Traverse City hockey strikes back at parent-driven sports culture

Reblogged from Michigan Radio

There’s a lot of complaining these days that youth sports are too expensive and competitive. And, in fact, kids are dropping out and most sports are on the decline in the U.S.

One sport that is not losing players is hockey, which has also changed the way it trains young athletes. The approach has been so successful that the U.S. Olympic Committee recently adopted it.

The hockey club in Traverse City was a pioneer in this effort.

“A lot will tell you they’re not having fun. They’re being over-coached. Parents are too pushy.” – Ken Martel

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