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10 Reasons to Try Hockey

By USA Hockey , 11/05/19, 2:15PM MST


Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by SportsEngine, set for Saturday, Nov. 9

USA Hockey's first Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by SportsEngine, of the 2019-20 season is scheduled for Saturday, November 9. 

As the world's largest introduction-to-hockey initiative, annually spanning more than 800 rinks nationwide, Try Hockey For Free Days provide children the opportunity to experience playing hockey for the first time. Now in their 10th season, USA Hockey's THFF Days have welcomed more than 192,000 children to the sport, all for FREE, with certified USA Hockey coaches and caring volunteers on the ice.

Below are 10 reasons why your child should lace up the skates and give hockey a try this weekend. 

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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