Where It's Game On!
10 Good Tips for YOUTH HOCKEY
1. Practices are more important than games
- Skating, standing on the correct leg when shooting and having the right technique at high speed are the prerequisites for being a good hockey player.
- More important than games!
2. Practice cross-ice
- Practicing in small areas develops skills and avoids players standing in line.
3. Allow youth to train themselves as much as possible.
- Spontaneous training is important. Encourage street hockey in parking lots and
driveways when ice is unavailable or floor hockey inall variations.
4. Hockey should be fun
- Skip tactics and systems, let the youth go afterthe puck. Everyone wants to
handle the puck – no one goes to practice and games to playdefensively all the time.
5. Parents support and encourage
- Parents should never place pressure on their child. Remember that 1 of 5 youth
experience their parent’s meddling in their sports as negative. Providetransportation, fix equipment, console, be there – yes, by all means!
6. Games are not a matter of life and death
- Games should be fun. A change of pace from practice days. Not anything
deathly important. Pour it on offensively – youth are creative and like to try
things. Let them play to success.
7. Don’t play just your best players and no tactical systems
- Play without tactics and systems. Let youth use their own creativity and develop
under their own conditions. Let them be where the puck is – for they have come
to play the puck!
8. Show respect!
- Ice hockey means fair play! Show respect for the rules, referees, opponents and
coaches. Play fair! No game is won from the penalty box.
9. Try all positions
- Let everyone try all positions on the team. Don’t lock players into defense,
center or forward already from the beginning. Rotate around in fives – an elite
player can play anywhere!
10. Exchange instead of buying!
- If one is going to follow the market hysteria it will be expensive to try hockey.
Organize instead within your association an exchange day.
MOST IMPORTANTLY.... HAVE FUN... IT IS A GAME AND THESE ARE CHILDREN!