Hockey requires the most pieces of equipment than any other sports. The most important piece of that equipment, however, is the skates. If your child's skates don't fit right, she will be miserable because not only will her feet hurt, but she won't be able to skate to even half of her full potential.
Whether to play girl's hockey or boys is often a difficult choice for girls and their parents, with advantages and disadvantages to each. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong decision, and it becomes a matter of thinking of her goals and then tailoring the decision to meet those goals.
Have you ever wondered if you're working your child too hard at his sport? The fact is that taking a break from all those practices and games is crucial to preventing the burnout that causes so many young athletes to quit their sport, and to avoiding the overuse injuries that often result from year-round play. Athletes, regardless of age or ability, need to include downtime and rest from their sport to perform at their best.
From the questions I get about my own summer hockey camps, and with so many camps to choose from, I know that there are parents out there who don't know exactly what they are all about and are confused about what makes a really good camp.