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Sports Primer: Hockey for Kids

Sports Primer: Hockey for Kids

Hockey is the game that revolves around hitting puck with a hockey stick into the opponent’s net.

Age Groups

Kids that are 4-6 years old can begin practicing this sport; however, they are taught about the rules and skills as they get older. Each age group is put in a different skill level.

Hockey is a team sport. There are two teams of eleven players. The objective of the game is to score points by hitting the puck in the opponent’s net.

Health Benefits of Hockey for Kids

Hockey is the sport that can burn a lot of fat and calories in lesser time. With the amount of running, walking, and striking, the heart and lungs become stronger. Blood circulation and oxygen delivery in the body improves. Hockey is a high-intensity sport, which means it boosts metabolism while getting rid of fat. The body begins to gain muscles as it builds muscular strength.

Hockey develops hand-eye coordination with better body coordination and balance. A person playing this sport needs to have good reflexes and the ability to make quick decisions. This sport can build the spirit of teamwork and communication. The only way to communicate in this sport is by gestures and eyes; therefore, it is a good sport for kids who want to improve their body control and balance. Hockey releases endorphins in the body that relieve anxiety & stress and diminish feelings of depression.

Equipment Needed for Hockey

The equipment needed for sport includes:

  • Helmet (with a cage and mouth guard)
  • Shin Guards
  • Neck guard
  • Elbow pads
  • Shoulder pads
  • Hockey stick
  • Puck

This sport cannot be played at home, as it requires a proper hockey field.

The general cost is $12 per person in each session, and prices may vary according to the institution.

This sport is good for kids as it allows them to develop the ability to work in a team while learning important skills.

 

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