And I can understand the 50/50 split. I'm already a frazzled goalie parent. I actually go to sleep every night thinking about how I can help her improve before the season starts, and how I'll handle it when she doesn't play well... It's not healthy!
As a goalie I have blown it before in crunch time and lived through it just fine, so when he inevitably blows it in a big game and he will be fine as well. I've told him as much and reassured him that he is playing well and will have more than enough good moments to make up for the times mistakes happen.
I know. I've had to console kids who scored an own-goal against our team that turned out to be the game winner (loser?), and other such fun things. I always tell kids that if they don't let that BS bother them, they'll play thousands more games, winning a bunch, losing a bunch, scoring, being scored on, making tons of memories, both good & bad... If they let it bother them, they'll quit and that's what they'll remember.
I guess my main concern is my kid getting shit from other kids & parents. Our squirt team won a tournament this year, and I have to say, are a really nasty bunch of little shits. They were really mean to each other. I've been around a lot of teams and never seen kids at ANY age be that mean to their team mates when they messed up. The parents were no better. One of the parents saw us working with a goalie coach last week & said how relieved he was, because the kid moving up was awful, always let in goals 5-hole, never had his stick down, etc... Bashing an 11 year old publicly. I told him to just stop, and to not talk that way about KIDS. He played semi-pro, so you'd think he'd know a lot better! But instead it's like he's not happy with having been SEMI-pro, and is trying to live vicariously through his kid in hopes that he makes full pro.
So I'm concerned about the drop in goalie ability, since the kid they had was an older 2nd year squirt (January birthday), who had been goalie for a few years. She's a rookie goalie, will be a very young first year squirt (December birthday), so she's way younger and very green in net. I also tend to stress over shit like this.
Here's to 2 teams, and her being on the B team!