April 2nd, 2008, 01:27 PM #1
So my son says he wants to play hockey...
Question for you guys...
I don't have my son in any sports right now - he has played baseball, soccer, flag football, and even basketball. I want/need to get him in a sport, but I want to make sure it's what he wants. So I asked him last week, "if you could only play one sport, which would you pick?" And he quickly answered, "HOCKEY!" He's almost 8 years old , btw.
So here's my question for you guys...
How much is this going to cost me? Registration fees, ice time, equipment costs (used vs. new), etc... any hidden costs I need to be aware of...
I know hockey is an expensive sport, but I need to know what I'll be getting myself into before we commit. And it would be the rink in Aliso Viejo since it is the closest to where we live.
Any and all info will be much appreciated.
April 2nd, 2008, 01:30 PM #2
You could always call the rink and find out. Does he skate? You might want to consider skating lessons first.
April 2nd, 2008, 01:46 PM #3
if you get him skating lessons a beginner 8 week class at Aliso Viejo will run you about $120-150. However, unless your kid can take to it quickly it's really just a free skate. If he can already rollerblade then he can probably get around the ice without falling down too much. In that case I suggest you call the Ice Palace and ask for the phones numbers of some private instructors. In one 30 minute session your kid will get more attention than he will in an 8 week course. So 3-4 private lessons at some $30-40 a pop will probably do him a lot more good.
New equipment for an 8 year old will run you about $400 if you keep it simple. To save money insist on wood sticks. No 8 year old needs composite and at Aliso Viejo he will feel a lot of peer pressure to go composite. Lots of entitled future douchebags skating around that rink.
April 2nd, 2008, 01:56 PM #4
Yes, it will be pretty expensive, but the investment is worth it. One hidden cost I do know is the USA Hockey Registration, which is roughly $35.
Here is the link for the USA Hockey Registration:
Here is the link for the youth leagues for the Aliso Viejo rink:
Aliso Viejo Ice Palace - Youth Hockey
I don't have time to break the costs down right now but I'll do it when I get home tonight.
April 2nd, 2008, 02:29 PM #5
Originally Posted by OrangePuck
I regularly see the results of this, and what OP says is dead-on
so many marginally skilled douchebags come out of that rink with an air of superiority, its amazing, then the first time you rough them up in the corner they cry. its awesome.
April 2nd, 2008, 04:08 PM #6
The skating lessons things is a good idea. For those of us who started playing later in life the hard part of hockey is the skating while stickhandling. Getting the skating down first will pay huge dividends.
Next-I would start with roller hockey. The Investment is going to be peanuts compared to Ice not to mention he can practice in the driveway. If he tries and gets bored your not out the dough you would be with Ice hockey.
I think Ill be down this road in a few years as well and trust me-hip jr is going to start on roller blades.
April 2nd, 2008, 04:09 PM #7
OK, I just spent the last 5 minutes typing stuff up and hit the wrong couple buttons and lost it all.
SO, what OP said and this:
I have had one person here acting as my hockey parent mentor since she has been through it. You know who you are and I thank you thank you thank you for it.
you have a couple options to consider. Inhouse or travel. I just got the in house e-mail from the VIC and it's $390.00 for 10 weeks. not a bad price for 20 hours of ice time, a jersey and coaching.
option 2: classes. I would start here. Beginning classes and more ice time then move to a hockey 101 class weekly along with just going to public sessions. ice time ice time ice time. Stickhandeling is something he should start OFF ICE. it will come to him better on ice if he practices off ice.
option 3: if he gets good and really enjoys it then it's travel hockey time. only do this is you love being at the rink and love spending money. j/k Last year for mites it was $2,300.00 for the team and they had a developemental group they are preparing to play on the team next year. They payed $1,700.00 and did everything the team did except for played in the games. This is a very expensive sport and can get into the 10s of thousands as he gets older.
Key to starting in this sport is ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time ice time.
If he decides he wants to be a goalie like my son then look to spend a hell of a lot more on equipment BUT a lot of places let goalies skate for free or discount rates due to not being as many goaltenders out there.
Last edited by HOCKEYAHOLIC; April 2nd, 2008 at 04:11 PM.
April 2nd, 2008, 04:45 PM #8
I know this is out of the your way but at Toyota Sports Center they have a free Kids First program. My nephew just finished it. It's one day a week for four weeks (a saturday for ice and sunday for roller) and they let you borrow the gear. It's great. My nephew learned some basic skating, had fun and NOW I have to shell out the bucks for more skating lessons and gear. At least I know he likes it so I am not wasting cash. He is doing the roller first because as the guys mentioned, it's easier to practice and cheaper.
April 2nd, 2008, 04:58 PM #9
You can save money buying used equipment. Try Play It Again Sports. These kids grow out of their gear so fast that you can get some hardly used stuff.
Bay Harbor offers classes and has a great youth hockey program.
April 2nd, 2008, 05:47 PM #10
What are you in for? hah.
Waking up at 4-5am on saturday and sunday mornings, freezing your ass off on a daily basis, shelling out hundreds for gear and thousands to play travel, dealing with coaches and other parents at the rink.
That said, in retrospect of doing it from 1st to 9th grade I would say it was probably one of the highlights of my childhood and know that my parents found some considerable reward in watching me as well.
First things first, take your kid to the public skates where you can rent skates for him. see how he does with this. Not only his ability but his enjoyment level. Do yourself a favor and do this over the course of a good while to see if he even wants to stick with it. Don't go out and dish out the $$ for a full set of gear only to find he wants to play badmington next month.
If your kid takes well to the skating, then keep him skating. Skating is bar none the most important aspect of becoming a good hockey player. Establish good skating skills before even throwing a stick and puck at him.
If you and him decide you want to take it to the next level go down to the rink during a hockey practice for kids his age and just poke around, allow him to watch, talk with other parents. Find out whose got good coaches.
If you are still set, then go grab some gear. Get GOOD FITTING skates and good fitting protective equipment. You do not need to buy the top of the line, proper fitment is what you're looking for. Hockeygiant has a wherehouse of pretty well priced gear.