While there are many players on a hockey team, sometimes it might feel as though there are only a few shining stars. This can leave “non-star” players feeling unimportant and second-rate. The following article, from former hockey player and coach Jeff Serowik gives excellent advice for the “non-star” player.
When your player faces uncertainty or a difficult season, it can be easy for them to just throw in the towel and quit playing. The following article provides some encouraging advice about persevering in the midst of trials.
Whether or not parents put pressure on their kids, kids will put pressure on themselves. This pressure can result in fears that, if not handled properly, will lead to poor performances and potentially a greater fear of failure. Helping young players understand and deal with fear and anxiety assists kids in not only sports, but in all areas of life.
Fear is a natural instinct that once helped protect humans from being eaten. Though being eaten is no longer a daily problem, fear is still a large part of life.
Parents often enroll their child in a hockey program to build character. Sport participation by itself, however, does not develop character in athletes. Just like any physical skill, athletes need to be taught positive behaviors. Coaches and parents both play a vital role in developing positive attitudes and behaviors in their athletes. Two major ways to develop good sport conduct is via positive role modeling and actively teaching good sport conduct.
There are times when competition gets the best of even the most seasoned athlete. If a pro, who is at the top of his game developmentally feels the heat, how much more intense is it for our children? In the following interview, Executive Editor, TK Stohlman and Clinical Child Psychologist and Certified Sports Psychologist, Dr. Darrell Burnett, discuss how to prevent your child from choking under pressure.
Has your confidence been dipping lately? Have you been in a funk in which you can’t find your way out? Are you beginning to expect the bounces and calls to always go against you? Do you look at an opponent and wonder “how am I going to keep up today?” The following article provides some excellent advice to get out of this rut and move towards positive thinking.
Helping a child develop in youth sports is as much physical as it is emotional. There are so many things a player can learn by being involved in competitive situations such as sports. The following article is from an interview Executive Editor TK Stohlman conducted with Jim Johnson, founder and director of flexxCoach, on the subject of the lessons children learn through youth sports.
Helping your child understand the importance of sportsmanship will not only allow them to develop into a mature athlete, it will enable them to deal with difficult situations away from sports in a positive manner.
Research shows that sports participation is actually eroding the moral reasoning of many athletes. The good news is that coaches can make a difference by coaching ethical toughness and by engaging athletes in dialog about ethics and sports.