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As a parent, you understand it is important for your child to get the most out of participating in youth sports. To ensure your child has an enjoyable experience, youth hockey aims to deliver the “Three Promises":
Promise of Fun
The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice, the exhilaration of scoring their first goal or the camaraderie of skating with friends is possible due to the fun and encouraging environment youth hockey provides to try new things and grow as a person.
Promise of guidance
Youth hockey is unique because a new player must start from the very basics of essentially learning to walk again. Your local youth hockey program has instructors that are able to teach the sometimes challenging skills of ice hockey in a fun, engaging manner.
Promise of achievement
You will be amazed at the progress your child will make in a short amount of time. Both you and your child will walk away from the rink each day, excited about all the new things that your young hockey player has started to learn on the ice.
Teach your player the phrase: “Head Up, Don’t Duck"
Hit the boards or goal posts with an arm, a leg or anything but your head first.
Skate into the boards on an angle to dig out the puck.
Taking a check: Keep your head out of it. Skates parallel to the boards, knees bent, low center of gravity. Skate through the check and get away quickly.
No checking from behind. It’s illegal, dangerous and bad hockey.
Wear a snug-fitting, HECC-certified helmet in good shape, plus full facial protection.
Use a mouth guard every time you’re on the ice.
When you hit the ice this season, remember Heads Up, Don't Duck and you can help make hockey a safer game to play.
Heads Up, Don’t Duck Safety Video
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell run“, or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.