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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.



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