This year, a kid on my new hockey team (The Minutemen Flames U14 Elite) told me that I should try out for the CCM USA Hockey camp. The camp is for one week during the summer and you stay at a boarding school. The problem was that I was not sure if I would make the camp, there is only one of these camps on the east coast, then another on the west coast. But, I decided that it was worth a shot.
There were five tryouts I believe; my friends from my new team and I only went to one. Some of the kids at that tryout were insanely good, and I was starting to have doubts about if I would make it or not. One day, a while after the tryouts, my mom brought it up, and said she got an email saying that four hundred and eighty different kids had tried out over the course of the five tryouts, and only about a hundred made it. There were around seventy forwards, thirty defensemen, and some goalies. Then she also told me that I had made it, as well as two of my other three teammates. I was so ecstatic; I had never notice how badly I had actually wanted to go to this camp.
I realized that it would also give me a little taste of boarding school because we are staying in dorms at a boarding school. We got a schedule and all day everyday we would be playing hockey, and working out. This may not sound fun to most people but to me this was amazing news. Also, it said we are going to test all of the new gear that all of the hockey companies have come out with, before they are released to stores. But, the best part is, the coaches for the U16 and U18 USA World Junior teams are going to be scouting the players, and the whole camp is essentially you trying out for them and them watching you and seeing if they like you or not. This was the most exciting part for me. But I never would have gotten these opportunities if I hadn't gone to that one tryout, just because I was scared of getting cut. Its always important to keep in mind that rejection stings for a little bit, but regret can last a lifetime.