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.
WOMEN Frye Black Jane 14l Boots/Booties Exquisite workmanship,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.lady Christian Louboutin Black Verita Boots/Booties Used in durability,
But that’s what he — and all junior-hockey players his age — sign up for. They know it isn’t easy.
women J.Crew Grey Boots/Booties Sale Italy,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.
woman Cole Haan Taupe Suede Boots/Booties Online sales,“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.”ladies Dolce&Gabbana Blue and Brown Boots/Booties Cheap,
women Aerosoles Tan Vk Boots/Booties Pleasant appearanceWomen's Luxury Rebel Black Combat Boots/Booties Characteristic,WOMENS Haband Off-white Leather Boots/Booties For your choicewomens Vince Cognac Brown Boots/Booties Quality and quantity guaranteed,ladies B. Makowsky Tan Boots/Booties Easy,LADY Christian Louboutin Black Berlinissimmo Boots/Booties Famous store,lady Prada Blac Sandals Modern and stylish fashion,Women's Common Projects Navy Heeled Boots/Booties newcomerwoman Madewell Russet Brown Doris Boots/Booties new entry,ladies Burberry Green Plaid Boots/Booties New varieties are introduced,woman Michael Antonio Brown June Boots/Booties Excellent value,WOMEN Calvin Klein Black Haydee Boots/Booties durable,Women's Giuseppe Zanotti Vero Cuoio Flats New products in 2115,Ladies Jack Rogers Olive Boots/Booties settlement Price,MISS Zara Sandals new entry,womens Giuseppe Zanotti Gray Boots/Booties Popular tide shoes,WOMENS Dior Denim Garland Slingback Flats At an affordable pricewomen Vince Camuto Tan Hadley Boots/Booties New,WOMENS Hunter Black Short Rain Boots/Booties Immediate deliverylady Joie Black Boots/Booties UniqueLadies Marc Fisher Black Chelsea Boots/Booties Good quality,womens Airwalk Brown . Boots/Booties Sale ItalyLADY Vero Cuoio Grey Boots/Booties Excellent valueLadies Saint Laurent Black Nero Boots/Booties Bestsellers worldwide,MISS Valentino Black Over Knee Boots/Booties Online sales,WOMENS Lucky Brand Camel Leather Boots/Booties Most practical,Women's ASOS Burgundy Ring Loafers Flats special offer,womens Giuseppe Zanotti Black Colette Boots/Booties Queenslandlady Manolo Blahnik Flats Really,WOMENS Black Leather Chunky Heel Boots/Booties Orders are welcome
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.”
Brown suede uppers
Hunter "H" on each upper
Rear zips w/ fold over snap tabs
Leather & rubber reinforced soles
Condition: overall excellent; some light scuffs and scratches
Length of innersole: 10"
Heel height: almost 1.5"
Ground to top of outer shaft: 16.5"
Calf: 15" around
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.Women's Bloch Two Tone Ballet Flats Professional design,
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.
lady Christian Louboutin Black Fifi Boots/Booties Reasonable delivery and punctual delivery,MISS Jeffrey Campbell Grey/Tan Distressed Boots/Booties Bright colors,MISS IRO Taupe Keira Ankle Boots/Booties Known for its beautiful qualityladies Aerosoles Grape Purple Rolette Boots/Booties Highly appreciated and widely trusted in and out,Ladies Antonio Melani Black Ellen Boots/Booties Pleasant feeling,Women's Sperry Navy Flats a great variety,WOMEN Cole Haan Orange Loafers Flats Large selection,women Prada Dark Brown Suede Boots/Booties quality products,Women's Tommy Hilfiger Brown Riding Boots/Booties special offer,WOMEN Stuart Weitzman Black Reserve Boots/Booties New product,Ladies Calvin Klein Black Ramira Boots/Booties We have received praise from our customers.,WOMENS Isabel Marant Beige Willow Boots/Booties Comfortable touch,Women's Neiman Marcus Red Bucasia Boots/Booties Known for its beautiful quality,woman BCBGMAXAZRIA Green Tubina Boots/Booties Big sale,WOMENS Black Oxford Flats Rich on-time deliverylady Tod's Chartreuse 20588229 Flats Sale online storewomens Isola Black Milo Sandals Good design,Women's MIA Brown Larue Boots/Booties Pleasant feeling,women Hunter Black Andora Boots/Booties Discount,Ladies Christian Louboutin Black Mercura Boots/Booties Exquisite workmanshiplady Jeffrey Campbell Grey Montreal Boots/Booties Different styles,LADY Stuart Weitzman Taupe Itsawrap Boots/Booties impeccable,MISS Hunter Deep Plum/Dark Purple Boots/Booties Comfortable touchLadies Ann Taylor Black Boots/Booties Germany,woman Dr. Martens Brown/Tan Flats durabilityWomen's Pour La Victoire Nude Flats New varieties are introduced,womens Sergio Rossi Brown 80312301 Boots/Booties At an affordable price,WOMENS Etienne Aigner Brown Riding Boots/Booties High-quality,womens Stuart Weitzman Black Iw64630 Boots/Booties Reliable reputationlady White Mountain Black Riding Boots/Booties Perfect workmanship,
For him, online classes work best because he takes them wherever he goes, which could be anywhere.
womens Bally Black Chic Flats Good market,“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.
women Burberry Black Patent Leather Boots/Booties Different products,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.”MISS Dr. Martens Black Floral Boots/Booties Moderate costs,
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.Ladies Dolce Vita Tan Saira Boots/Booties The first set of comprehensive specifications for customers,
It’s optional, but encouraged.
MISS Franco Sarto Wine Flavia Boots/Booties Fashion,“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.woman Lucky Brand Army Green Boots/Booties Full specification,
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.women Nine West Black Flats Special Price,
It’s part of the gig.
womens Tieks Red By Gavrieli Flats Bestsellers worldwide,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.
WOMENS Gold Flip Flop Sandals Nice,“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.”women Durango Brown Rd3824 Boots/Booties Large selection,