Even the Ravens opener couldn't keep our BYHC families away from the Kick Off Party! Thanks to all the parents, players and volunteers who came out to help build excitement for our great hockey season ahead! The ice was packed with skills participants; the games were brimming with youngsters; and the Parents/Coaches versus Midgets game was a fun way to wrap up the day.
We are looking for a few more qualified players to fill spots on the following teams.
|Skaters||Squirt LA, Squirt B, U14 Girls Rec, Bantam UA, Bantam B, U16 UA,
U18 LA, U19 Girls Rec
|Goalies||Squirt B, Peewee AA, U14 Girls Rec, U19 Girls Rec|
If you would like to be considered, please contact Hockey Director Boe Leslie.
Think of your young hockey players as high-performance automobiles and food as the fuel that drives their performance. Far too often, players run out of gas during a game after having lunch at a fast-food restaurant or forgetting to eat breakfast. This would be like putting diesel fuel in your tank instead of regular gas or trying to drive on empty. You could be the most skilled player in the world, but if you aren’t putting the right fuel into your tank, you won’t have the energy to compete at the highest level. In order for players to perform their best day in and day out, they have to take in premium fuel.
Here are three game-winning nutrition tips for hockey players:
1) Pre-Game Tip: Prepare
Players should never step on the ice feeling hungry. They need to time their pre-game meal so that most of the food is out of their stomach, broken down by the body and ready to be used as energy, by the time they hit the ice. If the game is 3 or more hours away, they can have a larger meal that is 75% carbohydrates (ie. rice, pasta, vegetables, fruit etc.) and 25% protein (ie. chicken, eggs, beans etc.). The closer a player gets to game time, the smaller and “lighter” the meal should be, meaning that they should consume less fat and protein and focus more on high-quality carbohydrates. If they have an early morning practice or game, make sure that they at least grab a piece of fruit or granola bar so that they have some fuel in the tank before they hit the ice. The key is to make sure that they have fuel in the tank and that it is of the highest quality possible.
2) In-Game Tip: Hydrate
Proper hydration is the most important nutritional strategy a player can use. If they are thirsty, it is too late! The thirst sensation kicks in after you have lost 1 to 2 liters of water.
This means that once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated and your performance can be decreased by 15 to 20%. The solution? Make sure players always carry a water bottle with them and sip from it all day long—not just when they are at the rink.
A quick note about sports drinks: It is suggested that sports drinks with electrolytes should be consumed when athletes are participating in an intense activity lasting more than 60 minutes. Therefore, for the majority of young hockey players, sports drinks are not necessary. On the other hand, a highly competitive hockey player, who is bantam age or older, may benefit from these specialty drinks for “recovery purposes”. Consume these sports drinks during a tough practice or immediately after a tough game instead of before activity, since their high sugar content may lead to a sugar “crash”.
3) Post-Game Tip: Recover
Immediately after a player steps off the ice, they have a 30 minute window where their body is at a heightened state to recover. This means that they need to start rehydrating and refueling immediately. Scientific research shows that one of the best recovery drinks a player can have is 1% chocolate milk. It has the simple sugars needed to start replenishing energy stores and the protein needed to start repairing tired muscles. By drinking chocolate milk, as well as lots of water, players will be well on their way to recovering from their on-ice session and getting ready for the next one.
Premium hockey performance requires proper training, great coaching and the right equipment. But in order for athletes to perform their best day in and day out, they need to make sure that they are taking in the best fuel possible through proper nutrition.
For more than 50 years, the mission of the non-profit Baltimore Youth Hockey Club has been to teach the youth of our community the sport of ice hockey and to develop team play and individual ice hockey skills through clinics and programs of ice hockey competition emphasizing sportsmanship, cooperation, self-discipline, self-confidence, individual responsibility and respect for others, while providing a great ice hockey experience. It’s the stated goal of our club to offer this hockey experience on several levels: Solid AA, A and B-level travel hockey, an always-solid rec-hockey program, plus the Rapids Girls Hockey Program and the Patterson Park Stars community service program.
Peewee 1 UA - Silver Stick Regional Finalist • International Silver Stick "C" Semi-Finalist • MyHockey Pittsburgh President's Cup Champion • CBHL Regular Season Champion • CBHL Playoff Champion
Squirt 1 LA - CBHL Playoff Semi-Finalist • MyHockey Philadelphia Fall Classic Champion
Midget U16 UA - CBHL Playoff Semi-Finalist • MyHockey Liberty Cup Spring Classic Finalist
Midget U18 LA - CBHL Playoff Finalist (3 years running)
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