There are many common myths and misconceptions about girls’hockey. However, no matter what you may have heard, girls do have a real presence in this sport, and it’s time to stop believing the lies!
Girls Don’t Get Discovered
One myth that’s thrown around all too often is that girl players don’t have a good chance of getting discovered if they play on girl teams. Many people have believed this lie to the point that they started playing on mixed or boy teams to try and improve their chances of discovery.
However, players can and do get discovered on female teams. By all means, athletes should play where they feel most comfortable, but there’s no need to make an unwanted switch to try and increase the chances of getting discovered.
Girls Need to Play with Boys to Truly Progress
Another common myth is that girls’ hockey teams aren’t as good as boys’ teams and that girls won’t learn and grow as well on girl teams. This isn’t true at all.
In fact, female hockey players often do better on female teams where they can work with others with the same challenges and who are developing at the same pace. Girls actually develop many skills earlier than boys, thus making it so that mixed or male teams often don’t suit girls’ skill as well as they should.
Again, all players should play where they like and feel the most comfortable, but know that being on a female team is not going to hold you back.
Hockey Will Never Fully Accept Girls
Perhaps the worst myth of all is that hockey will never truly come around to embrace and celebrate young girls the same way it does boys.
Thankfully, that’s far from the truth. Hockey has come a long way in recent years, and girls are being more welcomed into the sport and getting more and more opportunities than ever before.
So with that said, let’s hear it for the ladies!