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It is vital to start the inquiry of the minor hockey league within the city by describing what is is.The GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League) is a minor level ice hockey organization founded in 1911. It is currently the largest minor hockey organization in the world, and thousands of kids are playing on different teams throughout the GTA. Each team plays approximately 36 games a year against other teams throughout the cities. Teams stretch from Pickering to Mississauga and everywhere in between the GTA. This means that parents are commuting throughout the city at least 3 times a week for games and practices. This has a negative effect. This leads to competitive parents and coaches due to the stress of the commute. The commute also enhances the price to play in the GTHL and on the teams which also creates this sense of 'win now' mentality with the parents. Parents put a lot of pressure on these adolescents to win and get upset when they lose. All these factors cause harm to these adolescents.  
 
It is vital to start the inquiry of the minor hockey league within the city by describing what is is.The GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League) is a minor level ice hockey organization founded in 1911. It is currently the largest minor hockey organization in the world, and thousands of kids are playing on different teams throughout the GTA. Each team plays approximately 36 games a year against other teams throughout the cities. Teams stretch from Pickering to Mississauga and everywhere in between the GTA. This means that parents are commuting throughout the city at least 3 times a week for games and practices. This has a negative effect. This leads to competitive parents and coaches due to the stress of the commute. The commute also enhances the price to play in the GTHL and on the teams which also creates this sense of 'win now' mentality with the parents. Parents put a lot of pressure on these adolescents to win and get upset when they lose. All these factors cause harm to these adolescents.  
  
INQUIRY: I call for a hockey league within boroughs in the city that are geographically close which will take away all this aggression from adults and the unnecessary pressure on these young adolescents.  
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INQUIRY: I believe that a hockey league within boroughs in the city will take away all this aggression from adults and the unnecessary pressure on these young adolescents.  
  
 
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It is extremely possible that teams in Markham, Scarborough, Ajax, and Pickering could all play in arenas geographically close. Below is a link to a tourbuilder of hockey rinks in Scarborough alone which makes it evident that this can be possible. There are no need for a team in Scarborough to play a game on a Wednesday at 630 pm against a team in Etobicoke.
 
It is extremely possible that teams in Markham, Scarborough, Ajax, and Pickering could all play in arenas geographically close. Below is a link to a tourbuilder of hockey rinks in Scarborough alone which makes it evident that this can be possible. There are no need for a team in Scarborough to play a game on a Wednesday at 630 pm against a team in Etobicoke.
  
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https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/tour/ahJzfmd3ZWItdG91cmJ1aWxkZXJyEQsSBFRvdXIYgICgr5GA4AoM

Latest revision as of 07:30, 7 November 2019

It is vital to start the inquiry of the minor hockey league within the city by describing what is is.The GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League) is a minor level ice hockey organization founded in 1911. It is currently the largest minor hockey organization in the world, and thousands of kids are playing on different teams throughout the GTA. Each team plays approximately 36 games a year against other teams throughout the cities. Teams stretch from Pickering to Mississauga and everywhere in between the GTA. This means that parents are commuting throughout the city at least 3 times a week for games and practices. This has a negative effect. This leads to competitive parents and coaches due to the stress of the commute. The commute also enhances the price to play in the GTHL and on the teams which also creates this sense of 'win now' mentality with the parents. Parents put a lot of pressure on these adolescents to win and get upset when they lose. All these factors cause harm to these adolescents.

INQUIRY: I believe that a hockey league within boroughs in the city will take away all this aggression from adults and the unnecessary pressure on these young adolescents.

Adults

There are parents in this city who are absolutely fed up with the GTHL. After attending junior hockey games in Scarborough and Markham I interviewed hockey parents and they informed me that they are tired of the level of commitment that needs to go into the league. A mother and father informed me that during the games, instead of watching their child, they are contemplating about the long drive home in traffic and the countless pages of homework their child still has to complete. They also informed me that they wanted to have another child a few years back, but they cannot afford it and they do not have the time.

Parents are also concerned about the safety of their kids. They often think about if their childs head will be driven into the boards and cause a concussion. Which can have negative effects for year.

I was also told that the GTHL causes some distress with parents in their jobs. They have to think about the time they have to get off work the next morning to drive their kids to 8 a.m. practice.

BULLIES

There are some cases of parents being so invested in the outcome of the hockey game that they resort to aggressive behaviour in the stands. Coaches can be an issue for these players as well. There are coaches who has a win-at-all-cost mentality which devastates young athletes. Coaches can be super cutthroat as well. I was informed of stories where coaches were suspended a few games for incidents with other coaches where they would insult each other to the point where it would lead to a brouhaha.

Additionally, there are cut-throat parents who put a tremendous amount of pressure on their child. If they lose or do not play well then their father and or mother will yell at them on their way home. This discourages the child to the point where: a) they do not want to play hockey anymore or b) they are so upset and they go home and go to bed and not focus on school work.

This pressure is extremely negative on children. Kids who feel like they are under constant pressure can experience anxiety. A high amount of stress can place children at greater risk of developing depression or other mental health issues.

Fees

The fees for this league is extremely expensive as well. So much so that parents are not able to afford to have more than one child. The GTHL controls precious and expensive ice time in arenas in all corners of the city throughout the fall, winter and early spring. Thus a league within boroughs will get rid of the awful commute which will save money for parents.

Below is a list of the different costs in the GTHL:

A breakdown is simply like this: $3500 season hockey fee, $220 game fee ($6 per game x 36 games), plus cost of hotels, gas, meals for away tournaments. An additional $500 updating equipment every year, and $50 skate sharpening. There are, as mentioned before, different tournaments which costs are sky rocketed and different programs to develop aspects of players games. For example a session for power skating costs $80 a week. Though a different league within the different boroughs will not reduce the cost of fees to join a GTHL. However it will reduce the cost of gas and it will reduce the fee for games because arenas will host teams in their vicinity.

Arenas in Scarborough

In Scarborough alone, there are at least a dozen hockey rinks where minor hockey players can play. A Scarborough competitive hockey league will be beneficial for parents who are commuting countless hours a week to drive their children to games and practices. It is evident that there are countless arenas in Scarborough which can host man games with teams in Scarborough and Markham.

It is extremely possible that teams in Markham, Scarborough, Ajax, and Pickering could all play in arenas geographically close. Below is a link to a tourbuilder of hockey rinks in Scarborough alone which makes it evident that this can be possible. There are no need for a team in Scarborough to play a game on a Wednesday at 630 pm against a team in Etobicoke.

https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/tour/ahJzfmd3ZWItdG91cmJ1aWxkZXJyEQsSBFRvdXIYgICgr5GA4AoM