Ice hockey is one of many sports. We had the opportunity to learn ice hockey because my son preferred the activities on the feet, and there were protective gear on the body, the body would not have a direct collision (well, to some extent), and more importantly, it was very fun and rewarding to dribble while skating.
In the San Francisco Bay Area where we live, children can start playing ice hockey when they are young. Because there is a professional team in the Bay Area - San Jose Sharks, there are several training venues for ice hockey. Usually these professional venues offer different courses for skaters of different ages. At these venues near us, these choices are available for children:
* PRE HOCKEY CLASS
This is a beginner level course (3-6 years old) and your child will learn the basic skating skills used in hockey. This is a course that does not require hockey equipment, no use of sticks and ice hockey. You must have the basic skills of skating before taking this course. (Be able to stand and skate without using a bucket)
* YOUTH HOCKEY 1, 2, 3
This course is for kids who have a little experience on ice. It covers the basic skills of skating, control and passing, allowing you to continue to progress in the training that best suits your skills.
* IN HOUSE HOCKEY LEAGUE
In the game, there will be cross-ice, half ice and full ice matches. The cross-ice or half will narrow the ice hockey field according to the player's size. This training method has been used in other hockey countries for many years. Because they play in smaller areas, participants have more opportunities to contact the hockey puck and be forced to make faster decisions, thus accelerating their skills development.
Coach's advice: as they get older, kids will come up with the goal of participating in the sport. To be a good ice hockey parent, the best way is to sit back and watch, let the children take you to enjoy the fun.
A mother asked: "As a parent, shouldn't I let my child succeed in sports?"
The wise coach replied: "Improving the motivation to play is the job of the coach. The job of the parents is to let the children arrive at the ice rink on time."
Then he added with a smile: "If parents want to prove something about ice hockey, they can always put on skates and play with their kids."