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B: Balance

A key component of athleticism is balance. At the 8U age classification, developing the ABCs — agility, balance and coordination (along with speed) — is essential to building a foundation for future athletic success. So how do you develop balance? Put 8U players in off-balance positions and have them try to regain equilibrium.

In the video below, watch as Ty Hennes, one of USA Hockey’s ADM regional mangers, leads a group of kids through a quick exercise to develop balance.