Staying safe on the ice
(NC) Canada's passion for the game of hockey is well-known, but nothing is more paramount than the safety of the players on the ice. As players become stronger and faster, it is increasingly important to teach them about how to stay safe, from what equipment to wear to how to play with awareness and courtesy.
Responsibility for safe play on the ice falls to everyone involved – parents, coaches, kids, and referees. Rules and enforcement of the rules, education, awareness, and strong skill development are all key steps to a fun and safe hockey season.
Below are some tips for staying safe on the ice:
• Do your research – There are unlimited resources out there; from hockey equipment checklists and fitting guides such as the ones found on Canadiantire.ca/hockey, smartphone apps that focus on concussion prevention and symptoms, to blogs that cover practical tips and tricks.
• Take the time – While hockey season can be extremely busy, set aside 15-minutes before and after each game to review some key learning's and observations with your kids. It could be a quick review of something you read about safety or recognizing a good sportsmanship act your child displayed during the game.
• Practice makes perfect – Register your kids for a skills clinic or practice with them on off-days. Emphasise the importance of fair play, teamwork, fitness and a positive attitude while enhancing fundamental skills.
Lead by example when placing an emphasis on safe play to ensure your kids have a safe and memorable hockey season.
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