The holiday season is here and it is the best time of the year for hockey! Fun competitive practices, games, T-Bird games, tournaments, Kraken games, friendship building, world junior tournament, snow sports, and team building!
As a player, it is a great time to do an audit of your season so far and decide what it is that you need to focus on to be successful, both personal and for the team. Are you on track to reach your season goals?
One way to get the most out of the season is to increase your strength and conditioning training. It will help you get prepared for the playoffs when you want to be playing your best and it will also keep you injury free if done correctly.
Currently, both Renton and Kirkland have qualified trainers that are there to help your player get stronger and more flexible. All coaches in Snoqualmie have access to the USA Hockey dryland program by clicking here. Players can also add this to their at home training regiment and really increase that strength that will aid you in your quest to be a top player. Here is a direct quote from our USA Hockey leaders.
“The ADM is a life-long athletic performance development model. The development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills is critical if children are to feel confident about physical activity. All sports begin with basic fundamental movement and core sports skills. The ABCs of athleticism include agility, balance, coordination and speed, while fundamental movement skills include running, jumping, skating and throwing. Children must have a solid foundation in these fundamental movement skills before they are able to succeed in acquiring sports skills. Studies have shown that children who have a strong, broad-based foundation in the fundamental movements and sports skills from a variety of sports increase their potential for future success in sports. Whether this is confidence to lead a healthy and active life in sport or to become an elite athlete, this strong foundation in the FUNdamentals will help children to reach their full potential."
Bypassing fundamental movement skills and moving too quickly to fundamental sports skills represents an improper progression. Proper development is hard to achieve without first developing basic physical literacy. The development of these basic athletic skills can be especially difficult with improper practice-to-game ratios, early specialization, poor nutritional habits, a sedentary lifestyle, and a misplaced focus on winning games over development. As coaches and educators, we need to guide this development both on and off the ice. For age-appropriate on-and off-ice practice plans, please see ADMKIDS.COM.
Happy Holidays! Go Sno-King, T-Birds & Kraken
Doug Kirton, Hockey Director