Full-sized ice is for full-sized people!
Posted by Dean Holden at March 4th, 2014
by USAHockeyHQ, 26 February 2014
To demonstrate how a full sheet of ice looks to a child, USA Hockey put adult players on an extra large rink (310′ by 130′) with giant nets to simulate what a child sees. The players found the games tiring, difficult and said they would lose interest quickly in the sport if that was what they faced. See how adult players opened their eyes to what is being taught by the American Development Model of cross-ice hockey and small-area games. Learn more at ADMKids.com
<I salute USA Hockey for seizing the moment – copying the idea soccer and tennis had – and producing and delivering this message! Myself and some other cohorts were planning this same video, but now we don’t have to pursue it! (We have all the scaled measurements for soccer, basketball and hockey – playing surfaces and ball / puck sizes)
If you listen closely to the comments in the video, many are important and this one sums it up: “The surface is way too big to learn on!” I hope this video ignites discussion and minor hockey associations adopt smaller sized surfaces from learn to skate (Timbits or Tyke in Canada) all the way up to Pee Wee! Also, the size of nets and weight of pucks needs to be addressed and kept in proportion to the average age of the players. Keep the lighter pucks until Pee Wee (blue pucks – are 4 ounces (110 grams) while regulation pucks are 6 ounces (170 grams).) Heavier 10 ounces (280 g) training pucks, typically reddish pink or reddish orange in colour, are also available for players looking to develop the strength of their shots or improve their stick handling skills.
Full-sized ice is for full-sized people! – DH>