January 17, 2017 1:51 am
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!
January 1, 2017 4:02 pm
Who doesn’t love the fresh start feeling that the New Year brings! Encourage your athlete to set goals this year. Through our curriculum we advise our young athletes to set 3 types of goals:
- Development Goal
- This should be something very easily attainable in practice or training times. Improved focus in practice. Improved diet. Isolating a deficient skill and working towards improving it.
- Game Goal
- This should be ever changing. Start small; working hard for an entire game, being a good teammate, x-number of shots on net, winning 1 on 1 battles. From there, once the confidence and in-game production grows these goals can become more detailed and lofty!
- Academic Goal
- Without the grades, hockey achievements are nothing. No different than our hockey skills, encourage your student-athlete to sharpen their academic toolbox and strive to be better every day!
Make 2017 your year; one shift at a time!
December 1, 2016 2:15 pm
Let’s own it. Hockey isn’t exactly the inexpensive extracurricular activity your child can be doing. Especially, once out of town games and tournaments get factored into the equation. However, take my word for it ~ the memories, relationships, and life lessons learned along their hockey journey will be well worth every penny you ever invest!
Along that journey, here’s a few money saving short cuts that will help you save BIG at away games and tournaments!
- Double-check your equipment before you leave!
- Skate sharpening, tape, mouth guards, etc are typically more inexpensie at your local pro-shop than the arena ran shop. Not to mention pro-shop pricing often changes when a tournament moves in. Supply & Demand 101.
- Pack Snacks!
- Fun Fact: Healthy snacks and beverages are more inexpensive in grocery stores then they are in ice arenas.
- Hotel Homework
- Does your hotel offer a AAA-Card rate, provide complementary breakfast, or even a discounted team (or tournament) rate due to the room block quantity? If not, do some homework to maybe find an option that does. All you really need is a bed and shower anyways.
November 16, 2016 5:17 pm
This doesn’t have to be a conversation we dread. Communication is a very under rated, and under utilized skill ~ both by coaches as well as parents and players. Here are a few tips that will go a long way!
- Look in the mirror first
- Be honest and critical of your child. Is your child deserving of a more desirable outcome? Is your child positively contributing to the team, and is your child doing all that he/she can to improve and be coachable?
- Be RESPECTFUL
- Simply put; converse with others you would like to spoken to.
- Pick your spots
- NEVER seek out a coach immediately following a game or incident. Give your staff a heads up, and seek out a conversation during the week. Why? Coaches are processing a multitude of issues, not just a single one that pertains to your child.
- Positivity wins 100% of the time
- Understand your coaches do what they do (coach) because they love the game, and they’re committed to helping your child’s development. Everyone makes mistakes, but proceed with a positive attitude and mindset!
November 7, 2016 4:17 pm
Don’t let the Halloween treats fool you! As delicious as the Snickers and Reese’s cups are; they wont fuel your goals. Check out our Top 3 Performance Snacks to give your athlete the edge this season!
- Cliff Bars
Sports nutrition bars are great because they take the thinking and the prep time out of the equation and give you a cheap, portable, non-spoiling meal specifically designed to fuel you up!
- Apples & Peanut Butter
Talk about the perfect POWER PLAY!
Jerky is high in protein and sodium, which can keep you from cramping while you’re grinding!
Nut Allergy? Mix in the fruit! You can’t go wrong with any combination of bananas, apples, oranges, or berries. On the go… throw some dried fruits in your bag!