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Changing speeds, making tight turns, switching places with a teammate and using deception can all create confusion for opponents, providing more time and space to create offense.
In addition to getting tuned out, by not coaching kids 24-7, they are able to learn about the game on their own.
Youth athletes can and should be doing off-ice work throughout the year in order to develop their bodies, minds and performance to become the best hockey players they can be.
Ed Meerbrey, who will retire from his day job at Toshiba in June, still plays two or three times a week – sometimes against skaters half his age.
During the 2016-17 season, 235 girls players ages 18 and under were registered in Central Ohio. That total represents a 35 percent increase over a five-season span.
Make the most of practice. Put in some extra time stickhandling and shooting off the ice if you can. Get outside for some unstructured pond hockey with friends.
Keep multivitamins, fruits and vegetables in the meal plan at all times. The body needs these vitamins and minerals for proper repair processes.
Whether your child played very little, played poorly or had an outstanding game, there are lessons to be learned from both wins and losses.
Even the best goal-scorers, if they want to have special seasons, they need to get to the hard areas, create traffic and chaos on the opponent and get rebound goals.
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
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