Monday morning mood

I am in a horrible, crappy mood this morning despite the fact that my girl child is a gold medalist (regional finals in Ringette tournament). Continue reading

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Typical sport family Saturday, and a new meal-time term

Remember this post? I was feeling tired and dispirited about the never-ending hockey and ringette my kids were involved in. That was back in January, still in the regular season. So almost three months ago.

Well, the season is not done yet. We are now in playoffs, thanks to a fantastic game last Tuesday night that knocked the first place team out of the runnings. And we keep winning!

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Gratuities and tipping in the service industry

We just got back from an away tournament and I noticed something a little different this time. A lot of people working  in the service industry in Niagara Falls (Canada) are older than me, and working manual labour jobs: serving and cooking in restaurants, cleaning or maintaining hotel rooms, that kind of thing.

Thinking back to previous tournaments, I remember seeing young adults in these types of jobs. Maybe the 20-somethings still work in those fields (service, food and tourist industry), to make ends meet while going to college or university, and I just wasn’t there during their shifts. But for the most part, I would have guessed the average age of these workers I came across at 50+. Continue reading

Ringette, a girl’s ice sport

This post describes a little bit what a ringette team is all about. I talk about why we chose to let our young daughter try and play ringette, how it differs (slightly) from hockey, and why we think it’s a great sport for girls (although boys are allowed to join a ringette team up to the age of 10 in our league).

If you have a girl who likes to skate but is a little uncomfortable with joining a boy’s hockey team, or even play hockey on a girl’s team, this post is for you.

Ringette will teach each player how to skate (or improve her skating), how to play the game and follow its rules, how to compete in a relatively relaxed atmosphere, and most importantly, how to have fun with other, like-minded girls of similar age.

In addition, I elaborate each section below with a little bit of a personal perspective, and added some pictures of our own daughter in action. I do hope that it is useful to you.

So please, read on, and let me know if you have anything you might like to contribute.

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The last push

You know that end of school year feeling, that ‘limping’ you do at the very end? For us here in Canada, last few weeks of school in June are exhausting in a ‘what’s the point of going’ way.

Well a similar kind of exhausting is happening right now, for many of our hockey family peers.

It’s the end of the regular season in minor hockey at the GTHL. Immediately after we play our last regular season game (I believe our 36th game for the year) we will head into playoff season.

The playoff season is when everyone will lose their collective minds. Continue reading

When hockey season ends….

…it doesn’t quite end. Not really. Because after the regular season finally concludes, there’s the playoff season, and when you get bumped out of that, you enter post-season tournaments, and after those are done, you have to go to try-outs to prepare for next season, which starts with a summer tournament in July followed by the dry-land training season which begins sometime in August….

last day hockey legs

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Kids activities, conflicts, schedules and drama

There is something to be said about explaining kids’ activity schedules to friends and family. Does this look familiar to you?

photo credit: Youth Hockey Chicago facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Hockey-Chicago-248397971904360/?fref=photo)

photo credit: Youth Hockey Chicago facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Hockey-Chicago-248397971904360/?fref=photo)

The way the professor is standing there, wondering why everyone is looking at him like he has horns…that could be me when I talk about hockeyringettegymnasticsplaydatesbirthdayparties and all the rest of it to various friends and family… Continue reading