Q: Is it too early to begin off-ice training at 8U?
A: Absolutely not. In fact, most experts in physical education encourage all youth to be very active in the ABCs (agility, balance and coordination). This is the perfect stage in a young athlete’s development to be working on these principles. We have a great forum as youth sport coaches and parents to provide these activities to all young hockey players. The ability to supplement an on-ice training night with 30 minutes of fun, age-appropriate off-ice drills can go a long way in helping a young player develop athletically. Just make sure it’s fun and age-appropriate. At 8U, there should never be anything more than body weight involved, nor is it the right time physiologically for long, grueling endurance challenges.
USA Hockey has many fun and age-appropriate off-ice drills available here.
Tag(s): Q&A Articles