Friday, August 3, 2012
Travel vs House
by Frank Colabufo
West Genesee Wildcats, Head Hockey Coach
Do “Travel” teams really travel more than “House” teams?
What is the biggest difference between travel and house?
Are there any other major differences?
Yes, playing time. In the house league, everyone gets equal playing time. In travel hockey there are no rules stipulating playing time. Coaches will shorten the bench in certain situations; power plays, penalty kills, end of periods, etc. Some players will sit. Some understand that and some do not.
What if my child is indifferent, yet I think travel will offer him the best chance to improve?
Travel hockey requires a full commitment from the whole family, but it must start with the player. Travel players need to be passionate about playing the game. A lot is expected of them throughout the season. Coaches may expect them at the rink as much as an hour before games and keep them after practice to watch game film or do dryland drills. If they are not fully invested, then house league is a better option.
What if I let my child tryout and he doesn’t make the team? How can I soften the blow?