I'm usually a cheap b*stard (deep pockets & alligator arms) but last spring I broke down and bought a high-end one piece composite stick. The puck zips off that thing like I'm twenty years younger when I shoot, which is great, but it also bounces off the blade like I'm twenty years older when I'm catching a pass. This makes me wonder what kind of impact it might be having on our players skill development, especially when I see kids leaving their sticks WAY too long because they will "grow into it." I know they like seeing those shots fly when they have all the time in the world (stick & pucks, free time), but they don't see the opportunities they miss because of lost passes and pucks at their feet they can't retrieve.
The stick length I can & do take care of, but what about the passing? Will players develop better hands eventually using these things, or will it be a limiting factor only for a few? Has anyone talked to parents about these issues? I bet some would really like to hear that they might not need to be buying $180 sticks. What are your thoughts?