Friday, June 24

Question about youth sports

Question from the parent - I need to put together a summer plan for my 9 yr

old hockey team. Obviously I don’t want to look like a crazy

person, but it would be something that I think could be good

for my own kids as well. Is it too young?

My first reaction was to say “are you crazy”? Instead, slightly

tongue-in-cheek I developed the plan below.

Step 1- play another sport. Lacrosse is highly recommended as

it has similar skills to hockey although baseball is fine. This

does not mean another sport in addition to hockey. Summer is the

off season.

Step 2- Cancel all hockey camp registrations except 1 week.

Pick your favorite that has the largest number of y our friends

attending and go to that one. Ideally look for a camp that only

has you on the ice once a day. No need to get blisters. You won’t

get better in a week anyway.

Step 3- Cancel any summer hockey leagues you are scheduled for.

The best players in the world never play summer hockey and, they

never have. The only conceivable exception would be a weekly skill

session lasting one hour. Another exception would be “play”. If

ice is available and the kids can play, let them. Please remember

play means NO COACHES or COACHING.

Step 4- Reread steps 1-3. Acknowledge that the key problem in

youth sports is applying adult values to children’s activities.

Step 5- Go to the nearest bike shop. Get nice bikes for everyone

in the family

Step 6- Ride the bikes, not in a race. For fun. Maybe put a few

hockey cards in the spokes to make noise.

Step 7- Head to Walmart and buy fishing rods.

Step 8- Take the fishing rods to the nearest lake and fish.

Now That is an off-season plan for any nine year old.

Step 9- repeat steps 5-8 while continually rereading steps 1-3

The best way to set your kids up for success next season is to have them participate in our Youth Fitness Program (CrossFit Kids).  They will develop speed, agility, quickness, strength, power, endurance and coordination as well as take a mental break from their sport and return stronger healthier and mentaly ready.
We offer the youth program on Wednsday at 430pm and Saturday at 10am.  The Saturday classes will be at various parks and splash pads as well as the gym throughout the Summer. 

Only $50 per month for 2 days a week of fun. 

Sign up your little athlete TODAY and get started.
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1 comment:

Ellen said...

Love it!