Why Skills Development:
Initially, when people think about games and sports they believe they are to be more fun than practice. Although the above statement makes sense, it may be a misconception, especially based on the following statistics, then ask yourself: Is my child really having as much fun as they could be? The following statistics were taken from a study provided by Calgary Hockey Development.
Safe and Fun Hockey: By the Numbers (Statistics from a Peewee level hockey hockey game (statistics provided by Calgary Hockey Development)).
Players will have the puck on their stick for an average of 8 seconds per game.
Players will take an average of 1 - 2 shots per game.
Players will take an average of 18 shifts per game.
99% of the feedback coaches give players is when they have the puck. Ironically, players only have the puck on their stick for0.2% of the game.
If asked most players will say the best part about hockey is scoring goals, handling the puck, passing and skating. We know that players are more active, have the puck on their stick more often, take more shots, and give more passes during practice than during a game. Therefore, with properly structured practices it all adds up to more fun for the ones that count.