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    New to Hockey? -- No Problem

    First off, welcome.  We're here to answer any questions you might have about the sport and help you get started.  To begin with, let's answer the most basic question - Why Hockey?

    1. Hockey is a fantastic exercise -- Hockey is one of the best cardiovascular games your child could play.  Players are alternating between skating and rest at very rapid rates which makes hockey one of the best cardiovascular interval training sports.  This improves the speed at which your childs body brings oxygen to their muscles while burning tons of calories.  Hockey requires a high level of coordination; regular play can develop a child's gross motor skills, which leads to improvement with the more difficult fine motor skills, and improves eye-hand coordination, which can translate to a better understanding of spatial relationships.
    2. Hockey builds character - Since hockey is a team sport, children learn the value of working with others.  Very quickly, they will learn to rely on teammates and understand that cooperation is the key to success.  Chiildren on hockey teams experience a team spirit that encourages trust, responsibility, sportsmanship and a strong sense of accomplishment.  These skills are essential as teammates turn into colleagues.  
    3. Hockey improves mental agility -- Hockey is an extremely fast sport in which children have to cope with changes in split-seconds.  Plays develop, momentum shifts and opportunity open and close in a blink of an eye.  A child in this sport will quickly adapt their mental agility to be able to recognize these opportunities and their concentration will improve.  In addition, hockey players will quickly begin to project mental imagery of not just what is going to happen, but what will happen next leading towards greater mental agility as well.

    While the reasons above talk about why your child should play hockey, we as an association are dedicated to the cause of improving our youth and making them feel excited to play a sport that they will love.  We hope you'll join us next season and below we'll talk about how to get started.


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    How To: Add the SYHA calendar to your iPhone/iPad

    These instructions are iPhone/iPad specific.  All of the steps should be done from your phone/iPad

    1. Go to the Calendar page on the SYHA website
    2. Select only the team tags that you want on your calendar
    3. Click the Subscribe to iCal Feed button
    4. Copy the entire URL provided for your iCal
    5. Go to Settings
    6. Go to "Mail, Contacts and Calendars"
    7. Click Add Account
    8. Click Other
    9. In the Calendars section click Add Subscribed Calendar
    10. Paste in the URL you copied
    11. Click Next
    12. Click Save

    It will take approximately 1 minute before you will see SYHA events show up on your calendar.