Below are a few items that are worthy as reminders to parents and players so that the boys play healthy and safely. The first, hydration, is the most important.
All professional athletes know the importance of being well hydrated before they compete and the same should apply to our kids as well. I have observed during our games that the kids are consuming large amounts of water during the game. Many are finishing their entire water bottle after 2 periods. With their peanut size bladders, this should be next to impossible without them doing the bathroom dance in the 3rd period. This indicates that the kids are not properly hydrated prior to the game.
Please ensure your child drinks a sufficient amount of water (or sports drink) prior to a game. They should need a washroom break before getting dressed or after the pre game warm up.
Regarding sports drinks. I use them on a regular basis and find them extremely useful in providing the body with proper hydration. I only use them when training or competing. My kids get them as a treat prior to games only. I understand that parents may not agree with this, so please provide a fluid that you are comfortable with. And for after games and practices chocolate milk is considered one of the best recovery drinks. It gives the body carbs and protein, exactly what it needs.
Please check your child's equipment on a regular basis. Helmet screws often come loose and stick strings wear out. Make sure your guys equipment is always game ready.
Bumps and Scrapes
Our little guys tear around on a daily basis and are bound to get hurt from time to time. Please make sure any open cuts are properly covered before you arrive at the arena. The referee will not allow them to play with an open wound.
Also, make sure I'm aware of any new health concerns so I can keep an eye on them during games and practices.