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October 15, 2021 2:27 pm
The start of a new season provides athletes and their families a great opportunity to make it a year to remember! Here’s a few tips for parents to make sure they stay their athlete’s #1 Fan!
- Emphasize Learning
- Do all that you can to learn with them; reading books about hockey, watching educational videos on YouTube, watching NHL games with your athlete. If you put the effort in, your athlete will too! Remember and embrace the educational process of the sport!
- Patience + Perspective
- Be there with them, and be patient with them! Highs and lows are a necessary prerequisite for success – in anything! It’s how we grow. Remember the bigger picture. Team sports is an accelerator of a child’s life skills that help shape who they become tomorrow! Hockey is game, and we as parents can go above and beyond to make it fun and a positive life changing experience.
- Be active – Be present
- Research has proven time and time again that parents who are actively involved with their young athlete’s team and career will lead to a better relationship with their child, improved performance for their child, and overall personal fulfillment. Help score keep, organize a team dinner/party, bring some extra team spirit for the families to rally behind the team at games.
- Be a parent and not a coach
- Remember your child gets an earful every time they walk into a rink. They don’t always need an earful in the car or at the dinner table too. Sure, give them the extra kick in the butt when they need it, but more times than not, they need a break and they need your love, positivity and wonderful parental support!
Take these tips into this season and it will be the best hockey season yet!
October 1, 2021 10:00 am
Success can be one of the greatest magic tricks in the book. Sometimes nobody ever sees it coming or where it’s coming from, but it keeps on happening. When you see someone succeed their joy and happiness are contagious. What you don’t see in someone’s moment of success is everything that happens behind the scenes.
All successful people in this world have one thing in common: they prepare to succeed. There are multiple ways to help you prepare to succeed. Here are a few tips to help you to prepare to succeed:
- With a clear vision insight, you can stay focused on what you need to take care of while you prepare
- Positive Self Talk
- If you truly believe it, you will naturally do everything in your power to succeed. Remember, success is a mindset!
- Stay focused
- Keeping your eyes on the prize will lock you into what you are preparing for. Ask yourself the question, “how will this prepare me to succeed?” Let that be your guide.
Now, let’s go out there and prepare to succeed!
September 1, 2021 1:00 pm
With the summer officially coming to an end, school starting back up, and a new season on the horizon we are all transitioning into something fresh. Starting something fresh can be exciting, full of possibilities, and provide endless opportunities that could lead to other new things. But starting something fresh can also bring worry, questions, and uncertainty. Here are a few tips to make the best of this fresh start:
- Set Goals
- We have mentioned this before: you can’t measure your progress without setting a goal! By setting a goal we are saying to ourselves, “I can improve upon where I am now,” and you are committing to bettering yourself. Make sure to set smart, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and timely goals!
- Create a routine
- When kicking off a new season, a new school year, or a new sport many things are new or fresh. By creating a routine and sticking with that routine your body and brain will naturally familiarize themselves with the new activity or surroundings in your life. Make sure you have a solid, and consistent routine to put your mind in a good place!
- Try new things and aim to grow
- A new beginning is an opportunity to grow. We as humans best grow when we are uncomfortable. We are often uncomfortable when we are trying new things, or putting ourselves in new situations. Go out there and be uncomfortable. If you try something you don’t like, great, you learned about something new that you don’t like! If you try something you like, great, you’ve found something new! Get out there and try new things. Remember to never stop growing!
Hopefully, we are all adjusting to a new season of life seamlessly. If you ever feel yourself struggling to get back into things, you are not alone! Just make sure you take a step back, think of a goal, establish a routine, and try new things. You’ll be ready to go in no time!
April 15, 2021 6:51 pm
Maintaining motivation to strive towards success can be difficult. After a long, hard season full of work it can be easy to let your mind wander off the path of success. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated:
- Write down your goals, place the list of goals somewhere you will see them every day. Every time you see your list of goals you will be reminded of what you are working towards that day. Writing your goals on a sticky note and placing them on the bathroom mirror is a great option!
- Write down motivational quotes, place them throughout your house. Similar to seeing your list of goals written down, finding quotes that keep your mind on track is a massive help when it comes to motivation. Again, I would suggest using sticky notes for these as well!
- Reassess your progress frequently. Sometimes if we have a big, overarching goal it can be difficult to lose track of the true progress we are making. If we focus on the little things as we are moving forward, suddenly the big, audacious goals become more attainable. Make sure your checking in on yourself!
There are plenty of ways to stay motivated, these are just some simple tips to make sure we are taking care of business. Remember, always strive towards moving forward!
April 2, 2021 4:31 pm
As the season wraps up, and many tryouts conclude. Now more than ever is the best time to develop your off-season plan! Take a break from the game and look big picture and move through your off-season with detailed intention.
- Put your plan on paper
- What are your goals! How are you going to accomplish them? What does your plan look like?
- Attack your weaknesses
- Stay positive, but be honest with yourself – what needs to improve in your game to get you to the next level? Turn your weaknesses into strengths! You’ve got 5+ months to do something about it!
- Prioritize your mind + body
- Take care of your temple! Nutrition, rest, mental breaks – these are all part of your developmental process not only in the sport but with your growth as a great student-athlete!
Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish! Speak your goals, dreams, and develop into existence!
We can’t wait to get your game to the next level this off-season!
March 15, 2021 1:00 pm
As the season has come to a close and the spring is upon us, many hockey stores will begin to roll out their big spring equipment sales. For many, this is a great time to find a good bargain on a new pair of skates! Let’s take a look at some things we should look for when searching for our next pair of skates:
Skate size: the most important component when buying new skates is obviously the size of the skate. For those who are still growing, it is important to leave enough room to grow when sizing up your skate. After all, skates are expensive! A little extra toe room is a smart call for comfortability and growth reasons.
Comfort: this is a major component when choosing the right pair of skates. You must ensure that your feet are comfortable in the skate boot. It’s okay if your feet feel a little pinched, as that will go away after a few uses. If the skate feels as if it fits like a shoe, that’s the perfect feeling you’re looking for!
Pricing: top of the line skates can cost upwards of $1,000 at your typical retail hockey store. The secret these hockey stores won’t tell you is that unless you’re an elite-level player, you don’t need the top-of-the-line skates! The pair that is $300 to $400 will treat you just as nice as the pair that is $1,000.
Skates are absolutely an investment and an important one! Make sure you take the time to do your research before purchasing. And remember, it’s okay to try skates on at the store and not buy them that day!
March 14, 2021 8:35 pm
With the season wrapping up and tryouts being right around the corner it is important to maintain a high level of self-confidence. Maintaining the proper level of self-confidence can make or break a player. With self-confidence, a player has the ability to make plays and try different things that they might not have done otherwise. Here are a few ways you can help boost your self-confidence and make you a better player:
1.) Let go of Fear – Most of our failures in sports are rooted in fear of failing. Once you are able to understand that fear is simply a mindset, you will be able to make plays that you thought you may never be able to make
2.) Make no comparisons – If you maintain focus on yourself, rather than what others are doing, you will find yourself more comfortable than you’ve ever felt before.
3.) Play for yourself, not others – There is a great value in doing things for you, and only you. When you are focused on pleasing others you are left in a difficult position. Focus on making yourself happy, then the rest will fall into place!
4.) Strive towards progress, not perfection – When we focus on taking our game step by step we will feel much more gratitude and appreciation for our work. If we are constantly focused on perfecting our game, we will never be satisfied with our effort and progress!
These are a few of the many tips and tricks to maintain confidence within ourselves. If you had a season that didn’t necessarily live up to your expectations, that’s okay! Time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and be confident in your abilities!
February 15, 2021 1:00 pm
We are here! The final phase of the season is finally right in front of us. The upcoming weeks is when many of us will fulfill our team goals and achieve what we set out to do at the beginning of the season: win the big trophy!
We must maintain focus during this final push. It can be easy for us to get excited and lose touch with the habits which got us to this point. Remember, just because you are at the end of the season does not mean you should stop doing the right things that put you in this position! In fact, this is the most important time to make sure you are taking care of the details, and the little things.
In the final couple of weeks, give it everything you’ve got! Leave everything you have in the tank on the ice, and be sure to skate with no regrets!
February 12, 2021 4:43 pm
I think a lot of us would’ve agreed months back, this may be a season without hockey… Somehow, someway we found a way to keep the game in our lives! Keeping perspective and staying in the moment is one of the most important things we can do. The self-reflection on what you have learned throughout your journey this season, and what you’ve done to improve thus far will help give you the final push you need to reach your goals.
As we move into the spring and summer, remember those lessons! Savor the moment of the final stretch of the season, and use this momentum to push you towards setting your new goals! And above all, enjoy the ride!
January 15, 2021 10:00 am
Understanding skate sharpening and skate hallows can be confusing to understand. In the most simple terms: the sharper the blade the easier it is to turn and accelerate, while the duller the blade the easier it is to glide and stride. The standard skate hallow is 1/2”, but let’s breakdown different types of hallows to understand the difference between them, and what might be best for you!
Some players prefer a sharper hallow, at either 3/8” or even 1/4”. This hallow makes it easier for the skate two to cut into the ice in turn making accelerating and moving in tight spaces easier. While a sharper hallow does make turning and accelerating easier, your blade is digging deeper into the ice, making gliding and striding more difficult and require more energy.
Some players prefer a more dull hallow at 5/8”, 3/4”, or even 1”. With the blade cutting less into the ice it is easier for a player to push off their blade in order to reach top speed. But, the duller the blade the more difficult it will be for your edges to hold while making those tight turns!
Skate hallow is definitely something worth experimenting with. If you’re a forward who needs to gain the extra step out of a turn, try a sharper hallow. If you’re a defenseman who needs to make sure they’re getting all they can out of their stride, try a more dull hallow!