My 7 year olds development
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10-18-2009, 08:08 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Played,coached, scouted, evaluated youth hockey since the 1950's. Let's get down to the basics.
Each category is divided into first year and second year.Most youth hockey jurisdictions follow the calendar year. Jan 1 - Dec. 31.A youngster may be viewed as an "old" or a "young". A 7 year old born Jan 1(old) is grouped with a 7 year old born Dec 31(young), but there is a big difference in their physical, mental, cognitive abilities because of the 363 day gap.
Evaluations. Most organizations will run evaluations - cones, skating, shooting,passing, timed, etc, of all the registered players.The comparisons should be available at various levels - his teammates, organizational history, age expectation. Ask to see the evaluations to appreciate how your son rates. A "young" who rates very high and is ahead of the "old" is advantaged.
Few other points. Getting exposure to other sports is a plus since it developes discipline and athletic skills. Also playing decision-making type games or problem solving helps.
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