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Sent:                                    Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:19 AM

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Subject:                                Farrey: 'Parents are the game-changers'

 

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According to Wintergreen Research, which tracks youth sports in the United States, the games kids play are now part of a $15.3 billion industry. Tom Farrey, founder and executive director of The Aspen Institute's Sports and Society Program, has some tips and suggestions for parents who need help navigating and veering away from, in some cases, what has become a win-at-all-costs culture.

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Q: What's it feel like to be a 7- or 8-year-old hockey player?

A: For those parents who played ice hockey in their youth, we can probably remember positive experiences we had around the game, and maybe some snapshots of 8U moments, but it's been quite a while since we were that young. Memories get a little foggy. So do we really remember what it was like to try and play the game back in the day?

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Goals

Who doesn't love to score goals? In sports like hockey, the object of the game is to score more goals than the opponent. With cross-ice play at the 8U age level, players are in closer proximity to the nets at all times.

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