Why Girls Hockey?
Hockey Alberta projects that there currently close to 8,000 females participating in our sport and female hockey is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the province. There are a multitude of noted benefits for girls to play female minor hockey that the Wheatland Wranglers hope to satisfy for the upcoming season, including:
- Female Peers - Young girls will get the opportunity to engage with other females that share similar interests through sport and may help them feel more accepted.
- Female Focused Coaching - There are subtle differences between the mainstream and female game. Coaches that coach female hockey will understand the differences as well as how to work with and inspire female athletes. Specialized coach development and mentorship will be key for the Wheatland Wranglers through a variety of specialized programming for our volunteer coaches.
- Female Coaches - Associations with female teams are more likely to have female coaches working with these athletes. Female coaches understand the needs of their athletes, the pathway for female athletes and can provide important mentorship for your daughter.
- Leadership - Playing female hockey will give your daughter more of an opportunity to become a leader on her team that she may not receive on a mainstream team.
- Development - If considering playing mainstream (boys) hockey, it is important to think of development in terms of playing time. An important piece of development is getting the opportunity to get ice time in a variety of situations (5 on 5, powerplay, penalty kill, etc.) during games as it helps to build the players confidence and motivates them to improve their skills.