8 Physical Benefits
- Girls who play hockey develop general physical fitness by playing a game that’s fun.
- Stress relief. Hockey allows girls to clear their minds of academic and social pressures, to literally skate off tension that’s accumulated in their muscles.
- Hockey gives girls a satisfying, enjoyable way to develop their talents and skills.
- Healthy habits. Hockey increases an awareness of how physical and mental effort needs to be supported by proper eating and hydration habits.
- Reduces body fat. Playing hockey is a fun and effective way of burning off calories.
- Cardiovascular system. The sustained energy and muscular strength required in a hockey helps develop fitness and endurance.
- Muscle strength. Playing hockey is a great way of developing your body’s leg muscles, including the hamstring, hips and calves. It also improves the endurance of shoulder muscles, triceps and forearms.
- Coordination skills. Hockey relies on good coordination between the eyes and the hands and improves the reflexes and reaction times of its players.
7 Personal Benefits
- Valuing preparation. Hockey help girls learn to learn to prepare their mind and bodies for games and practices.
- Hockey provides an unparalleled model for dealing with challenge and disappointment.
- Attitude control. Girls learn that a having a confident attitude improves their performance, and that they have significant control over their attitude.
- Leadership opportunities. Team hockey offers girls a rare opportunity to serve others as leaders.
- Identity and balance. Being part of a group is inordinately important to girls, and hockey makes girls feel like they belong.
- Time management. Young athletes learn to manage their time productively balancing hockey practices, games fitness, school and other life responsibilities.
- Long-term thinking. Hockey players and other athletes often learn the fundamental lesson of sacrificing immediate gratification for long-term gain. This is the basis for personal success as well as for life in general, and perhaps in one’s life, no lesson can be more valuable.
5 Social Benefits
- Relationships with other girls. Hockey players develop powerful relationships and often lasting friendships with their teammates.
- On a hockey team, girls learn about cooperation, camaraderie, and friendship. A hockey team is a natural environment in which to learn about ones responsibility to others.
- Hockey is a great equalizer as economic status, color of skin and attractiveness are irrelevant issues when girls are at the rink. What counts to a hockey teammate is commitment, dedication, work ethic, talent and heart.
- Relationships with adults. Hockey gives girls an opportunity to spend ongoing periods of time with an adult in a shared endeavor.
- Participating in a community. Hockey fosters a sense of community and pride. Playing for a community like the North Shore gives girls a chance to build their sense of identity.