As Opening Weekend approaches I wanted to send personal welcome back to all our returning members and of course a sincere welcome to all the new members to the STMHA family. I am certainly looking forward to getting back on the ice again. It’s been a long break.
I was reminiscing with a few friends when I was back in Canada this summer and we were talking about preparation for tryouts and how our sons (mine included) used to get so worked-up and nervous about the event. I know as well that many of our parents have never been involved in hockey tryouts themselves so I thought I would pass on to you and your child(ren) what I used to tell my kids this time of year.
Here are 5 easy things to remember...
2. Be alert, listen carefully to your coaches. Watch the drills closely. Figure out the purpose of each drill. Coaches like alert players who are focused on the job at hand. During games, notice everything that is happening. Players on the bench can be a big help to players on the ice.
3. Give your best effort. While skill is obviously important, a hard working player always catches the coach’s eye. Be the hardest worker every time you are on the ice. Hard workers never give up in any situation.
4. Always bounce back strongly. Coaches like to observe a player’s reaction after a bad play – a forward misses a breakaway pass, a defenseman gets deked, a goaltender allows a soft goal. How does the player react? Coaches notice the players who bounce back after a missed assignment. It’s the sign of a strong character.
5. Be a Team Player. It’s great to see young players who are concerned about their teammates. In fact, it’s great at any level, even the NHL! A pat on the back to a teammate on the bench, a tap on your goaltender’s pads at a faceoff, a word of encouragement to an incoming player at a change – these are indications to a coach that you are a good team player.
Returning Veteran Players
1. You’re not on the team yet. No position is assured so always give your best effort.
2. Show your coach and your teammates you intend to be a leader this season
3. Never coast during tryouts. This is unfair to teammates who are struggling to make the team.
4. Remember to always support your teammates both on and off the ice.
1. You need to make an “impression” on your coach quickly
2. Work hard and never give up in any situation. Whatever your strengths, be prepared to demonstrate them.
3. Be alert enthusiastic, and a good team player.
4. Without being a nuisance, ask the coach for instructions – for example, where he wants you to be at a faceoff. Show the coach you are eager to learn.
Good Luck to all of you. I sincerely hope you have a fun season. See you at the rink....