Archive for youth hockey development

The Evidence is Overwhelming

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on January 6, 2016 by mboyle1959

I keep posting these articles in hopes that parents will realize how foolish they are to have a child that only plays one sport.

Joe Nieuwendyk was a two sport star in college. The article talks about how Nieuwendyk’s  lacrosse skilled helped him become a Hall of Famer.


More Support for Building Athletes

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on December 6, 2014 by mboyle1959

I continue to write and post articles that support the idea that the best players are the best athletes. We are specializing far too early in every sport. Kids and parents are getting bad advice from under qualified coaches and as a result make poor decisions. Make your child an athlete first. The lowest return on time invested in any sport is the actual game. Play games for fun. Practice to get better. Train to be a better athlete.

The Quebec “Building the Athlete” Program. 

Are You Doing Right By Your Child?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 24, 2014 by mboyle1959

Heres a great article from John O’Sullivan called The Tipping Point in Youth Sports. Read it and then ask yourself if you are doing the right thing for your child or simply listening to the self-professed experts. My wife and I moved our 9 year old back to town hockey from a higher level team so he could score more goals and have more fun. The “select team” was not fun and he dreaded both practice and games. This year he looks forward to everything. Don’t be afraid to admit you may have made a mistake, just correct it. I love my friend Kevin Neeld’s concept of being one of the five best players on your team. If your child ( male or female) is not one of the five best players on their team, move them down a level. Kids get engaged by success, not competition. A child who can’t find the time and space in hockey will not have fun. Let them develop at their own rate, not at yours or your neighbors. Also, encourage lots of free play and creativity. My good friend and NHL’er Scott Gomez told me once that he tells kids at camp to “never dump the puck in. Try to beat someone. Make a great move.” Scott knew that at higher levels sometimes creativity is discouraged. As kids we need to encourage it.

The Tipping Point in Youth Sports