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PostHeaderIcon Let’s Play Hockey Parent Jeopardy!

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Hockey Parent 101 article
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By Paul O’Donnell
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Welcome back to our final round of- Let’s Play Hockey Parent Jeopardy!
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In last place is know-it-all Hockey Dad, whose misinformation and outdated knowledge of the game of hockey has put him so far back that he has absolutely no chance of winning.
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In second place are our placating Hockey Parents, who have received no points so far, because their wishy-washy helicopter style of parenting has enabled their seven-year-old to make all the decisions.
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And in the first place is well-informed Hockey Mom, who is well on her way to winning this contest because of her willingness to seek out pertinent information from knowledgeable hockey sources.

PostHeaderIcon Choosing a Learn to Skate Program for Your Player

Hockey Parent 101 article.

By Paul O’Donnell

The sport of ice hockey has evolved considerably over the past few decades.  Through trial and error, the most well-known hockey authorities from around the world have come to understand the benefits that come from putting considerable time and resources into training their youngest and least experienced players.  Knowledgeable hockey administrators understand that it is crucial that a young player establish proper skating techniques and mechanics as early as possible during their introduction period to hockey.

Even though USA Hockey the nationally recognized governing body in our country has established training practices for all hockey levels, including the earliest levels of training, there is still very little consistency from program to program in how these training practices are carried out especially at the lowest level.  The vast majority of training that is offered through most skating arenas is largely left in the capable hands of the hockey directors running the programs.  Unfortunately, finding out how capable those hands are, can sometimes turn into a frustrating task without a proper knowledge base to make an informed decision.

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