Jackson Decker’s typical day isn’t unlike that of most high-school seniors.
Out of bed by 7:30 a.m. Check.
School by 8. Check.
Lunch around noon. Check.
Valentino Poudre/Blush Patent Rockstuds Style# 353640 Pumps,By 5, he’s home for dinner. By 7, he’s elbow deep in homework. By 10 — or 11, depending on how many video games are played — he’s in bed. Sounds pretty standard, doesn’t it?
But the middle of the day — that noon-to-5 slot — is what makes Decker different than most kids his age.
Decker is a defenseman for the Coulee Region Chill, which, as a high-school-aged player, demands a special kind of commitment. Playing junior hockey is essentially a full-time job, but when you add regular schoolwork to the equation, it becomes even more complex.Valentino Red Couture Bow Patent Leather Slingbacks Heels Pumps,
But that’s what he — and all junior-hockey players his age — sign up for. They know it isn’t easy.
Christian Louboutin Grey New Decollete Patent 85mm 37.5 Pumps,sMy coach last year was a big advocate of junior hockey and pushing kids on to the next level,” Decker said. “He reached out to a couple coaches last year for me, not just in the NAHL but in different leagues, too.
“I didn’t think it was that hard of a decision. I definitely had to go over everything with my coach and my family and all of that, and then working things out with my high school before I fully committed to it, but this is something I want to do.”
Despite his choice, Decker is a regular 17-year-old in almost every other way.
Christian Louboutin Black and Red Mater Claude 85 Pumps,“I would say after practice, he’s home by 5 and he’s a normal high-school kid,” said Andy Palmer, one of Decker’s billet (host family) parents. “He’s got homework he has to do. He hangs out with classmates; we have a high school kid of our own, and they get along really well. They play their NBA 2K games and set up tournaments and stuff like that.
“He’s just a normal kid once he’s away from the ice. He has the same responsibilities as any high schooler.”
It’s not uncommon.
Including Decker, the Chill have three high-school-aged skaters in their squad. They had four before 16-year-old Todd Scott was elevated to the USHL. As for the rest of the league, all but one team has at least one player — as of today — under the age of 18. Of those 23 teams, 15 have at least three.
Furthermore, of the 23 active members of Coulee Region’s roster, 15 played at least one season of junior hockey before receiving their high-school diplomas. Nine played two or more.
It’s part of the gig. Simultaneous pursuit of athletic and academic goals is a regular practice in junior hockey, one that all players — including those who have already graduated from high school — gladly welcome. They understand the challenges of the journey.
If anything, it forces kids to mature at a much quicker rate.
“The biggest thing, for me personally, is it matured me,” said A.J. Degenhart, former Chill coach, who played two seasons with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers before joining the University of Wisconsin.
“Those couple years of being, not necessarily on your own because you have a billet family, but being on your own away from your support group and not having them right there to bail you out all the time, I think it makes you grow up in a hurry. I can say for myself, with the coaches I had, they taught me a lot of life lessons in the couple years I was there. That stuff is invaluable, so when a kid does move on, we always say, we want a player to come in a boy and leave as a man.”Christian Louboutin Coral Banana Peep Toe Pumps,
Salvatore Ferragamo Blue Patent Leather Tina Pumps,Jimmy Choo Nude Romy 85 Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Slingback Pumps,Miu Miu Clay Pastel/Argilla Leather Classic Platform Pumps,Christian Louboutin Lime Green Patent Kika Pumps,Christian Louboutin Multicolor Suzanna 100 Veau Velours Pumps,KG Kurt Geiger Black Patent Leather T-strap Heels Pumps,Prada Military Green Gabardine Rubber Mary Jane Heels / U.s. 8.5 Pumps,Gianvito Rossi Blue Portofino Suede Sandal Stiletto Pumps,Valentino Red Rockstud T-strap Slingback Pumps,Christian Louboutin Red On White Parisienne 70 Crepe Satin / Chiffon Peep Toe Pumps,Miu Miu Black Suede Peep Toe Glitter Soles High Pumps,Christian Louboutin Brown Bronze Pigalle Follies Saturne Patent Pointed Pumps,Christian Louboutin Gold Nosy Spike Platine Vintage Pvc Stiletto Pumps,Cole Haan Black Patent Leather Carma Air Pumps,Chloé Blue Surf Crinkled Patent Leather Sixty Pumps,Badgley Mischka Plat Metallic "Drama" Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Glitter Classic Pointed Toe Pumps,Ted Baker Porcelain Rose Neevo 3 Printed Point Toe Court Pumps,Cole Haan Beige Clara Grand Ankle-strap Dress Sandals Nude/Ivory Leather Pumps,Prada Beige Suede Peep-toe Platform Pumps,Elie Tahari Hunter Grey Elephant Suede Mid Height Open Toe Heel Pumps,Christian Louboutin Purple Pigalle Follies 100 Encre Suede Heel 40 Pumps,DV8 by Dolce Vita Black Marble Suede PumpsJimmy Choo Silver Baxen Metallic Glitter Peep Toe Wedge Pumps,Saks Fifth Avenue Gold/Begie Red Very Nice Pumps,Tory Burch Snakeskin - Grey Heel Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black So Kate 120 Patent Leather Pumps,Cole Haan Fuchsia Lucinda Air Oxford #d37708 PumpsPrada Black Patent Leather Peep Pumps,
A senior, Decker prefers an in-class educational experience. That’s why he attends Holmen High School.
But not all junior players are like Decker. Depending on personal preference or individual goals, a player may opt for alternative schooling options.
“It’s really up to them and their parents,” said Shelly LaPlount, Coulee Region’s director of housing, who acknowledged the possibility of players taking online courses.
“If they ask my opinion, I will give it. These kids have to grow up so fast, and they make so many sacrifices. I encourage them to still attend a physical school, just so they have a little bit of their childhood, of their senior year; so they can follow a football team, or go to a prom, or get all those experiences.
“These kids give up so much.”
Please note that all items sold by me are guaranteed 100 percent
authentic and are in their original packaging and are unNew or unNew except as noted below. You are purchasing this item at a price below retail value, as such please keep in mind that the Item may have been tried on in store and minor marks may be present on the sole and insole glue may also be present. Box may also show signs of wear.
These are european size shoes. As such please ensure the sizing is appropriate for you prior to
purchasing. For example a size 38 is not necessarily equivalent to a size 8. Tradesy uses an approximate USA size which may or may not be the correct conversion. European shoes run smaller than USA sizes so please know your European size or note the European size shoe you are viewing in this listing prior to purchasing. NOTE: if this is your first european shoe purchase, there is a high likelihood that the shoes may be too small. I highly recommend contacting the seller or doing research on sizing advice prior to purchasing.
Heel size listed is approximate. The heel may be slightly higher than listed.
These shoes retail for $795 plus tax. Size 38 european. Comes with box and dustbag. 530
But it’s worth it for most.
Still, some kids opt to add an in-school experience to their already-altered lifestyle; to provide an element of normalcy.
That option works best for Decker. And for Marshal Plunkett and Kevin Bryant, both of whom attend their respective hometown schools of West Salem and Central as senior students.
“One of the things we try to make all of our students understand; we want them to get involved, go to events, participate,” Holmen principal Bob Baer said. “High school is only four years long, and once you leave here, things change a little bit. So we really promote that, both with the Chill players and with our non-Chill players.
“And I’ve seen our Chill players at events in the past. They do get involved.”
But in-school arrangements aren’t for every junior-hockey player. For others, online classes are a better fit.
“It depends a lot on the kid, because everyone’s different,” LaPlount said.
Such was the case for Todd Scott.
Upon his arrival to Coulee Region, Scott was — and still is — a high-school junior, though he’s been playing some form of junior hockey since his freshman year. He played in two different locations before joining the Chill, and now, he’s in Sioux City backing up former Coulee Region goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks in the USHL.Rebecca Minkoff Red Darling Suede Pumps,
Since October, Scott has played for three different junior teams, on three different levels, in three different cities. And his junior career is still very much in its infancy.
Christian Louboutin Light Green Rose Gold Glittered - Pigalle Follies Dragonfly 100mm PumpsChristian Louboutin Red Victorina 100mm Flame Suede Carmin Heels Sz. Euro PumpsChristian Louboutin Burgundy Classic Iriza 100mm Suede Pumps,Saint Laurent Blush Pink Tribute PumpsTory Burch Maroon and White Pumps,Christian Louboutin Beige Patent Mater Claude Peep Toe 85 Pumps,Prada Taupe Couture - Pointy 3" Heel PumpsValentino Beige Rockstud 40/9.5 Nude Patent Leather T-strap Slingback Pointed Toe Pumps,Jimmy Choo Beige and Black PumpsStuart Weitzman Red Patent Leather Sitlettos Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Red Studded Rocco Ankle-band Sandal 38.5 Pumps,Christian Louboutin Red Fermented Rouge Safari Stiletto Pumps,Valentino Nero Ivory Red New Lacquered Rockstud PumpsValentino Off White/ Tan/ Gold Pumps,Christian Louboutin Tan Pigalle Follies 100mm Cork Mesh Stiletto Heels Nude Sz. 37 Euro PumpsValentino Beige and Pink Red Pumps,Christian Louboutin Beige/Gold Iriza 100mm Embosse Cork D'orsay Point Toe Heels Euro Pumps,Christian Louboutin Gray Pigalle Follies 100 Patent Leather PumpsTory Burch Natural Blush Elana PumpsChristian Louboutin Pink Iriza Pompadour Patent Stiletto Pumps,Christian Louboutin Wine Heels Burgundy Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Red Women's Patent Leather Honor Roll M (26350) PumpsChristian Louboutin Beige Simple 85mm Patent Leather - Nude Pumps,Christian Louboutin Tan Izria Croc Embossed D'orsay Pumps,Valentino Red Rockstud Coral Orange Peb Leather T Strap Heel 41 PumpsChristian Louboutin Pink New Pigalle Follies Suede Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Camel C Palmatapla Os9oval Kid 1305 38 1/2 PumpsChristian Louboutin Red Suzanna 100 Pink Green Ankle Strap Heel 35.5 PumpsChristian Louboutin Shocking Pink Rivierina 100 Patent Heels Sandals Sz. 37.5 Euro Pumps,Valentino Pink Rockstud Black Patent Leather T Strap Heel Sz. 37.5 Euro Pumps,
For him, online classes work best because he takes them wherever he goes, which could be anywhere.
Valentino Pink New Rockstud Patent 100mm Pumps,“The more you transfer, the more that may not transfer,” LaPlount said of moving credits from one high school to the next. “And so you don’t want to come up short. Todd still has time in his situation because he’s still just a junior. But as a senior, you don’t have time to make up. So if you’re going to miss a credit and it’s going to cause you to not graduate, that’s a big deal.”
Education is paramount to the junior-hockey experience. If a player falls behind on his studies, it reflects on his playing time.
Pour La Victoire Grey Irina Platform Leather Patent Pumps,And that’s by design. There’s a reason why 92.1 percent of NCAA men’s hockey players graduate with degrees, more than any other NCAA sport. Junior hockey determines who can handle college-level responsibilities, and who can’t.
“School comes first,” LaPlount said. “Whether you’re on the bench that Friday night or Saturday night, that means more than anything to these kids. Once the coach gets involved, things change quickly, if need be. But thankfully, we haven’t had an issue on the Chill team at all.”Christian Louboutin Tan Rolando 120 Nude Leather (153863) Pumps,
Life after graduation
All but three of Coulee Region’s current players already have their high school diplomas.
Well done, guys. Now what?
There’s more than one answer to that question for a junior-hockey player.
Getting a high-school diploma doesn’t always mean a player is finished with school. Some junior players elect to take an online class or two, particularly if their grade-point average needs improving. Others take classes just to stay sharp.Dior Pink Christian Power Leather 110mm Pumps,
It’s optional, but encouraged.
Christian Louboutin Beige Cl Simple Pumps,“Some of the players do want to keep their minds going, because to take two years off of school and then jump in as a college freshman; when you haven’t done any studying or reading for two years, it’s tough to jump back in,” LaPlount said. “So some like to take a course just to keep things fresh.”
But additional schooling isn’t for everyone.
Others stay engaged as members of the local workforce, as some guys — including a handful of Chill players — land part-time jobs on the side. That isn’t always the case, as the ever-changing nature of junior hockey makes it difficult for companies to hire junior players. But the right connections can yield suitable arrangements, as they have for several Coulee Region skaters over the last five years.Valentino Pink Rockstud Patent Leather T Strap Heel Sz. 39 Euro Pumps,
Beyond that, the Chill are also required to maintain an active presence in the community. That includes all manner of things; from reading in local elementary-school classrooms, to ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.Christian Louboutin Taupe Ron Ron 100 Suede Pumps,
It’s part of the gig.
Christian Louboutin Red Pigalle Follies 100 Patent Euro Pumps,No matter what they do in their spare time — whether it’s attending high-school classes, working a shift at Burrachos or volunteering time at a local charity — the Chill are expected to be active, engaging members to the local community.
Most of them may be teenagers, but they’re expected to be role models.
Christian Louboutin Beige Slingback Mesh Pumps,“We get a pretty good feel for things in the first month, whether this is a student we need to keep an eye on, or whether this is someone who is or is not showing up for work and being a good citizen for the community,” said Chill coach Ryan Egan, who is midway through his first season with Coulee Region.
“That’s one thing about this level. Expectations are high. There are more than 1,000 players that would want to replace any player on this roster. Is it tougher to replace talent sometimes? Sure, but being a good person is first and foremost. And if you’re not a good person, we’re not going to keep you here. … The players know that they’re expendable at this level, so there’s always that hanging over their head, but I think we instill in them that it’s good to be a part of the community.”Cole Haan Red Peeptoe Mary Jane Pumps,