Monday, March 30, 2015

24 Tips for Raising Young Hockey Players

By USA Hockey

Editor’s Note: The following was adapted from a list created by David Lynch, trainer for 8- and 9-year-old soccer players at Stockholm soccer club AIK.

Here are 24 tips for parents raising young hockey players:

1- The kids pack and prepare their own hockey bag.

2- Always be on time for practice.

3- Make them put their dirty training undergarments in the wash.

4- Tell them to give 100 percent at practice and games.

5- The kids carry their own hockey bag in and out of the ice rink. That’s carry, not wheel.

6- Teach them how to tighten their own skates.

7- Play hockey with them, where they want and when they want to.

8- Make them wear their equipment until it’s been outgrown, then buy new equipment.

9- Buy them new skates when they need them, not when they want them.

10-Buy second-hand skates and save yourself a fortune.

11-Teach them not to hate other teams.

12-Win or lose, remind them to love the game, and the game will love them back.

13-They will respect teammates, the opposition, the refs, the other team’s coaches. If you don’t teach them this, the coach will have to do it.

14-Let them dream they can be a Patrick Kane, but don’t give them any expectations.

15-Blaming teammates, blaming the ref, blaming anything is out. This goes for the players and parents. Set a good example.

16-Let them play hockey at home with a tennis ball.

17-Take them to hockey games and let them watch the pros.

18-Tell them hockey is for fun. Practice is for fun. If it isn’t fun for them, talk to the coach/club or move to another club.

19-Encourage them to watch hockey training videos on YouTube and let them try and perfect some of the moves.

20-Encourage them, support them, but never ever shout out instructions from the bleachers.

21-Don’t car-coach after practices or games. It sucks the fun out of the game. They know if they played well or poorly.

22-Encourage them to play other sports.

23-Don’t try to “train” your kid. Take them out, ask what they want to do and let them do it.

24-Tell your kids that you love watching them play.

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