Hockey for Parents
“Hockey for Parents” (learn the basics to help your child play better hockey)book by Mark James -A review of hockey parents indicates an increasing number of parents who have not grown up with the game or have not played as children. The goal of this book was to create a simple hockey reference book targeted to these hockey parents, to help them better understand the strategies and basics of playing hockey while serving as a good refresher for parents with hockey experience. Parents that offer instructions to their children, with the best of intentions, without the basic understanding of the fundamentals of the game, may be leading our young players astray. Hockey is a game of structure similar to chess. It requires the players to understand the basic systems of the game, and then to read and react to the opponents’ moves. Thinking ahead and interpreting the play can only be developed with a strong understanding of the game. As a lot of parents get involved with hockey to volunteer and to be with their children, I believe it is critical that the parents develop knowledge of the game comparable to their child. This, in turn, will promote meaningful conversations which will lead to your child’s improvement and success on the ice. For the parents who have questions and are uncomfortable asking them, this book will hopefully answer some of the basic questions that come to mind when the whistle blows and the shouting from the stands begins. Hockey is a game, but mainly it is a life lesson. It is important that we as parents do everything to make it a positive and meaningful experience in an enjoyable and healthy environment.
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