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10 Reasons to Try Hockey

By USAHockey.com, 11/08/18, 8:55AM MST

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Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by SportsEngine, set for Nov. 10, 2018

USA Hockey's annual Try Hockey For Free Days, presented by SportsEngine, provide children nationwide with the opportunity to experience playing hockey for the first time. Now in their ninth season, USA Hockey's THFF Days have welcomed more than 166,000 children to the sport, all for FREE, with certified USA Hockey coaches and a cadre of caring volunteers on the ice to help make it a great experience.

USA Hockey's THFF Days are the world's largest introduction-to-hockey initiative, annually spanning more than 800 rinks nationwide. Bring a child to THFF and enjoy your second chance to witness their first steps.

USA Hockey's first Try Hockey For Free Day of the 2018-19 season is scheduled for Nov. 10. Leading up to that, we'll be unveiling 10 reasons to try hockey in your community. Check back each day for a new reason. 

Hockey helps develop a positive attitude, self-image and self-esteem. There's nothing like ice to teach kids about standing on their own two feet.


Nothing compares to the feeling of gliding on ice. It's like flying with your feet on the ground. 


Decision-making, strategy, concentration — hockey teaches kids a lot more than how to skate. 


Nothing forges new friendships faster than youth hockey. Not only will your child make new friends, you will, too! Make that two hot chocolates, please. 


Everyone stumbles on occasion, but hockey players always get back on their feet.


You don't have to be especially tall or especially large to excel. Boys, girls, tall, short, big, small — hockey players come in all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds. 


It takes cooperation, teamwork and respect to succeed on and off the ice. Hockey teaches those skills, while also creating new friendships. 


Hockey gives children an engaging, fast-paced, healthy alternative to sedentary recreation.


Nothing tops skating for the development of two fundamental skills: balance and the ability to glide.


Skating is low-impact and adult hockey participation is on the rise. 


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