Lesson Plan: For Teachers - Minor Hockey: Pros and Cons
Write the following two headings on the board: "Positive Aspects of Minor Hockey", "Problems with Minor Hockey". Have students work in groups of three or four to brainstorm and record ideas for each heading. Discuss their responses as a class.
Outline the Opportunity
Divide the class into three groups.
Direct each group to the topic The
Spirit of Hockey on the CBC Digital Archives website. Assign each group one
of the following perspectives: parents, players, or coaches. From these
perspectives, students will find information to support both the pros and cons
generated by the class.
Each group should begin with the clip "The language of hockey", and then review "Hockey gets organized" and "Minor hockey, major problems."
The parent group will need to review the clips "Early morning practice", "Canada's hockey dad", and "Parents' penalty: 12 hours for rushing".
The coaches group will review the clips "Instilling the passion", and "Canada's hockey dad".
The players group will review the
clips "Parents' penalty: 12 hours for rushing", and "The skinny on shinny".
Each group should summarize its findings, prepare a set of points to share with the class, and choose two people to speak on its behalf.
Revisit and Reflect
the speakers for each group. Act as moderator and hold a panel discussion about
the pros and cons of minor hockey. Allow for input from the rest of the class
at the end of each presentation.
Students can write an opinion paragraph describing whether minor hockey is beneficial or is flawed and needs changing.