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's Hugo Boss Black 50183 Pumps Elegant,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.ladies Kenneth Cole Black Na Pumps Online sales,
But that’s what he — and all junior-hockey players his age — sign up for. They know it isn’t easy.
WOMEN Charles Nolan Heels Pumps shopping online,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.
lady Paul Green Red Ceylon Pumps New varieties are introduced,“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.”WOMENS Charles David Champagne Luxe Pumps Guarantee quality and quantity,
womens Merrell Black Primo Chill Mules/Slides Modern technologyWomen's Tod's Green/Gray Loafer Pumps Reliable reputation,MISS Geox Black Respira Sneaker Sneakers settlement Price,WOMENS Glint Silver Radiance Pumps Low price,MISS BCBGMAXAZRIA Wine Anais Pumps Cheapestlady Bandolino Grayish Black Pumps Low price,lady SCHUTZ Red Classic Pumps Nice and charming,lady Versace Collection Black 1433 Pumps auction,WOMEN Christian Louboutin Pumps Known for its excellent quality,WOMEN Christian Louboutin Yellow Pumps auction,ladies Manolo Blahnik Black Pumps Many styles,ladies Franco Sarto Maroon Pumps New design,LADY Jimmy Choo Black Classic Pumps Excellent,ladies Jeffrey Campbell Sand Linen Mules/Slides Easy to clean surface,Women's Amber Mint Green Mules/Slides Stylish and charming,Women's Salvatore Ferragamo Multi-color 1354 Pumps Rich design,Ladies Gianvito Rossi Off-white Plexipump Pumps Beautiful designWOMENS Dansko Cordovan Charming Mules/Slides FreeMISS Christian Louboutin Black Leather Pumps Average costs,LADY Clarks Black Classic Mules/Slides Easy to handleWOMENS Mules/Slides Large selectionlady Bandolino Nude/Beige Lovemade Pumps to buy,woman Prada Grey Calzaturre Donna Pumps shopping online,WOMEN Jimmy Choo Brown/Metallic Tish Pumps Win the praise of customerswomen Merrell Mules/Slides Stable quality,lady Le Silla Gray Pumps Reasonable priceMISS BHLDN Ivory Crystal Pool Sandals Stylish and funny,womens Dior Purple Miss Peep-toe Pumps a good reputation in the world,LADY Robert Clergerie Black Semelle Pumps WholesaleWOMEN Christian Louboutin Purple Flo Pumps Not so expensive
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.”
Beautiful cranberry suede. NEVER BEEN New. Directly from Saks.
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.lady Elie Tahari Camel Brown/Nude Pumps Strong heat and wear resistance,
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.
women Badgley Mischka Black Marilou Pumps Nice colorWOMENS Pollini Grey Cutout Pumps Louis, in detail,womens Malone Souliers Saffron Emanuelle Pumps Crazy price,woman Les Tropeziennes Burgundy Stiletto Pumps Most practical,Women's L.A.M.B. Black Pumps quality,ladies BCBGMAXAZRIA Hunter Green Bcbg Pumps selling price,womens Via Spiga Black Fortuna Pumps Modern technology,lady Bionda Castana Black Tabitha Pumps High security,ladies Earthies Black Tarnow Suede Pumps Complete specification areawoman Alexandra Neel Black Pumps Characteristic,Women's Emporio Armani Burgundy Pumps durable,MISS BCBGMAXAZRIA Black Velvet Bow Pumps Durable service,lady Calvin Klein Grey Pumps High quality and low effort,women Giorgio Armani Suede Stilleto Pumps Clever and practical,WOMEN Hugo Boss Black Faye Pumps The color is very noticeableWOMENS Ralph Lauren Cream/Navy Arina Pumps Won highly esteemed and widely trusted at home and abroad,ladies Robert Clergerie Black Pumps Modern design,lady Benjamin Adams Ivory Emma Pumps First in his class,LADY Bruno Magli Gray Wb1019 Pumps Known for its good qualitywomens Cesare Paciotti Black Pumps Make full use of materialswoman Coye Nokes Black - Pumps Good design,womens Patricia Green Black Kiltie Pumps Quality first,ladies Thom Browne Black Heel Pumps Has a long reputation,WOMEN Dee Keller Pink None Pumps High-quality materials,women Charles Jourdan Black Suede Pumps Excellent craft,ladies Camilla Skovgaard Brushed Steel Pumps Beautiful art,Women's Emporio Armani Black Suede Pumps auction,womens ASOS Black Slingback Booties Pumps Really,Ladies Preview Collection Tan Pumps special offer,lady Aquatalia Black Katal Sandal Pumps Used in durability,
For him, online classes work best because he takes them wherever he goes, which could be anywhere.
Ladies L.A.M.B. Black Suede Pumps Fashion pattern,“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.
WOMENS Malone Souliers Black Robyn Pumps Easy to clean surface,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.”Women's Ivanka Trump Carra Heels Pumps economy,
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.MISS Walter Steiger Purple Mora Pumps wear-resistant,
It’s optional, but encouraged.
ladies Rachel Roy Pink Penelopey Pumps To adopt,“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.WOMENS Bally Black/Cream Sauge Pumps packaging diversity,
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.MISS Aquatalia Suede Booties Pumps Moderate price,
It’s part of the gig.
woman Baldinini Black Hi 9386 Pumps Customer first,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.
ladies BCBGMAXAZRIA Black Patent Pumps Rich design,“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 Hogan Winter White Booties Pumps High-quality,