Youth Ice Hockey

Playing a sport is a great way to have fun with friends, but many sports depend on how fast a player can run. If you’ve ever wanted to go faster, ice hockey may be worth checking out. It’s one of the fastest sports in existence and adheres to the same game concepts as soccer and basketball. Hockey provides great exercise and action that never pauses, making it perfect for anyone who loves to play.

 

What Is Ice Hockey?

Ice hockey is a game played on the ice by two opposing teams. The teams use special sticks to shoot a small puck around on the ice. When a team gets the puck into the goal of the opposing team, they score a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Because all of the players are on ice skates, the game can change quickly and there’s rarely a quiet or boring moment. It can be played for professional competition or with friends on a safely frozen pond.

 

Why Should I Play?

Ice hockey is a lot of fun to play, but it has benefits beyond just being a cool way to spend an afternoon. To be a great team, everyone on the team has to learn how to work together, which is an important skill for life as an adult. Kids will also become more confident in their abilities and their decisions, especially when the decisions are ones that benefit the team. Another important aspect of hockey is that there are rules to follow and penalties for breaking those rules. Good discipline is important for succeeding in life, and kids can learn this firsthand on the rink. A penalty for one player usually hurts their team, too, so everyone learns to play fairly.

 

What Parents Need to Know?

Kids interested in playing ice hockey will need to know how to skate. Many kids learn this in training, so it’s not necessary to know before signing up. It should be noted that hockey is a contact sport, so good safety gear is absolutely necessary. In addition to safety gear, like helmets, mouth guards, shoulder pads, and padded gloves, players will also need jerseys, hockey sticks, and pucks. If a player takes up the role of team goalkeeper, they’ll need a chest protector, face mask, and special leg guards. All gear should be cleaned and cared for to extend its use and reduce the chance for bacteria to grow.

Because hockey is such an intense sport, kids will need to stretch before playing and hydrate with water throughout the game. Wet clothing should be exchanged for a dry outfit to help prevent accidental frostbite. This may sound like an imposing regimen to follow, but by looking after themselves and adhering to strict rules about protective gear, kids will be able to avoid many unnecessary injuries. In the process, they’ll grow stronger and more responsible and will make lifelong friends among their teammates.

 

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