Did you know that what you eat the day before a game can impact your performance?
It takes 24 hours for food to be digested and available for your body to use as energy for your muscles.
You don’t have to “carb load”, however carbohydrates are a key source of that energy. It’s essential that those are quality carbohydrates. Protein is also important, but shouldn’t be the biggest portion on your plate. A side of dairy is recommended as well.
How do you time those meals, especially if you’re on the road for a 4-game weekend tournament?
Several hours before the game you’ll need to “top off” your tank. Timing depends on the athlete, but you need to give your body time to digest it. It’s okay to have a small snack an hour before game time.
One other bit of advice, pre-game meals probably aren’t the best time to experiment with new foods.
You can find more on Pre-Game Nutrition on our Resources page.
If your child is moving up from 8U to 10U, the season will be quite a bit different.
Once evaluations are complete and TBL teams have been rostered, your player will enter what's called the Declaration Season.
The Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey Association Youth Division explains the Declaration Season like this: "Declaration season helps determine what playing level teams should be placed in for Youth Division Regular Season league play. 10U, 12U and 14U teams will participate in the Declaration Season." For example, your team may be B1 or C3. You'll play a series of games to make sure your team is placed correctly.
There are three phases of "Dec" Season, which runs from September 23rd to November 6th this year. Scheduling for the first phase begins in mid-September. You will play three games in that first phase between September 23rd and October 16th, according to MO Hockey.
Once the regular season divisions are finalized in early November, then your regular season games will be scheduled. The regular season is scheduled to begin on or after November 19th.
We hope this helps you understand the process a little better. For more information from MO Hockey, including a list of these key dates, go to this link: MO Hockey YD Info and Dates