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10U

10 & Under Squirts

  • Optimal window for motor coordination
  • Learning Fundamental Sports Skills like: throwing, striking, kicking, dribbling, etc.
  • Twice a week, prior to practice, spend 30 minutes off-ice working on the Fundamental Movement Skills
    • Focus on athleticism (ABC’s) and hockey skills
  • Practicing small area games will lead to better decision-making skills
  • Divide players into two halves: top ½, bottom ½
  • Play multiple sports and engage in activities like soccer, running, gymnastics, swimming, skiing or other activities 50% of the time, engage in fitness through other sports 25% of the time and play hockey the other 25%.
  • 30 – 45 players per practice session
    • 3 - 4 ice touches per week
    • 60 min ice sessions
    • 6 - 7 month training and competition calendar = 24 – 28 weeks
    • 95 to 100 ice touches (70/30 practice to game ratio)
  • 75 to 80 practices 20 to 25 games intro of formal full-ice games
    • 10-12 skaters & 1 goalie per team
    • Increases puck touches / participation/ development