Who's kid(s) play travel?
OK...so my mite son, who just started playing hockey about 3 months ago tells me he wants to try out for the travel team. He did the whole "skating academy" before we even got him hockey gear, and now he's completed the "hockey academy", but he's never played in a competitive game yet. Granted...he LOVES hockey. Its the first sport he's played where he asks me almost every day if we can go to public skate, puck-play, or clinic.
So...I talked to him about trying out and I told him if he wanted to do it, then sure. We also talked about how attending try-outs this year would be a good experience for *next* year when he *really* tries out (as a squirt).
Well...he made the team.
Now the problem: I really did not think he would make the team and was not prepared to make a decision as to whether or not he would actually play travel. The price-tag was a real shocker (probably > $2000 when factoring in jerseys and tourney fees), especially for a kid who had never played a game w/ a ref. I politely asked for a couple days to think about it. I talked to one of his academy coaches who is also a travel coach at a different age group and he convinced me that it would probably be best to do a season of in-house first. So...that's what we're doing. He's playing in-house (and having a BLAST), and intends to try out for squirts next season.
My question is: Who here has kids that play travel hockey? What are we getting ourselves into next season if he makes the team? I wanna hear all the good AND bad and any advice you have. Thanks.