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It's Not Fair

Posted by Michelle Anderson on

It's Not Fair
I saw a comment on social media recently about how junior tryouts aren’t fair.  All I could picture was a petulant child throwing a fit because his brother got a blue gumball, and he got a red one.  Fair doesn’t mean equal.  Besides, what’s not fair in the gumball situation?  Both kids got a gumball.  It’s just that one child was upset about the color of gumball they received.  

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Mental Games

Posted by Michelle Anderson on

Mental Games

Tis the season when parents and players alike are thinking about the next opportunity whether that means a combine, a showcase, or a tryout.  It is important to formulate a plan to ensure success, and I believe a key differentiator in players who “make it” and players who don’t is their mental game.  Since I also believe every practice, every workout, every shift, and every game is a tryout, consider adding these things into your regular routine on practice and game days so they become a part of who you are as an athlete. The first thing to think about...

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Picking Teams

Posted by Michelle Anderson on

Picking Teams

Since we have now entered what I call the season of movement in which teams move to different leagues or cities, coaches move up or move on, and players do the same, or try to, I thought it was a good time to give you my advice for picking teams.  By the way, I also call this email season as it’s the time of year when my inbox is flooded with offers of camps, combines, showcases, and off season training, but those emails are another article I have already written.  Keep in mind this is only my opinion, and you...

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Looking Ahead

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Looking Ahead

Every so often a parent of a 12-year-old shows up in a youth hockey forum asking about junior hockey, and there are always a mix of reactions.  Some folks berate them telling them how crazy and stupid they are to even think about juniors yet, while others just thoughtfully anwer the questions.  What’s the harm in asking, though? I get it.  I’m a bit of a planner, too.  I like to know what’s coming so I can be as prepared as possible, and while I like surprises generally, I don’t like them as much when they affect my bank account....

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Networking

Posted by Michelle Anderson on

Networking

Networking is basically the process of meeting the right people or establishing mutually beneficial relationships with other people.  Now, this is usually thought about more purposefully and often approached with intent in business, but I hope you know by now that hockey is also a business.  This means that all of the hockey people you know are in your network.  That includes those kids you played with in squirts, that kid or coach you met at that tryout camp, that coach you had for that summer team, or that dad you met watching the game in the hotel bar at...

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