Raising A Girl Hockey Player

My son was playing hockey at 5. Sometimes, he has a girl on his team.  In one instance during a game, he got hit by a girl hockey player so hard he grew a whole new perspective on what playing like a girl signifies. Now with a daughter who plays hockey, I feel like I am floating in muddy waters.

My daughter, who is 4, eagerly straps on her skates so she can begin playing. I don’t worry one bit.

However, every since she began hockey, it is clear that having a daughter who plays hockey is quite different than a son. But over the past two years, I’ve noticed that having a girl who plays hockey is a lot different than having a boy.

What is a Jill? I believed a jock strap had a specific job.  I didn’t know a girl needed a Jill.  And, that’s just for starters. Trying to get a pony tail in a helmet accurately is a work of art. The more my daughter’s love for hockey grows, the more I’m confused. I needed some guidance and got some from a fellow daughter hockey playing mother. I had a talk with her daughter and this is what she told me:

The biggest thing about playing hockey that made me who I am today is that hockey made me be physically and mentally tough. The difference between girls’ and guys’ hockey is when you watch a guys’ game, it seems like you’re watching boxing. Girl hockey games are more skillful. It’s about commanding the puck instead of fighting. But don’t be fooled. Just because girls aren’t supposed to check, doesn’t mean they won’t. They just make it difficult caught. One of the best things about hockey is to let your anger go while getting a good workout in. Girls can be just as physical as boys.

How to Begin Playing Hockey

Cheers! You’re about to start playing the most exciting sport on earth. This will be a hard, demanding and fulfilling path for you. This article is to make your passage to hockey as straightforward and simple as possible. This article will be a guide for you to go from naive rookie to proper novice. I will have tips for parents beginning their children in hockey and adults learning hockey for the first time. Let’s get going on how to begin playing hockey

How to Begin a Child in Hockey

Beginning a child in hockey is really easy. Most areas have a minor hockey association that splits children first by age level and next by skill level. A kid at any skill level and approximately any age can play house league hockey. They have to own the right equipment and pay their registration fee on time.

Look up your town name and then put “minor hockey” in the search box. You should see your city’s minor hockey association.

Is Your Child Ready For Hockey?

House league hockey is very accepting. They allow any skill level of player. The more skilled players usually play rep/travel hockey. If you would like to get your child some exposure before beginning them in hockey, you can sign them up for a number of various programs.

Learn to skate – Programs started by local skating associations and hockey arenas

Power Skating – Typically set up via minor hockey groups

Stick and Puck sessions – Typically set up through the local various arenas

Mom and Tots – Started by local hockey arenas

Public Skating – Allows anybody who wants to show up and skate

Outdoor rinks – If you live in an area where it gets cold enough outside to have one

Road Hockey – Buy some sticks and a net so your children can play hockey in the driveway