Thread: Great Britain: Hockey in Britain part 3
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03-05-2013, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Imaginary Threats View Post
Relating to all those factors you listed I find the thing that holds it back the most is the need to start playing at such an early age in order to succeed, due to the wide range of skills and brains required. All the best players are the ones who started extremely young and were put into the game by their parents. I started fairly late (14) and lots of my friends wanted to start playing too but in the end they decided "it's too late to start playing because I won't get anywhere, so I'm not going to bother." Lots of people do start late even as adults but for every 1 of those there are more than 2 who decide there's no point.
Many sports require development at an extremely young age. Wouldn't say ice hockey neccessairly requires players to start at a younger age than some other sports. Starting at 14, with the vast majority of high profile sports you aren't coming close to making it without god given physical attributes. Sport is development is about structured technical developmant of a narrow core of young players from an early age. I don't really understand what you mean by brains (Ha, as if the brain can be pluralised in reference to once person). If you're implying hockey players require a more inate sense of awareness and space (as i assume you aren't implying that brains = intelligence) i disagree. It's a fundamental trait that seperates the best from the good, but such defined traits are just as important in a variety of other sports. Decision making isn't inherently more important in Ice Hockey.

Of course a sport with minimal recognition, a small community and it's regeneration is by and large continued by inheritance. No suprise that parents involved in the sport have children involved in the sport (Something that is common in all hockey nations). Considering the sport lacks the reach of other more globalised, accessible sports, this is hardly suprising.

Originally Posted by Imaginary Threats View Post
It's not like rugby for example where a guy can be thrown straight into the game and be effective because he is strong and/or fast (just look at that American sprinter guy who one day decided to play rugby sevens). Another example is myself in football, because I'm pretty fit and can run I can make myself useful on the pitch despite not being very skilled. To further prove my point, I'm a goalie and I went out as a skater for a scrimmage last week, I can skate well and do all the basic stick skills, but I was terrible because I had no clue what I was doing in terms of positioning and all the mental stuff involved with the game.
I hardly think a comparison of you playing football at an extremely low level is comparable to playing in a relatively structured and skilled level. I imagine against competent football players, you'd look severely out of place. At secondary school, we had one player who was involved in the Southamption youth academy, and to say he was significantly better than any other player at our school is an understatement. This player never came close to making it professionally. It may be true to say it's easier to be competent at a sewer level in football relatively to ice hockey, simply because basic skills of football (I,e running and kicking compared to skating and puck handling) are more natural, but when you begin to encroach on a somewhat competent level at either sport (competent doesn't mean professional, or close to) this becomes a non-factor. The seperation between the bad and the above average in ice hockey isn't more defined than in football.

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