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This early development period is essential for acquiring fundamental movement skills (running, gliding, jumping, kicking, catching, striking…) that lay the foundation for more complex movements, thereby preparing children for a physically active lifestyle.
USA Hockey encourages activity that incorporates fundamental movement skills in the 4 environments that lead to physical literacy:
• In the water: Swimming
• On the ground: Athletics
• In the air: Gymnastics
• On ice and snow: Sliding (skating) Kids should start with a learn to skate program and then a learn to play program as their initial steps into ice hockey.
6 & Under (Mites):