Reflecting on the Journey – What its all About!

April 27, 2017 3:02 pm Published by

Very much open to interpretation here, however, after nearly 30 years of being involved in the sport in every capacity; I’m a firm believer that reflection on these areas has brought some of the greatest joys!

 

Living in the moment

Ride the highs and never let the lows bring you down! Celebrate the positive, filter the negative, and grow from the mistakes. Treat every ice time like its game 7!

 

Embracing the process

The “process” is an ever-evolving journey of your development as an athlete setting out to accomplish goals, just as much as it is your personal growth as a young man/woman living to your highest possible standards of character and integrity. If you ever think you’ve arrived, you’re in the wrong place.

 

Perspective/Gratitude

Your perspective and gratitude is what makes everything so fulfilling. Be honest with yourself and fully understand where you’ve come, and where you want to go! Be grateful for your abilities, resources, and accomplishments. Humility is a very special quality.

 

Top Non-Hockey Sports That IMPROVE Your Hockey Skills!

April 13, 2017 2:26 pm Published by

It should come as no surprise that participation in other activities helps to provide well-rounded athleticism, a mental break from their primary sport, as well as a social communication dimension when working with new teammates.

 

Few, if any sports will hurt your hockey skills; however here are a few sports we think have some awesome qualities that translate to improving your hockey skills!

  • Lacrosse
    • Great hand eye coordination work, coupled with a great blend of cardio, physical, and hockey like movements. Also, similar positioning and overall team strategies.
  • Soccer
    • Tremendous cardio workout improving stamina and endurance. Foot skills in soccer will greatly help ankle strength in stride development as well as edge control.
  • Golf
    • Involving incredible mental focus and concentration. No different than bouncing back from a bad shift, the same applies to a bad stroke in golf. Mental resiliency 101. Plus, the mechanics of a sound swing in golf are very similar to that in a great snap and slap shot!

 

No matter what, be sure your athletes are out and active enjoying the beautiful weather, getting sweaty and working hard!

 

TWO MONTHS & COUNTING until we’re rolling this summer! We can’t wait to see everyone soon!

ATTN: Goalies!

April 12, 2017 2:52 pm Published by

 

Did you know every OHP program offers personalized goaltending instruction?! Rest assured you’ll get the technical coaching and support in any OHP program you we’re to select. If you we’re thinking something more goalie ONLY-specific, be sure to check out our weeklong Goalie Camp the week of August 7-11, or our 1 Day Goalie Clinics in June and July; all at the Barons Arena!

 

Looking for some extra advice? Check out what our friends at ProStockHockey.com have to say about goaltending with their Goalie E-Book, available for free HERE.

 

Keep that glove up this off-season!

What OHP Program is right for YOU

April 5, 2017 12:58 pm Published by

What type of program are you looking for this offseason? With our diverse program options, we’re certain we’ve got the program for YOU!

  • Need a weeklong, comprehensive full (or half) day environment? Check out our Training Camps! We’ll be in a rink near you this summer!
  • Looking for a consistent, practice like environment featuring on and off-ice sessions each week? Our 8-week long Development Programs are just the fit!
  • Midget & Varsity level players be sure to check out the Futures Hockey League. Cleveland’s premier 02’-98’ birth year players can be found here this summer!
  • Goalies, we’ve got you covered! Every single program offers individualized, personal goalie coaching. You can’t go wrong! If you we’re thinking something more goalie specific, be sure to check out our weeklong Goalie Camp and 1 Day Goalie Clinics!

We look forward to having a HUGE off-season with you this summer!

The Off-Season

March 30, 2017 3:00 am Published by

An incredibly under-rated part of the year! Your approach to the off-season is key for your athlete’s development. Long-term strides of improvement and achieving your goals are ultimately made during the off-season! Here are a few key points of emphasis to work through as you move into your off-season:

  • Establish a break
    • No different than intermissions in the game. We need breaks! The worst thing you can do is let one season blend into the next. This is exactly how burnout happens. The mental break alone is HUGE. More times than not you’ll see your athlete return to the game refreshed and hungrier than ever!
  • Develop your game plan
    • Extremely important!!! Devise a plan of attack in exactly how you’re going to help your athlete make the necessary gains during the off time. Raw skill development & improvement, off-ice performance training, NUTRITION habits, balancing other commitments. Many of these topics should be discussed and a plan needs be established.
  • Commit to the “process
    • Once you’ve built your game plan, commit to whatever it takes to achieving your goals! If it was easy, everyone would be playing in the NHL. Stay Determined. Stay Hungry. Stay Humble. Never lose sight of the fun!

 

“Without a plan, your dreams and goals are just wishes.” Here’s to a rewarding off-season of work and accomplishments!!!

What’s The Right Program For My Child?

March 13, 2017 7:41 pm Published by

As you’re navigating through the tryout process naturally you probably start to ask yourself; “What’s the right program for my child?” The perfect program or team is unique to each and every player. Try using some of these points as you work to find your perfect program/team.

Coaching

Is this coach honest? Does he/she make a positive impact on the athletes they work with? From a developmental perspective, what is the skill development and coaching philosophy? What are the coach’s goals and wants? Will this coach believe in my child? Their support and advocacy towards your child is everything! 

Environment

What is the culture and environment of this team/program? How has the feedback been from past players, families, and trusted sources? Will my athlete be challenged to improve their play at this level? 

Personal Fulfillment?

Will your child enjoy playing for this team? Remember; positive experiences and enjoyment is ultimately what will fuel your athlete to reach their greatest heights!

Best of luck to our entire OHP Family with their upcoming tryouts, showcases, and big decisions!

 

Navigating The Tryout Process

March 1, 2017 2:34 pm Published by

Lets talk about the elephant in the room, “tryouts”. First and foremost, embrace the process, and do your best to think big picture. No single season will ever dictate the trajectory of your child’s career. If your child makes the team, Great Job! If they fall short, encourage the principal that they’re fortunate to be learning such a quality lesson at a young age! Moving out of disappointment, set your goals – develop a game plan – and lets get to work! “Things will always turn out best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

After a career of living in the land of uncertainty at the National and American Hockey League levels where literally everyday is a tryout. I believe the following qualities must be exemplified to ensure a positive tryout.

  1. Compete Level
  • Your child has to want it, and more importantly EARN it! With every opportunity they’re granted, their effort level has to be relentless.
  1. Ability Level & Versatility
  • No question supreme skill ability jumps off the page. However, every player in the world has deficiencies; and no player is great at everything. Players that are good at a lot of skills only help their overall odds. Be a Swiss Army knife of versatility. Every coach needs one of those.
  1. Timing
  • Unbelievably under-rated and under-appreciated. Do you ever wonder why or how “so and so made it…?” Timing. Being at the right opportunity and playing well at the right time, and finding the right team that needed what you offered.

Good luck to everyone in your upcoming tryouts!

The Post-Season

February 15, 2017 6:07 pm Published by

Now we’re playing for keeps! First and foremost congrats to all our athletes and families that have earned the privilege to play for a championship. Playing for a championship opportunity is a great reward after a long off-season and in-season of hard work, commitment, and performance. For those who fell just a bit short this season; bottle up that feeling of disappointment and let that positively fuel your efforts and goals for next year! Setbacks only build bigger comebacks!

As we make our way through the next few weeks of “win or go home” hockey try not to lose sight of a few key principals:

  • What got you in here?
    • Selflessness. Positive attitude. Don’t change your game now. The post-season is a tremendous opportunity to exemplify your inner-leader and perform in the clutch!
  • Enjoy the ride!
    • Performing under pressure, navigating through highs and lows, working together for a team goal; all invaluable life skills.
  • Win or Lose like a CHAMPION!
    • Regardless of the outcome, a true champion is ALWAYS measured by their character and integrity.

Seize the day, enjoy the moment everyone!

How To Make Your Athlete More COACHABLE!!!

February 6, 2017 3:13 pm Published by

Coachability – An athlete’s willingness and ability learn, and apply taught skills and concepts. Coachability is arguably the single most important intangible skill any athlete can possess. Kids who are students of the game, and sponges absorbing every constructive criticism will always find success. Remember, the foundation of coach ability is, and will always be a positive ATTITUDE!

Here’s a few simple ways to help cultivate this skill:

  • Preparation
    • Make sure your athlete is prepared for practice and games. They’re well rested, well fed, and ready to “start on time”. Nothing is more frustrating from a coach’s perspective when you work with athletes that you feel are wasting their (and your) time.
  • Productive “Hockey Talk”
    • This is not an interrogation! Simply ask: “What did coach say” or “does that make sense”, “What did you learn today at practice”.
  • Encourage Learning
    • Remind your athlete that each and every practice and game is a great opportunity to learn and grow. Hold them accountable.

 

Coachability expands well beyond the ice rink! This is a tremendous life skill that leads to a happy, productive, fulfilling life!

How To Keep Hockey FUN!!!

January 17, 2017 1:51 am Published by

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!