Tag Archive: development

Enjoy the Ride

January 31, 2019 3:49 am Published by

One of the greatest tip’s I wish I could go back and tell my younger self: Enjoy the ride! Hard to believe we’re rounding out the final month of the season. Rest assured the upcoming tryouts, (all that go into those; good and bad) and future opportunities are on their way… But, before you punch the gas to the finish line, take a moment to let the gratitude of this year’s experiences soak in! All the hard work your athlete and their teammates have put in! Some of the great families you’ve shared memories with this year! The highs, the lows and everything in between…

 

Speaking from the heart on my experience, the ride was 10x greater than any destination I ever arrived at! Here’s to a great final month of the season! Make it count!!!

Hockey gear doesn’t have to STINK!

January 14, 2019 5:08 pm Published by

Let’s face it… Hockey gear can flat out stink! I used to love the negative comments made by friends and family about my hockey aroma. I would always respond with a simple, “that’s the smell of hard work and commitment, You’re Welcome!”

Here’s some great tips that will go a long way in preventing long term nasal damage from your athlete’s hard work and commitment:

  • Wash the “Soft Gear”
    • Little known fact: The majority of your hockey gear can go in the washing machine. Of course, underwear gets the regular wash…
    • Gloves – Elbow pads – Shin pad liners – Shoulder Pads can be washed on a gentle setting using warm water with little to no detergent.
    • NEVER USE THE DRYER, simply hang to air dry.
  • Disinfect the “Hard Gear”
    • Items that missed out on the bath get the regular disinfectant shower: Helmet – Skates – Pants
  • AIR IT OUT
    • Be sure your athlete is hanging their gear so it fully dries! Fun fact: removing the insoles of your skates greatly increases the longevity and durability of your skates, plus greatly aides in killing bacteria!

Here’s to a stink-free hockey future!

Being a Leader

December 3, 2018 3:46 pm Published by

One of the many incredible “life skills” hockey teaches us, is leadership. As we know there’s many types of leadership; from the vocal captain encouraging teammates, to the silent, more reserved player just consistently going about their business in order to help team success. Leaders do not have to be Captains, or the most talented player on the team. Anyone and everyone has the opportunity to take steps to becoming a leader! Leadership ultimately comes from a few simple acts:

  • Action
    • Whether you’re up on the bench shouting words of encouragement, or you’re quietly putting in the work. Leadership always starts with the DOING!
  • Accountability
    • The absolute BEST leaders are the most accountable players on the team. You’ve got to put in the work and be a role model with your actions.

Remember leadership never ends! Take the same desire to lead from the ice and locker room and apply it everywhere; the classroom, your nutrition and off-ice preparation habits, even among other social groups or amongst siblings!

 

How to be your athlete’s #1 Fan!

October 18, 2018 2:58 pm Published by

Fall is in the air – leaves are changing, the days are cooler, the mornings are darker. All of which means one thing… Hockey season is HERE! As we embark on the 2018-19 season here’s some great tips on being your athlete’s #1 Fan!

  • Positive Support
    • Your athlete NEEDS constructive, positive support and suggestions. NOT, negative criticisms. Remember they already have a coach in the rink. They don’t always need another one in the car or at home…

 

  • Find the Home & Hockey Balance
    • It can be positive to talk hockey to and from the rink in moderation. However, be sure to find the balance! There is such a thing as hockey overdose! Setting up non-hockey extracurricular activities and experiences is always a good thing!

 

  • Manage the Tough Love
    • Demand that your athlete works hard, competes, is coachable, etc. However, once you’ve checked those boxes, be sure to check the next boxes of; Is my athlete making mistakes? Is he/she learning from those mistakes? Are we enjoying what we’re doing?

 

Here’s to an exciting, rewarding 2018-19 season!!!

Getting in the “Zone”!

October 1, 2018 3:10 pm Published by

The “ZONE” also known as finding your rhythm or playing your “A” game. When you’re able to channel this mental edge and mindset you’re capable of taking your game to great heights! Here’s a few simple tips that will get you to the zone and help you to consistently elevate you game play!

  • Pre-Game Mental Session
    • Focus your concentration on what YOU need to do to be great! What are your strengths? How are you going to contribute to the team? What do you love about the game? Take 5-10minutes to get your mind prepared for a great game!
  • Positive Self-Talk
    • Throughout your pre-game routine, as well as throughout your games and practices remind yourself either through mental thoughts or actual verbal cues of positive self-talk. Hold on to the positive and forget about the negative and mistakes. You’re a great player – Remind yourself!
  • Live in the present
    • Don’t worry about past mistakes, or future challenges. Live in the moment and enjoy the ride as you’re living it!

Best of luck as you work to consistently find your “A” game and get in the zone this season!

Off-Season Goals

June 1, 2018 1:55 pm Published by

Your approach to the off-season is everything 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:

  • Develop your game plan
    • 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 to be established.
  • Set your goals
    • What specifically are you going to improve? How are you going to accomplish it? Small more easily attainable goals lead to larger more lofty accomplishments!
  • Commit to the “process
    • Once you’ve built your game plan and set your goals, 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!

 

 We can’t wait to support you in a rewarding off-season of work and accomplishments!!!

Living in the moment!

May 14, 2018 3:22 pm Published by

Overlooking the present is something we’re all guilty of from time to time. Of course, we need to be cognizant of future opportunities. Take our word for it; years from now when you reflect on the journey, game records, tryout pressures, and so many other minor stressors won’t even be remembered. You’ll be left with the memories from the amazing experiences, life lessons, and relationships the great game of hockey affords us all! Focus on maximizing those TODAY!

 

The more present we are today, the more attainable the goals of tomorrow will become! Seize the day, enjoy the moment!

Prerequisites for Success

April 30, 2018 3:38 pm Published by

If you’re working for greatness (which we know you are), challenges are inevitable. Embrace the hard lessons and grow from them, rather than letting them discourage you!

  • Failures & Setbacks A.K.A. “Adversity”
    • Every failed goal is a lesson learned! Understand what you did wrong and grow stronger from each mistake. When living in the moment adversity can be brutal. However, adversity builds character, and having strong character is one incredible trait!
  • Sacrifice
    • Sacrifice can come in countless forms. However, bottom line, you’ve got to put in the work, make the commitment, and be tunnel focused on your goals!
  • Passion
    • You’ve got to love what you do! Having an obsession to work, grow, and improve is a key trait of success!

We’re excited to watch everyone work towards greatness this off-season!

Enjoy The Break!

April 2, 2018 3:11 pm Published by

A wise hockey mind once told me: “There’s no such thing as over training, just under recovery.” Even the most passionate, committed individuals need a break from time to time.

 

No time is better than the present! Get away from the game, even if only for a week. Make the most out of the physical and mental rest.  

 

We’re looking forward to getting back after it when you are! Have an awesome Spring Break!

How to channel the consistency!

March 14, 2018 5:36 pm Published by

Consistency is KEY! Any player can go out and have a great game from time to time. However, a really special player can do it weekend after weekend throughout a season. Consistent performance will ultimately develop from a few critical foundational points.

  • Preparation
    • Practice habits, off-ice training, nutrition, focus level in the locker room, rest away from the rink, being a student of the game, and oh yea-Practice Habits!!!
  • Mindset
    • Set your mind to be successful. Change the channel on the negative, and harness the power of the positive thoughts! I’m a huge fan of positive self-talk: “You’re going to be great today, be the best version of yourself!”
  • Confidence
    • Trust your training! Confidence comes from within. Lock in the mindset and lean on your preparation and the confidence will surely follow!