Hockey is the fastest team sport in the world. It is played by about two million players of different ages.
Surely hockey can be defined as a team and contact sport.
This kind of sport requires various technical and tactical skills, both individual and collective.
HOCKEY A TEAM SPORT
Contact sport teaches not to fear the opponent and to work as a team, cooperating all together, each in their own role to achieve the objectives.
Accepting that in the team there are players with different abilities, sharing the reasons for successes as well as those of defeats, considering the importance of each one for the contribution he is able to give is certainly educational for children.
As parents we may have had some resistance to a game like this, due to what you see on TV about professional players, but this sport for children is a bit different.
Hockey in particular is a tough but non-violent discipline and, despite what it may seem, and if you follow the rules it’s hard to get hurt.
Body contact is forbidden in children’s hockey and injuries are very rare thanks to the protections. Fair play must be a main virtue of the team, it applies to all those involved: players, referees, coaches, collaborators and parents.
HOCKEY AND CHILDREN
That said, the game is very fun for those who practice it, it is especially suitable for lively children who need to physically let off steam, but also for shy children who find it more difficult to relate to others, the team is a great way to make friends. ea can help them to gain greater self-confidence, but it can also benefit those who, on the contrary, “suffer” from excessive security, an impetuousness that often turns into an “overbearing” attitude and an exasperated egotism.
Ice hockey not only helps build character, it helps develop shoulders, strengthens the back, strengthens the legs. The balance and the ability to move on skates in a limited space teaches children to be precise. A gift that can be very useful when grown up.
Children can learn to skate at 2/3 years old and from 4 years old they can register at a sports center to practice ice hockey.
The equipment needed to play can be expensive if bought new because you need to have: skates, sticks, helmets, uniforms, gloves, protective pads and mouthpiece, and a large bag to carry everything, but parents can trade or sell used items. Many teams also offer the possibility of renting.
The skates must be sharpened after about 4/6 hours of use.
For a first approach to this sport we could take the boy or girl interested to see a workout and ask for a trial lesson, then the little one will choose it for his own free time if he is amused and intrigued.