Heads Up Hockey
My older son, a defenseman sometimes half the size of his opponent, is expert at not getting hit. But several kids he’s played with over the years get checked frequently, often legal hits on open ice. I thought maybe they were goading the other team. But he said no, they’re just not looking around. Despite early adoption, my Mite will surely need coaching and reminders when checking actually starts for him. And his older brother’s teammates can certainly use reminders. That’s why we’re pointing you to these valuable resources from USA Hockey:
- The Play Heads Up Hockey: Heads Up…Don’t Duck poster offers 20 tips such as Stay Alert, Skate Through A Check, Always At An Angle and Anything But Your Head.
- The Heads Up Hockey Program Guide features explanations of spinal injuries and concussions, special heads-up drills, a look at the role of protective equipment, and flexibility and strengthening exercises.
In addition to this information, which will benefit any player or coach, check out “When It Comes To Making Our Game Safer, USA Hockey Will Never Rest” to learn about USA Hockey’s commitment to safety.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Kelly Kordes Anton with the Grow the Game Initiative for this story.
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