SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 11

• • • • Baseball – Baseball Manitoba Basketball – Basketball Manitoba Flag Football – Football Manitoba Lacrosse – Manitoba Lacrosse Association • Gymnastics – Manitoba Gymnastics Association • Soccer – Manitoba Soccer • For many more beneficial sports please visit Sport Manitoba • For more fun games & activities promoting physical literacy please visit Fit Kids Healthy Kids “Whether it’s with our U-16 Team Manitoba roster, the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, junior hockey, and beyond into the NHL, the player with a better athletic-base is always going to have more potential for acquiring skill and dynamic skating Director of Operations for Hockey Manitoba’s U-16 Program of Excellence (U-16 Team Manitoba). “However, one of the most underpromoted benefits of multi-sports is the character development that kids learn as part of different team dynamics and roles”  According to Hockey Manitoba: “Another benefit of the multisport promotion is the eventual reduction of over-use injuries and increased resistance for nonimpact injuries commonly seen Joey Moffatt with young players. The hockey player with a well-rounded athletic base who developed and mastered the keys of physical literacy on other sports or activities.” will set themselves up for a longer Generally, young athletes shoul try to and more enjoyable hockey career.  completely leave the ice for 6-8 weeks, Mentally the multi-sport says the Hockey Canada Long-Term transition benefits by reducing Player Development model. “Then burn-out, which is one of during the summer skills camps, the most common causes of clinics, casual skates are excellent players quitting hockey during to begin the building blocks of next teenage years, stemming season’s skill development but not over from years of being driven to doing it,” it goes on. “When September over-compete and over-train and October comes around, as most throughout the calendar year. field sports complete their seasons, the  “As an optimal offrenewed hunger for the new hockey season, Hockey Manitoba season is invigorated with more skills recommends that players camps preparing for the on-set of the finish the playoff season tryout season and team formation.” and if desired continue with Brody Moffatt  For more information regarding an age-appropriate spring the Hockey Canada Long-Term Player development program or Development model and Hockey team focused on enhancing skill. ability,” wrote Kyle Prystupa, Manager Manitoba development initiatives Once the snow melts and the athletic of Development & Communications please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca/ fields are dry that is a perfect indicator with Hockey Manitoba and the to finish your hockey season and focus players. l     sportslife / 11