The Sister (And Brother) Hood of The Traveling Hockey
Disclaimer: I have never been in, or pledged a sorority or fraternity (that one for obvious reasons) however I did just finish watching the first season of Scream Queens on Hulu. Since then I have been intensely interested in the idea that greek life is a little like hockey life.
After doing some additional research which included Google and re-watching Animal House I realized that I wasn't too far off from hockey life imitating sorority/fraternity life. For your reference please see the glossary of terms to corroborate my theories:
Chapters: A common term for a fraternity or sorority, in hockey it would be teams or associations. Sororities and fraternities use the greek alphabet to determine their name, such as Lambda Lambda Lambda from Revenge of the Nerds. For a hockey chapter I would recommend a name like Tappa Tappa Goal (TTG).
Rush: Known as tryouts in hockey, this is the phase where all the hopeful players (or rushees) and their parents are "seen". You go to several different tryouts while deciding what is the best fit. At the end of first round tryouts you almost always have a favorite.
Legacies: A term in the greek system for a someone with ties to the chapter who gets special consideration. Most parents with multiple hockey players would probably love the legacy system as it would keep their kids at one rink.
Bids: These are invitations to come back for a closer look. Coaches will do this to further evaluate your player. During this time, as a parent, you are definitely being scoped out by other hopeful parents. Competition is tight!
The Vote: As in a fraternity or sorority the members (coaches) get together and decide who's the best fit for the team. I have no idea what secret society process they have or if it involves, black and white marbles but I would guess that they do discuss the rushees' pros and cons.
Pledges: Once your player has been offered a position on the team they are then considered on probation until the paperwork is signed and all other commitments have been met.
Hazing: This used to be the time on campus where minor pranks would be played on pledges.While hazing has all been outlawed on campuses, in locker rooms you can still expect a few hijinks. Tape on the skate blade before practice is a particular favorite.bn Dues: You've accepted the offer, signed your paperwork and now it's time for dues. Just like a campus organization, you have to pay up to be part of it!
House Mother: In hockey this is your team manager. They, along with the coach, run your hockey schedule. They make tournament, travel and often ice slot decisions. They keep everyone in line and aware of the rules. Sometimes they even tell you where and when to eat.
Greek Week: A week where all the chapters on campus do activities and participate in competitions. Otherwise known in hockey as tournaments.
Sister (or brother) Hood: The collective term for all persons within the sorority or fraternity signifying unity and respect. There is definitely a sister and brother hood within the structure of hockey teams, players AND parents. You spend way too much time together not to.
So what do you say at the next game we all dress in togas, chug some beer (or wine as some hockey moms I know) and give each other pledge names. Of course following hockey tradition we would just take our last names and add a "y" to the end of it.
I suppose the hockey mom battlecry wouldn't be TOGA TOGA TOGA! It would be SKATE! Here's to the hockey life.