Why is Half Ice Important In Your Child's Development?
If you think of sports other than hockey, there's something common among them that hasn't fully made it's way to hockey yet, but it's coming. Here's a couple examples of other sports and how they adapt to the younger athletes development:
- Soccer - Smaller Fields than the Professional level
- Basket Ball - Shorter Nets than the Professional level
- Baseball - Pitching mound is closer and the bases are closer than the Professional level
- Hockey - Currently played on the same size as the Pro level...
A strong reason for making their playing "areas" smaller, is to help the athletes develop skills at a faster and more effective rate. By shrinking the playing surface, some may feel that this would hinder your child's development. When in all actuality, it will do the exact opposite.
The key to any sport or skill is to get as many touches/reps as you can. By shrinking the playing surface, you:
- get more puck touches
- get less tired = more effective mental play
- more coaching instruction/ 1 on 1