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02-14-2007, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ATLien View Post
I coach a mite (8U) inline team, our roster is 8 players (6 returning 2 new). There has been a rampant bug running through the schools here, as a result we've had a max of 5 players at our first two practices (our first game is 3/2).

I am of the opinion that the concept of being part of a team and being a good team player is one of the most important things to give to these kids, and it will enhance their enjoyment of the game, games, and practices. To that end we gave gave our team a fun name "BOOM!", so whenever one the boys makes a good play or scores a goal our bench and parents erupt with a loud chorus of "BOOM!". The kids and parents love it.

I think it is important as we get our entire team together to accelerate the team building process to make up for the time the boys haven't had together.

Does anybody know any fun team building exercises that are appropriate for this age group?

Does anybody think I'm way off base?

I'll hang up and listen.
Off the ice is just as important as on the ice. Do they play 5 on 5 or 4 on 4? Take them to an AHL game or local game, like mentioned above. Anything that's fun where they're together as a team, that's the number 1 thing.

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