Q: What should my child be doing in July to prepare for the upcoming hockey season?
A: During the summer, your 10U hockey player should be experiencing other sports to get ready for the hockey season. Being an athlete first and playing a variety of sports at this age will pay huge dividends down the road in his or her hockey-playing career. The benefits are many. Refining motor skills, balance, agility, coordination, and spatial awareness are merely some of the traits that can be greatly enhanced by playing other sports. Playing invasion sports (in which one must attack or defend a goal) is particularly good for improving spatial awareness, which translates into improved hockey sense in our game. Three great examples of invasion sports are basketball, soccer and lacrosse. In those sports, just like hockey, you must figure out technical and tactical means to defend your goal and attack the opponents' goal. Abby Wambach of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National soccer team credits much of her soccer success to playing basketball her whole life. She says that reading rebounds and angles of the ball off the rim is what made her an exceptional header of the ball in soccer.
Another benefit of playing multiple sports is a reduction in the risk of overuse injuries. When young children only play one sport and use the same muscles over and over again, they become very susceptible to injury. Playing multiple sports allows them to use other muscles and makes their growing bodies stronger.
So in a nutshell, don’t worry about playing hockey year-round. Not playing summer hockey will not make your 10-year-old fall behind. In fact, it’ll likely provide a long-term advantage.
Read more on the USA Hockey website, http://www.admkids.com/news_article/show/534162
Waltham Youth Hockey's First Annual Pee Wee Cookout.
Stay tuned to learn more about our first ever Pee Wee cookout. The goal of this event is to allow more of the parents and players to get to know one another. If you have any questions, or suggestions around what may help make this event successful, please e-mail mark Hickey at email@example.com
Waltham Youth Hockey and the Little Bruins Program
We are happy to announce that Waltham Youth Hockey has been selected by the Boston Bruins to be a host for their Little Bruins program this year.
This is a program that provides a complete set of CCM hockey equipment (skates included) plus four weeks of Learn to Play sessions for $100. The program is intended for children who have not participated in organized hockey previously and are between 5 and 8 years old.
This is a great program that will attract children to our program. All we need to provide is one coach that will be at each session and also have 9 coaches per week. Last year sold out (50 players) at each of the six locations.
This is an NHL event that is being done across the country. Here is a video of the Little Wild program in Minnesota