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Learning Through Discovery

There is an art to hockey, and every young hockey player is a blank canvas. But art isn't just about copying master works. It's about the imagination of the artist flowing freely. So, too, is hockey.
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ABC'S OF ADM
(U) Underspeed
Hockey is a game played at high speed, however, when initially acquiring coordinated movement skills, it's valuable to slow down and attempt to execute the skills through the proper movement range (known as "underspeed" training).
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DID YOU KNOW?
Q: Should they protect it, pass it or whack it away at 10U?
A: Often we see 9- or 10-year-olds simply getting rid of the puck or whacking it away to avoid possibly losing it. Developmentally, this isn't helping the child become a better hockey player.
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