Active for Life is a national initiative about physical literacy.
We provide information, advice, and resources for parents who want to raise active and successful kids. Being physically literate helps children to be better hockey players, and better athletes.
Here are our key articles about hockey and physical literacy:
A positive hockey experience for kids should begin with fun, first and foremost, and include skills-based practices mixed with proper coaching, along with respect from both players and parents alike.
It’s important for parents to remember that unconditionally supporting their child’s sports performance is of paramount importance, no matter the child’s skill level.
These strategies will help you separate accurate information from erroneous hearsay so that you can make informed choices that fulfill your child’s specific activity and sporting needs.
Younger children who play hockey on adult-sized ice surfaces typically don’t enjoy playing the game, as the surface is proportionally too large for them, whereas kids who play on smaller ice surfaces get more puck time, pass more often, and take twice as many shots.
Parents should not be afraid to initiate constructive and respectful discussions that will lead to improving the sports experience, not only for their kids, but for everyone involved, including coaches.
Brent Sutter, coach of Canada’s hockey team at the 2014 World Junior Championship, thinks kids’ hockey needs to get back to the basics.
Coaches, elite athletes, sport scientists, and medical professionals all weigh in on the merits of the multi-sport approach to sport training.
This app brings drills, skills, videos, practice plans, and articles into one mobile location, enabling coaches to have portable, fingertip access to a multitude of instructional resources.
During the famous “Summit Series” of 1972, in which Canada faced off against the Soviet Union in hockey, the Canadian team played an instinctive, intuitive, anticipative game against their Russian counterparts — players who were skilled, but regimented. The ability to use creativity as an adaptation helped the Canadian team win the series — an important lesson for today’s young hockey players.
Hockey Canada and Active for Life have partnered to help create a new normal for kids’ hockey in Canada, and an educational postcard is one way the message is being communicated.