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.
Asics Royal Blue Dynaflyte 2 Sneakers,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.Christian Louboutin Black Grosgrain Tie-up Christeriva 100 Sandals,
But that’s what he — and all junior-hockey players his age — sign up for. They know it isn’t easy.
Manolo Blahnik Silver Leather (135311) Sandals,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.
Valentino Grey Suede Leather Embellished Sandals,“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.”Giuseppe Zanotti Gold Silver Black Glitter Harmony Three Strap Sandals,
Louise et Cie Natural Kiki SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti Black Gold New SandalsSaint Laurent Blush Tribute Classic Patent Platform Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Brown Crocodile 40) 481130 SandalsJimmy Choo Black Lottie Embossed Glitter Fabric Sandals,Steve Madden Beige Nude Strappy Ankle Ties Sandals,Butter Turpuoise/Purple/Brown New Hot Turquoise/Purple Suede Open Toe Ankle Strap Sandals,Tory Burch Brown Vintage Vachetta Leather Logo Thong Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Blue Gold New Sandals,Christian Louboutin Cognac Snake Stiletto SandalsTamara Mellon New Talisman Embellished Calf Hair and Elaphe Sandals,Burberry Blaxk Kids Ballet Toddler Sneakers,Gold 5834 Flat Cross Strap Dark / 37 Eu Sandals,Via Spiga Leopard Patent Leather M Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Black Fringed Ankle Strap / 11 New Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Black Lovefringe Suede SandalsValentino Pink Rockstud Rubber Pvc Flats Slides SandalsRebecca Minkoff Pale Grey Knock-out Lizard Ankle Strap Sandals,Birkenstock Silver Gizeh Birko Flor Sandals,Tory Burch Black Mini Miller Flat Thong / 21158607 Sandals,Melissa Black/Beige (Nib) Comic Beige/Black Sandals,Elie Tahari Green "Hazel" Reptile Embossed Leather Ankle Strap SandalsChristian Louboutin Nude Trezuma 85mm Leather 37.5/7 Sandals,Tory Burch Silver Cassia Tumbled Leather Sandals,Sam Edelman Black Eden Caged Strappy Heels Sandals,Via Spiga Multi Color Browns SandalsTory Burch Brown New Perforated Gladiator Wedge Brown/ Nutria Sandals,Tory Burch Red Miller Striped Leather Sandals,Tory Burch Dark Fuchsia 51138205 Sandals,Tom Ford Black Leather Gold Metal T-bar Women Flat Italy Sandals,
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.”
Sandal in black calfskin leather, black and white woven "Christian Dior J'Adior" strap.
Black calfskin leather
Black and white woven "Christian Dior J'Adior" strap
Heel, 0.5 cm
Includes Dior box, Dior dust bag , Dior care card.
Brand new but Interior of shoe shows some minor scratches from handling.
Sold out in stores & online, extremely hard shoe to find.
Will ship out same day in most cases, next day at the latest. All items are video taped at shipment to ensure quality control.
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.Isabel Marant Black #30714 Eyelet Lapsy Sandals,
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.
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Teal Georgie SandalsDolce&Gabbana Multicolor Floral Print Fabric Cross Strap Raffia Wedge Ankle Strap Sandals,Jimmy Choo Gold Mirrored Slide Sandals,Tory Burch Black Patent Leather Thong Flat Ankle SandalsJimmy Choo Black Suede/Gold Hardware Cutout Gladiator SandalsTory Burch Black T New Melinda Logo Patent Leather Flat Sandals,Dior White Vintage 'cannage' Leather Silver Charm Logo Slides SandalsCéline Red Crystal Covered Slingback SandalsLanvin Silver T-strap Metallic Heel Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Black Goose Bump Nappa Leather Nunaked Women's High SandalsManolo Blahnik Blue Denim Ankle-strap Sandals,Max Studio Beige Snakeskin Elliot Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Tan & Gold Sandals,Clover Canyon Black White Orange Pink.green Falling Leave Sandals,Tory Burch Pink Fuchsia Miller Sandals,Jimmy Choo Black Leather Ankle Tie with Silk Rope Flat 38.5 M SandalsValentino Rockstud Crystallized T-strap Slingback Black Sandals,Madewell Black New The Irving True Leather Sandals,Free People Canton Heels Euro 39 Sandals,Ted Baker Rose Gold Strap Heel Sandals,Tory Burch Pink Brazil Metallic Strap SandalsTory Burch Blue & White Printed Striped Summer Flip Flops Gold Logo Flats New Sandals,Tory Burch Gold Moore Metallic Thong SandalsBrunello Cucinelli Brown Womens Leather Feathered Strap Sandals,Valentino Black Rockstud Pebble Leather Thong Flat Flip Flop 36 Sandals,Jimmy Choo Gold Glitter Slingbacks Platform Nova Sandals,Dior Bronze Braided Strappy Gladiator Heels Sandals,FLY London Black New Yair Leather Patent Cutout Wedges Sandals,Versace Beige New Nude Platform As Seen On Penelope Sandals,J.Crew Seafoam Multi Cary Mini-wedge In Plaid Sandals
For him, online classes work best because he takes them wherever he goes, which could be anywhere.
Burberry Black Icon Clip Housecheck Masie Thong Flats Sandals,“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.
Vince Black New Suede Box Sandals,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.”Bottega Veneta Camel Brown Beige Sandals,
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.Valentino Black Rockstud Noir Studded Strappy Caged Leather Sandals,
It’s optional, but encouraged.
Jimmy Choo Black Strappy Glitter Leather Sandals,“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.Tory Burch Beige Terra Thong Sandals,
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.Tory Burch Samba Bryce Flat Thong Sandal/ Veg Leather Sandals,
It’s part of the gig.
Tory Burch Navy Blue Women's Logo Jelly Slide Sandals,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.
Valentino Black Only Pair Rockstud Pvc Slide Nero Eu 39 Sandals,“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.”Giuseppe Zanotti Tan and Cobalt Shooting Ramino Sandals,