Hockey Canada and Bauer Hockey just did a survey asking a sample of Canadian parents if they are going to put their kid's in hockey this year. 90% said NO.
The number one reason they don't choose hockey is that 'It isn't FUN.
We have over 80% of the kid's who do play Quitting by 14. Main Reason 'It isn't Fun.'
Why do we insist on using the Drill and Practice Method that hasn't been used in school systems since the early 60" and was replaced by "Whole Learning" methods.
I know USA hockey is trying to get organizations to use cross ice games, where young player touch the puck 600% more than full ice. Most European countries play cross ice league games until they are 10.
Adopting ABC concepts like 'games to teach the game,' skill SAG tournaments, moving from situation drills to Transition Games will change practices from dull and boring to enjoyable.
The players learn more and practice is 'FUN' using this method. (soccer is much better using games than hockey)
If it is Broken then Fix It.
The ABC method is proven to work all over the world. The kid's love practice, get good and what more can you ask.
Two themes of the ABC Method are.
'Enjoy the Game' and 'The Game is the Greatest Coach'.