practices 2 - 4 hours/week cost included in your registration ($400-$700/year)+gas
Regular Season Games Normally I would like to see 20 - 40 hours/year - Registering as
an Affiliate Player can double your games played in a season. Example: I play for the Novice Rep
Team and if I can be an AP for the Atom Rep Team, I have a chance to play when ever the Atom team needs help.
I may do a whole page on getting the most out of your league time later. House differs
Rep in the distance travelled for games, hotels and meal come into play as well as gas... 40 Rep
Games I should average out at 150km round trip, $15 gas ($600/year)- Scheduling is another story.
Tournaments 3-6 / year (playing 1 or 2 teams) 4 hrs of ice/ tourney ($50/tournament)+gas/hotel/food
$20 gas+$200 hotel (avg 1 or 2 night stay) for 1/3 events held too far to drive, +food = ($540/year)
Totals about $3500 this season not including gear or about 10/hour of ice time, avg 10-11hours/week...
From what I hear these numbers are low compared to most because of cheap ice time we get in the North.
This doesn't include post season tournaments or playoff games.