LAX has always been the more relaxed and laid back cousin to hockey because it is a rec program and just doesn't have the same intensity as when we're on the ice. The season is short, there are maybe a half-dozen games, and the atmosphere is pretty relaxed for both N and myself. The warm sunny weather helps.
This year things have ramped up a bit, and it's sort of reminds me of hockey. The new coach DW is the real deal and is teaching the kids amazing new skills and tactics for the game. It's pretty cool to watch, and halfway through the season I think we've had close to a ten games. The practices are structured much like the hockey practices, and because DW is such a great coach, the kids have responded. They really like him.
The level of dedication and demand, however, have increased proportionately. Practices are three times a week and just last week we had something like 5 games in 6 days. For all it's worth, N's team has done pretty well against their opponents, beating teams handily that had given them trouble in the past. In fact, the only loss they had was a big one against a select team in Burlington.
All in all N is having a great time because the focus and hard work have upped his game. Plus, he is surrounded by talent (he's one of the youngest on the team) so it helps him that much more. They are doing a summer program but I don't think we'll be able to pull it off because of so many summer commitments, but we'll see if we can work something out.
Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Cap'n Ruter for the pic.