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Volume VII Number 12 . . . . February 16, 2001
That woman in stripes is the referee and she's in charge, making sure both teams play fair. She calls penalties on players who break the rules.Stacy Wilson, a member of Team Canada, has written an introductory book about hockey for girls. She begins with a description of women's hockey at the Olympics. From her own experience, she reviews positions, equipment, skates, drills, off ice training and the role of the referee. She continues with tips from an Olympic coach, a review of game day and the perspectives of a winner. In analysing the drills, the importance of visualization, flexibility exercises and specific suggestions are emphasized. As well, there is a brief history of Olympic hockey for Canadian women and pictures of various players and goalies. Without bashing male hockey, this book provides support to girls who are trying to break into a field that has been male dominated.
The format of the book is attractive with lots of coloured photos and little boxes of information and tips identified as "try it." The index and table of contents help the reader find specific information The reading level is an easy grade 5 and will appeal to young athletes. The book is highly recommended in a category where so little else has been written.
Meredith MacKeen is the teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart School in Stratford, PEI.
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