PLAYERS & PARENTS > STATE OF THE GAME
July 25, 2011
Two strides forward, one giant step back
Every second year at the USA Hockey Annual Congress in early June, rule change proposals are reviewed, discussed, dissected and then discussed some more.
June 27, 2011
Cast of characters provides amusement
From the mag: Cast of characters is entertaining
May 28, 2011
Forming lines a tricky combination
One of the biggest challenges for youth hockey coaches — and one of the most frequent sources of heartburn for parents — is the formation of lines.
April 30, 2011
Five myths of summer hockey programs
Selecting a power skating or hockey instructional program for their children is never an easy task for hockey parents.
March 24, 2011
Coaches need to be fair with playing time
As the second season of the hockey season begins to ramp up, so does the intensity surrounding each and every game.
February 21, 2011
Coaches strive to find comfort zone
If you want to find out how hard a player is willing and able to work, watch that player during a tryout.
January 27, 2011
January births gain big advantage
Happy birthday to all of the youth hockey players born in December! While the festive season really is a wonderful time of the year, it is not necessarily a great time to be celebrating your birthday.
December 29, 2010
Winning isn't everything or the only thing
The ultimate goal of any competition is to win. Some games or events are more significant than others so winning might seem more important in those cases, but in the end, it all comes down to which team comes out on top in any game that it is played.
November 30, 2010
Criticism should be doled out in moderation
As we drop the puck on yet another hockey season, it’s safe to say that many new adventures will unfold. Each practice and each game are new chapters in the novel that is the season.
October 25, 2010
Coaches need good time management
For many people, it often seems like there are just never enough hours in the day to get accomplished what needs to get done. So much to do, so little time.
September 27, 2010
College or major junior requires long-term thinking
Noted philosopher and baseball great Yogi Berra once said, “When you see a fork in the road, take it.”
August 22, 2010
Winds of change can blow both ways
Every offseason at its annual meetings, USA Hockey makes some changes that affect its hockey-playing members and their families. Every year, these changes become a topic of great discussion and debate.
July 18, 2010
Junior hockey must be right place, right time
For most teenagers, graduating from high school and making the transition to college is one of the major milestones in life.
June 22, 2010
Pros prove importance of a fair shake
There might be nothing in the sporting world as grueling as a Stanley Cup playoff run: eight to 10 weeks of the most intense, action-packed hockey of the year.
May 16, 2010
Winning and losing must be kept in perspective
Winning is important. When we play, we play to win. And we should. There are a number of other reasons to participate in a competitive sport, but one of the most important reasons is always to win.
April 20, 2010
Many benefits to summer hockey schools
Attending a hockey school in the summer is a matter of personal choice.
February 22, 2010
Is today's game really safer?
Equipment and knowledge are better today, but that doesn't translate to a safer game.