USA Hockey Player Development News

Why Equal Playing
Time is Critical

There's one main reason we all play hockey: because it's fun. Whether you're 10 or 110, if you're not having fun, why continue to play? But a mentality that players who perform better on the ice should get more playing time eliminates that enjoyment. It also prevents development. Winning should never take precedent over development at 10U. Why is equal ice time at 10U is so important? READ MORE »
(R) Repetition
Repetition is the mother of all learning. It is the same in the classroom as it is in sports. If your child's hockey practices look like this, how much improvement will happen?
Q: Coach changed my child from defense to wing, should I be worried?
A: Absolutely not! In fact, you should be thanking the coach for allowing your son to play other positions. By learning to play all the positions on the ice, your son is learning more than he would than by just playing center.
Sports Drinks vs. Energy Drinks
Sports drinks and energy drinks – is there really a difference? You bet there is, and it's time athletes distinguish between the two. What is the proper way to supplying hard-working athletes with more energy for training and competition?
Who Is Protecting Your
Kids Off the Ice? We Are.
USA Hockey is proactive in keeping your kids safe on and off the ice. The SafeSport Handbook is intended to update policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse. Here's how. READ MORE »