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Become Your Own Slump-Buster!

All of us get into a slump once in awhile. Follow these strategies to help get yourself out of it.

Enjoy the Ride

When I was a young hockey player, back in Belleville Ontario I use to love this time of year. I loved the feeling of the crisp autumn air. The smell […]

What Fuels YOU?

What do all of these situations have in common? They all require energy to be performed, and just like a car gas fuel to perform; your body needs fuel to […]

Scoop the Puck

You may have seen players attempt this trick many times. Here is a quick tutorial of how it’s done. Now try it in overtime from behind the net and score […]

Teach Courage

Welcome back to the Ten Rules series where we examine Lloyd Percival’s list of How to Establish Rapport with Your Athletic Child. In the first post, we looked at the background of Percival and […]

Who Sets the Goals?

Everyone has goals for a team. From the organization down, there are a number of goals that are important, but in terms of setting expectations and the all important parent-coach […]

Meet the Parents

Meeting the parents is sometimes a daunting task, and as the season approaches, I felt would be appropriate to share tips for coaches to run effective parent-coach meetings. A good […]

Keep Your Cool

Welcome back to the Ten Rules series where we examine Lloyd Percival’s list of How to Establish Rapport with Your Athletic Child. In the first post, we looked at the background of Percival and […]

Coaches vs. Parents

The parent treads on dangerous ground when they criticize a popular coach. The fact that children today are more likely to question the actions of the coach than they were when Percival was coaching makes the second part of his warning more important. The parent is there to support the young player in their endeavours, balance their different reactions to the coach and promote a healthy relationship with the game of hockey. Questioning the coach’s actions in front of your child is not helpful.

Let Them Dream

Rule #5 Don’t live through your hockey player.

Try not to re-live your athletic life through your child. You fumbled too. You lost as well as won. You were frightened, you backed off at times and you were not always heroic. Don’t pressure your child because of your pride.

The Happy Warrior

Rule # 4 Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition and sharpen their skills.
Don’t say “winning doesn’t count” because it does. Instead, help develop the feel for competing, for trying hard and having fun. Explain that the “Happy Warrior” who loves all aspects of play is usually the best athlete in the long term, certainly the happiest and most well-adjusted one.

HEROS Across Canada

Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) celebrates ice hockey while giving an opportunity for young people to grow while learning life and hockey skills. Personal growth and success off of […]