When Brandon was 4 he begged his father and I to play ice hockey. Hockey is an expensive sport, so we decided to get Brandon skating lessons first. He loved being on the ice. When he turned five we bought him his first pair of hockey skates. At six he was playing on his first hockey team.
He chose to play hockey. We encourage him to play well.
I was even approached by a parent who sons plays football, and she wanted to know "How can you let your son play such a violent sport?"
I do agree that hockey is way rougher than football. Players get checked, high sticks in the face and pucks are flying. Football you pointlessly run in to people. =D
|Bantam Level 2012|
|Midget U16 2013|
|Midget U16 2013|
These days, it’s tough for parents to decide whether to enroll their children in organized sports such as hockey or football. Yes, physical safety matters. But is our collective obsession with protecting our children from harm threatens to turn out a generation of children ill-equipped to deal with their future? It seems to me that children in modern America are growing up in a country paralyzed by complacency and fear.
My son wrote an essay on sportsmanship for an English class that I thought was pretty amazing. My favorite paragraph:
I learned to listen to and respect the coach. I learned to listen to the team captain. I learned how important my role was as a team captain. I learned how to skate better. I learned how to protect myself. I learned that I had to wait my turn to play. I learned that I was not the centre of the universe, but a team member. I learned how to be punctual and stick to a schedule. I learned how to be responsible for my own body and for the bodies of my team mates and opponents. I learned that it was better to obey the rules than to sit in the penalty box. I learned to be organized and responsible for my hockey equipment. I learned what sportsmanship was. Sportsmanship is a style and an attitude, and it can have a positive influence on everyone around you.