Above all, we can never forget the greatest game on earth (Hockey, of course), is just that, a game! Like all games, we participate because of our passions and the enjoyment the experience brings us. a.k.a., FUN! If your athlete is struggling with this try to:
Filter the Negative – Criticism is important to learn from. However, in doses. Use the criticism to zero in on deficiencies and work to make corrections. This will help create confidence too!
Celebrate the Positive – A great play, improved skills, attitude, and effort. Anything. Take the positive and make it a memorable experience. This will lead to more fun experiences!
Leave the Game at the Rink – Over saturation of anything can always become a slippery slope. Don’t treat your athlete like a professional; work to create seperation from the game with friends, family time, and extracurriculars. Don’t forget kids need to be kids too!
Work to think big picture, and enjoy the moment! Embrace the ride and the amazing memories that will come along with it!