The Right Way To Teach Hockey To Young Children
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In every dad sleep a coach and in every coach sleep a dad.

Sometime a coach, just like a dad, will ask too much from his kid. And sometime its the opposite, you care about him so much you dont want to be too hard on him. How to find the perfect fit between pushing your subject too hard and being too soft and lazy on him? Well in this section, I will help you to find the perfect intensity of hockey training for the different group of ages. This will also maybe open your eyes on the big influence your action are on the kids health. A critical thing that people forget sometimes, is that we are dealing with young children.

''Unhealtly effects of over-intense training on young kids''

Listen, I have been more that often around hockey arena's, I have been around a lot of youngster hockey league and I have seen and heard pretty much everything. Its hard to ignore the ruff reality that is put in our kids head really young. There are many complain about hockey programs for kids that have seasons way to intense, seasons too long, a agressive environment, emphasis on wining way too strong ect... I see kids getting pushed by their parents and coachs to focus and specified on hockey way before they are old enought too even thinks about it. This is not the way to do it.

But we are not here to learn how to do it wrong but how to do it right! So heres a little bit of information targeting the group of age.

Between the age of 3 to 6 years old

Kids Must Have FunAt this point of there life, the young kids should engage in the most movement activities possible. Dancing, running, jumping, are all kind of really good activities for expending there skills set in the future. Up to the age of 7, a children should enjoy a variety of stimulating activities, he need to develop a broad base of movement skills. It’s been proved that a children who specialize in one activity, will not develop the motor skills necessary for the best athletic performance later in his life. So don’t just think hockey! Let him play some basket-ball, soccer, gymnastic, crickets… Anything he likes!

Since those kids have a very small attention spans. Instruction need to be the less structured possible and the less boring possible. The teaching part should be as short and simple as you can. For me, the best way to teach a young kid is the ”do and tell”. Whats the do and tell? It’s simple. You DO the drills/instruction in front of the kid and then you TELL (explain) what you just did. It’s a easy way to focus the kid on what to do.

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