Ed Arnold’s “make it fun, make it fair” approach for youth hockey

Here’s a treat for my readers– a guest post by Ed Arnold, former editor of The Peterborough Examiner, and my personal hockey coach/author hero. One of my more popular posts was the Recommended Reading List for the Thinking Sports Parent, and the first book I mention is Ed’s title, Whose Puck Is It, Anyway?  He’s finishing up a book on his time spent with the Peterborough Petes, an OHL hockey team, that should be out in later this year. Ed and I got hooked up through the magic of the interwebs and he agreed to write a post for the Trophy Mom. I hope you share it with your coaching friends.

By Ed Arnold

Whose Puck Is It, Anyway?Children’s hockey is a strange relationship. We think and talk like we just want to make sure the game is fun for the kids, but then act in different ways.

We all would like to make it fun for the children but then put so many obstacles in their way.

Tyke or hockey for four, five and six year olds is one of the stranger concepts. We want the kids to learn to skate, stickhandle, pass and have fun, but then we put them in games where only the better ones get to skate, stickhandle, pass and have fun.

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Updates from the Trophy Mom

An update on my last two posts:

Keeping Kids Safe

Head over to MomsTeam for a new post, Jabs #13: Making Youth Hockey Safer In Wake of Jablonski Tragedy, by respected Minnesota coach Hal Tearse. Our mindset needs to change, rules should protect kids and parents, coaches and officials need to be more responsible.

Also, read up on Jack’s Pledge , a movement started to encourage players to take a minute and think about safe play on the ice before they get caught up in the action.

Odor Gladiator Contest

And, don’t forget to like the Odor Gladiator Facebook page for a chance to win an Odor Gladiator for your hockey bag, lacrosse bag, gym locker, laundry room, etc. We’ll be drawing winners on January 23.