Active for Life: Hockey

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:

4 things that should be part of every kid’s hockey experience

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.


Hockey parents can get ready for the season with this conditioning camp

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.


What to do when a case of Parent Peer Pressure strikes

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.


When your kids play hockey, it’s okay to have expectations about their experience

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 thinks we need a ‘new normal’ for Canadian kids’ hockey; he’s right

Brent Sutter, coach of Canada’s hockey team at the 2014 World Junior Championship, thinks kids’ hockey needs to get back to the basics.


Can you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

Coaches, elite athletes, sport scientists, and medical professionals all weigh in on the merits of the multi-sport approach to sport training.


Hockey Canada’s new app for coaches is a game-changer

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.


What we can learn about teaching hockey from the 1972 “Summit Series”

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 partner with postcards for parents

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.


Kids who specialize too early often get the short end of the hockey stick

Studies show that the best way to ensure happy and successful sports-playing kids is to make sure they get to try multiple sports. Early specialization leads to injury and burnout.


Size matters when it comes to playing fields for kids

Kids need rinks and playing fields that are age-appropriate. To an 8-year old child, 50 yards feels like 100. So when children play in an adult-sized space, they’re playing on a surface that’s at least twice as big as what they can handle.

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