When parents enroll their kids into sports, there are a lot of worries, but one viral video shows how fun hockey can be for your young ones.
It wasn’t long ago we reported on a viral video of a four-year-old who is just learning to play hockey. His father, Canadian Jeremy Rupke, was curious about what his four-year-old son, Mason, was saying when he hit the ice. So, he set him up with a microphone, and the results were so adorable, he decided to upload the video to his YouTube channel. Well, he’s back at it again — this time with a GoPro.
We’re sure almost every Canadian has a handful of tapes (or DVDs depending on how young you are) highlighting their earliest moments on the ice. It’s like a right of passage up there, and Timbits hockey is where it all begins. Mounting a camera on his son’s helmet along with a microphone, Rupke took a different approach to record Mason as he played his first ever hockey game. The video gives a first-person perspective of the event, which gives his son a unique opportunity to remember the athletic milestone that’s a little more realistic than some grainy footage taken from the stands.
Sentiment aside, the seven-minute video is equal parts adorable and hilarious. Learning to skate is tricky, and Mason seems to be improving, though he does blame some pesky “paint cans” every time he goes down. Thankfully, the young hockey player had his dad on the bench, so he could report back to him after every shift — or make a request to make sandwiches after the game is over.
Most importantly, however, the video shows just how much work goes into teaching young children to play hockey (or any sport for that matter). It’s a hard sport to learn, anyone who's done it will tell you, but the passion has to start young. That happens thanks to the adults who donate their time (which includes some early mornings on weekends) to teach these kids how to do the basics and make it fun while they’re at it. It looks like it worked too, if this video is anything to go by. Despite not being completely balanced, Mason and the other children still laughed, skated, made friends, and played a few different positions while throughout the game and practice. It’s not always easy to get children this young to play something so difficult, but everyone looked to be having a blast.