Sunday, February 19, 2012

Let's Go Red!

So, in a fit of insanity, I decided to take my son to a Cornell-Brown hockey game. This has led us down a horrible path of addiction (or re-addiction, in my case) to college hockey, culminating in a trip last month to New Haven (!!!) to see a Cornell game. We had awesome seats, too. This is the view from my seat.


Now my 9 year old wants to play hockey desperately, so we signed him up for ice skating lessons. He thinks he's Wayne Gretzky now. All I can foresee are the early mornings at the rink for practice, the cost of the hockey gear, and the fact that Sarah Palin and I might have something in common.

7 comments:

Amy P said...

How is the skating going?

Anonymous said...

Hey, my 8 year old plays hockey and all your fears of early mornings at the rink and sharing something with Sarah Palin are realized.

Our guy started about a year ago, after having only skated twice before. They taught him to skate by putting him in lots of gear and padding and then tossing him on the ice. It was a significant contrast to the figure skating lesson I tried to sign him up for (and which didn't work all that well, because there were to many scared classmates who thought skating would be easier than they found it).

(bj)

Amy P said...

"They taught him to skate by putting him in lots of gear and padding and then tossing him on the ice."

That is brilliant.

Wendy said...

bj, ugh. I'm looking into my options for fall hockey, however. I think for a kid like E, with a tendency towards hyperactivity caused by needing sensory input (proprioceptive?), hockey is a great thing because he's always moving on the ice, he's always using his muscles to stabilize himself.

Amy, I posted a very short video. It's ... going.

Amy P said...

I think C has very good posture when roller skating--better than when walking, actually.

The problem (if it deserves to be called that) that my kids have with roller skating and ice skating is that they're happy with how they do it now, and they're (especially C) very resistant to lessons or making any effort to get better. C's like that with music, too.

Anonymous said...

". . . and they're (especially C) very resistant to lessons or making any effort to get better . . ."

I find that's a significant issue with all children -- a resistance to being told how to do something better, especially if the benefit doesn't come right away. My elder kiddo is doing basketball right now. She's a good shooter & she's head taller than others in her class right now, and her school played in a fairly weak league. So, she's kind of phenomenal right now. In order to compete for real, though, she has to work at those "skills." And it's a tough sell.

The younger kiddo, the hockey player is quite odd, actually, in that he loves to train.

You might want to check into what's available for hockey now, in spring -- it might be a good opportunity for training, to start in the actual season in the fall.

(bj)

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