As a child enters hockey, our first priority is to build GENUINE confidence, basic fundamental skills and a love for the game.
Early on, we want kids constantly "graduating" --constantly collecting positive experiences in order to develop into passionate hockey players.
We always want to promote (as opposed to demote) in the early stages.
These positive experiences are essential. And patience is critical.
Entering travel fall/winter travel hockey too soon can often lead to a counter productive experience--sometimes resulting in early retirement from a player that was pushed too hard too soon. Hockey becomes consuming and frustrating rather then fun and productive.
Please keep in mind Fall/Winter Travel Hockey is much more competitive than spring.
If your child is highly ambitious but not ready for travel, choose House League Hockey and add other sports to his/her menu. This is a great and productive option.
Multi-sport experiences provide tremendous athletic, psychological and life-style advantages that provide big payoffs down the road. Hockey players with soccer, flag football and basketball experience gain athletic skills, develop a full range of coordination and learn concepts that apply directly to the game of hockey. Ask any of your hockey coach leaders. Down the road, the best hockey players are always the multi-sport athletes.
In sum, for the long term, you cannot lose. Or maybe more directly--your child will not "fall behind."
If a child is ready for travel--great! Let's go.
If a child is not ready for travel, House league hockey will get him/her there and you will have the opportunity to play and learn through other sports..
Both choices with pay off with a happy, productive young athlete with a great future in hockey.
If you have specific questions about your child, please consult with our House League Coaching Director Joe Heaton at the contact below.
Coach Joe is offering private and group skates, levels House to AAA, at Centennial from 6:00am - 9:00am most week days,(additional times available over the summer). Contact him directly for details; firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Facebook at Heaton Hockey.
We are also happy to announce that he has taken a position with the Wilmette Park District as a hockey instructor and is teaching many of the park district hockey classes (Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at Centennial).