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10-11-2009, 11:55 AM
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Is he a righty or lefty?

My 4 1/2 year old son has been skating for a couple years now and of course playing hockey on the floor for much longer. He has always held his stick right hand up higher. I can't say right hand on top cause he never has his hand at the top of the stick, and he often one hands it, constantly has to be reminded to hold it in 2 hands. The truth is he has always kinda held it at awkward angles, which I just attributed to him being young. Earlier today he grabbed it with his Left at the top and was shooting a ball like a right hander, it looked a lot more natural; then he switched back to the other way. So I'm not sure I should push him to shoot/hold the stick the way it looked more natural or let him continue the way he seems more used to / comfortable.

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I coach a tom thumb team and we have 6 year olds who still switch. I don't think it's a big deal, just don't give him a stick with a curve until it's obvious which hand he shoots.

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Exactly, get him a stick with no curve. Over time he will use it more one way over the other (either lefty or righty) and you'll know what to get him.

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Teach him to shoot with the opposite hand he writes. Much better to have your dominant hand as your top hand.

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Teach him to shoot with the opposite hand he writes. Much better to have your dominant hand as your top hand.
I'm right-handed, but in every sport, I prefer my dominant (right) hand near the butt-end of the stick, so I shoot and bat "lefty." It's probably an advantage if I go to poke check with one hand, but it's not horribly significant. It's just far more comfortable for me. But on the flip side, plenty of people are able to survive playing hockey with their weak hand on the top of the stick.

This may or may not be the case with your son, but keep in mind that it's possible that a right-handed kid may be extremely uncomfortable shooting righty and vice-versa. I would say don't push him either way, get him a flat-blade stick and he'll sort it out for himself.

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Exactly, get him a stick with no curve. Over time he will use it more one way over the other (either lefty or righty) and you'll know what to get him.
Indeed.

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Teach him to shoot with the opposite hand he writes. Much better to have your dominant hand as your top hand.
Don't do this. It's much better to let them figure it out. There are advantages to both methods, and the correct one is whatever feels more natural to the kid.

Let him figure it out.

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Thanks for all the input. He has been shooting forehands with the backhand side of sticks and the other way round; plus moving his hands all over today, there are both RH and LH sticks laying around, so I' guess he'll figure it out.

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Thanks for all the input. He has been shooting forehands with the backhand side of sticks and the other way round; plus moving his hands all over today, there are both RH and LH sticks laying around, so I' guess he'll figure it out.
One thing you should do is make sure both thumbs are pointing down. Seems obvious, but at 4 1/2 they often need reminded.

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I'm right-handed, but in every sport, I prefer my dominant (right) hand near the butt-end of the stick, so I shoot and bat "lefty." It's probably an advantage if I go to poke check with one hand, but it's not horribly significant. It's just far more comfortable for me. But on the flip side, plenty of people are able to survive playing hockey with their weak hand on the top of the stick.

This may or may not be the case with your son, but keep in mind that it's possible that a right-handed kid may be extremely uncomfortable shooting righty and vice-versa. I would say don't push him either way, get him a flat-blade stick and he'll sort it out for himself.
I'm a lefty and use a LH stick. It just feels weird using a RH stick though I can still use it.

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I'm a righty, I shoot right. But I also play in net and I catch with my left hand, therefore my stick is in my right hand and I have to handle puck like a lefty.

All kinds of quirky things can happen.

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Give him a wee little shovel and some snow and tell him to shovel it! (or dirt if yer not from canaduh). There you have your answer

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Quick ways to figure out which hand he is at shooting...

1) Make him Sweep out the Garage
2) Have him Rake the Leaves
3) When it snows, Give hm a shovel and tell him have at it.

While he is doing this, you promptly grab a beer out of the Fridge and do your research. All those are the same motion as Shooting and will tell you which is his dominant shooting handedness.

As well as helping with Chores around the house it lets you relax with a tasty beverage....

Ahh Fear, you beat me to it. LOL

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Quick ways to figure out which hand he is at shooting...

1) Make him Sweep out the Garage
2) Have him Rake the Leaves
3) When it snows, Give hm a shovel and tell him have at it.

While he is doing this, you promptly grab a beer out of the Fridge and do your research. All those are the same motion as Shooting and will tell you which is his dominant shooting handedness.

As well as helping with Chores around the house it lets you relax with a tasty beverage....

Ahh Fear, you beat me to it. LOL
I wouldn't be so sure about those activities being the same as shooting. I'm right handed and I grew up using sticks without curves, ended up shooting righty (left hand on top) simply because it felt more comfortable. When sweeping or shoveling, I have my right hand on top for the same reason. Raking, I'll be switching back and forth.

Or maybe I'm just weird.

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Quick ways to figure out which hand he is at shooting...

1) Make him Sweep out the Garage
2) Have him Rake the Leaves
3) When it snows, Give hm a shovel and tell him have at it.

While he is doing this, you promptly grab a beer out of the Fridge and do your research. All those are the same motion as Shooting and will tell you which is his dominant shooting handedness.

As well as helping with Chores around the house it lets you relax with a tasty beverage....

Ahh Fear, you beat me to it. LOL
None of those requires the dexterity of playing hockey. I don't have a problem sweeping, raking, or shoveling "lefty." I switch back and forth when my arms get tired. I can only play hockey one way though.

OP, give him a stick without a curve.

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I'm just thinking about attempting those chores with the hand opposit of my hockey handedness (left) and I dont think I could do it haha.

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I wouldn't be so sure about those activities being the same as shooting. I'm right handed and I grew up using sticks without curves, ended up shooting righty (left hand on top) simply because it felt more comfortable. When sweeping or shoveling, I have my right hand on top for the same reason. Raking, I'll be switching back and forth.

Or maybe I'm just weird.
That is kinda wierd!
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None of those requires the dexterity of playing hockey. I don't have a problem sweeping, raking, or shoveling "lefty." I switch back and forth when my arms get tired. I can only play hockey one way though.

OP, give him a stick without a curve.
Which way would you prefer to sweep though...Not that anyone wants to sweep or rake, or shovel...Shoveling may be a little stretch, but Sweeping and Rake definitely have the same motion of a wrist shot.

Plus i think you both missed the Joke anyway.....

go with a straight blade.....

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As many have said, wgo with a stick with no curve. Even though you have both lh & rh sticks laying around, it's best to just go with a straight stick. This allows him to actually switch in the middle of plyaing which is where he'll really figure it out. I didn't get curved sticls form my kids until they had been playing for a few years.

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Actually, of all three activities (shoveling, raking, sweeping) shoveling most closely resembles holding a hockey stick.

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I agree that eventually a kid will choose on his own which way he prefers to shoot (which may not be his best option, I would be an example of that - I shoot left in Hockey, swing right in baseball and can golf either way) but if he hasn't got comfortable with either hand yet there is a way to determine what hand is best.

It was once explained to me that if you can do a dominant eye test for your kid (there are number of easy ways to determine on your own) then you want to shoot off of that side. In other words if his dominant eye is his left eye, he is best suited to shoot left and if it's the right eye then obviously the opposite applies. It helps give the player better control of the puck, more accuracy on his shots and so on.


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The best advice is to keep supplying the kid with a straight bladed stick and let him play. He'll figure it out on his own in his own time.

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Actually, of all three activities (shoveling, raking, sweeping) shoveling most closely resembles holding a hockey stick.
If you shovel one way and shoot the other, then you are just plain weird.

Or very ambidextrous (sp?)

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I agree that eventually a kid will choose on his own which way he prefers to shoot (which may not be his best option, I would be an example of that - I shoot left in Hockey, swing right in baseball and can golf either way) but if he hasn't got comfortable with either hand yet there is a way to determine what hand is best.

It was once explained to me that if you can do a dominant eye test for your kid (there are number of easy ways to determine on your own) then you want to shoot off of that side. In other words if his dominant eye is his left eye, he is best suited to shoot left and if it's the right eye then obviously the opposite applies. It helps give the player better control of the puck, more accuracy on his shots and so on.

intresting, i have never heard this before. Do you have any links or info that talks about this.

I cant really see (i know, bad pun) how a "dominant" eye would give you better puck control or accuracy.

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intresting, i have never heard this before. Do you have any links or info that talks about this.

I cant really see (i know, bad pun) how a "dominant" eye would give you better puck control or accuracy.
I'll snoop around but it wasn't an internet discovery - so to speak - it was a discussion I had with a hockey/fitness trainer.

The theory goes, as I remember it;

Your dominant eye will re-focus more quickly than the other one. So when you move your head left to right (for example) both eyes take a moment (however miniscule that moment is) to regain their focus. That brief moment is apparently enough to make a difference in terms of optimizing your coordination. That eye being on the puck side of your body apparently sincs up your hand/eye coordination more than the using the opposite hand. Or something like that.

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