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Games don't build "youth" talent. What does? Skills, both on and off ice, and skating, skating, skating.
It has been discussed by some of my peer coaches that a youth "game" shutdown might be a good thing for Northeast hockey.
Why? The emphasis on winning exceeds the emphasis on skating ability, hockey intellect, positional play and individual work ethic. I have witnessed some kids only getting 15 minutes or less of ice time in a game. How does that improve his/her skills? It doesnt!
Make sure your Org has a good plan in place for the Fall. Then when games return let them be a barometer of the work put in.
According to studies the average youth player touches the puck well under a minute total each game. Some for only a few seconds total.
One ADM study stated that a "well run" practice was better for skill development than 10 games. The problem is getting a well run practice.
>What would we do without you?
Eat, drink, sleep. You know, the normal stuff.
You shut the FK up before I kick your ass