Junior Tryout Camp Season

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Junior Tryout Camp season

Junior Hockey Teams hold try out camps, every player goes through them, every parent pays for them, and every team loves the revenue they bring in. Traditionaly teams will hold around three try out camps prior to main camp. The revenue generated helps pay the bills as well as recruit for the next season.

Each year though camps seem to be started earlier and earlier. Why is this?

Why would Tier III teams hold try out camps in April? Players that are told they made the team or are invited to main camp in April or May, often dont look at other team options thinking they had a team to play on. Unfortunately these are the same players that are cut from teams in August and September who are left scrambling for a roster spot on other teams. Many kids are unable to find new spots once the first team releases them.

We all know Tier III teams pick up cut players from Tier II. So, as a parent, why would you spend your money on an individual team camp in April or May when the NAHL camps havent even started? It just doesnt make sense, unless you are using it as a conditioning camp.

Camps in June, July and August are often great to attend. Showcase events in the spring are great to attend because you are seen by many oganizations. Parents and players should not give in to pressure from teams mandating early commitments, or offering tenders before the draft. Most junior seasons are just now ending, to be thinking of tryouts before all of the playoffs are over just doesnt make sense.

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