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American Hockey Parent Handbook 2017

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Remember that hockey equipment can be a great birthday or holiday gift. Given the choice, most kids who are truly passionate about playing the game would prefer foregoing other types of gifts if it meant they could continue playing hockey. Be proactive. Ask your local associations to explain what is included in exchange for your registration fees. Ask how the money is allocated toward ice time, administration, officials and travel. Also make sure these topics are covered during preliminary parent meetings so you clearly understand your financial commitment for the season. Avoid spending money on impulse purchases at concession stands and during road trips. Pack lunches. Stay in hotels with complimentary breakfasts. Reduce travel. Frequently traveling to far-flung tournaments isn't a necessary component of skill development. Development happens at your local rink. Road trips can be fun, but they aren't where you get the most bang for your hockey buck. Try Hockey For Free While you're already part of the sport, if you have friends whose children would like to try youth hockey, USA Hockey hosts Try Hockey For Free events each year that give children who haven't had the opportunity to play hockey a chance to try it for free. To learn more, visit 9

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