Hockey is a game that over the years has diversified and branched out into different parts of the world. It has also increased in popularity and admiration. Every so often, you can trace a legendary player’s background to their young age. In this light, hockey has become more accommodative to kids and junior players. Now that you think whether this is the next leap for your child, below are a few pros and cons of playing hockey that should guide your way to making a decision.

Let’s have a look at the positives first.

Pros of playing hockey

Valuable experience
It’s no secret that the more you partake in an activity, the better you get, and hockey is no different. Imagine if your child could begin their practice an early age, they would have increased exposure to the sport, as well as accumulate years of playing while gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Time well spent
Let’s face it; we’re in an age where phones, TV’s and the fancy electronic gadgets have taken prevalence over many physical games and sports. You can now play a whole league on your phone, though it’s not entirely bad, it wouldn’t hurt actually to play the game. And hockey will not only get your kid in shape, but it’ll also give them time off the virtual world.

Confidence builder
Unlike the virtually simulated games, hockey being a real sport is played in front of the live fans. With time, your child will not only build their confidence performing in front of a crowd, but it’ll also boost their trust in the team, by working together and creating ambition.

It’s fun
The bottom line is, your child is just that, a child. They need something that will not only keep them active but will allow them to have fun, and hockey is as fun as they come. Moreover, they stand a chance to make new friends –within and without their team.

And now, the flipside, here are the cons of your child playing hockey.

Cost
Like any other game, hockey has its fair share of cost implications. Between the jerseys, equipment, and traveling. You might have to adjust your budget.

School
Your child is still in school, and they need to understand that. Adding another activity to their schooling life can cause an imbalance or even a potential drop in their academics. However, the possibility can be avoided by creating a schedule that fits in all the activities accordingly.

Injuries
Hockey is not the softest of sports, injuries are bound to happen now and then and even though they have protective gear, they are still susceptible to injury.

There you go, you can now objectively weigh the options and see if your kid is ready for hockey. But whatever decision you make, try to involve all parties and keep in mind what’s best for everyone.