Never Too Young for a Medal or Too Old for a Trophy March 10 2017, 0 Comments
There are some sports that are clearly not for the young of age. Running over hurdles, weight lifting and possibly gymnastics need some height and some power and height but hockey is different. Start whenever you want to!
If you are young and you want to play, find a stick your size and begin. If you are at varsity, choose a stick and boots that fit and play. Now, this is where it gets interesting. If you are a veteran, young or old, it is never too late. Just start to play.
Starting something new is challenging at times but before you decide that the challenge may be beyond you, think first of the benefits. One does not have to be a hockey star or living legend, earning all the trophies and weighted down with gold medals. Nor does one need risk becoming a late legend with no trophies and medals left for the mantelpiece.
There are many reason to play hockey, such as social, health and some good networking, too.
Hockey can be a strenuous game, so start out slow, at your own pace. Be prepared to leave the shore or familiarity (and the couch, also often too familiar) and begin.
For those young players who dream of winning in their varsity years, it is advisable to start no later than during the first year of high school. Even better would be to start during their first years of junior school, between ages four and seven. To become familiar with the game and develop the skills takes a little time. Starting early may give one the edge but nevertheless, it is always the right time to start. It is also good to become known among the hockey fraternity if you want to be noticed for selection for regional or provincial teams.
Learning is a process, so the sooner one starts, the better. Even a toddler can begin by being involved in the sporting activities and watching the game, for just a few minutes every week to develop interest in the game. If Mom, Dad or older sibling play hockey, even better. Parents who know just a little about the game can start teaching their children in the back yard!
One way of encouraging hockey is for kids to attend camps. This allows them to try out a stick, hit some balls and learn a few tricks from enthusiasts in an unpressured environment while having great fun. Playing around with a sport as well as playing the sport is how it all starts, which is why football and rugby seem to come so naturally to many kids in SA, and sometimes cricket and tennis as well. It also why people may wait until later in life before playing hockey!
So remember, if road-running medals are not your thing, squash trophies are a piece of old tacky, you can always play for a hockey award. And if medals and trophies are for someone else, then I say again, just start. It’s a fantastic, racy sport that will keep you fit for as long as you can run upright and hold a stick.
One day, when you throw in the stick, don’t throw in the towel because hockey would be so much less without you. Become a spectator.
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