USA Hockey Introduces 2 & 2 Growth Challenge
The number of children between the ages of 4 to 8 playing hockey has been shrinking. Over the last 10 years, acquisition of new players has dropped from 47,752 to 39,212 in 2008-09. To add to the shrinking numbers, 43.1% stop playing hockey by age 9, showing that retention is as important as recruitment.
The 2 & 2 National Challenge is a call to action for local associations. USA Hockey is asking hockey associations to recruit two more players than last year. For example, if an association brought in 22 new 4 to 8 year olds last year, then next year they should aim for 24 players.
The second half of the challenge is to improve the retention of 4 to 8 year olds by two players. If a club retained 30 players from the previous season, next year they should shoot for having 32 hockey players back on the ice.
For more information on the 2 &2 Challenge program click here (pdf).
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