Congratulations Bantam A and Peewee A on Thanksgiving Tournament
Congratulations to the Bantam A Team for winning Thanksgiving Classic in Hanover, NH.
From Head Coach, Denis Cloutier, "We wound up going 4-0 facing some really good competition, but "finding a way" to win each game. It was a great effort by a great group of players who represented Westfield admirably."
Results were as follows :
Fri 11/28 Jr. Bombers 3 ECHO Stars 1 (Eastern Conn Hockey Org)
Sat 11/29 Jr. Bombers 4 Saratoga Blue Knights 3 (Saratoga, NY)
Sat 11/29 Jr. Bombers 5 Barre Blades 4 (OT) (Barre, VT)
Sun 11/30 Jr. Bombers 6 Lakeshore Panthers 2 (Montreal, Que)
Congratulations to the Peewee A Team for Runner-up in Thanksgiving Tournament in Avon, CT.
The Peewee A team faced very strong talent from around the region this past weekend to finish 2nd place. They never gave up and had to come from behind several times to advance. The Bombers went to the championship undefeated at 2-0-1 however a very good Avon team beat the Bombers in the final.
The flex of a hockey stick is very important. The right amount of flex can help improve the power and accuracy of every shot in hockey. Alternatively, too much or too little flex can negatively impact power and accuracy.
So what is a hockey stick flex anyway?
A flex is a measure of how flexible or how stiff a hockey stick is when force is applied to it. Since the flex rating indicates how many pounds of force it takes to flex the stick one inch, you should know that some sticks are significantly easier to bend than others. Finding the right flex is somewhat of a preference based on skill level. The appropriate flex varies among players, so you'll want to try out different options.
The higher the flex, the stiffer the stick. The stiffer the stick, the more power you will have behind your shot. Keep in mind that if a stick is so stiff that you cannot flex it properly with your shooting motion, then your effectiveness will be limited.
Younger players do not have to worry as much about flex because they are still learning the fundamentals of shooting. If you are still learning how to shoot properly, as a young player, you will not be ready to utilize the flex.
How does flex impact play?
Essentially, when a player takes a shot, the stick bends a bit to turn the hockey stick into a spring of sorts. When the stick unbends, the "spring" is released and the energy accelerates the puck. You want a stick that offers resistance while still allowing you to flex the stick easily.
What flex is right for me?
Ideally, the flex should be approximately one half of your body weight. Players over 150 pounds should use a stick with at least 75 flex. Obviously, this is just a guideline and your own comfort and ability to use the stick effectively should dictate the flex you use. Players with above average strength for their size should consider a stiffer stick while new players may want to go down a level. An average flex is 85.
You can test the stick flex, by using your normal hand position on the stick and holding the stick with the blade on the floor. Hold your top hand stationary and push down and forward with your lower hand. You should be able to flex the stick about an inch without using all your effort. If you are unable to flex the stick this much, then the flex is too high.
Women and smaller players tend to benefit from an intermediate stick. Intermediate sticks are similar in size to senior sticks but have a lighter flex.
The most common stick flexes are:
Youth: 40 flex
Junior: 50 flex
Intermediate: 60-75 flex
Regular: 85 flex
Stiff: 100 flex
Extra stiff: 110 flex
Remember that finding the right stick is a personal choice. Guidelines are just that... guidelines. Be sure to try different styles until you find one that fits your playing style and level of play.
Does Cutting A Hockey Stick Affect Flex?
Yes it does, most sticks available today have a guide printed on them that will indicate how much flex your stick will have depending on how much you cut it. As a general rule every 2 inches you cut off will increase the flex by 10. An 85 flex stick cut down 2 inches will now be a 95 flex hockey stick.
If you need to cut down a senior stick quite a bit then consider using an intermediate hockey stick. This will give you the appropriate flex and stick height that you need.
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PROPER STICK LENGTH IS CRITICAL FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
One of the most important development tools for any young player is to have a hockey stick that suits him/her. A long stick (at or above the chin on skates) can be detrimental to a child's development. A stick of proper length should lie with the blade flat on the ice when standing on skates, while holding the knob in the palm of the hand (for most, this is a stick cut shoulder height on skates). A stick of proper length will enable players to handle the puck close to their body, make back hand passes, develop more power in their shot and help them control the puck when moving laterally.
More importantly, proper stick length is required to develop proper skating mechanics. Players with sticks too long for them, straighten up to compensate and do not acquire the deep knee bend vital to improving stride length and frequency. Forward skating requires players to have a 45 degree upper body lean and obviously a long stick impedes this as well.
You can confirm the correct stick length by looking closely at the wear of the tape on the underside of the stick. If the tape is worn close to the tip, then you should probably consider a long stick. If the tape is used in place near the heel, then you probably should consider a shorter stick.
If you have questions regarding your players proper stick length speak with your child’s coach.